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King of Salsa (2006)
 5.5
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King of Salsa (2006)
Original name: El cantante
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: sentimental, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: music, drug abuse, friends, couple relations, performer's life, life is a bitch, love and romance, addiction, ambition, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, latin, couples, musician's life, lifestyle, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, showbiz, romance, dancing, musician, marijuana, sex scene, alcohol ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sentimental films with plots about artists and showbiz, music, musician's life, ambition, lifestyle, rising to stardom and showbiz mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like King of Salsa: Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), What We Do Is Secret (2007), Selena (1997), Stardust (1974), Cadillac Records (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, human nature, teenage life, couple relations, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, musician's life, music band ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, rising to stardom, musician's life, drug abuse, music band, nightlife, rise and fall, ambition, music, celebrity culture, life is a bitch, suicide ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 23K
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, sincere ...
Plot: singer, elopement, rise and fall, music, love and romance, parents and children, hopes, musician's life, rising to stardom, relationship vs career, performer's life, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.6
 749
Stardust (1974)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Sequel to 1973's That'll Be The Day. Jim McLain is now enjoying the nomadic 'gigs and groupies' life on tour with his band. When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom, the sweet taste of success begins to ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: musician's life, life is a bitch, music, performer's life, music band, showbiz, rise and fall, lifestyle, friends, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, drug abuse ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, success, showbiz, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, performer's life, lifestyle, fame, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 40s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.6
 863
Hendrix (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant, to his tragic failure.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, gloomy
Plot: musician's life, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, rise and fall, ambition, music band, rock, tragic hero, overdose, prodigy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: music band, music, rise and fall, loss of son, reunion, flashback, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, alcohol abuse, showbiz, lifestyle, drug abuse ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 70s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 3K
Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: elvis presley, celebrity culture, musician's life, desire for fame, music, showbiz, music band, performer's life, relationship vs career, artists and showbiz, ambition, family life ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, humorous, touching, realistic
Plot: rise and fall, performer's life, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, lifestyle, musician's life, music, pedophile ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: serious, humorous, captivating, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: price of fame, rags to riches, star, disc jockey, singer, blizzard, music, friends, air disaster, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, train, cousin cousin relationship, music, love and romance, couple relations, musician's life, celebrity culture, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: country music, remarry, alcohol abuse, new year, rise and fall, showbiz, lifestyle, country, prodigy, tragic hero, musician's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: sentimental, touching, captivating, emotional, serious ...
Plot: romance, rise and fall, tragic love, self discovery, rock star, fame, rising to stardom, love and romance, relationship vs career, love affair, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: latin, true love, ambition, music, performer's life, musician's life, rising to stardom, romance, family relations, rich and poor, rags to riches, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, usa, latin america, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 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, based on true events, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, downfall, lifestyle, musician's life, self destructing, ambition, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, hit and run, rise and fall, music, racism, hopes, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, couples, ambition, addiction, love and romance ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Shooting Livien (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A dark psychological drama, Shooting Livien explores the inner psyche of John Livien, a disillusioned New York musician who deals with a childhood trauma by claiming an alter ego. His band on the brink of success, fantasy becomes dangerously blurred ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: relationship vs career, life is a bitch, music, alcohol abuse, rise and fall, mentally unstable, lifestyle, showbiz, music band, addiction, rock, ambition ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 660
Payday (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A cynical look at the life of a not so nice country-western singer, Maury Dann - played by Rip Torn in one of his most memorable performances. He ruthlessly manipulates every one around him to suit his selfish needs...he even gets his limo driver to ...
Style: realistic, biting, sincere, witty, tense ...
Plot: friendship, infidelity, artists and showbiz, relationship vs career, music, musician's life, drug abuse, couples, country, addiction, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.8
 215K
Walk the Line (2005)
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: sentimental, touching, captivating, emotional, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, country music, marriage, music, accident, couple relations, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, divorce, musician, performer's life ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, germany, arkansas, tennessee, memphis ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: realistic, serious, gloomy, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, parents and children, artists and showbiz, hotshot hero, musician's life, fan, star, rock, manager, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: captivating, sincere, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, abusive husband, price of fame, music, destructive relationship, fall in love, crumbling marriage, rising to stardom, musician's life, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, rising to stardom, showbiz, blind ambition, rise to the top, black man, creativity ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, georgia, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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: sentimental, touching, captivating, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, reunion, music, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, musician's life, friends, music band, love and romance, celebrity culture, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, year 1976
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.0
 7K
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: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: blues, rise and fall, ambition, music, addiction, drug abuse, rising to stardom, musician's life, showbiz, generosity, alcohol abuse, lifestyle ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.1
 2K
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: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rising to stardom, destructive relationship, celebrity culture, best friends, drugs/alcohol, friends, showbiz, fall in love, crumbling marriage, musician's life, artists and showbiz, desire for fame ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Details the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, from before their first meeting to their rise to stardom.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, avant garde
Audience: date night
Plot: the beatles, musician's life, music, fall in love, love and romance, interracial relations, rising to stardom, couple relations, celebrity culture, romance, artists and showbiz, rock ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 31K
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, musician's life, artists and showbiz, performer's life, performance, buddies, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 564
Crazy (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: jazz, infidelity, doctor, guitar, assassination, womanizer, ambition, obsession, musician's life, unfulfillment, music, desire for fame ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: tennessee, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, realistic, sentimental, exciting, serious ...
Plot: music, romance, cinderella story, rise and fall, showbiz, lifestyle, addiction, music band, ambition, couples, nightlife, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Grace of My Heart (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: songwriter, music, friends, showbiz, musician's life, contests and competitions, artists and showbiz, love and romance, destructive relationship, gays and lesbians, couple relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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