Movies like The Mambo Kings

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The Mambo Kings (1992)
 6.4
 5K
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Mambo Kings tells the story of César and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians who flee from Cuba to America in search of the American Dream.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional, touching, captivating, sexy, feel good, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: latin, music, romance, performer's life, musician's life, true love, family relations, ambition, rags to riches, brother brother relationship, love triangle, fame, rising to stardom, rich and poor, immigrants, nightclub, showbiz, sibling rivalry, music business, love story, friends, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, family life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, usa, latin america, manhattan new york city, havana cuba

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Most similar movies to The Mambo Kings

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and touching films with plots about artists and showbiz, musician's life, music, musician, ambition, lifestyle and couples mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like The Mambo Kings: Purple Rain (1984), Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004), Selena (1997), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), King of Salsa (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.6
 20K
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, price of fame, passion, stage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In pre-revolution Cuba, Katey Miller is about to defy everyone's expectations. Instead of a parent-approved suitor, Katey is drawn to the sexy waiter, Javier, who spends his nights dancing in Havana's nightclubs. As she secretly learns to ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, fall in love, dancing, couples, romance, parents and children, youth, love and romance, young lovers, hopes, interracial relations, social differences ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 80s
Place: cuba, havana cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 26K
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, latin, family relations, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, celebrity culture, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 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, realistic, serious, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, dancing, showbiz, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.9
 29K
La Bamba (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, audition, music business, musician, rock star, music industry, family relations, interracial relations, death of protagonist, main character dies ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, rock and roll, music, blues, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 2.3
 22K
Glitter (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young woman is catapulted into pop stardom, with her already-famous DJ boyfriend calling the shots.
Style: emotional, exciting, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: romance, showbiz, hopes, music, talent, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, love affair, rising to stardom, follow your dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 6.9
 1K
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: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: alcohol abuse, showbiz, girl group, singer, rising to stardom, love and romance, strong female presence, family relations, family problems, couples, soul music, family in crisis ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new york state, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.3
 17K
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, love and romance, cheating on husband ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, tennessee, dallas texas, nashville tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: air disaster, price of fame, singer, affection, disc jockey, rags to riches, music, friends, couples, relationship vs career, human spirit, showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, musician's life, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, human nature, family problems, career change, relationship vs career ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state, nashville tennessee, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
 33K
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, rising to stardom, desire for fame, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, performer's life, musician's life, buddies, performance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.0
 4K
Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: elvis presley, price of fame, celebrity culture, rags to riches, musician's life, music, desire for fame, showbiz, music band, performer's life, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.1
 2K
Habana Blues (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Spain, Cuba, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Spanish record producers express interest in Cuban musicians Ruy and Tito, the longtime friends are faced with the prospect of leaving their loved ones behind. After years of hoping and dreaming, they've finally earned the opportunity to ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: musician's life, ambition, follow your dream, lifestyle, music band, friends, artists and showbiz, music, immigrants, relationship vs career, moral dilemma, latin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, usa, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, destructive relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 3K
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: music, addiction, musician's life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, artists and showbiz, estrangement, human nature, alcohol abuse, mother daughter relationship, redemption, singer ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tradition, showbiz, family relations, parents and children, religions or cults, follow your dream, desire for fame, lifestyle, estrangement, musician's life, artists and showbiz, father son relationship ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, new york, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Tender Mercies (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: character study, country music, comeback, guitar, music, starting over, musician's life, love and romance, self discovery, redemption, love affair, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 10K
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, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: romance, rise and fall, self discovery, tragic love, fame, rock star, friends, couples, showbiz, relationship vs career, celebrity culture, love affair ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.7
 6K
Sparkle (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: musician's life, family relations, rising to stardom, ambition, music band, lifestyle, desire for fame, abusive husband, artists and showbiz, family problems, showbiz, female bonding ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Identical (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Great Depression, identical twins are separated at birth. One, Drexel Hemsley becomes a wildly successful '50s rock star, while the other, Ryan Wade, struggles to balance his passion for music and pleasing his parents, who want him ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching, exciting ...
Plot: twins, musician, ambition, supportive spouse, musician's life, family relations, rising to stardom, jazz, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, twin brother, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 30s, 60s, 40s ...
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A film about the singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, price of fame, fall in love, abusive husband, music, musician's life, ambition, rape victim, love and romance, hopes, showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 7.8
 235K
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: musician's life, country music, music, marriage, accident, musician, rock and roll, profanity, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, divorce ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: memphis, usa, germany, tennessee, arkansas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.7
 3K
Light of Day (1987)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fox and Jett play a brother and sister who are lead performers in a rock band, The Barbusters, in Cleveland, Ohio. The sister, Patti Rasnick, is an unmarried mother and has a troubled relationship with her own mother, who is deeply religious. ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: cancer, family relations, music, single parent, artists and showbiz, music band, unfulfillment, lifestyle, musician's life, rising to stardom, rise and fall, ambition ...
Time: 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Competition (1980)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, family relations, romance, music, rivalry, contests and competitions, lifestyle, prodigy, musician's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 14K
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to tell the tale of his remarkable life. Kevin Spacey did his own singing for Beyond the Sea, recreating Bobby ...
Style: sentimental, touching, stylized, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: lifestyle, musician's life, music, rising to stardom, ambition, rise and fall, love and romance, showbiz, couples, artists and showbiz, family secret, pianist ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa, las vegas, italy, beverly hills, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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 ⇓
42%
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, serious, realistic, touching, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, love triangle, nightclub, brother brother relationship, music, romance, couples, family relations, rivalry, lifestyle, ego clash, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.0
 576
Hard to Hold (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Details the efforts of a pop-rock star (James Roberts / Rick Springfield) to win the love of a woman he meets in a car accident. None of the usual gambits work on this woman, who has never heard of him. Complications arise involving the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: date night
Plot: music, jazz, love triangle, fall in love, music band, youth, romance, performer's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, opposites attract, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%