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: humorous, sentimental, touching, feel good, serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic, factual, interesting ...
Plot: disc jockey, star, singer, rags to riches, blizzard, price of fame, music, air disaster, rock, friends, rich and poor, performer's life, music band, addiction, ambition, human spirit, artists and showbiz, couples, musician's life, lifestyle, tragic hero, unfulfillment, desire for fame, showbiz, rising to stardom ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
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, captivating and sentimental films with plots about musician's life, artists and showbiz, music, ambition, lifestyle, rising to stardom and showbiz mostly in Music, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like The Buddy Holly Story: The Five Heartbeats (1991), Elvis (1979), Selena (1997), Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, humorous, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, rise and fall, hit and run, music, racism, lifestyle, showbiz, society, friends, r&b, addiction, drug abuse ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: canada
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100%
 7.1
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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: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: elvis presley, celebrity culture, musician's life, music, desire for fame, showbiz, music band, family life, relationship vs career, performer's life, artists and showbiz, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 6.7
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: elopement, singer, rise and fall, music, relationship vs career, musician's life, artists and showbiz, human spirit, interracial relations, parents and children, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: country music, music, rising to stardom, musician's life, human spirit, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, relationship vs career, human nature, ambition, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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
Plot: showbiz, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, ambition, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, couple relations, musician's life, teenage life, music band ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, showbiz, success, ambition, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, performer's life, fame, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Jersey Boys (2014)
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: sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating, intense ...
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, performer's life, musician's life, artists and showbiz, buddies, performance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 26K
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, sentimental, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: death, mexican american, marital rape, dying young, musician's life, music, latin, prodigy, rock, couples, fear of flying, ambition ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: captivating, humorous, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rock music, music, romance, musician's life, celebrity culture, love and romance, teaching the ways of the world, teenage life, rise to the top, performer's life, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: realistic, feel good, serious, entertaining, harsh ...
Plot: rise and fall, religious fundamentalism, cousin cousin relationship, train, music, fall in love, musician's life, couple relations, rising to stardom, love and romance, unfulfillment, celebrity culture ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.9
 19K
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, inspirational, emotional, talky ...
Plot: music, friendship, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, showbiz, blind ambition, rise to the top, black man, creativity ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, georgia, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, touching ...
Plot: ambition, fame, country music, rising to stardom, musician's life, historical figure, love and romance, family problems, couples, tragic hero, desire for fame, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1959, 1950s ...
Place: west virginia, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, touching, sentimental
Plot: showbiz, girl group, singer, artists and showbiz, performer's life, family relations, r&b, music band, alcohol abuse, urban, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, serious, captivating, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: romance, tragic love, rise and fall, self discovery, rock star, fame, relationship vs career, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, performer's life, friends, hollywood ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, serious, sentimental, realistic
Plot: music, celebrity culture, lifestyle, rise and fall, showbiz, addiction, drug abuse, latin, couples, rising to stardom, musician's life, romance ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: usa, puerto rico, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
This Is Elvis (1981)
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, concert, blues, performer's life, oldies, musician's life, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, celebrity culture, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1950s, 80s
Place: germany, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, showbiz, recording studio, drummer, ambition, rising to stardom, friendship, musician's life, fame, rise and fall, celebrity culture, music band ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, abusive husband, price of fame, music, destructive relationship, crumbling marriage, musician's life, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 11K
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, serious ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, downfall, lifestyle, ambition, self destructing, musician's life, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 40s, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 ...
Plot: true love, latin, ambition, music, rising to stardom, musician's life, romance, performer's life, family relations, rich and poor, rags to riches, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ 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, rising to stardom, musician's life, music band, nightlife, rise and fall, drug abuse, ambition, music, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, punk rock ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, musician's life, love and romance, couple relations, americana, hitchhiker, on the road, desert ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, california, oklahoma, usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching
Plot: rise and fall, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, performer's life, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, music, musician's life, reputation ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The Doors (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, factual, surreal ...
Plot: music band, singer, fame, musician, drug abuse, star, mentally unstable, party, nervous breakdown, lsd, addiction, desire for fame ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1940s, year 1969 ...
Place: california, usa, paris france, miami, venice beach california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 824
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: serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: reunion, friendship, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, rising to stardom, love and romance, music band, ambition, breakup, music, musician's life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s, year 1976
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of the country and western singer Hank Williams.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: country music, artists and showbiz, performer's life, relationship vs career, rising to stardom, musician's life, music, life is a bitch, rise and fall, new year, showbiz, remarry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.3
 3K
Elvis (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 173 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.
Style: gloomy, sentimental, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: singer, r&b, family relations, drug abuse, rise and fall, showbiz, fame, lifestyle, poverty, ambition, friends, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 2.2
 21K
Glitter (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young woman is catapulted into pop stardom, with her already-famous DJ boyfriend calling the shots.
Style: emotional, exciting, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: romance, hopes, showbiz, music, talent, artists and showbiz, ambition, rise and fall, lifestyle, love affair, rising to stardom, follow your dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Temptations (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
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, serious, realistic
Plot: music band, music, rise and fall, loss of son, reunion, flashback, unfulfillment, musician's life, addiction, drug abuse, friends, overnight success ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, 80s ...
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Rose (1979)
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: sincere, captivating, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: ambition, blues, rise and fall, music, addiction, drug abuse, fall in love, rising to stardom, love and romance, desire for fame, musical tour, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%