Movies and TV shows like Smash

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Smash (2012)
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Smash (2012)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Smash is an American musical drama television series created by playwright Theresa Rebeck and developed by Robert Greenblatt for NBC. Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers. The series was broadcast in the US by NBC and produced by DreamWorks Television and Universal Television. The series revolves around a fictional New York theater community and specifically the creation of a new Broadway musical. It features a large ensemble cast, led by Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, and Anjelica Huston. The show debuted on February 6, 2012, and its first season ended on May 14, 2012. Its second and final season premiered on February 5, 2013 and ended on May 26, 2013. NBC announced a change in their lineup in March 2013 and moved the show to Saturdays starting April 6, 2013. The series was officially cancelled on May 10, 2013. Second and final season executive producer/show runner Josh Safran said the final episode of season two would work as a series finale, should the series not be renewed. The series, particularly the pilot episode, enjoyed some critical success. The first season received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography amongst 4 nominations. The series was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: showbiz, dancer, actress, actor's life, singer, actor, producer, follow your dream, ambition, lifestyle, starlet, desire for fame, rising to stardom, musician, career, fame, talented, divorce, sexuality, backstage, cultural icon, rivals, audition, performance, young woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa

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Most similar movies to Smash

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, captivating, serious and sexy films and TV series with plots about ambition, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, showbiz, desire for fame, music and performer's life mostly in Drama, Musical and Music genres. Some movies like Smash: Burlesque (2010), Glee (2009), Nashville (2012), Hollywood Heights (2012), Dreamgirls (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, stylized, light, melancholic, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: cabaret, love and romance, performer's life, desire for fame, dancing, follow your dream, ambition, nightclub, dancer, stripper, backstage, nightlife ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, iowa, usa, chicago illinois
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 6.8
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Glee (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Glee is an American teen musical comedy-drama television series that airs on the Fox network in the United States. It focuses on the reconstituted William McKinley High School glee club, New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition ...
Style: stylized, feel good, humorous, suspense, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: high school, gay teenager, cheerleader, contests and competitions, coach, music band, performance, teenage life, ambition, outcast, youth, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 26K
Nashville (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them, and often complicating their lives, are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well ...
Style: captivating, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental
Plot: country music, music, fame, musician, family relations, singer, rivalry, country, lifestyle, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, nashville tennessee, southern usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Hollywood Heights (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Loren (Brittany Underwood) a smart, shy and independent high school senior who has ambitions of being a songwriter, secretly sends her song lyrics to her celebrity crush, rock superstar Eddie Duran (Cody Longo). Loren's wildest dreams come true ...
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cinderella story, follow your dream, musician, best friends, fame, audition, ambition, talented, fan, backstage, fall in love, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 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: performer's life, african american, showbiz, singer, manager, fame, backstage, lifestyle, musician, love affair, ambition, desire for fame ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: detroit, los angeles, usa, new york, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The L.A. Complex (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Six young performers having been dubbed “most likely to succeed” in their hometowns now face the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime in the City of Angels.
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, psychological, captivating
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: desire for fame, artists and showbiz, temptation, lifestyle, ambition, hopes, follow your dream, talent agent, neighbor, dancer, roommate, comedian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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100%
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Based on Puccini's opera La bohème, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create in New York City in the 1990s. This is a live recording of Rent's final performance after more than 12 ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: theater, music band, showbiz, performance, musician's life, aids, social differences, drug abuse, artist, opera, music, actor's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
Duration: 170 min.
TV show
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, captivating, serious, emotional ...
Plot: showbiz, filmmaking, singer, rising to stardom, actor's life, addiction, ambition, lifestyle, celebrity culture, couple relations, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: california, usa, new york, london, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.4
 2K
Star! (1968)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: Gertrude Lawrence rises to stage stardom at the cost of happiness.
Style: non-linear, sentimental, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: actor's life, ambition, best friends, lifestyle, love and romance, hopes, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, performer's life, desire for fame, celebrity culture, cinderella story ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 4K
Fame (1982)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Fame is an American television series originally produced between 1982 and 1987. The show is based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name. Using a mixture of drama and music, it followed the lives of the students and faculty at the New York ...
Style: realistic, feel good, semi serious, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, dancing, desire for fame, friendship, coming of age, youth, music, power relations, rehearsal, high school life, teenage life, student life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.5
 168K
Entourage (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
Story: Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent.
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: hollywood, actor, buddies, fame, friendship, producer, wealth, celebrity, actor's life, lifestyle, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, beverly hills, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 23K
Fame (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, kids, teen drama
Plot: dance school, high school, high school life, graduation, music, audition, follow your dream, ballet, rising to stardom, youth, rehearsal, breaking point ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.5
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Fast Forward (1985)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Eight young people from Ohio who are dancers, come to New York, to compete in a major talent competition. But when they get there, they learn that they have to wait some time before they take part in it. So they try to do their best to survive in ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, feel good, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, friends, family relations, couples, music, dancer's life, performer's life, survival, coming of age, love and romance, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Blue Valley Songbird (1999)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Country singer Leana Taylor (Dolly Parton) struggles to escape from her controlling manager/boyfriend Hank (John Terry) as well as her troubled past. After turning to her guitarist (Billy Dean), Leanna finally faces her past, including her estranged ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: country, country music, couples, on the road, relationship vs career, addiction, small town life, small town, showbiz, hopes, performer's life, follow your dream ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, nashville tennessee
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Go for It! (2011)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Carmen is a good student with a bad attitude who lives for dancing in the underground clubs of Chicago. She yearns to be 'somebody' but is afraid to believe in herself. Her immigrant Mexican, working-class parents want her to stay in ...
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: dancing, ambition, hopes, follow your dream, self discovery, contests and competitions, dancer's life, teachers and students, parents and children, desire for fame, family relations, dance school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.2
 4K
Elvis (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 173 min.
TV show
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, lifestyle, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, folk hero, comeback, fame ...
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: usa, beverly hills, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio (2017)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The inspiring and poignant story will follow in the footsteps of Jenni Rivera towards a dream of fame; An autobiographical journey from birth, based on her book "Unbreakable", as well as unpublished testimonies that reveal, as never ...
Style: captivating, disturbing
Plot: desire for fame, rising to stardom, direction and purpose, ambition, female protagonist, performer's life, ambitious woman, artist, glory, aspiration, lifestyle
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.0
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The Wager (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor at the pinnacle of his Hollywood career finds himself buckling to temptation after he accepts the lead in a classic tale of good versus evil. Michael Steele has just been nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. In the wake of that ...
Style: realistic, serious, christian film, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: hollywood, actor's life, ambition, desire for fame, relationship vs career, introspection, human spirit, artists and showbiz, society, hotshot hero, hopes, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 6.2
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A Chorus Line (1985)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A group of dancers congregate on the stage of a Broadway theatre to audition for a new musical production directed by Zach (Michael Douglas). After the initial eliminations, seventeen hopefuls remain, among them Cassie (Alyson Reed), who once had a ...
Style: sexy, stylized, captivating, emotional, lyrical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, broadway, rehearsal, rise to the top, choreography, backstage, ballet, audition, ambition, music, sensuality, choreographer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.8
 15K
UnREAL (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Set against the backdrop of a hit dating competition show, "UnREAL" is led by Rachel, a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the ...
Style: biting, realistic, semi serious, twists and turns, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: showbiz, media, media satire, manipulation, dishonesty, ambition, artists and showbiz, workplace intrigue, eligible bachelor, workplace situations, tv show, blind ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The daily lives of young models living together in a models' residence in New York, while struggling to deal with the cutthroat competition and fleeting fame of the fashion world.
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, captivating, contemplative
Audience: teens
Plot: model, ambition, desire for fame, rise to the top, lifestyle, intrigue, teenage life, dishonesty, youth, rivalry, teaching the ways of the world, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
How to Make It in America (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Trying to make a name for themselves in New York's competitive fashion scene, Ben Epstein and his friend and business partner Cam Calderon use their street knowledge and connections to bring their ambitions to fruition. With the help of ...
Style: semi serious, stylized, captivating, entertaining, realistic ...
Plot: entrepreneur, follow your dream, ambition, lifestyle, businessman, ambitious, american dream, buddies, resourceful, determination, success, career ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.8
 32K
All That Jazz (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him - his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his ...
Style: surreal, touching, captivating, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: showbiz, music, broadway, workaholic, divorce, downfall, dancer's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, lifestyle, performer's life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "Meat Loaf" Aday is an overgrown Texas youngster, the son of a gentle woman dying of cancer and an alcoholic, abusive father. Tormented by his father and schoolmates over his size, he strikes out on his own after his mother's death, ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, captivating, semi serious
Plot: showbiz, ambition, rise to the top, desire for fame, love and romance, music band, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, musician's life, terminal illness ...
Time: 70s
Place: texas, usa, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.5
 239
Fame L.A. (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Fame L.A. is an American drama series that aired in syndication from 1997-1998. It told the story of a drama/dance school in Los Angeles where students honed their talents while overcoming various personal problems. It starred Christian Kane, ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, sentimental, sincere
Audience: teens
Plot: ambition, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, lifestyle, hopes, performer's life, desire for fame, music, performance art, performance, mentor, student ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy TV show.
Style: realistic, witty, talky, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: workplace problem, comedian, artists and showbiz, showbiz, workplace situations, friendship, backstage, friends, director, teamwork, renewed love, old friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 23K
Funny Girl (1968)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: The life of comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies, including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein.
Style: captivating, humorous, touching, feel good, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: showbiz, divorce, romance, ambition, desire for fame, performer's life, couples, seaport, marriage, family problems, unsupportive spouse, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 50s ...
Place: new york, usa, baltimore, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Make It Happen (2008)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams as a dancer, a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery.
Style: captivating, feel good, light, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: follow your dream, ambition, rivalry, love and romance, youth, contests and competitions, self discovery, friendship, dance school, dancing, dancer's life, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 8.7
 235K
Mad Men (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, located nearby in the Time-Life Building, at 1271 ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, stylized, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: family problems, workplace, advertising agency, womanizer, boss and employee, advertising, career, ambition, workplace intrigue, americana, boss, businessman ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.3
 422
Antonia (2006)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: Brazil
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Determined to escape their poverty-stricken lives, four talented young women living on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, form an all-female rap group but find their road to success is riddled with sexism, racism, and violence. One by one, they ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough
Plot: music band, hip hop, prodigy, musician's life, ambition, rise to the top, rising to stardom, friendship, society, life is a bitch, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%