Movies like RKO 281

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RKO 281 (1999)
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RKO 281 (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A film about the making of Citizen Kane. Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.
Style: talky, sentimental, atmospheric, clever, serious, realistic, stylized, sexy, dramatic, suspense ...
Plot: filmmaking, bankruptcy, anti semitism, obsession, movie business, radio, fighting the system, showbiz, society, media, ambition, rise and fall, lifestyle, mogul, ego clash, artists and showbiz, power of media, screenwriter, movie star, millionaire, mistress, nazi germany, hollywood, director, blackmail ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: wisconsin, new jersey, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sexy and talky films with plots about artists and showbiz, ambition, adaptation, mentor, runaway, drinking alcohol and dialogue mostly in Biography, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like RKO 281: My Week with Marilyn (2011), Baadasssss! (2003), Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999), The Pirates of Somalia (2017), The Aviator (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, factual, melancholic, romantic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: historical figure, actress, movie star, fame, cultural icon, ambition, impossible love, actor's life, nervous breakdown, showbiz, artists and showbiz, hot and sexy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1956
Place: england, europe, london, california
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Baadasssss! (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin's classic 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sweet, talky ...
Plot: racism, filmmaking, interracial relations, fighting the system, showbiz, hollywood, artists and showbiz, family relations, rejection, nudity (full frontal - brief), underdog, father son relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
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93%
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This film is the semi-humorous documentary about the men who made the world of technology what it is today, their struggles during college, the founding of their companies, and the ingenious actions they took to build up the global corporate empires ...
Style: suspense, tense, talky, clever, realistic ...
Plot: programmer, computer, computers and web, rivalry, college, rise and fall, workplace, society, unfulfillment, lifestyle, contests and competitions, rise to the top ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, writers, addiction, friendship, hotel, performer's life, couples, friends, family problems, drug abuse, destructive relationship, tragic love ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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The Pirates of Somalia (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After an inspiring chance encounter with his idol, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer, he attempts to get embedded with the local Somali pirates, ...
Style: suspenseful, factual, exciting, suspense
Plot: journalist, pirate, drugs, point of view, journey, adventure, culture clash, weapons, escapades, news report, village, writers ...
Time: year 2008
Place: somalia, canada
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The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: captivating, realistic, stylized, serious, epic ...
Plot: success, pilot, businessman, aviator, mental illness, millionaire, aviation, test pilot, rise and fall, billionaire, corruption, nervous breakdown ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, houston texas, manhattan new york city ...
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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: cynical, tense, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, addiction, filmmaking, ambition, rise and fall, life is a bitch, showbiz, artists and showbiz, porn industry, lust, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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Star 80 (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: playboy, crimes of passion, jealous husband, obsession, rise and fall, fame, murder, couple relations, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, year 1978, 70s
Place: vancouver, california, los angeles
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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: civil rights, stripper, fighting the system, judaism, rise and fall, drug abuse, addiction, showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, family problems, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s
Place: usa
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Hitchcock (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Hitchcock follows the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of his most famous film "Psycho" - and the trials and tribulations the director faced from Hollywood censors.
Style: serious, suspense, captivating, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: obsession, hollywood, showbiz, director, filmmaking, couple relations, love and romance, talented, artists and showbiz, dreams, husband wife relationship, jealousy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1960, year 1959 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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79%
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Chaplin (1992)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy, Japan, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: With the use of flashback, an elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest ...
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, factual ...
Plot: rising to stardom, actor's life, exile, hollywood, childhood, filmmaker, artists and showbiz, success, ambition, lifestyle, mccarthyism, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 90s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: london, england, california, switzerland
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78%
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 1960s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce, but he continued to ignore her. So she shot ...
Style: disturbing, clever, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: radical, obsession, low lives, hypocrisy, breaking point, men hatred, losing-it hero, misfit, assassination attempt, social misfits, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.7
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Winchell (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: world war two, society, politics, journalism, media, tv show, radio, career, unlikely couple, unfulfillment, state affairs, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating, clever
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, dying young, actor's life, ambition, lifestyle, rise and fall, rising to stardom, prodigy, desire for fame, tragic hero, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: usa, malibu california, indiana, new york, santa monica california
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Steve Jobs (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, factual ...
Plot: prodigy, computers and web, technology, genius, rise to the top, ambition, computer, inventions and discoveries, workplace situations, friendship, father daughter relationship, entrepreneur ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 80s ...
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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Bugsy (1991)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: hollywood, gangsters, casino, crimes, rise and fall, ambition, love affair, bohemian life, elimination, mafia, gambling, hotel ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 70s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new york, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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: sex addict, friendship, filmmaking, tv show, hollywood, infidelity, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, crumbling marriage, showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1965
Place: usa, los angeles, california, arizona
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73%
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Genius (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named ...
Style: intellectual, melancholic, talky, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: writers, novelist, book editor, genius, eccentricity, creativity, destiny, obsession, mentor, writer's life, life philosophy, relationships ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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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, captivating, realistic, factual ...
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Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Girl (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa, USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Director Alfred Hitchcock is revered as one of the greatest creative minds in the history of cinema. Known for his psychological thrillers, Hitchcock’s leading ladies were cool, beautiful and preferably blonde. One such actress was Tippi Hedren, ...
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, stylized, realistic
Plot: actor's life, sexual harassment, obsession, filmmaking, prodigy, artists and showbiz, infatuation, starlet, dream girl, jealousy, sexual obsession, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england
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73%
The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The film spans from Hepburn's early childhood to the 1950s which details her life as a Dutch ballerina, coming to grips with her parents' divorce, and enduring life in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II. She then settles in ...
Style: uplifting, serious, feel good, realistic, touching ...
Plot: hollywood, showbiz, world war two, celebrity culture, actor's life, performer's life, rising to stardom, filmmaking, human spirit, haunted by the past, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, new york, holland, europe, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: painter, artist, alcohol abuse, painting, art, bohemian life, supportive spouse, rise and fall, addiction, self destructing, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, year 1949, year 1950 ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into ...
Style: bleak, sexy, erotic, melancholic, factual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
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Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, tennessee, nashville tennessee, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
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72%
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Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An unauthorized chronicle of the life of Roman Polanski.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: ambition, prodigy, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, lifestyle, filmmaking, celebrity culture, unfulfillment
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: europe, usa
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71%
The Happiest Place on Earth (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of Robert Hughes-Lambert, who was captured by Nazis when his active homosexuality was discovered during the filming of Mermoz (1943).
Style: disturbing, bleak, witty, biting, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, filmmaking, satire, anti semitism, state affairs, life is a bitch, society, showbiz, moral dilemma, politics, wartime life, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s
Place: paris france, france, vichy
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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See Arnold Run (2005)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This biographical docu-drama alternates between two parallel threads in the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger: his formative early years as the repeat winner of the Mr. Olympia body-building championship; and his modern foray into the world of politics, ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: campaign, politics, showbiz, relationship vs career, rise and fall, athlete's life, actor's life, leadership, ambition, rise to the top, hollywood, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, austria, san diego california, los angeles
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70%
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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, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, downfall, musician's life, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Frances (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, factual ...
Plot: rich and poor, hollywood, mental illness, mother daughter relationship, family relations, showbiz, actor's life, female protagonist, life is a bitch, rise to the top, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 70s
Place: california, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.2
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Pinero (2001)
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 ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, society, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, couple relations, human nature, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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 ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: artist, addiction, art, rise and fall, fashion, actor's life, photographer, fame, love, singer, couple relations, socialite ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1964 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, paris france ...
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