Movies like RKO 281

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RKO 281 (1999)
 7.0
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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, based on true events, dramatic, suspense ...
Plot: bankruptcy, filmmaking, director, obsession, movie business, fighting the system, radio, ambition, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, society, media, lifestyle, mogul, showbiz, ego clash, power of media, millionaire, mistress, hollywood, screenwriter, actress, anti semitism, inspiration, censorship ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: wisconsin, new jersey, california

Most similar movies to RKO 281

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and talky films with plots about ambition, artists and showbiz, mentor, runaway, corruption, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Biography, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like RKO 281: Baadasssss! (2003), Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Star 80 (1983), Lenny (1974). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Baadasssss! (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 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, contemplative, serious, realistic, sweet ...
Plot: racism, filmmaking, interracial relations, watching a movie, fighting the system, showbiz, hollywood, rejection, family relations, artists and showbiz, nudity (full frontal - brief), underdog ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, biting ...
Plot: programmer, computer, computers and web, rivalry, college, apple computer, rise and fall, workplace, contests and competitions, society, ambition, rise to the top ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: movie star, showgirl, filmmaking, actor's life, celebrity, cultural icon, crumbling relationship, drinking problem, nervous breakdown, fame, ambition, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1956
Place: england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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, captivating, cynical ...
Plot: writers, filmmaking, alcohol, addiction, friendship, alcohol abuse, hotel, friends, couples, family problems, drugs/alcohol, strong female presence ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 50s, 20s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 6K
Star 80 (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
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: obsession, crimes of passion, rise and fall, fame, playboy, murder, deadly, couple relations, fall in love, showbiz, couples, family problems ...
Time: 80s, year 1978, 70s
Place: vancouver, vancouver british columbia canada, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.6
 14K
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, toilet humor ...
Plot: stripper, fighting the system, rise and fall, against the rules, civil rights, drug abuse, lifestyle, ambition, showbiz, addiction, family problems, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.5
 329K
The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
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, epic, factual, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: businessman, pilot, aviation, mental illness, millionaire, rise and fall, corruption, nervous breakdown, fame, phobia, senator, jealousy ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, beverly hills, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 5.8
 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: pornography, murder, pornographer, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, filmmaking, showbiz, rise and fall, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, porn industry ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 71K
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, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, showbiz, director, filmmaking, talented, couple relations, love and romance, artists and showbiz, dreams, censorship, husband wife relationship, film within a film ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 7.6
 53K
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: silent film, sentimental, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: rising to stardom, actor, actor's life, exile, hollywood, childhood, artists and showbiz, success, ambition, lifestyle, politics, comedian ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 90s, 70s, 60s ...
Place: london, england, california, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a dynamic engineer and an enthusiastic showman who envisions the car of the future. Against mighty odds he manages to build a fleet of them - only to have his factory shut down by ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: fighting the system, underdog, americana, designer, ambition, state affairs, obsessive quest, dishonesty, courtroom drama, corruption, visionary, police investigation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, future, 1950s ...
Place: usa, detroit, chicago illinois, washington d.c., california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.2
 152K
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: serious, factual, talky, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: technology, prodigy, apple computer, rise to the top, ambition, inventions and discoveries, dialogue driven, friendship, computers and web, father daughter relationship, computer, fired from the job ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 21st century, contemporary, year 1988 ...
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: radical, obsession, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, social misfits, assassination attempt, losing-it hero, lifestyle, society, deadly, urban, celebrity culture ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.8
 26K
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, tense, captivating, serious, stylized ...
Plot: hollywood, gangsters, casino, crime, crimes, rise and fall, ambition, money, love affair, bohemian life, elimination, gambling ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: las vegas, usa, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.0
 27K
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: painter, artist, painting, alcohol abuse, art, bohemian life, supportive spouse, rise and fall, addiction, self destructing, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.8
 515
Winchell (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell.
Style: suspense, cynical, captivating, biting, realistic ...
Plot: columnist, world war two, tv show, politics, society, journalism, media, career, writing, radio, celebrity culture, relationship vs career ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.9
 19K
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 ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, artist, rise and fall, society, rising to stardom, self destructing, overdose, celebrity culture, human spirit, self discovery, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.5
 75K
Trumbo (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.
Style: talky, factual, intense, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: communism, hollywood, mccarthyism, justice, movie business, politics, communist, parent child relationship, writers, jail, political persecution, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 1950s, 70s, year 1950 ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: feel good, serious, uplifting, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: hollywood, showbiz, world war two, celebrity culture, actor's life, performer's life, rising to stardom, haunted by the past, human spirit, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, new york, europe, holland, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This special one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV ...
Style: sincere, captivating, sentimental, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: producer, director, actor, tv show, success, artists and showbiz, backstage, cultural icon, media, television, mentor protege relationship, television studio ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s, year 1965 ...
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 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, tv show, filmmaking, tv star, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, crumbling marriage, showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 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, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, downfall, lifestyle, musician's life, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.6
 126K
Joy (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.
Style: inspirational, witty, stylized, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: businesswoman, inventor, family relations, ambition, parents and children, divorce, single parent, bankruptcy, party, drawing, sunglasses, storytelling ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Movie in collections
 5.0
 445
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: politics, campaign, showbiz, relationship vs career, leadership, ambition, athlete's life, rise and fall, rise to the top, actor's life, political intrigue, hollywood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, austria, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 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: serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating, clever
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, actor, dying young, actor's life, teen angst, prodigy, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, indiana, malibu california, santa monica california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.8
 164K
Ed Wood (1994)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The mostly true story of the legendary "worst director of all time", who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.
Style: gothic, humorous, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor, transvestism, friendship, hollywood, misfit, showbiz, filmmaking, actress, ambition, desire for fame, depression, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 215 min.
Story: The Amazing Howard Hughes is a 1977 television movie about American aviation pioneer and filmmaker Howard Hughes, based on the book by Hughes' business partner Noah Dietrich. The film starred Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Flanders, and Tovah Feldshuh.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental
Plot: artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, prodigy, misfit, unfulfillment, adventurer, rise to the top, mentally unstable, adventure, rich and poor, obsession ...
Time: 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, erotic, melancholic, factual, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: pornography, showbiz, bdsm, rise and fall, ambition, individuality, journal, life is a bitch, sexuality, nudity (full frontal - brief), censorship, fetishism ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: usa, new york, tennessee, nashville tennessee, miami beach ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: clever, bleak, disturbing, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, filmmaking, state affairs, society, life is a bitch, politics, satire, wartime life, moral dilemma, actor's life, holocaust, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: paris france, france, vichy
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.4
 7K
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, actor's life, showbiz, female protagonist, life is a bitch, rise to the top, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: california, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%