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

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and touching films with plots about artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, music, showbiz, lifestyle and unfulfillment 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), Hendrix (2000), Protecting the King (2007). 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, realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, teenage life, human nature, celebrity culture, couple relations, ambition, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
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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, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, music band, music, ambition, rise and fall, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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, sincere, emotional, factual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, musician's life, human spirit, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, ambition, prodigy, music band, tragic hero, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, overdose, hotshot hero ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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Protecting the King (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Sex, drugs and violence--they're all part of the job when you're protecting The King of Rock & Roll. And when you're only 16, the on-the-job training comes in ways that can't be taught in school. The story of David ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: on the road, lifestyle, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, drug abuse, teaching the ways of the world, celebrity culture, showbiz, rock, fame, elvis presley ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
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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, rising to stardom, ambition, performer's life, music, showbiz, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, singer, reputation, pop star ...
Place: usa
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Halim (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Egypt
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A biopic of Egyptian singer Abdel-Halim Hafez.
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, sentimental, serious
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, lifestyle, love and romance, singer, unfulfilled love, terminal illness ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 70s ...
Place: egypt, middle east, africa
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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: serious, realistic, bleak, suspense, psychological
Plot: musician's life, music, life is a bitch, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, nightlife, showbiz, alcohol abuse, identity crisis, rise and fall ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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: serious, realistic, sincere, contemplative
Plot: jazz, womanizer, infidelity, desire for fame, musician's life, rise and fall, ambition, rising to stardom, lifestyle, relationship vs career, obsession, showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
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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, serious, captivating, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, musician's life, performer's life, buddies, artists and showbiz, performance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa
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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: realistic, serious, stylized
Plot: rock, celebrity culture, drug abuse, relationship vs career, showbiz, friends, couples, ambition, performer's life, musician's life, music, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
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Payday (1973)
Genre: Drama, Music
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, serious, talky, biting, tense ...
Plot: infidelity, friendship, country music, music business, friends, couples, unfulfillment, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, rehabilitation, music ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ 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: serious, sentimental, humorous, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, rising to stardom, love and romance, musician's life, assassination, lifestyle, celebrity culture, rock, music, music band, artists and showbiz, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s, 70s, year 1976
Place: usa, new york
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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 ...
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Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: sincere, touching, serious, disturbing, factual ...
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Elvis (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 173 min.
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Story: A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.
Style: realistic, captivating, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: singer, ambition, rise and fall, desire for fame, musician's life, showbiz, lifestyle, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, folk hero, comeback ...
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: usa, beverly hills, memphis
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Worried About the Boy (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In 1980 young George O'Dowd baffles his parents with his love of frocks and make-up and moves into a squat with kindred spirit Peter, who dresses as Marilyn Monroe and calls himself Marilyn. They make a splash at Steve Strange's trendy ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating, flamboyance
Plot: rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, musician's life, desire for fame, rising to stardom, music band, love and romance, anti conformity, drug abuse, love affair, addiction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
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Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The story of music legend Terri Hooley, a key figure in Belfast's punk rock scene. Hooley founded the Good Vibrations store from which a record label sprung, representing bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, touching
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, captivating
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Time: 80s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century
Place: detroit, usa
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
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Style: atmospheric, factual, stylized, gloomy, captivating ...
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Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
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Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental ...
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 50s, 20th century
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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: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Sister Smile (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self.
Style: sincere, realistic, emotional, serious, entertaining ...
Plot: convent, musician's life, follow your dream, showbiz, ambition, rebellion, rise and fall, clergy, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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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, music band, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: music, friendship, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, showbiz, rise to the top, blind ambition, black man, singer ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 80s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, georgia, south carolina, new jersey, boston
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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, lyrical, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: songwriter, music, showbiz, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, artists and showbiz, self discovery, music industry, existentialism, loneliness, human nature ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: air disaster, affection, rags to riches, price of fame, singer, dj, music, showbiz, human spirit, rock, celebrity culture, relationship vs career ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new york
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