Movies like The Buddy Holly Story

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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A film about the life and career of the early rock and roll star.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, serious, captivating, realistic, buddy movie, dramatic, based on true events ...
Plot: air disaster, disc jockey, singer, rags to riches, affection, price of fame, music, rock, friends, rich and poor, performer's life, music band, addiction, ambition, human spirit, artists and showbiz, couples, musician's life, lifestyle, tragic hero, showbiz, unfulfillment, desire for fame, rising to stardom, celebrity culture ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new york

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Most similar movies to The Buddy Holly Story

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and captivating films with plots about artists and showbiz, music, ambition, musician's life, rising to stardom, lifestyle and showbiz mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like The Buddy Holly Story: Great Balls of Fire! (1989), Elvis (1979), La Bamba (1987), What's Love Got to Do with It (1993), Ray (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, twists and turns, whimsical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rise and fall, train, cousin cousin relationship, hypocrisy, music, musician, couples, musical tour, sexual content, wedding, profanity, couple relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
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Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: elvis presley, price of fame, celebrity culture, rags to riches, musician's life, music, desire for fame, showbiz, music band, performer's life, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: mississippi
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100%
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La Bamba (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, audition, music business, musician, rock star, music industry, family relations, interracial relations, death of protagonist, main character dies ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, california
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100%
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A film about the singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, price of fame, fall in love, abusive husband, music, musician's life, ambition, rape victim, love and romance, hopes, showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, musician, pianist, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, music, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri, paris france ...
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The Five Heartbeats (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful, young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improves, turns pro, and rises to become a top flight music sensation. Along ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: friendship, hit and run, rise and fall, music, racism, unfulfillment, soul music, couple relations, love affair, addiction, r&b, drug abuse ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Jersey Boys (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, rising to stardom, desire for fame, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, performer's life, musician's life, buddies, performance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
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59%
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Selena (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham, realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, factual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, feel good, uplifting ...
Plot: country music, female friendship, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, human nature, family problems, career change, relationship vs career ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state, nashville tennessee, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, celebrity culture, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Cadillac Records (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, rock and roll, music, blues, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Sweet Dreams (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.
Style: realistic, factual, atmospheric, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: fame, air disaster, musician's life, ambition, historical figure, family problems, love and romance, showbiz, country music, rising to stardom, tragic hero, celebrity culture ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: virginia, nashville tennessee, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Idolmaker (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
Style: suspense, humorous, biting, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: showbiz, rock music, music, musician's life, love and romance, rising to stardom, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, romance, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi, who looks back from 2002.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, dancing, showbiz, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Get on Up (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, talky, heartbreaking ...
Plot: soul music, music, friendship, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, showbiz, rise to the top, blind ambition, black man ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1950s, 80s, 60s ...
Place: usa, georgia, south carolina, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.2
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Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, factual, stylized, based on true events, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, musician's life, downfall, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: This is the story of Alan Freed. He was working as a DJ in Cleveland, Ohio, and he discovered how amazing R&B or Rhytym & Blues is, however, the music is considered to be "BLACK" music. So, most radio stations won't ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: racism, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, ambition, music, desire for fame, love and romance, artists and showbiz, society, media, r&b, showbiz ...
Time: 50s
Place: new york, usa, ohio, manhattan new york city, cleveland ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Sparkle (1976)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem who become singers Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs and Sparkle ends up being the one who gets famous. This movie tells about how drugs ruined Sister's relationships and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: alcohol abuse, showbiz, girl group, singer, rising to stardom, love and romance, strong female presence, family relations, family problems, couples, soul music, family in crisis ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new york state, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Bound for Glory (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: labor union, folk music, music, artists and showbiz, great depression, love and romance, musician's life, americana, couple relations, desert, on the road, hitchhiker ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: texas, california, oklahoma, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of pop king Michael Jackson.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: rise and fall, showbiz, rising to stardom, music, ambition, performer's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, musician's life, singer, reputation, plastic surgery ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Mambo Kings tells the story of César and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians who flee from Cuba to America in search of the American Dream.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: latin, music, performer's life, musician's life, romance, true love, family relations, ambition, rags to riches, brother brother relationship, love triangle, fame ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, usa, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 2000, VH-1 produced the television biopic Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story. In 2002, the movie was released on DVD, and featured both commentaries and interviews with Dolenz, Jones and Tork. The aired version did differ from the DVD ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating
Plot: overnight success, desire for fame, rising to stardom, lifestyle, showbiz, daydreamer, ambition, music band, artists and showbiz, bittersweet, music, music industry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
What We Do Is Secret (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense
Plot: punk, punk rock, lifestyle, rising to stardom, musician's life, celebrity culture, drug abuse, music, ambition, rise and fall, music band, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Whitney (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Chronicles Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, music, rising to stardom, fall in love, couple relations, desire for fame, ambition, showbiz, addiction, celebrity culture, pop star, price of fame ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Beyond the Sea (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to tell the tale of his remarkable life. Kevin Spacey did his own singing for Beyond the Sea, recreating Bobby ...
Style: sentimental, touching, stylized, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: lifestyle, musician's life, music, rising to stardom, ambition, rise and fall, love and romance, showbiz, couples, artists and showbiz, family secret, pianist ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa, las vegas, italy, beverly hills, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Temptations (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of The Temptations, the Soul vocal group of the 1960s, as seen from the viewpoint of the last surviving member, Otis Williams. Beginning from their humble origins in the late 50s and continuing through the 90s and the deaths of the ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: music, music band, rise and fall, alcohol abuse, reunion, loss of son, singer, flashback, african american, performer's life, lifestyle, tragic hero ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.0
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Two of Us (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this purely fictional story, Paul McCartney drops by The Dakota to visit John Lennon in 1976. Paul is still on top of the music world, reaching #1 with his new band, Wings. John, however, has retired from public life, choosing to raise his son, ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, serious, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, reunion, musician's life, love and romance, lifestyle, rising to stardom, assassination, music band, artists and showbiz, music, celebrity culture, rock ...
Time: 90s, 70s, year 1976
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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A Star Is Born (1976)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A Star Is Born is a 1976 rock music film telling the story of a young woman, played by Barbra Streisand who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established male star, played by Kris Kristofferson, only to find her career ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: romance, rise and fall, self discovery, tragic love, fame, rock star, friends, couples, showbiz, relationship vs career, celebrity culture, love affair ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager.
Style: humorous, sentimental, sincere, light, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: music, drummer, showbiz, recording studio, friendship, rising to stardom, ambition, rise and fall, musician's life, fame, celebrity culture, music band ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, las vegas, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
This Is Elvis (1981)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised mostly of actual performance footage and interviews with Elvis, his fans and those close to him. This biographical docu-drama features rare ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: concert, music, showbiz, blues, lifestyle, rise and fall, musician's life, ambition, artists and showbiz, friends, rock, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: las vegas, memphis, germany, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%