Movies like The Five Heartbeats

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The Five Heartbeats (1991)
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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 the way, however, the guys learn many hard lessons about the reality of the music industry.
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, dramatic, road movie, harsh, affectionate, talky ...
Plot: friendship, rise and fall, hit and run, music, racism, drug abuse, friends, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, addiction, ambition, hopes, love affair, artists and showbiz, society, couples, musician's life, lifestyle, soul music, showbiz, unfulfillment, r&b, bittersweet, battle of the bands ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: canada

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Most similar movies to The Five Heartbeats

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and dramatic films with plots about artists and showbiz, music, musician's life, ambition, musician, showbiz and lifestyle mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like The Five Heartbeats: Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), That Thing You Do! (1996), Cadillac Records (2008), Eddie and the Cruisers (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, touching, emotional, feel good, uplifting ...
Plot: country music, female friendship, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rags to riches, ambition, family problems, career change, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, nashville tennessee, washington state, appalachia
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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, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, ambition, celebrity culture, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
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100%
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, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: music band, drummer, showbiz, recording studio, music, friendship, rising to stardom, ambition, fame, musician's life, rise and fall, celebrity culture ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, los angeles, pittsburgh, wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, blues, musician, rock and roll, music, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michael Paré stars as Eddie Wilson of the rock band Eddie and Cruisers. The band is at the height of their career in the 1960s when front man Eddie drives his car off a bridge in an apparent suicide -- but the body was never found.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: missing person, music, mystery, rock, showbiz, human nature, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, rise and fall, rising to stardom, journalism, musician's life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s, 70s
Place: new jersey
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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: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, musician, pianist, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, music, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, los angeles, new york, montreal ...
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Soul Men (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two former backup soul singers, Louis and Floyd, have not spoken to each other in 20 years, and reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently-deceased lead singer. Cleo, a beautiful young woman ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, touching, semi serious
Plot: reunion, african american, artists and showbiz, showbiz, on the road, musician's life, buddies, music band, lifestyle, r&b, sexual content, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, year 2008
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, singer, price of fame, disc jockey, rags to riches, dj, music, rich and poor, showbiz, celebrity culture, addiction ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new york
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100%
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Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited ...
Style: serious, sexy, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: disco, dance performance, twentysomething life, hopes, romance, ambition, contests and competitions, escape from reality, social climbing, urban ghetto life, friendship, male female relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, california
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100%
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, ambition, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, self discovery, music industry, existentialism, loneliness, romance ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, california
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52%
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rock band, alcohol abuse, rise and fall, ambition, blues, rose, music, addiction, drug abuse, bittersweet, musical tour, generosity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: captivating, serious, realistic, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: dancing, showbiz, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, music, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, life is a bitch, rise and fall, salsa ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
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'Round Midnight (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Inside the Blue Note nightclub one night in 1959 Paris, an aged, ailing jazzman coaxes an eloquent wail from his tenor sax. Outside, a young Parisian too broke to buy a glass of wine strains to hear those notes. Soon they will form a friendship that ...
Style: gloomy, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, alcohol abuse, friendship, music, addiction, bittersweet, unfulfillment, drugs/alcohol, comeback, friends, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, usa, new york
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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: psychological, clever, witty, sincere, talky ...
Plot: friendship, infidelity, couples, friends, musician's life, love and romance, rising to stardom, rise and fall, rehabilitation, performer's life, drug abuse, country ...
Time: 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Tamla Rose (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Three teen girls in a Motown band embark on an emotional ride to hell and back.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, feel good
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ambition, follow your dream, teenage life, rise and fall, desire for fame, musician's life, dream come true, best friends, youth, hopes, friendship, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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41%
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: gloomy, realistic, sentimental, touching, twists and turns ...
Plot: blues, drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, bittersweet, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new york ...
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40%
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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, realistic, serious
Plot: rise and fall, rock, drug abuse, celebrity culture, showbiz, relationship vs career, nudity (full frontal - brief), couples, friends, lifestyle, life is a bitch, performer's life ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: on the road, lifestyle, ambition, celebrity culture, drug abuse, showbiz, teaching the ways of the world, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rock, fame, elvis presley ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: captivating, realistic, emotional, talky, heartbreaking ...
Plot: soul music, music, friendship, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, showbiz, rise to the top, blind ambition, black man ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1950s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, georgia, south carolina, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, emotional, sincere, factual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, family relations, latin, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
A Man Called Adam (1966)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: racism, jazz, alcohol abuse, casino, dishonesty, rising to stardom, society, music, musician's life, life is a bitch, friends, couples ...
Time: 60s
Place: cincinnati ohio, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, factual, stylized, based on true events, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, self destructing, lifestyle, ambition, musician's life, downfall, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 40s
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.5
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Dreamgirls (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Three young women – Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson – dream of becoming pop stars and they get their wish when they're chosen to be backup singers for the legendary James 'Thunder' Early.
Style: emotional, sentimental, lyrical, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: singer, showbiz, manager, african american, performer's life, fame, backstage, show business, singing, soul music, lifestyle, musician ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: detroit, los angeles, usa, michigan, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Georgia (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Sadie looks up to her older sister Georgia, a successful folk singer who's happily married with children, but can't break out of the bar-band circuit and hit the big time she desperately covets. It's in part due to her attraction to ...
Style: serious, sincere, melancholic, emotional, talky ...
Plot: addiction, music, musician's life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, artists and showbiz, estrangement, human nature, alcohol abuse, mother daughter relationship, redemption, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
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Country Strong (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Soon after the rising young singer-songwriter Beau Williams gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star Kelly Canter, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager James and featuring a beauty ...
Style: serious, sentimental, melancholic, twists and turns, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: country music, musician, infidelity, alcohol, love triangle, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, showbiz, ambition, cheating on husband, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, dallas texas, tennessee, nashville tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.8
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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: country music, musician's life, music, marriage, rock and roll, accident, musician, profanity, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, memphis, germany, arkansas, tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, captivating, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, friends, performance, performer's life, buddies, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: realistic, serious, suspense, bleak, psychological
Plot: musician's life, drug abuse, addiction, music, life is a bitch, ambition, lifestyle, nightlife, showbiz, alcohol abuse, identity crisis, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
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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: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: alcohol abuse, showbiz, singer, girl group, performer's life, love and romance, family in crisis, urban, nightlife, r&b, siblings relations, relationship vs career ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.1
 11K
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, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: romance, rise and fall, self discovery, tragic love, rock star, fame, show tunes, friends, couples, showbiz, relationship vs career, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%