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, realistic, enigmatic, melancholic, dark, cerebral, reflective, breathtaking ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, writer's life, couple relations, life is a bitch, ambition, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, society, human nature, lifestyle, social misfits, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, down on your luck, drug addiction, drugs, creativity, poetry, drinking, prison, death, hip hop, gay ...
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, drinking, drug abuse, mentor, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Pinero: Basquiat (1996), Permanent Midnight (1998), Factory Girl (2006), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), King of Salsa (2006). 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, self destructing, rise and fall, society, overdose, human spirit, celebrity culture, self discovery, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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95%
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: dark humor, disturbing, realistic, biting, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, heroin, hollywood, rehabilitation, adultery, police, sex, party, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 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, melancholic, sentimental, witty ...
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, actor's life, fame, photographer, love, art, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1964, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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
Plot: showbiz, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, human nature, teenage life, couple relations, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, musician's life, music band ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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: realistic, serious, captivating, sentimental
Plot: music, musician's life, latin, friends, drug abuse, showbiz, rise and fall, lifestyle, addiction, unfulfillment, performer's life, rising to stardom ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: talky, serious, gloomy, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hotel, addiction, looking for love, nightlife, couples, musician's life, down on your luck, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, writer's life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, minneapolis minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, realistic, gloomy, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: redemption, hospital, rise and fall, addiction, ambition, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, performer's life, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, hopes, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, illinois, ohio, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.6
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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, showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, addiction, stand-up comedian, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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: rough, serious, tense, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, addiction, couple relations, artists and showbiz, crimes, couples, showbiz, rise and fall, filmmaking, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: filmmaking, prohibition, alcohol, addiction, friendship, hotel, couple relations, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, celebrity culture, crumbling marriage, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 40s, 30s, 50s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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: realistic, sentimental, serious, clever
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, actor, teenage life, addiction, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, life is a bitch, desire for fame, unfulfillment, lifestyle ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, indiana, santa monica california, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, party, police, drug dealing, social misfits, male friendship, money, murder, unlikely criminals, drug addict ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, indiana, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, cocaine, drug abuse, drug cartel, gangsters, friendship, drug use, drug addiction, organized crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 90s, 80s ...
Place: california, latin america, colombia, mexico, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, drug dealing, lifestyle, society, youth, prostitution ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, west germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, transsexual, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, atmospheric, serious, factual, 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 1971 ...
Place: california, usa, new mexico, venice beach california, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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: realistic, talky, rough, psychological, serious ...
Plot: teacher, loneliness, basketball, liberal, student, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, high school, coach, cocaine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rising to stardom, destructive relationship, celebrity culture, best friends, drugs/alcohol, friends, showbiz, fall in love, crumbling marriage, musician's life, artists and showbiz, desire for fame ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, based on true events, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, downfall, lifestyle, musician's life, self destructing, ambition, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, self discovery, rehabilitation, downfall, going straight, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, against the odds, righting the wronged, legal action, public health, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.9
 222K
Boogie Nights (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, stylized, talky ...
Plot: pornography, drug abuse, cocaine, rise and fall, porn industry, strong sexual content, sex, addiction, fame, lifestyle, showbiz, mutual masturbation ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: aids, university, starting over, rehabilitation, high school, dysfunctional family, ambition, hopes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, social misfits, artists and showbiz, ambition, human nature, mentally unstable, misfit, showbiz ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug addict, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, couple relations, life is a bitch, young lovers, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 2K
Van Gogh (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In late spring, 1890, Vincent moves to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, under the care of Dr. Gachet, living in a humble inn. Fewer than 70 days later, Vincent dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We see Vincent at work, painting landscapes and ...
Style: sincere, gloomy, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: prostitute, lifestyle, mentally unstable, human nature, celebrity culture, down on your luck, siblings relations, social misfits, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 7K
Jesus' Son (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, rehabilitation, society, human nature, misfit, overdose, destructive relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, mexico, phoenix arizona, iowa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, lifestyle, self destructing, bohemian life, ambition, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
American Splendor (2003)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Style: neurotic, realistic, stylized, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: writer's life, loneliness, depression, artist, rising to stardom, antisocial behavior, self discovery, social misfits, ambition, lifestyle, human nature, new job ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, ohio, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An adaptation of Barbara Gordon's nonfiction account of her addiction to Valium.
Style: gloomy, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: drug abuse, filmmaking, life is a bitch, down on your luck, artists and showbiz, misfit, addiction, rehabilitation, junkie, valium, drug addiction, drug addict
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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