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, light, clever, enigmatic, suspense, entertaining, melancholic, dramatic, talky ...
Plot: music, musician, rock and roll, rock music, air disaster, rock, catastrophe, dancing, family, death, brothers, hip hop, singer, tragedy, lone hero, mozart, subculture, corruption, runaway, memory, radio, childhood, chase, fighting the system, mentor ...
Time: 50s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: texas, new york, austin texas, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and sentimental films with plots about artists and showbiz, music, ambition, musician's life, rising to stardom, musician and lifestyle 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), The Temptations (1998). 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: sexy, entertaining, splatter, road movie, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, rock and roll, musician, rise and fall, prejudice, scandal, child bride, age difference, older man younger woman relationship, rock, rock music, incest ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa
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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, touching, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: elvis presley, music, rock music, price of fame, rags to riches, celebrity culture, musician's life, desire for fame, music band, showbiz, performer's life, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: las vegas, mississippi
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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: inspirational, touching, intense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: rock and roll, musician, music, death, musician's life, music business, love story, happy ending, latin, interracial romance, racism, audition ...
Time: 50s, 80s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california, new york ...
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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: inspirational, sincere, intense, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: music, domestic violence, musician, black woman, rock and roll, african american woman, price of fame, childhood, women, rape victim, starting over, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 70s, 1930s ...
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Temptations (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 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: african american, music, r&b, flashback, singer, black cast, rock and roll, loss of son, alcohol abuse, rise and fall, pop music, friends ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, detroit, usa
⇓ 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: sincere, inspirational, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician, jazz, musician's life, african american, addiction, music, pianist, blindness, heroin, blind boy, disability, rock and roll ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: california, georgia, usa, tokyo, los angeles ...
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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: sexy, sentimental, satirical, lyrical, talky ...
Plot: music, racism, rock and roll, gangsters, friendship, drug addiction, corruption, music business, musician, dysfunctional family, finnish, fantasy world ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
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100%
The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, controversial
Plot: music, music band, musician's life, follow your dream, desire for fame, youth, performer's life, family problems, working class, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 1940s, 60s, 50s
Place: indiana, alabama, usa
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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: intense, stylized, realistic, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, music band, musician, rock and roll, life philosophy, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, performance, friends, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 50s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.8
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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, factual, sincere, emotional, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: tragedy, music, singer, dancing, women, musician, childhood, rising to stardom, rock and roll, human spirit, musician's life, racial segregation ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 60s
Place: texas, mexico, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, emotional, touching, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: country music, female protagonist, music, husband wife relationship, poverty, musician, coal mining, rags to riches, music business, rising to stardom, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 50s
Place: kentucky, usa, nashville tennessee, washington state, appalachia
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57%
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Sweet Dreams (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.
Style: factual, realistic, sexy, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: fame, air disaster, historical figure, musician's life, family problems, love and romance, ambition, country music, showbiz, rising to stardom, couples, tragic hero ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, year 1958, year 1959 ...
Place: nashville tennessee, west virginia, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: emotional, melancholic, inspirational, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: showbiz, music, addiction, music business, greed, music band, drug addiction, rise and fall, rising to stardom, teenage life, human nature, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, los angeles, 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: realistic, inspirational, talky, stylized, intense ...
Plot: musician's life, rock and roll, singer, music, musician, blues, music business, jazz, greed, rags to riches, showbiz, success ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland, mississippi, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: suspense, humorous, unusual plot structure, visually appealing, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, music business, rock and roll, nudity (full frontal - brief), artist, obsession, alter ego, male nudity, weapons, bittersweet, superhero, powerful ending ...
Time: 80s, 50s
Place: new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: emotional, talky, heartbreaking, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, music, musician, creativity, showbiz, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, rise to the top, blind ambition ...
Time: 50s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, south carolina, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.1
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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, sexy, psychological, gloomy, factual ...
Plot: jazz, music, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, musician, rock and roll, tragedy, character study, childhood, drug addiction, self destructing ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
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49%
King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 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: serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: dancing, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, showbiz, music, lifestyle, romance, rise and fall, life is a bitch, drug abuse, salsa ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: realistic, serious
Plot: racism, life is a bitch, ambition, rising to stardom, media, desire for fame, love and romance, music, artists and showbiz, society, showbiz, rock ...
Time: 50s
Place: new york, ohio, usa, boston, nashville tennessee ...
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100%
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, rising to stardom, musician's life, lifestyle, drug abuse, nightlife, celebrity culture, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, music band, music ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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, humorous, touching
Plot: rise and fall, rising to stardom, ambition, performer's life, music, showbiz, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, singer, reputation, pop star ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, captivating
Plot: overnight success, desire for fame, lifestyle, rising to stardom, showbiz, daydreamer, artists and showbiz, music band, ambition, music, bittersweet, musician ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ 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, serious, touching, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, music, showbiz, couple relations, celebrity culture, addiction, fall in love, desire for fame, ambition, price of fame, pop star ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, emotional, melancholic, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, rags to riches, latin, performer's life, musician's life, romance, family relations, brother brother relationship, sibling rivalry, fame, true love, love story ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: cuba, new york, havana cuba, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, compassionate, talky, road movie, sentimental ...
Plot: music, great depression, character study, depression, friendship, artists and showbiz, americana, couple relations, love and romance, musician's life, labor union, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: texas, oklahoma, california, usa, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: drug addiction, girl group, showbiz, performer, female protagonist, drugs, musician, black cast, women, gangsters, rock and roll, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
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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, intense, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: music, musician, nightclub, family secret, musician's life, lifestyle, rise and fall, ambition, rising to stardom, rock and roll, showbiz, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, new jersey, usa, new york, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: sentimental, humorous, serious, touching, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, father son relationship, rising to stardom, love and romance, musician's life, assassination, lifestyle, celebrity culture, rock, music, music band, artists and showbiz ...
Time: year 1976, 90s, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.1
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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: realistic, serious, captivating, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: tragic love, romance, drug addiction, women, rock and roll, rock star, fame, rise and fall, self discovery, performer's life, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
In His Life: The John Lennon Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A film about the early life of the rock musician and his burgeoning career as a member of the Beatles.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: prodigy, ambition, musician's life, rise to the top, against the odds, rising to stardom, lifestyle, youth, working class, teenage life, music, the beatles ...
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%