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Shine (1996)
 7.7
 54K
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: inspirational, emotional, feel good, thought provoking, intense, realistic, touching, psychological, breathtaking, heartbreaking ...
Plot: pianist, music, prodigy, classical music, piano, child prodigy, mental illness, overbearing parent, jewish, father son relationship, eccentricity, fame, musician's life, musician, human spirit, schizophrenia, mental institution, genius, psychology, artist, psychiatry, abusive parent, childhood, bittersweet, blonde ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: australia, london, south australia

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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 storytelling, mentor, artists and showbiz, music, runaway, childhood and culture clash mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Shine: A Beautiful Mind (2001), Amadeus (1984), La Vie en Rose (2007), Nowhere Boy (2009), Immortal Beloved (1994). 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, touching, cerebral, motivational, captivating ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, genius, paranoia, schizophrenia, prodigy, mathematician, obsession, insanity, scientist, nobel prize, existentialism ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 70s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: new jersey, boston, massachusetts, usa, washington d.c. ...
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67%
 8.4
 397K
Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, France, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.
Style: inspirational, epic, clever, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: music, genius, mozart, classical music, composer, envy, musician, opera, obsession, musician's life, prodigy, character study ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, 1820s, 19th century ...
Place: vienna, austria, italy, europe, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 87K
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, gloomy, disturbing, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: music, musician's life, french, singer, life philosophy, death, destiny, love story, rising to stardom, loss of child, fame, frenchwoman ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1910s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: france, paris france, europe, manhattan new york city, normandy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 37K
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: sentimental, emotional, intense, touching, witty ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: prodigy, rock and roll, coming of age, musician, musician's life, follow your dream, the beatles, adolescence, aunt nephew relationship, music, dysfunctional family, character study ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, europe, england, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: sexy, emotional, touching, epic, clever ...
Plot: musician, music, pianist, classical music, artist, life, composer, deaf, letter, rape, mentor, childhood ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s
Place: austria, europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.3
 90K
Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA
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, sincere, stylized, sexy, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: painter, art, artist, lesbian, bohemian life, painting, feminism, lifestyle, couple relations, disability, life, loneliness ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: mexico, mexico city, paris france, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 54K
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: inspirational, touching, sincere, emotional, intense ...
Plot: homeless, music, prodigy, musician, mental illness, street musician, schizophrenia, friendship, homeless man, genius, poverty, happy ending ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.4
 40K
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: factual, emotional, intense, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: musician, mental illness, psychotherapist, pop music, rock music, drug abuse, music, addiction, songwriter, hearing voices, husband wife relationship, relationships ...
Time: 60s, 80s, year 1939, year 1992, year 1995 ...
Place: california, malibu california, new jersey, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 7.7
 147K
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: sincere, inspirational, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician, jazz, musician's life, african american, addiction, music, pianist, blindness, heroin, blind boy, disability, rock and roll ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: california, georgia, usa, tokyo, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.8
 250K
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, emotional, road movie, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: rock and roll, music, country music, musician's life, addiction, musician, drug addiction, marriage, accident, love, rags to riches, drug abuse ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 70s, 1940s, 80s ...
Place: tennessee, memphis, usa, arkansas, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan
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: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, compassionate, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: genius, disability, love, prodigy, against the odds, cambridge university, handicapped, fall in love, husband wife relationship, supportive spouse, physical disability, physicist ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: sexy, emotional, visually appealing, feminist film, bleak ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: sex with sister in law, music, sex with brother in law, classical music, multiple sclerosis, sisters, sister sister relationship, genius, musician, death, tragedy, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, emotional, touching, serious, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ballet, against the odds, dancing, dancer, ambition, communism, promise, immigrants, follow your dream, human spirit, self fulfillment, rags to riches ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1989, year 1981 ...
Place: china, austin texas, texas, usa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: surreal, atmospheric, lyrical, visually appealing, captivating ...
Plot: musician, jazz, success, seduction, music, songwriter, musician's life, ambition, lifestyle, desire for fame, introspection, painting ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 1930s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: paris france, france, tokyo, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.9
 34K
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: inspirational, touching, intense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: rock and roll, musician, music, death, musician's life, music business, love story, happy ending, latin, interracial romance, racism, audition ...
Time: 50s, 80s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 29K
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, factual, sincere, emotional, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: tragedy, music, singer, dancing, women, musician, childhood, rising to stardom, rock and roll, human spirit, musician's life, racial segregation ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 60s
Place: texas, mexico, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.8
 116K
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, emotional, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, musician's life, street musician, romance, pianist, friendship, recording studio, love, singer, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, london, dublin ireland, czech republic, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.6
 5K
Vitus (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 123 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, semi serious, realistic, feel good, touching ...
Plot: child prodigy, prodigy, pianist, music, youth, coming of age, performance, family relations, friendship, rebelliousness, parents and children, overbearing parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: switzerland, europe, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, sentimental, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: swimming, human spirit, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, follow your dream, parents and children, self discovery, family life, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: australia, harvard university, melbourne australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: inspirational, sincere, intense, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: music, domestic violence, musician, black woman, rock and roll, african american woman, price of fame, childhood, women, rape victim, starting over, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 70s, 1930s ...
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 763
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, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: rising to stardom, love and romance, musician's life, rise and fall, human nature, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, music, lifestyle, family relations, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 50s, 80s ...
Place: europe, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, emotional, touching, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: country music, female protagonist, music, husband wife relationship, poverty, musician, coal mining, rags to riches, music business, rising to stardom, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 50s
Place: kentucky, usa, nashville tennessee, washington state, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, intense, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: jewish, father son relationship, tradition, showbiz, family relations, parents and children, religions or cults, desire for fame, follow your dream, estrangement, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, new york, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 6.8
 391
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: sexy, realistic, talky, harsh, visually appealing ...
Plot: jazz, music, sacrifice, catastrophe, runaway, childhood, australian, aging, brutality, transformation, survival, destiny ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1920s
Place: paris france, australia, california, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: romantic, sexy, sentimental, touching, visually appealing ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love, musician, romance, music, love affair, male nudity, sex, female nudity, mentor, mozart, prejudice, redemption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.8
 140K
Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: motivational, inspirational, uplifting, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, doctors and patients, hopes, illness, fighting illness, coma, doctor, disability, patient, cure ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 4K
Together (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: sentimental, touching, emotional, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: father son relationship, youth, ambition, prodigy, violin, rise to the top, musician's life, teenage life, hopes, human nature, teachers and students, music ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, tokyo, beijing china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.
Style: stylized, realistic, factual, sexy, entertaining ...
Plot: gay, pianist, aids, gays and lesbians, celebrity, gay couple, gay sex, foster parent, lgbt, character study, showbiz, couples ...
Time: 70s, 80s, year 1979, year 1986, year 1981 ...
Place: las vegas, southern california, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Mozart's Sister (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, entertaining ...
Plot: musician, violinist, prodigy, domineering father, family relations, against the rules, musician's life, follow your dream, rebellion, gender, dishonesty, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, paris france, vienna, english channel, brussels ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, breathtaking, sincere, sentimental, inspirational ...
Plot: jazz, pianist, music, genius, prodigy, musician, loneliness, child prodigy, orphan, ship, friendship, musician's life ...
Time: victorian era, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 20th century ...
Place: new orleans, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%