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Smithereens (1982)
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Smithereens (1982)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, feminist film
Plot: drifter, punk rock, free spirit, visceral, price of fame, youth, love triangle, friends, misfit, love and romance, life is a bitch, love affair, society, ambition, social misfits, down on your luck, city life, low lives, social relations, innocence lost, obsessive quest, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, couple relations, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and sentimental films with plots about artists and showbiz, lifestyle, music, ambition, friends, musician's life and love and romance mostly in Drama, Music and Comedy genres. Some movies like Smithereens: Blank Generation (1980), Times Square (1980), Restless City (2011), The Taqwacores (2010), Saturday Night Fever (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Blank Generation (1980)
Genre: Music, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nada, a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy. Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and must decide whether to continue with it, or return to her ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, cynical
Plot: punk, rock, city life, destructive relationship, love triangle, showbiz, love and romance, unfulfillment, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, journalism ...
Place: new york, usa
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Times Square (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York by its ears.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, cynical, rough ...
Plot: hospital, punk, runaway, society, music, social misfits, youth, coming of age, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, music band, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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84%
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Restless City (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle and falling in love is his greatest risk.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: immigrants, society, city life, social misfits, music, fall in love, love, hustler, couples, rivalry, misfit, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, west africa, harlem
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81%
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The Taqwacores (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Three years in the making, this feature documentary follows the progression of the Muslim Punk scene: from its imaginary inception in a novel written by a white-convert named Michael Muhammad Knight to a full-blown, real-life scene of Muslim punk ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: lifestyle, rebelliousness, punk, social misfits, student life, fighting the system, society, college life, youth, moral dilemma, rock, islam ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pakistan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young artist in Manhattan falls in love with a Mexican.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: nightclub, social relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, social differences, love affair, missing person, couple relations, friendship, conspiracy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited ...
Style: serious, sexy, sentimental, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: disco, dance performance, twentysomething life, ambition, hopes, romance, social climbing, escape from reality, urban ghetto life, contests and competitions, friendship, male female relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death.
Style: semi serious, realistic, cynical, clever, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, punk, punk rock, strong female presence, on the road, celebrity culture, media satire, teenage life, rebelliousness, showbiz, rock, nightlife ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Staying Alive (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet - making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, sexy, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: broadway, disco, music, artists and showbiz, ambition, performer's life, lifestyle, dancer's life, desire for fame, love and romance, rising to stardom, follow your dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Beat Street (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.
Style: realistic, serious, harsh, talky, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, rap, dancing, subway, graffiti, music, dj, youth, love and romance, musician's life, artists and showbiz, performer's life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, tokyo, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Lackawanna Blues (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, family relations, family problems, youth, lifestyle, parents and children, friends, blues, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, nanny ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania, russia, toronto ontario canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Sparkle (1976)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem who become singers Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs and Sparkle ends up being the one who gets famous. This movie tells about how drugs ruined Sister's relationships and ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Plot: alcohol abuse, showbiz, girl group, singer, strong female presence, ambition, performer's life, lifestyle, desire for fame, music band, love and romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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54 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shane, a Jersey boy with big dreams, crosses the river in hopes of finding a more exciting life at Studio 54. When Steve Rubell, the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Shane from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not ...
Style: serious, realistic, sexy, atmospheric, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: disco, nightclub, drug abuse, nightlife, lifestyle, addiction, clubbing, party, father son relationship, bartender, money, lesbian ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Mambo Kings tells the story of César and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians who flee from Cuba to America in search of the American Dream.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: latin, music, performer's life, musician's life, romance, true love, family relations, ambition, rags to riches, brother brother relationship, love triangle, fame ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: cuba, new york, usa, latin america, manhattan new york city ...
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64%
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Filly Brown (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: “Majo” Tonorio, a.k.a. Filly Brown, is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits from the heart. When a sleazy record producer offers her a crack at rap stardom, Majo faces some daunting choices. With an incarcerated mother, a record ...
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, psychological, serious
Plot: rising to stardom, desire for fame, moral dilemma, ambition, artists and showbiz, musician's life, radio dj, music, follow your dream, hip hop, strong female presence, producer
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 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: captivating, serious, realistic, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: dancing, showbiz, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, music, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, salsa ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico
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64%
Grace Unplugged (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A talented young singer and aspiring songwriter’s Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her worship-pastor father and pursues pop-music stardom in GRACE UNPLUGGED, a moving and inspiring new film that explores the true meaning ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: christianity, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, desire for fame, teenage life, religious, society, youth, family relations, once in a lifetime opportunity, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, alabama, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Hard to Hold (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Details the efforts of a pop-rock star (James Roberts / Rick Springfield) to win the love of a woman he meets in a car accident. None of the usual gambits work on this woman, who has never heard of him. Complications arise involving the ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, feel good, humorous, semi autobiographical
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, fall in love, jazz, sexual content, true love, wooing, rock, couple relations, love affair, couples, friends, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Just Another Day (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Follows a day in the life of two men living at either end of the music game. A successful rapper, A-Maze, is dealing with the pitfalls and trappings of his success and facing new challenges in the music business to get a check while the other, Young ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: music, musician's life, rivalry, crimes, showbiz, hip hop, desire for fame, ambition, artists and showbiz, graphic violence, violence, music business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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The Five Heartbeats (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful, young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improves, turns pro, and rises to become a top flight music sensation. Along ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: friendship, hit and run, rise and fall, music, racism, couples, friends, bittersweet, lifestyle, musician's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Rude Boy (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Rude Boy is a semi-documentary, part character study, part 'rockumentary', featuring a British punk band, The Clash. The script includes the story of a fictional fan juxtposed with actual public events of the day, including political ...
Style: suspense, serious, realistic, biting, cynical
Plot: punk rock, rally, injustice, friends, politics, music, musician's life, artists and showbiz, performer's life, music band, society, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Graffiti Bridge (1990)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's got that Purple Rain feeling through and though. And it's got The Kid, too! For the first time since Purple Rain, Prince is back as The Kid. And where he goes , there's music! With Thieves in the Temple, New Power Generation, ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, sentimental, offbeat
Plot: nightclub, rivalry, music, love and romance, music band, artists and showbiz, contests and competitions, musician's life, performer's life, ambition, friends, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Payday (1973)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A cynical look at the life of a not so nice country-western singer, Maury Dann - played by Rip Torn in one of his most memorable performances. He ruthlessly manipulates every one around him to suit his selfish needs...he even gets his limo driver to ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, biting, tense ...
Plot: infidelity, friendship, country music, music business, friends, couples, unfulfillment, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, rehabilitation, music ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Brother to Brother (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, touching, social ...
Plot: gay, human nature, society, gay teenager, friendship, golden years, lifestyle, estrangement, artists and showbiz, love and romance, black lgbt, intergenerational friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Prey for Rock & Roll is set in the Los Angeles club scene of the late 1980s and follows the story of Jacki (Gershon) and her all-girl punk rock band, Clam Dandy. On the verge of turning 40, Jacki decides that if the band's one last shot ...
Style: realistic, captivating, cynical, serious, sexy ...
Plot: female musician, revenge, rape, rise and fall, ambition, music band, musician's life, life is a bitch, lifestyle, showbiz, friendship, inspiration ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Zooey (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Angel and Zooey are not your typical newlyweds. Zooey is a professional prostitute and Angel is a drug dealer. Yet they are not without hopes and dreams, of escaping their life in the streets and starting a new in a fresh painted cottage with picked ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, love affair, lifestyle, going straight, addiction, drug abuse, hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth, survival, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Krush Groove (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Russell Walker is a young, successful manager of rap performers, handling acts for the Krush Groove label, including Run-DMC and The Fat Boys. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell needs more money to press more copies, he borrows it from a ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: hip hop, rising to stardom, desire for fame, music, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, gangsters, musician's life, ambition, music band, loan, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Brooklyn Babylon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, interracial relations, culture clash, social differences, tragic love, social decay, unlikely couple, opposites attract, musician's life, couples, fall in love, racism ...
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Body Language (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An hour before the five best Dutch dance crews fly to a contest in New York, the subsidized trip is cancelled. Five dancers from totally different crews don't want to give up their free plane ticket and go anyway. In New York they realize what ...
Style: exciting, serious, feel good, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: dancer's life, youth, contests and competitions, follow your dream, friendship, disorder, lifestyle, music, hopes, hip hop, infidelity, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Hated (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll are what a young underground punk band are striving for, but once they get a taste of it, they are forced to decide how far they're willing to go for fame and fortune and who they're willing to leave ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Audience: teens
Plot: ambition, desire for fame, rise and fall, friendship, artists and showbiz, youth, music band, friends, showbiz, unfulfillment, music, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Country Strong (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Soon after the rising young singer-songwriter Beau Williams gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star Kelly Canter, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager James and featuring a beauty ...
Style: serious, sentimental, melancholic, twists and turns, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: country music, musician, infidelity, love triangle, artists and showbiz, musician's life, lifestyle, showbiz, ambition, love and romance, tragic event, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, tennessee, dallas texas ...
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60%