Movies like Idlewild

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Idlewild (2006)
 6.2
 5K
Idlewild (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations to his father.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, erotic, weird, melancholic, surreal, splatter, twists and turns, whimsical ...
Plot: gangsters, nightclub, song and dance, musician's life, artists and showbiz, hip hop, crimes, love and romance, rivalry, talking to the dead, husband wife relationship, gangster, african american, mortician, fistfight, piano lesson, stylish, jazz, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, friends, performer's life, crime, graphic violence, ambition ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20th century, 20s
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to Idlewild

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, stylized, serious and melancholic films with plots about gangsters, runaway, dialogue, mentor, storytelling, brutality and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Idlewild: The Cotton Club (1984), Moonlight Serenade (2009), Harlem Nights (1989), Mobsters (1991), Hoodlum (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, interracial relations, nightclub, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crimes, crime, love triangle, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Moonlight Serenade (2009)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A jazz musician performs alongside a coat check girl with a beautiful voice in this musical drama from director Giancarlo Tallarico. By day Nate earns his living as a financial manager, but when night falls, he helps the girl with her singing career ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, sentimental, stylized
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: jazz, couples, artists and showbiz, fall in love, love affair, romance, love and romance, musician's life, fired from the job, musician, singer, sexual content ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.1
 21K
Harlem Nights (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: "Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any ...
Style: stylized, humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nightclub, friends, rivalry, gangsters, interracial relations, bully, police, crimes, crime, corruption, nightlife, urban ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s, 80s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.0
 9K
Mobsters (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, betrayal, murder, crimes, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, tough heroes, dishonesty, blind ambition, organized crime ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.3
 11K
Hoodlum (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, bandit, crimes, crime, psychopath, rich and poor, interracial relations, gambling, graphic violence, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Brooklyn Rules (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Brooklyn, 1985. With the mob world as a backdrop, three life-long friends struggle with questions of love, loss and loyalty.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, rough ...
Plot: friendship, gangsters, crimes, friends, love affair, youth, coming of age, murder, revenge, danger, rivalry, city life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's ...
Style: surreal, gloomy, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: bank, infidelity, pimp, traveling salesman, marriage, great depression, teacher, bittersweet, society, friends, real world, dark humor ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 82K
Burlesque (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming ...
Style: sexy, melancholic, entertaining, romantic, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: cabaret, performer's life, desire for fame, backstage, nightclub, follow your dream, ambition, dancing, nightlife, love and romance, stripper, dancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, iowa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, psychological, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, music, friendship, musician's life, rivalry, band, love triangle, saxophonist, jealousy, romance, fall in love, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, year 1969
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
 39K
Hustle & Flow (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: hip hop, rapper, midlife crisis, musician, career, singer, drug dealing, life is a bitch, human spirit, hip hop culture, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: memphis, tennessee, usa, egypt, mount everest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 234K
Lawless (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: harsh, stylized, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, smuggling, crimes, mafia, gang, fist fighting, greed, rivalry, rebellion, ambitious, uninhibited rivalry, bootlegging ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Wayne Dobie is a shy cop whose low-key demeanor has earned him the affectionate nickname "Mad Dog." After Mad Dog saves the life of Frank Milo, a crime boss and aspiring stand-up comedian, he's offered the company of an attractive ...
Style: clever, humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), police, police officer, fistfight, crime, crimes, singing, romance, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, love triangle, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 21K
Purple Rain (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young man with a talent for music meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs.
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: aspiring singer, rivalry, performer's life, ambition, human spirit, love and romance, artists and showbiz, sensuality, love triangle, passion, stage, price of fame ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Black & White (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rich Bower is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, talky, psychological ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, interracial relations, high school, crime, crimes, athlete's life, culture clash, racism, social differences, city life, musician's life ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 10K
The Wanderers (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The streets of the Bronx are owned by 60’s youth gangs where the joy and pain of adolescence is lived. Philip Kaufman tells his take on the novel by Richard Price about the history of the Italian-American gang ‘The Wanderers.’
Style: rough, sentimental, serious, realistic, cult film ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: street gang, coming of age, gang, high school, pregnancy, gang war, cheerleader, gangsters, rock and roll, crimes, rivalry, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963, 80s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 101K
West Side Story (1961)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are ...
Style: modern day adaptation, stylized, captivating, tense, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, rivalry, tragic love, interracial relations, gang war, gang, young love, prejudice, immigrants, youth, stabbing, jealousy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: epic, melancholic, atmospheric, rough, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, rape, prohibition, corruption, crimes, friendship, criminal heroes, gangster, childhood friend, gunfight, murder ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 1920s, 30s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Queens, Mike Keegan is celebrating with his wife Ellie, his son Tommy and friends his recent promotion to detective in a precinct in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in a fancy club, the socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner of the ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, marriage, police detective, socialite, romance, gangsters, deadly, dishonesty, witnessing a crime, crime, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Leave It on the Floor (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Our African-American hero , Brad is bullied by his dysfunctional mom; he flees his home and by chance tumbles down the rabbit-hole into the LA ball scene where he finds a ragtag new famiiy. With music by Beyonce music director, Kim Burse, screenplay ...
Style: emotional, humorous, realistic, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: friendship, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, rivalry, society, nightclub, ambition, self discovery, nightlife, gender, gay, gay relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: crime, crimes, depression, on the road, romance, lovers on the run, chases and races, violence, storytelling, strong sexual content, justice, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1920s, 70s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, arkansas, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play smaltzy music and have never needed a day job...
Style: sexy, touching, clever, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, love triangle, nightclub, brother brother relationship, music, romance, family relations, couples, rivalry, lifestyle, ego clash, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: neo noir, serious, sexy, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, obsession, betrayal, infidelity, conspiracy, crimes, crime, fatal attraction, love affair, romance, adultery, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.8
 132K
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Set in the Bronx during the tumultuous 1960s, an adolescent boy is torn between his honest, working-class father and a violent yet charismatic crime boss. Complicating matters is the youngster's growing attraction - forbidden in his ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mentor, white male black female relationship, gang leader, loyalty, mafia, coming of age, friendship, urban ghetto, generation gap, nostalgia, mob boss ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1960, 20th century, year 1968
Place: bronx new york city, new york, usa, new york state, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Stormy Monday (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a corrupt American businessman tries to strong arm his way into businesses in Newcastle, England, he is thwarted by an club attendant and his waitress girlfriend.
Style: neo noir, tense, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: nightclub, gangsters, jazz, crimes, crime, betrayal, music band, prostitute, rivalry, criminal's revenge, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, las vegas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
 5K
Dinner Rush (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective and his wife specially invited by the owner; on the ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, witty, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: restaurant, chef, gambling, family relations, graphic violence, siblings relations, lifestyle, workplace situations, comedy of errors, workplace, revenge, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 4K
Love Jones (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with ...
Style: sexy, sentimental, romantic, light, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: love affair, friendship, romance, lifestyle, african american, writer's life, opposites attract, sex, ex boyfriend, honest, fall in love, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.9
 12K
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, jury, crimes, crime, coming of age, bribery, wanted, couples, graphic violence, rise to the top, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 42K
Notorious (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS ...
Style: serious, sincere, factual, melancholic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, african american, fame, rising to stardom, urban ghetto life, murder, music, ambition, success, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, backstage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1983, 80s
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.9
 33K
The Cooler (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: (William H. Macy) works at a Las Vegas casino, where he uses his innate ability to bring about misfortune in those around him to jinx gamblers into losing. His imposing boss, Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin), is happy with the arrangement. But Bernie ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, intense, offbeat ...
Plot: gambling, casino, bad luck, debt, romance, dangerous attraction, fall in love, cheating, couples, love and romance, dishonesty, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.
Style: atmospheric, feel good, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, looking for love, couple relations, romance, couples, young lovers, performer's life, artists and showbiz, breakup, lifestyle, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%