Movies and TV shows like Smash

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Smash (2012)
 7.7
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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, actor's life, actor, singer, producer, actress, ambition, follow your dream, lifestyle, starlet, desire for fame, rising to stardom, musician, career, talented, fame, dancer, sexuality, divorce, star, backstage, cultural icon, audition, performance, rivals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 semi serious films and TV series with plots about artists and showbiz, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, desire for fame, music and rising to stardom mostly in Drama, Musical and Music genres. Some movies like Smash: Burlesque (2010), Hollywood Heights (2012), Nashville (2012), Glee (2009), Dreamgirls (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
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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, melancholic, entertaining, romantic, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: cabaret, follow your dream, backstage, desire for fame, performer's life, nightclub, nightlife, burlesque, dancing, ambition, stripper, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, iowa, chicago illinois
⇓ 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: touching, realistic, captivating, psychological, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cinderella story, follow your dream, musician, audition, star, fame, ambition, best friends, student, fall in love, backstage, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.7
 23K
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, sincere, realistic, serious, sentimental
Plot: country music, music, fame, singer, musician, family relations, rivalry, lifestyle, desire for fame, musician's life, showbiz, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, nashville tennessee, southern usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 137K
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, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: gay teenager, high school, music band, contests and competitions, singing, coach, desire for fame, teenage life, performance, ambition, musician, outcast ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 6.5
 69K
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, singing, manager, african american, performer's life, fame, backstage, show business, soul music, lifestyle, musician ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: detroit, los angeles, usa, new york, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: serious, captivating, emotional, realistic
Plot: music band, musician's life, performance, showbiz, aids, social differences, theater, drug abuse, actor's life, life is a bitch, artist, opera ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ 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, captivating, psychological, sexy
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: artists and showbiz, desire for fame, temptation, ambition, lifestyle, hopes, follow your dream, talent agent, neighbor, showbiz, comedian, roommate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, serious, captivating, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: music, showbiz, filmmaking, rising to stardom, actor's life, lifestyle, ambition, addiction, celebrity culture, couple relations, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, 50s
Place: california, usa, london, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 6.5
 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: serious, realistic, stylized, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: ambition, actor's life, singing, rising to stardom, performer's life, hopes, best friends, love and romance, lifestyle, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, chorus girl ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 3K
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: feel good, realistic, semi serious, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, music, dance, dancing, friendship, desire for fame, teenage life, power relations, rehearsal, coming of age, youth, student life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 20K
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, captivating, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: high school, dance school, graduation, music, audition, high school life, follow your dream, ballet, youth, rising to stardom, breaking point, rehearsal ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: hopes, love and romance, couples, life is a bitch, ambition, addiction, showbiz, small town life, country, small town, on the road, relationship vs career ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, nashville tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.4
 158K
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, realistic, not serious, cynical ...
Plot: actor, hollywood, buddies, fame, friendship, producer, wealth, celebrity, lifestyle, actor's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, beverly hills, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.8
 620
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: humorous, stylized, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, music, hopes, youth, ambition, performer's life, follow your dream, dancer's life, contests and competitions, lifestyle, rivalry, high school life ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 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, touching, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: singer, star, desire for fame, musician's life, rise and fall, ambition, comeback, success, fame, showbiz, rising to stardom, folk hero ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa, memphis, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 3.8
 1K
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, uplifting, serious, emotional ...
Plot: ambition, self discovery, hopes, follow your dream, dancing, parents and children, hip hop, contests and competitions, dancer's life, desire for fame, dance school, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: stylized, captivating, emotional, lyrical, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, rehearsal, rise to the top, broadway musical, choreography, backstage, ballet, broadway, audition, ambition, music, sensuality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.2
 329
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, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: hollywood, human spirit, relationship vs career, introspection, actor's life, desire for fame, ambition, society, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, couples, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 7.9
 28K
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: music, showbiz, womanizer, workaholic, show business, divorce, love and romance, downfall, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, dancer's life, charity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.8
 13K
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: realistic, semi serious, twists and turns, captivating, biting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: showbiz, media, manipulation, dishonesty, media satire, reality, ambition, manipulations, artists and showbiz, workplace intrigue, eligible bachelor, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Di Di Hollywood (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bar worker Diana Diaz (Elsa Pataky) leaves Madrid for Miami and with new boyfriend, Robert (Luis Hacha), they then head for Hollywood, prepared to do anything for fame.
Style: captivating, realistic, cynical, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: hollywood, desire for fame, showbiz, actor's life, ambition, follow your dream, rising to stardom, infidelity, sex scene, agent, casting couch, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: sincere, touching, realistic, captivating, semi serious
Plot: showbiz, ambition, rise to the top, desire for fame, love and romance, music band, life is a bitch, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.0
 204
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: realistic, sincere, feel good, sentimental, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: ambition, performer's life, music, desire for fame, hopes, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, lifestyle, performance art, female student, student, performance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, american dream, follow your dream, ambition, lifestyle, ambitious, businessman, buddies, resourceful, success, determination, career ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 394
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, music band, hip hop, prodigy, ambition, musician's life, rise to the top, rising to stardom, friendship, society, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: realistic, serious, sexy, contemplative
Audience: teens
Plot: model, desire for fame, rise to the top, lifestyle, ambition, teenage life, intrigue, haunted by the past, teaching the ways of the world, dishonesty, rivalry, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 38K
Empire (2015)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: A powerful family drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, twists and turns, suspense
Plot: music, hip hop, showbiz, artists and showbiz, rapper, musician's life, family relations, ambition, sibling rivalry, workplace, couple relations, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 20K
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, artists and showbiz, oldies, relationship vs career ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s, 1930s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, baltimore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 mall, shopping, teenage life, optimism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy TV show.
Style: witty, realistic, semi serious, talky, humorous ...
Plot: tv show, workplace situations, showbiz, friendship, workplace problem, comedian, artists and showbiz, backstage, determination, renewed love, teamwork, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%