Movies like Smithereens

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Smithereens (1982)
 6.8
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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: gloomy, serious, realistic, feminist film
Plot: drifter, free spirit, punk music, visceral, price of fame, late night, youth, friends, misfit, couple relations, love triangle, life is a bitch, love and romance, ambition, destructive relationship, obsessive quest, love affair, artists and showbiz, society, social misfits, city life, innocence lost, desire for fame, down on your luck, low lives ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa

Most similar movies to Smithereens

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and touching films with plots about artists and showbiz, music, lifestyle, ambition, love and romance, musician's life and friends mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Smithereens: Blank Generation (1980), Restless City (2011), Times Square (1980), Saturday Night Fever (1977), The Taqwacores (2010). 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, serious, realistic, cynical
Plot: punk, ambition, music, journalism, rise and fall, lifestyle, musician's life, unfulfillment, love and romance, artists and showbiz, media, showbiz ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.6
 230
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: atmospheric, realistic, contemplative, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: immigrants, city life, society, music, social misfits, fall in love, love, hustler, rivalry, couples, misfit, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.8
 1K
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: exciting, cynical, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: punk, hospital, runaway, kids in trouble, society, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, youth, music band, ambition, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, sincere, touching, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: nightclub, love and romance, life is a bitch, missing person, social differences, love affair, couple relations, friendship, conspiracy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: disco, dance performance, twentysomething life, ambition, romance, hopes, contests and competitions, social climbing, escape from reality, urban ghetto life, friendship, male female relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.0
 528
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: captivating, serious, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: lifestyle, rebelliousness, college life, student life, punk, society, fighting the system, moral dilemma, social misfits, youth, rock, islam ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pakistan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 4.7
 14K
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: stylized, serious, realistic, cult film, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: broadway, disco, music, dancer's life, follow your dream, ambition, performer's life, rising to stardom, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, love and romance, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: offbeat, sentimental, realistic, serious, sexy
Plot: nightclub, rivalry, love and romance, musician's life, ambition, contests and competitions, artists and showbiz, performer's life, music, music band, friends, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: desire for fame, musician's life, ambition, lifestyle, teenage life, parents and children, family relations, once in a lifetime opportunity, society, youth, small town, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 3K
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, breakdance, graffiti, subway, dance, music, musician's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, tokyo, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.8
 9K
Song One (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Estranged from her family, Franny returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester. Against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s music scene, Franny ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, exciting ...
Plot: wooing, love and romance, romance, couple relations, fall in love, coping, homecoming, self discovery, estrangement, rock, family relations, sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.9
 570
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: feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: date night
Plot: music, jazz, love triangle, fall in love, youth, romance, love and romance, music band, performer's life, opposites attract, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.9
 31K
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, atmospheric, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightclub, disco, drug abuse, nightlife, lifestyle, addiction, clubbing, drugs/alcohol, father son relationship, party, money, bartender ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, bahamas, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, friends, parents and children, lifestyle, youth, blues, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, nanny ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania, toronto ontario canada, new york yankees ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 1K
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: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental
Plot: showbiz, alcohol abuse, singer, girl group, music band, society, lifestyle, strong female presence, soul music, family problems, couples, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.7
 1K
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: desire for fame, rising to stardom, moral dilemma, ambition, musician's life, follow your dream, hip hop, radio dj, music, artists and showbiz, strong female presence, producer
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Feel the Noise (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After a run-in with local thugs, aspiring Harlem rapper Rob flees to a place and father he never knew, and finds his salvation in Reggaeton, a spicy blend of hip-hop, reggae and Latin beats. Puerto Rico, the spiritual home of Reggaeton, inspires Rob ...
Style: realistic, feel good, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: dancer's life, rapper, culture clash, fish out of water, hip hop, society, youth, ambition, teenage love, friendship, music, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: puerto rico, new york, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 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, realistic, serious, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, dancing, showbiz, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6.1
 605
One-Trick Pony (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jonah (Paul Simon) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talentless producer. At the same time, he's struggling to save his failing marriage.
Style: gloomy, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: rock music, record, failed marriage, lifestyle, hopes, crumbling marriage, ambition, musician's life, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, music band, starting over ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, musician's life, romance, performer's life, true love, family relations, ambition, rags to riches, brother brother relationship, love triangle, fame ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, usa, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.3
 17K
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, intense, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: country music, musician, infidelity, alcohol, love triangle, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, showbiz, ambition, love and romance, cheating on husband ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, tennessee, dallas texas, austin texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: profanity, crimes, musician's life, rivalry, music, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, ambition, hip hop, showbiz, graphic violence, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: offbeat, humorous, witty, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, punk, punk rock, rebellion, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, music band, media, rising to stardom, musician's life, music, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 712
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: psychological, witty, sincere, clever, serious ...
Plot: friendship, infidelity, ambition, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, love and romance, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, rehabilitation, music, parents and children, on the road ...
Time: 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, soul music, couple relations, showbiz, addiction, r&b, love affair, drug abuse ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, serious, cynical, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: music, revenge, concert, rape, ambition, musician's life, rise and fall, music band, lifestyle, life is a bitch, showbiz, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.0
 60
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: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, lifestyle, going straight, love affair, hopes, drug dealing, life is a bitch, romance, youth, downfall, crimes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Paraiso Travel (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: PARAISO TRAVEL is the story of Marlon Cruz, a young Colombian man who, motivated by his girlfriend Reina leaves his comfortable life in Medellin and flees with her through Guatemala and Mexico, across the borders, illegally into the United States. ...
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, strong sexual content, couples, starting over, young lovers, hopes, obsessive quest, follow your dream, couple relations, youth, love and romance, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, colombia, latin america, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, going straight, downfall, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, youth, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, culture clash, tragic love, social decay, social differences, opposites attract, unlikely couple, musician's life, racism, love affair, fall in love ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%