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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: 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: serious, captivating, realistic, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, ambition, artists and showbiz, musician's life, showbiz, romance, lifestyle, dancing, drug abuse, life is a bitch, rise and fall, friends, couple relations, performer's life, love and romance, addiction, latin, couples, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, bittersweet, musician, marijuana, sex scene ...
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, captivating and touching films with plots about artists and showbiz, music, musician's life, ambition, 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), Hendrix (2000), Selena (1997), 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
Plot: showbiz, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, teenage life, musician's life, lifestyle, celebrity culture, couple relations, human nature, music band ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
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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, musician's life, rising to stardom, rise and fall, music band, celebrity culture, ambition, drug abuse, nightlife, life is a bitch, music, suicide ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.6
 870
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, prodigy, ambition, rising to stardom, music band, tragic hero, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, drug abuse, hotshot hero, overdose ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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: touching, emotional, sincere, factual, sentimental ...
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, performer's life, musician's life, human spirit, showbiz, hopes, singing, tragedy, elopement, life is a bitch, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, touching, realistic, humorous
Plot: rise and fall, music, performer's life, ambition, rising to stardom, showbiz, lifestyle, musician's life, artists and showbiz, singer, reputation, pop star ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, teaching the ways of the world, celebrity culture, musician's life, artists and showbiz, drug abuse, rock, fame, elvis presley ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, success, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, performer's life, rising to stardom, fame, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, addiction, drug abuse, music, life is a bitch, ambition, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, showbiz, nightlife, identity crisis, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: rise and fall, couples, rock, ambition, celebrity culture, relationship vs career, friends, music band, drug abuse, lifestyle, showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 3K
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, price of fame, celebrity culture, musician's life, desire for fame, music, showbiz, music band, family life, relationship vs career, performer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 692
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, psychological, biting, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, friendship, performer's life, artists and showbiz, musician's life, music, unfulfillment, love and romance, life is a bitch, ambition, country, couples ...
Time: 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
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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, captivating, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: singer, desire for fame, rise and fall, ambition, star, musician's life, fame, rising to stardom, comeback, lifestyle, success, showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, stylized, based on true events, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, musician's life, downfall, self destructing, ambition, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.6
 582
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: sincere, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: jazz, infidelity, desire for fame, musician's life, rise and fall, ambition, obsession, womanizer, rising to stardom, relationship vs career, showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: tennessee, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ 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, realistic, serious
Plot: music band, music, rise and fall, reunion, loss of son, flashback, celebrity culture, overnight success, r&b, artists and showbiz, performer's life, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ 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: captivating, sincere, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: country music, relationship vs career, rising to stardom, showbiz, alcohol abuse, rise and fall, lifestyle, prodigy, tragic hero, country, remarry, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, musician's life, rising to stardom, showbiz, addiction, couple relations, desire for fame, celebrity culture, ambition, fall in love, price of fame, pop star ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, rise and fall, hit and run, music, racism, hopes, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, society, showbiz, lifestyle, addiction ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film, which chronicles Garland's life from her first public performance in 1924 until her death in 1969, is divided into two parts: the first part depicts her rise to fame in the 1930s, her descent into drugs, and her fall from grace in the ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: music, showbiz, filmmaking, rising to stardom, actor's life, lifestyle, addiction, ambition, celebrity culture, life is a bitch, family problems, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1950s
Place: usa, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Pinero (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, rise and fall, ambition, rising to stardom, human nature, couple relations, celebrity culture, life is a bitch, society, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: realistic, captivating, humorous, serious, touching ...
Plot: price of fame, blizzard, rags to riches, disc jockey, singer, affection, music, rock, tragic hero, music band, addiction, ambition ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Good Vibrations (2012)
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: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: music band, lifestyle, ambition, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, music, musician's life, state affairs, hopes, counterculture, obsession, archive footage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, sincere, captivating, serious
Plot: musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, music, profanity, drugs/alcohol, rock, rock star, infidelity, musician, drug use
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: romance, tragic love, self discovery, rise and fall, fame, rock star, love affair, love and romance, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, lifestyle, showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Prey for Rock & Roll is set in the Los Angeles club scene of the late 1980s and follows the story of Jacki (Gershon) and her all-girl punk rock band, Clam Dandy. On the verge of turning 40, Jacki decides that if the band's one last shot ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, cynical, witty ...
Plot: music, revenge, rape, concert, musician's life, ambition, rise and fall, music band, life is a bitch, friendship, lifestyle, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
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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, captivating, serious, intense ...
Plot: music band, music, rising to stardom, desire for fame, showbiz, ambition, buddies, performer's life, artists and showbiz, musician's life, friends, performance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 700
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, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: convent, follow your dream, showbiz, musician's life, ambition, rise and fall, lifestyle, rebellion, rebelliousness, society, life is a bitch, clergy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, music, performer's life, romance, musician's life, true love, family relations, ambition, rags to riches, brother brother relationship, love triangle, fame ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, usa, latin america, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.9
 20K
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: captivating, realistic, inspirational, emotional, talky ...
Plot: music, friendship, musician's life, artists and showbiz, ambition, rising to stardom, desire for fame, showbiz, blind ambition, rise to the top, black man, creativity ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 70s, 60s ...
Place: usa, georgia, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 8K
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: touching, gloomy, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: ambition, rise and fall, blues, rock band, music, addiction, drug abuse, bittersweet, drugs/alcohol, downfall, couples, generosity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%