Movies like Nowhere Boy

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
 7.1
 35K
Nowhere Boy (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The drama tells the story of Lennon's teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood
Style: sincere, touching, witty, sentimental, feel good, realistic, semi serious, emotional, intense, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: musician's life, prodigy, follow your dream, musician, aunt nephew relationship, coming of age, rock and roll, adolescence, dysfunctional family, parents and children, hopes, artists and showbiz, aspiring musician, childhood, friendship, music band, dark past, hit by a car, coming-of-age, the beatles, character study, siblings relations, music, family drama, love ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1940s, 70s
Place: liverpool, england, europe, new zealand, hamburg germany, california, new jersey

Most similar movies to Nowhere Boy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and touching films with plots about musician, music, runaway, mentor, musician's life, artists and showbiz and storytelling mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Nowhere Boy: Sing Street (2016), Control (2007), Billy Elliot (2000), La Vie en Rose (2007), Backbeat (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.9
 86K
Sing Street (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, lyrical, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: music band, musician's life, friendship, youth, singing, teenage life, music, school, singer, family, coming of age, dream girl ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ireland, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 62K
Control (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA, Australia, Japan, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, depressing, touching, lyrical ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, epilepsy, music, music band, depression, punk, performance, suicide, fame, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1980, 80s
Place: europe, england, london, manchester england, northern england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 127K
Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, feel good, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, date night, girls' night
Plot: ballet, coming of age, follow your dream, gay, dancer's life, audition, father son relationship, family relations, gay slur, prejudice, working class, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 83K
La Vie en Rose (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France, UK, Czech Republic
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A swirling, impressionistic portrait of an artist who regretted nothing, writer-director Olivier Dahan's La Vie en Rose stars Marion Cotillard in a blazing performance as the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. From the mean streets of the ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, gloomy, disturbing, based on true events ...
Plot: singer, musician's life, music, french, star, loss of child, rising to stardom, fame, death, poverty, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: france, europe, paris france, montmartre paris, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 6K
Backbeat (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chronicles the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany. The film focuses primarily on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (played by Stephen Dorff) and John Lennon (played by Ian Hart), and also with Sutcliffe's German girlfriend ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, music band, guitar, photograph, body painting, music, lifestyle, love and romance, musician's life, artists and showbiz, ambition, rising to stardom ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: hamburg germany, england, northern germany, liverpool, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 1K
Lennon Naked (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A profile of John Lennon in the late 1960s as the Beatles are set to fall apart.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: music band, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, disagreement, family relations, peaceful mission, couples, couple relations, dysfunctional family, rock, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Legend of 1900 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 169 min.
Story: The story of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of ...
Style: touching, sincere, breathtaking, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: pianist, musician, jazz, prodigy, orphan, genius, loneliness, music, ship, musician's life, ocean, child prodigy ...
Time: 30s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20s ...
Place: new orleans, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.8
 111K
Once (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, music, pianist, street musician, friendship, singer, recording studio, romance, unfulfilled love, hopes, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, london, czech republic, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 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 ⇓
29%
 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 ⇓
29%
 7.2
 3K
Marina (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Belgium, Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of Rocco Granata, an Italian coal miner's son who followed his passion for music against his father's wishes and social barriers.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: against the odds, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, ambition, musician's life, society, parents and children, hopes, first love, immigrants, father son relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s
Place: belgium, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 46K
The Runaways (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the Runaways -- the now-legendary group that paved the way for future generations of female rockers. Under the Svengalilike influence of ...
Style: stylized, emotional, captivating, sexy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, rock music, teenage life, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, ambition, music, drugs/alcohol, musician, teenager, coming of age, name calling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: japan, california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 51K
Shine (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.
Style: emotional, realistic, intense, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: pianist, prodigy, child prodigy, overbearing parent, music, piano, musician's life, fame, human spirit, father son relationship, nervous breakdown, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: australia, south australia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
 104K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, prodigy, music, youth, child prodigy, musician's life, orphanage, hopes, musician, lie, dancing, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1995, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 52K
The Soloist (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: musician, prodigy, cello, homeless, music, street musician, mental illness, musician's life, life is a bitch, rich and poor, unlikely partners, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 ⇓
26%
Mozart's Sister (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy
Plot: family relations, prodigy, musician's life, against the rules, follow your dream, feminism, gender, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, dishonesty, rebellion, hopes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, london, brussels, paris france, brussels belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 ⇓
25%
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 7.2
 84K
Crazy Heart (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son. But can he leave behind an ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: musician, country music, alcohol abuse, journalist, loneliness, singer, redemption, financial problem, hopes, alcoholic, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, santa fe new mexico, phoenix arizona, new mexico, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music, music teacher, school, high school, follow your dream, dedicated educator, teachers and students, musician, hopes, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1990s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 144K
Begin Again (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A long lost music producer finds a singer-songwriter right about the moment he has given up all hope on life.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, romantic, lyrical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, musician's life, city life, coping, father daughter relationship, relationships, follow your dream, betrayal, street musician, male female relationship, urban, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Running on Empty (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, vietnam war, radical, hidden identity, follow your dream, parents and children, haunted by the past, eccentric family, rebelliousness, family in crisis, society, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1971 ...
Place: new jersey, usa, florida, new york, oakland california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 36K
Love & Mercy (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The life of reclusive and eccentric Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson.
Style: serious, emotional, factual, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: mental illness, psychotherapist, musician, pop music, music, musician's life, power relations, artists and showbiz, doctors and patients, showbiz, addiction, drug abuse ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: usa, california, malibu california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Permanent Record (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David Sinclair seems to have everything going for him: he's smart, musically talented, and very successful. To top off his senior year in high school, his band is trying to get a recording session. Therefore, David's suicide leaves ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, suicide, grief, lifestyle, misfit, social misfits, society, romance, buddies, school, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: oregon, portland oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Immortal Beloved (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was. Not easy as Beethoven has had ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: pianist, investigation, secretary, letter, uncle nephew relationship, music, musician, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, musician's life, historical character, couples ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1820s
Place: austria, europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Together with You (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: China, South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When a violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is "adopted" by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach - ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: violin, prodigy, ambition, father son relationship, teenage life, musician's life, rise to the top, youth, hopes, human nature, music competition, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, beijing china, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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 ⇓
24%
A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: autism, child prodigy, prodigy, death of father, coming of age, mathematics, teenager, family relations, social misfits, contests and competitions, hopes, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996, 70s
Place: taiwan, england, asia, taipei
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 139K
Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, musician, pianist, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, music, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.
Style: emotional, tense, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: family relations, prodigy, sibling rivalry, career, flute, multiple sclerosis, sister sister relationship, cello, concert, music, musician, cellist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%