Movies like Hairspray 1988

If you like "Hairspray" you are looking for feel good, witty and semi serious movies about / with interracial love, woman played by man, interracial friendship, fat girl, music, farce and injustice themes of Comedy, Drama and Family genre shot in USA.
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Hairspray (1988)
 6.9
 20K
Hairspray (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Ample teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" -- and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation.
Style: feel good, witty, semi serious, light, stylized, humorous, offbeat, realistic, cult film, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: interracial love, woman played by man, interracial friendship, fat girl, music, farce, injustice, follow your dream, discrimination, social differences, satire, civil rights, rock and roll, storytelling, unlikely friendships, hair, honest, youth, family relations, misfit, love and romance, ambition, anti hero, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, california

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Most similar movies to Hairspray

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and feel good films with plots about teenager, youth, love and romance, catastrophe, dialogue, runaway and mentor mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Hairspray: Cry-Baby (1990), Grease 2 (1982), The In Crowd (1988), Polyester (1981), Bandslam (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.6
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Hairspray (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins. But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, thought provoking, captivating ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, teen drama
Plot: artists and showbiz, teenage love, dream come true, dancing, follow your dream, dance, overweight, black man white woman relationship, underdog, romance, dream, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: baltimore, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 55K
Cry-Baby (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A prim and proper schoolgirl goes against her mother's wishes when she dates a motorcycle-riding juvenile delinquent.
Style: sentimental, humorous, feel good, satirical, light ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: forbidden love, gang, rock and roll, teenage love, teenage life, rivalry, juvenile delinquent, love and romance, fall in love, juvenile delinquency, youth, parody ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1954, 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.4
 33K
Grease 2 (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: It's 1961, two years after the original Grease gang graduated, and there's a new crop of seniors and new members of the coolest cliques on campus, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington is the new kid in school - but he's ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: motorcycle, high school, opposites attract, rivalry, talent show, cinderella story, gang, coming of age, misfit, teenage love, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, year 1961, 1960s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 732
The In Crowd (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When one day he successfully gets on a popular teen dance television show he becomes a star. The plot follows him as he lives his new life in his new world. What he ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching
Plot: teenage love, youth, romance, hopes, music, follow your dream, ambition, love and romance, artists and showbiz, couples, teenage life, college ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.1
 7K
Polyester (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's ...
Style: humorous, witty, biting, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, misfit, pornography, suburbs, abortion, satire, strangulation, family relations, foot fetish, parents and children, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.3
 14K
Bandslam (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A high school social outcast and the popular girl bond through a shared love of music.
Style: humorous, semi serious, romantic, light, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenager, high school, teenage love, rock band, music, friends, ambition, love and romance, rock, hopes, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california, texas, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
High School Musical (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Troy (Zac Efron), the popular captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens), the brainy and beautiful member of the academic club, break all the rules of East High society when they secretly audition for the leads in the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: high school life, high school, teenage love, teenage life, music, love and romance, happy ending, friendship, sport team, family relations, couple relations, teachers and students ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: albuquerque new mexico, usa, new mexico, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: It's almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor ― and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has these Wildcats thinking they need to do something ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, teenage love, friendship, prom, buddies, high school hunk, high school life, love and romance, couple relations, teenage life, couples, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6.3
 13K
Pecker (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when photographs he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. The young man is called "Pecker" because he pecks at his food like a bird.
Style: not serious, witty, humorous, absurd, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: art, photographer, lifestyle, stripper, social differences, ambition, misfit, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), satire, popularity, photograph ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, baltimore, usa, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 74K
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andie is an outcast, hanging out either with her older boss, who owns the record store where she works, or her quirky high school classmate Duckie, who has a crush on her. When one of the rich and popular kids at school, Blane, asks Andie out, it ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: rich man poor woman, high school, friendship, teenage love, prom, record store, crush, romance, relationships, love, slumber party, social differences ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, massachusetts, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
High School Musical 2 (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The East High Wildcats are ready to have the time of their lives. Troy (Zac Efron) is thrilled when he’s offered a job in a country club, but it’s all part of Sharpay’s (Ashley Tisdale) plot to lure him away from Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens). ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, feel good, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teenage love, high school life, youth, love and romance, ambition, country club, teenager, talent show, buddies, teenage life, follow your dream, music ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.8
 6K
Breakin' (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A struggling young dancer joins forces with two breakdancers and together they become a street sensation.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, cult film ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: dancing, breakdance, hip hop, rivalry, dance, rap, breakdancing, music, friends, street kid, showbiz, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, australia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Cheetah Girls (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A four-member teen girl group named the Cheetah Girls go to a Manhattan High School for the Performing Arts and try to become the first freshmen to win the talent show in the school's history. During the talent show auditions, they meet a ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, showbiz, coming of age, high school, fashion, musician's life, follow your dream, music band, ambition, rising to stardom, lifestyle, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
 7K
Roll Bounce (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s Chicago. The ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: rivalry, coming of age, friendship, teenage love, contests and competitions, youth, romance, skating, parents and children, teenage life, underdog, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When the teenager Mary Elizabeth Steppe, a.k.a. Lola, moves with her mother and two younger twin sisters from New York to the suburb of Dellwood, New Jersey, she has the feeling that her cultural and entertaining world ended. While in school, the ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: high school, fish out of water, rivalry, romance, family relations, teenage life, lifestyle, love and romance, coming of age, showbiz, mother daughter relationship, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, drummer, showbiz, recording studio, friendship, rising to stardom, ambition, rise and fall, musician's life, fame, celebrity culture, music band ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, las vegas, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When rebellious street dancer Andie lands at the elite Maryland School of the Arts, she finds herself fighting to fit in while also trying to hold onto her old life. When she joins forces with the schools hottest dancer, Chase, to form a crew of ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, light, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: dancing, dancer's life, teenage love, breakdance, contests and competitions, youth, hip hop, dancer, dance school, ballet, friendship, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Dance with Me (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn't know he is Rafael's father. John runs a dance studio, and everyone prepares for the World ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: dancing, ballroom dancing, dancer's life, dance, romance, follow your dream, social differences, teachers and students, opposites attract, hopes, ambition, music ...
Place: las vegas, usa, latin america, cuba, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 5.9
 33K
Drumline (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A fish-out-of-water comedy about a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a Southern university, expecting to lead its marching band's drumline to victory. He initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: rivalry, music, underdog, college life, follow your dream, musician's life, prodigy, music band, rise to the top, hopes, youth, blind ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: harlem, georgia, usa, atlanta georgia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this modern telling of the classic tale, aspiring singer Katie Gibbs falls for the new boy at her performing arts high school. But Katie's wicked stepmother and stepsister are scheming to crush her dream before she can sing her way into his ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, family outing, date night, pre-teens
Plot: cinderella story, love and romance, cinderella, teenage love, teenage life, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, youth, music, musician's life, family, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Right This Way Folks! (1964)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Elvis plays a bad-boy singer roaming the highways on his Japanese motorcycle; laid up after an accident, he joins a carnival owned by the feisty Barbara Stanwyck.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: romance, boss and employee, teenage life, college, family business, parents and children, fall in love, youth, workplace, music, hopes, actor's life ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 1960s
Place: egypt, california, new jersey, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Liberty Heights (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955.
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, anti semitism, americana, racism, interracial relations, high school, family relations, semi autobiographical, culture clash, race issues, society, human nature ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 60s, 20th century, year 1955 ...
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Aspiring actor and hot-dog stand employee Bobby Taylor catches the ire of his grandmother for auditioning for a role in the regrettably titled exploitation film "Jivetime Jimmy's Revenge." When Tinseltown Studios casts Taylor in the ...
Style: humorous, witty, feel good, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, hollywood, farce, racism, satire, artists and showbiz, actor's life, society, misfit, interracial relations, filmmaking, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Raise Your Voice (2004)
Genre: Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Raise Your Voice is a coming-of-age story centered around a small-town singer, brokenhearted by the death of her brother in a car crash, who had secretly submitted her for a summer session at a performing arts academy in Los Angeles. In the ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, inspirational, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, music, teenager, ambition, rivalry, music school, lifestyle, musician's life, teenage life, romance, fall in love, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Flamingo Kid (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Willis, thoroughly unhappy with his modest homestead, embraces the other-world aspects of his summer job at the posh Flamingo Club. He spurns his father in favor of the patronage of smooth-talking Phil Brody and is seduced ...
Style: humorous, captivating, light, exciting, touching ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, kids
Plot: coming of age, romance, wisdom of life, youth, nightclub, social differences, fall in love, summer job, gambler, family relations, cheating, brooklyn new york city ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963, 50s ...
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.4
 15K
Prom (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: At “Prom,” every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. As the big dance approaches for Nova Prescott, it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei and Tyler ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, light ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: teenage love, prom, friendship, unlikely couple, high school, teenage life, wooing, love and romance, opposites attract, youth, friends, bad guy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 2K
Rags (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Rags follows the story of Charlie Prince, an orphan living with his acerbic and unloving stepfather and spoiled, simple-minded stepbrothers. Charlie's dream is to be a singer, and while he is vocally talented and can write music, he can't ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: cinderella story, teenage love, youth, showbiz, follow your dream, desire for fame, ambition, artists and showbiz, love and romance, hopes, fall in love, unlikely couple ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.9
 74K
Rock of Ages (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.
Style: humorous, stylized, entertaining, light, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: rock, ambition, fall in love, teenager, rock star, waiter, youth, performance, follow your dream, musician's life, hopes, showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After a talent scout spots her performing with her dog Boi at a charity gala, Sharpay Evans sets off for the bright lights of NYC, convinced instant fame and fortune are in the bag. But theatre's a dog-eat-dog world. Fortunately, Sharpay also ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: showbiz, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, desire for fame, love and romance, actor's life, follow your dream, rivalry, musician's life, disorder, fish out of water, pets ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The American Mall (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The executive producers of High School Musical keep the good times rolling with this upbeat musical comedy set in the one place every American teenager's home away from home - the local shopping mall. Ally (Nina Dobrev) is an optimistic ...
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ambition, rise to the top, save the day, love and romance, youth, musician's life, teenage love, lifestyle, shopping, shopping mall, couples, optimism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%