Movies like Pinero

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Pinero (2001)
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Pinero (2001)
Original name: Piñero
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and drug dealing, Piñero's prison experiences developed into the 1974 Tony-nominated play Short Eyes. The resulting notoriety and fame was too much for the Latino bad-boy genius who retreated to the darker corners of New York City.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, disturbing, factual, intense, realistic, enigmatic, melancholic, dark ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, ambition, rise and fall, lifestyle, rising to stardom, couple relations, life is a bitch, society, human nature, celebrity culture, down on your luck, genius, friendship, prostitute, street life, writer's life, artists and showbiz, social misfits, unfulfillment, drug addiction, drugs, creativity, poetry, drinking ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city

Most similar movies to Pinero

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and interesting films with plots about life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, ambition, drinking, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Pinero: Basquiat (1996), King of Salsa (2006), Chelsea Walls (2001), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Lenny (1974). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, realistic, captivating, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, basketball, rising to stardom, society, rise and fall, self destructing, overdose, celebrity culture, human spirit, ambition, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, artists and showbiz, musician's life, showbiz, ambition, romance, lifestyle, dancing, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: touching, serious, meditative, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, writer's life, rising to stardom, couple relations, looking for love, addiction, drug abuse, human nature, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel, musician's life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, minnesota, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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, sentimental, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: showbiz, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, human nature, teenage life, musician's life, artists and showbiz, couple relations, celebrity culture, music band ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 7.6
 13K
Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: rise and fall, against the rules, civil rights, stripper, drug abuse, fighting the system, lifestyle, showbiz, addiction, ambition, stand-up comedian, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.4
 20K
Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a ...
Style: serious, factual, romantic, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, photographer, fame, actor's life, love, art, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1971, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this film that closely parallels his own life story, Richard Pryor plays Jo Jo Dancer, a popular stand-up comedian who has severely burned himself in a drug incident. As he lies unconscious in a hospital, his spiritual alter ego gets up and ...
Style: sincere, serious, gloomy, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: redemption, hospital, rise and fall, addiction, life is a bitch, hopes, burned alive, against the odds, drugs/alcohol, introspection, drug abuse, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: illinois, usa, ohio, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 5.9
 3K
Rated X (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60's. After creating such legendary porn films as "Behind the Green Door" and "Inside Marily Chambers", they later ...
Style: tense, cynical, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, filmmaking, life is a bitch, showbiz, rise and fall, pornography, porn industry, pornographer, lust ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.
Style: witty, talky, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: filmmaking, alcohol, addiction, friendship, hotel, infidelity, drug abuse, couples, family problems, downfall, showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 30s, 50s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
 20K
Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, teenage life, friendship, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, drug dealing, life is a bitch, youth, destructive relationship, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, berlin germany, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Permanent Midnight (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ben Stiller plays comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who ...
Style: serious, intense, depressing, factual, dark humor ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, rehabilitation, human nature, lifestyle, rise and fall, life is a bitch, family problems, ambition, husband wife relationship, heroin, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: university, starting over, against the odds, human spirit, street kid, kids in trouble, ambition, teenage life, life is a bitch, homeless, lifestyle, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 13K
Auto Focus (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A successful TV star during the 1960s, former "Hogan's Heroes" actor Bob Crane projects a wholesome family-man image, but this front masks his persona as a sex addict who records and photographs his many encounters with women, often ...
Style: serious, captivating, factual, intense, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, sex addict, friendship, hollywood, filmmaking, tv show, tv star, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, showbiz, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1964 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 754
Pandemonium (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Set in England during the early 19th century, Pandaemonium evokes late-1960s America in its depiction of the relationship between Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roach) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah). Instead of going to Vietnam, Wordsworth ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: friendship, drug abuse, betrayal, politics, addiction, prodigy, tragic love, lifestyle, rise and fall, writer's life, tragic hero, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century, 1800s, 1790s
Place: england, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
 14K
Party Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friends, addiction, drug abuse, gays and lesbians, police, party, drug dealing, social misfits, male friendship, money, murder, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, indiana, usa, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 11K
Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, factual, stylized, based on true events, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, musician's life, downfall, lifestyle, ambition, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.1
 2K
Whitney (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Chronicles Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: couple relations, celebrity culture, life is a bitch, ambition, best friends, couples, showbiz, musician's life, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, music, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.6
 226K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, cocaine, drug cartel, drug abuse, gangsters, drug addiction, organized crime, friendship, drug use, criminal heroes ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 90s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: california, latin america, colombia, mexico, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, human nature, introspection, downfall, self discovery, going straight, rehabilitation, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
 5K
James Dean (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The man behind the legend and a knowing look at the 1950's Hollywood are revealed in this dynamic bioepic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.
Style: clever, serious, sentimental, realistic
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, actor, rise and fall, addiction, ambition, prodigy, tragic hero, life is a bitch, teenage life, bohemian life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, malibu california, santa monica california, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, transsexual, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society, casual sex ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1985, year 1986
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 23K
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, sincere, emotional, factual, sentimental ...
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, performer's life, human spirit, musician's life, showbiz, hopes, singing, tragedy, elopement, life is a bitch, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 79K
The Doors (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
Style: realistic, serious, factual, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: music band, singer, musician, fame, drug abuse, star, mentally unstable, nervous breakdown, party, lsd, addiction, self destructing ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1940s, year 1970 ...
Place: california, usa, new mexico, venice beach california, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.0
 26K
Pollock (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric ...
Plot: artist, painting, painter, art, supportive spouse, rise and fall, addiction, self destructing, lifestyle, ambition, alcohol abuse, bohemian life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 81K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, african american, friendship, loneliness, liberal, basketball, secret, coach, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
Style: realistic, serious, enigmatic, non-linear, melancholic ...
Plot: music, obsession, drug abuse, showbiz, human nature, misfit, rise and fall, ambition, disability, addiction, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support ...
Style: touching, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: support group, coping, hopes, drug abuse, human spirit, self discovery, family problems, against the odds, alcohol abuse, friendship, rehabilitation, changing lives ...
Time: 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drug addict, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, couples, young lovers ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, captivating, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, success, showbiz, artists and showbiz, performer's life, rising to stardom, lifestyle, fame, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 22K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, law firm, lawsuit, courtroom, legal action, fighting the system, against the odds, public health, righting the wronged, corporate crimes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%