Movies like The Buddy Holly Story

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The Buddy Holly Story
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: humorous, serious, dramatic, captivating, realistic, factual, sentimental, feel good, interesting, touching ...
Plot: music, rock and roll, rock, musician's life, fighting the system, mozart, performer's life, mentor, runaway, death, tragic hero, creativity, radio, desire for fame, music business, tragedy, rising to stardom, culture clash, family, life & death, corruption, relationship vs career, storytelling, dialogue, hip hop ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa, new york
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Walk the Line
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
USA, Germany
136 min.
 7.9
Coal Miner's Daughter
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
USA
124 min.
 7.5
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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, dramatic, serious and sentimental films with plots about mentor, artists and showbiz, storytelling, runaway, ambition, music and musician's life mostly in Music, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like The Buddy Holly Story: Selena (1997), La Bamba (1987), Bird (1988), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Selena
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: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, california, mexico
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La Bamba
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, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: music, death, music business, oldies, rock and roll, musician's life, latin, mentor, tragedy, drugs/alcohol, prodigy, family ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Bird
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, reflective ...
Plot: jazz, music, addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, drugs, tragedy, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, rock and roll, mozart, rags to riches ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: usa
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Why Do Fools Fall in Love
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: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, dramatic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: music, addiction, showbiz, music band, drug addiction, rock and roll, death, women, musician's life, rise and fall, segregation, music business ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Coal Miner's Daughter
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: music, rags to riches, poverty, country, friendship, musician's life, mentor, rising to stardom, couple relations, unlikely friendships, runaway, coal mining ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state
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Jersey Boys
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
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: serious, captivating, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Plot: music, music band, rock, rock and roll, radio, performer's life, music business, broadway, rising to stardom, creativity, runaway, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 50s, 60s, 1950s
Place: new jersey, usa
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Great Balls of Fire!
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, entertaining, harsh ...
Plot: music, rise and fall, rock and roll, musician's life, rock, rising to stardom, pornography, celebrity culture, music business, mentor, fall in love, radio ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new jersey
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Cadillac Records
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: realistic, serious, sentimental, sincere, dramatic ...
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Time: 1950s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s ...
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    User:   82%
 
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This Is Elvis
Genre: 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: serious, captivating, realistic, sweet, romantic ...
Plot: music, rock and roll, rock, musician's life, death, hospital, blues, performer's life, life philosophy, oldies, rise and fall, childhood ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: hawaii, new jersey, germany
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What's Love Got to Do with It
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, realistic, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: music, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, rock and roll, love, violence, mentor, crumbling marriage, divorce, rising to stardom, runaway, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1930s ...
Place: tennessee, usa
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 6.9
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Get on Up
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: serious, stylized, dramatic, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: music, friendship, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, storytelling, rags to riches, rock and roll, drug abuse, childhood, hip hop, blind ambition, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: georgia, usa, new jersey, boston
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System:   67%
    User:   58%
 
The Idolmaker
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: biting, semi serious, humorous, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, music business, musician's life, rock, rock and roll, performer's life, chase, technology, moral ambiguity, romance, rising to stardom, redemption ...
Time: 50s, 80s, 1950s
Place: new jersey
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 6.7
 14K
Beyond the Sea
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: music, dancing, childhood, musician's life, rock and roll, death, memory, mentor, creativity, rock, rising to stardom, jazz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, new jersey, las vegas, new york, italy ...
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System:   63%
    User:   58%
 
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Bound for Glory
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, road movie, serious, sentimental, scenic ...
Plot: music, folk, poverty, labor union, americana, on the road, storytelling, musician's life, depression, drinking, mentor, kids and family ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: california, texas, oklahoma, usa
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    User:   59%
 
Hilary and Jackie
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.
Style: emotional, serious, clever, dramatic, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: music, classical music, tragedy, mentally unstable, sisters, death, eccentricity, musician's life, mental illness, mozart, prodigy, terminal illness ...
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Place: england
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    User:   55%
 
 7.1
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Sweet Dreams
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: semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, macabre ...
Plot: death, musician's life, rags to riches, performer's life, mentor, solitude, tragic hero, life, drinking, childhood, crumbling marriage, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1959, year 1961 ...
Place: virginia, west virginia
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 7.9
 206K
Walk the Line
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, addiction, death, childhood, drug addiction, drug abuse, love, accident, musician's life, country, drugs/alcohol, marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: arkansas, memphis, tennessee, usa, germany ...
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System:   60%
    User:   56%
 
The Mambo Kings
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, captivating, intense ...
Plot: music, rags to riches, immigrants, latin, musician's life, dance, love, male nudity, brothers, performer's life, nightclub, family ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, cuba, latin america, usa, havana cuba ...
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That Thing You Do!
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: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, radio, music band, music business, jazz, rock and roll, buddies, creativity, rags to riches, mentor, musician's life, rising to stardom ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: ohio, pennsylvania, usa
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System:   58%
    User:   48%
 
The Five Heartbeats
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, dramatic ...
Plot: music, friendship, music business, racism, musician's life, hip hop, rags to riches, rock and roll, corruption, segregation, ambition, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   58%
 
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
Style: serious, enigmatic, realistic, non-linear, melancholic ...
Plot: music, obsession, classical music, radio, artist, mentally unstable, eccentricity, solitude, creativity, musician's life, genius, mentor ...
Place: canada
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System:   53%
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Eddie and the Cruisers
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michael Paré stars as Eddie Wilson of the rock band Eddie and Cruisers. The band is at the height of their career in the 1960s when front man Eddie drives his car off a bridge in an apparent suicide -- but the body was never found.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sentimental, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, mystery, rock and roll, music band, rock, musician's life, rise and fall, mentor, rising to stardom, fantasy world, catastrophe, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 1960s
Place: new jersey
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System:   52%
    User:   62%
 
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The Rose
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: music, addiction, drug abuse, drugs, rock, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, depression, rock and roll, rise and fall, blues, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969
Place: usa
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Ray
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: sincere, epic, serious, dramatic, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, jazz, disability, rags to riches, drug abuse, addiction, childhood, drug addiction, music business, blindness, segregation, genius ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta georgia, harlem manhattan new york city, montreal quebec canada ...
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System:   49%
    User:   45%
 
Lady Sings the Blues
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, dramatic, factual ...
Plot: jazz, music, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, rags to riches, prostitution, murder, blues, musician's life, holiday, mentor ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, cross country, manhattan new york city
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System:   47%
    User:   40%
 
 7.6
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Lenny
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: bleak, clever, psychological, serious, talky ...
Plot: drug abuse, fighting the system, drugs, death, drug addiction, tragedy, performer's life, stripper, free speech, depression, storytelling, against the rules ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: usa
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System:   47%
    User:   44%
 
 6.7
 37K
Notorious
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, rough, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, music, death, murder, artist, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, friendship, life & death, mentor, chase, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
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System:   46%
    User:   44%
 
 7.7
 56K
Control
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA, Australia, Japan, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, stylized, serious, bleak ...
Plot: music, punk, depression, suicide, music band, loneliness, adultery, rock, drugs/alcohol, rock and roll, musician's life, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: england, europe, northern england, manchester england
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System:   41%
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Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
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