Live Poll: Best Competition Movie

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Since not all competitive movies revolve around sport, let's have a look at these movies centering on a particular contest (dancing, beauty pageants, games or other non sport-related disciplines).

For which of these contest-movies would you say "no contest, it's the best"?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls075464524/

https://www.imdb.com/poll/5e0Im0O-WeU/
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Could you please name the contest in the title description. I don't know what most of these movies are about. I can only guess by looking at their posters.

btw, FYC: Whiplash (2014)
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FYC:

8 Mile
The Great Debaters
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BONAFIDE BOSS

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FYC:

Bohemian Rhapsody
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Wait... what was the contest in that film?
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I was going to ask the same question :)
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Well, I don't think it was correctly shown in the movie, but Queen and a few others had a competition with each other. Famous artists like Michael Jackson and Freddie were used to be compared a lot.

But nevermind, I guess you can ignore this suggestion.
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Can I suggest animated movies?
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Sure
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FYC:

Cars (2006)
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I think auto-racing is a sport, and Elmo said sport-related disciplines are not eligible for this list.
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FYC:

Black Swan
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Two more;

2. 
Dangal (2016)
3. Chak De! India (2007)
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One more;

4. I, Tonya (2017) - Won 1 Oscar too
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All three are sports movies, I'm afraid...
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I suggest Best in Show.
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Another try to get Best in Show in this poll.
It's a movie about a dog pageant.
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FYC
'The Hunger Games'
'Tron' or 'Tron: Legacy'
'The Cannonball Run'
'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World'
'F&F: Tokyo Drift'
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It would be interesting to see whether Elmo considers Cannoball Run and F&F: Tokyo Drift eligible for this list. Those films are about automobile races, which are considered a sport. However, if I'm not wrong, both films are about illegal racing, so, is it still a sport, if it's not legal?
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I'm pretty sure the Kumite in "Bloodsport" or the Thai Boxing contest in "Kickboxer" were illegal or at least borderline legal, I wouldn't mind including such movies plus "Cannonball" or "F&F" but then I'm sure other examples will come up and I really want to give a chance to non-sport disciplines. Illegal or controversial sport would make for a good poll, I also remember "Midnight Sting" with James Woods and Louis Gossett Jr.

But I will add "Mad World" and I think it's a terrific suggestion although there's no "official" contest. And what is the competition about in "Tron"?
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ElMo?????????
You have to play against Control and compete against all he throws at you to escape the mainframe. Cannot believe you have not seen Tron!!!!!!!!!! It's basically where a human is transformed into electrons and becomes trapped inside a computer.
Think of a video game with a real person inside it competing against that computers will to hold him in by way of challenges by that computers memory core. There are light cycles, flying ships, tanks, and fake human like people guiding them.

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I never found it in any DVD store... and I know the film since the day I saw a Disney Channel special when I was 8. I agree its a shame I didnt watch such a classic... much more from my birthyear lol
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Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy ...
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Cannonball_Baker_Sea-To-Shining-Sea_...

The Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, widely known as the Cannonball Baker or Cannonball Run, was an unofficial, unsanctioned automobile race run five times in the 1970s from New York City and Darien, Connecticut, on the East Coast of the United States to the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, ...
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FYC:
Shall We Dance? (1996)
Quiz Show (1994)


Honorable mention:
Magnolia (1999): A subplot involves a quiz show element.

Extremely dishonorable mention:
Cats (2019)

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lmao
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Oh, good suggestions. 
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Good call with Quiz Show, the game is only a subplot in Magnolia, the competition thing isn't a big part of the story, not enough anyway...
Thanks.
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Slumdog Millionaire?
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Slumdog doesn't exactly work, I'm sorry Peter. I thought of competition as a two-player at least thing. Like Quiz Show.
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Whiplash
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) - dance marathon
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - beauty pageant
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - quiz show
may be Ready Player One (2018) - quest, competition in virtual world
Perfect Harmony (tv series, 2019-...) - choirs competition

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Are there opponents in Ready Player One?
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1000771?...

Recount. The presidential election . I think it's a competition.
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'Around the World in 80 days' (1956):
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048960/
The opponent is the counterpart, who tries to prevent the challangers from winning.
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Another one would be 'Kingpin', a competition bowling comedy with Bill Murray & Woody Harrelson.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116778/
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Added "Kingpin", "Around the World" is kind of a stretch, I look at competition as an activity where at least two parties try to gain, win or achieve the same thing.
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Babe IS WINNING!

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He's ahead by a snout!
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They Shoot Pigs Don't They?
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Where is " Best in Show"