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Shine (1996)
 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, feel good, sincere, uplifting, serious, captivating ...
Plot: pianist, prodigy, child prodigy, overbearing parent, music, piano, musician's life, fame, human spirit, father son relationship, jewish, family relations, nervous breakdown, mental illness, letter, concert hall, jumping, abusive parent, eccentricity, childhood, bittersweet, success, obsession, misfit, career ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: australia, south australia, london

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and dramatic films with plots about mentor, storytelling, catastrophe, runaway, childhood, artists and showbiz and music mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Shine: A Beautiful Mind (2001), La Vie en Rose (2007), Immortal Beloved (1994), Frida (2002), Nowhere Boy (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, interesting, dramatic ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, imagination, existentialism, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington d.c., stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 82K
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, life is a bitch, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, year 1935, 60s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: france, europe, paris france, new york, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, captivating, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: pianist, investigation, letter, secretary, uncle nephew relationship, music, musician, musician's life, couple relations, historical character, couples, aristocracy ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1820s
Place: austria, europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
 80K
Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: "Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and ...
Style: colourful, stylized, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: painter, bohemian life, art, lifestyle, couple relations, jealousy, disability, feminism, lesbian interest, life, loneliness, painting ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s ...
Place: mexico, latin america, paris france, new york, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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: witty, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
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 ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: liverpool, england, europe, new zealand, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.7
 51K
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, misfit, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.9
 28K
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, sincere, emotional ...
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 ⇓
41%
 7.8
 231K
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, profanity, couple relations, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, divorce ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: memphis, usa, germany, tennessee, arkansas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, against the odds, disability, supportive spouse, human spirit, life is a bitch, fall in love, religion versus science, adaptation, life turned upside down, love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: oxford university, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, captivating, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prodigy, family relations, concert, cellist, cello, multiple sclerosis, career, flute, sibling rivalry, sister sister relationship, music, musician ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 137K
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, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, african american, music, rags to riches ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, los angeles, madrid, seattle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, sincere, touching, lyrical ...
Plot: jazz, seduction, success, songwriter, musician's life, introspection, desire for fame, lifestyle, ambition, musician, love affair, imaginary character ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: france, paris france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.8
 110K
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, pianist, street musician, music, friendship, singer, recording studio, romance, unfulfilled love, lifestyle, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, london, europe, czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 24K
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 ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he ...
Style: uplifting, serious, emotional, touching, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ballet, against the odds, ambition, dancer, communism, immigrants, promise, human spirit, follow your dream, self fulfillment, dance school, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1973, year 1986 ...
Place: texas, china, usa, asia, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, doctors and patients, addiction, showbiz, artists and showbiz, drug abuse ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, california, malibu california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Style: touching, uplifting, inspirational, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: chess, child prodigy, prodigy, contests and competitions, supportive parent, parents and children, human spirit, tournament, competition, genius, mentor, coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 5K
Vitus (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Vitus tells the story of a highly-gifted boy (played by real-life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu) whose parents have demanding and ambitious plans for him.
Style: sincere, feel good, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: prodigy, child prodigy, performance, pianist, family relations, friendship, music, youth, rebelliousness, parents and children, overbearing parent, proposal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: switzerland, europe, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Swimming Upstream (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A young man aspiring for recognition of his talents battles against his estranged father's sentiment towards him as the father deals with his own demons.
Style: uplifting, sincere, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: swimming, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, athlete's life, human spirit, follow your dream, lifestyle, ambition, sport, contests and competitions, rivalry, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, harvard university, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, feel good, uplifting ...
Plot: country music, female friendship, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, relationship vs career, career change, family problems, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state, nashville tennessee, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Harmonists (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they become banned by the upcoming Nazis, because three of ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: anti semitism, politics, jewish, music band, music, bittersweet, lifestyle, society, musician's life, artists and showbiz, ambition, love and romance ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, budapest, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 714
Amália (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Portugal
Duration: 127 min.
Story: You already know the legendary singer. For the first time, you'll get to know the woman behind the myth.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: musician's life, rise and fall, love and romance, rising to stardom, human nature, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, parents and children, love affair, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, music ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: europe, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: prodigy, ambition, father son relationship, violin, 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 ⇓
30%
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An Angel at My Table (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Janet Frame grows up in a poor family. She is different than the other kids. She is considered abnormal and locked away in a mental institution for eight years. Everything changes when she starts writing books.
Style: touching, contemplative, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, insanity, teacher, prodigy, strong female presence, sexual content, human spirit, wrongfully committed, hopes, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new zealand, paris france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, music, blues, success, showbiz, rock and roll, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: jewish, tradition, showbiz, family relations, parents and children, religions or cults, follow your dream, desire for fame, estrangement, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, new york, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Competition (1980)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, family relations, romance, music, rivalry, contests and competitions, lifestyle, prodigy, musician's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.0
 309
Dingo (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Australia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Young John Anderson is captivated by jazz musician, Billy Cross when he performs on the remote airstrip of his Western Australian outback hometown after his plane is diverted. Years later, now a family man and making a meagre living tracking dingoes ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, outback, music, ambition, hopes, obsessive quest, desire for fame, follow your dream, unfulfillment, musician's life, artists and showbiz, prodigy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 70s
Place: australia, paris france, france, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A film about the singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, price of fame, abusive husband, fall in love, music, musician's life, ambition, destructive relationship, couples, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ 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, prodigy, musician, jazz, orphan, genius, loneliness, music, ship, musician's life, ocean, passenger ...
Time: 30s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
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