Movies like Sal

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Sal (2011)
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Sal (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: James Franco's Sal chronicles the final hours of the life of actor Sal Mineo, one-time teen idol and star of the blockbuster films Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus.
Style: sincere, touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: ambition, lifestyle, introspection, actor's life, friendship, hopes, artists and showbiz, gay, celebrity, murder, friends, hollywood, unfulfillment, male homosexuality, death, actor, massage, swimming pool, gay slur, weightlifting, gay lead character, male objectification, working out, gym, apartment building ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: los angeles, usa, california

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Most similar movies to Sal

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and touching films with plots about artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, rising to stardom and showbiz mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Sal: The Broken Tower (2011), James Dean (2001), Life (2015), Pasolini (2014), Polanski Unauthorized (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Broken Tower (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Docudrama about American poet Hart Crane, who committed suicide in April 1932 at the age of 32 by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: poetry reading, gays and lesbians, introspection, writer's life, gender, love and romance, suicide, writers, poet, sailor, brooklyn bridge, visionary ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: ohio, usa, new york, paris france, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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, teenage life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, indiana, malibu california, santa monica california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.1
 7K
Life (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1955, young photographer Dennis Stock develops a close bond with actor James Dean while shooting pictures of the rising Hollywood star.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, psychological
Plot: magazine, actor's life, showbiz, friendship, celebrity, celebrity culture, buddy, movie star, hollywood, photographer, actor, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1955
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 5.9
 3K
Pasolini (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Italy
Duration: 84 min.
Story: We are with Pasolini during the last hours of his life, as he talks with his beloved family and friends, writes, gives a brutally honest interview, shares a meal with Ninetto Davoli, and cruises for the roughest rough trade in his gun-metal gray ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: artists and showbiz, murder, society, gay, filmmaker, interview, death, sex, airplane, restaurant, female full frontal nudity, man with glasses ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Polanski Unauthorized (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An unauthorized chronicle of the life of Roman Polanski.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: ambition, prodigy, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, filmmaking, celebrity culture, unfulfillment
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.2
 267
Flynn (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A biographical movie on the film star Errol Flynn's early life before Hollywood fame.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: hollywood, heroes, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, school, legends and myths, showbiz, murder, theater, celebrity culture, crimes, actor's life ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: australia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Burton and Taylor (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: TV drama based on Richard Burton's diaries, about his last performance in 1983 with ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor. They meet after several years and he agrees to her suggestion that they star in a stage revival on Broadway of Noel Coward's ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, stylized
Plot: artists and showbiz, couple relations, celebrity culture, couples, actor's life, hollywood, love, lifestyle, love and romance, showbiz, love affair, party ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
All the Light in the Sky (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An insomniac actress is facing the waning days of her career, when her niece pays a visit to her Malibu house.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, midlife crisis, self discovery, actor's life, introspection, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, aspiring actress, beach house, insomnia, global warming, bare breasts ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A look at Brittany Murphy's rise to Hollywood fame in the 1990s, her struggles with celebrity and self-esteem, and her mysterious death in 2009 at the age of 32.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: desire for fame, ambition, actor's life, rising to stardom, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, parents and children
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
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 ⇓
56%
 5.2
 328
The Wager (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor at the pinnacle of his Hollywood career finds himself buckling to temptation after he accepts the lead in a classic tale of good versus evil. Michael Steele has just been nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. In the wake of that ...
Style: realistic, serious, christian film, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: hollywood, human spirit, relationship vs career, introspection, actor's life, desire for fame, ambition, society, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, couples, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The gaudy rise and dizzy fall of the last great Hollywood blonde bombshell: Jayne Mansfield.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: hollywood, publicity, ambition, feminism, celebrity culture, rich and poor, bittersweet, power relations, love and romance, rise and fall, lifestyle, actor's life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Good Vibrations (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The story of music legend Terri Hooley, a key figure in Belfast's punk rock scene. Hooley founded the Good Vibrations store from which a record label sprung, representing bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts.
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: ambition, music band, lifestyle, follow your dream, artists and showbiz, state affairs, musician's life, music, hopes, counterculture, couples, anti conformity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 4.4
 533
Anna Nicole (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Born Vickie Lynn Hogan, she had a son at 18, became a stripper at 20, and married a billionaire at 26. Sheer determination turned her into Anna Nicole Smith, playmate, model and a household name.
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, captivating
Plot: rising to stardom, lifestyle, celebrity culture, physical appearance, artists and showbiz, hollywood, rags to riches, drugs, single mother, marriage, fame, model ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from "Cruising" as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.
Style: sexual, offbeat, serious, realistic, sexy
Plot: film within a film, filmmaking, bar, audition, gay bar, s&m, strong sexual content, artists and showbiz, actor's life, gender, nudity (full frontal - brief), gays and lesbians ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
A Beautiful Soul (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An R&B singer snagged by the trappings of superstardom loses his way and turns his back on his church and faith-filled beginnings. Tragedy strikes, leaving a chance for redemption in its wake. But with rebirth, first comes death.
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, introspection, self discovery, musician's life, one more chance, lifestyle, hip hop, religions or cults, celebrity culture, hopes, ambition, showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story is a made-for-TV film starring Australian actress Poppy Montgomery. The film, which was shot in B.C. Canada locations altered to look like British locations, details the journey of struggling single mother ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: multiple sclerosis, rising to stardom, writer's life, family relations, ambition, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, single parent, ends with biographical notes, abusive relationship, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
As I Lay Dying (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on the 1930 classic by Faulkner, it is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating, dark humor ...
Plot: family relations, burial, last wish, death in the family, family problems, husband wife relationship, dead mother, dying, countryside, poverty, unplanned pregnancy, dealing with death ...
Time: 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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What We Do Is Secret (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense
Plot: punk, musician's life, lifestyle, rising to stardom, drug abuse, ambition, music band, music, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.1
 2K
Whitney (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Chronicles Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, rising to stardom, musician's life, celebrity culture, fall in love, ambition, desire for fame, showbiz, addiction, couple relations, price of fame, pop star ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.0
 1K
The Greatest (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The song "Greatest Love of All", later remade by Whitney Houston, was written for this film and ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: racism, human spirit, fighting the system, contests and competitions, follow your dream, ambition, athlete's life, rising to stardom, society, lifestyle, hopes, politics ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
 163K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, mayor, politics, gay slur, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976, year 1970, year 1975 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.3
 2K
Anna Nicole (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Voluptuous beauty Anna Nicole Smith marries an elderly millionaire and poses for Playboy, but after her husband's death, her excessive drinking, pill-popping and weight fluctuations take their toll.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, sexy
Plot: playboy, rise and fall, celebrity, celebrity culture, rising to stardom, ambition, desire for fame, starlet, drug addiction, posing nude, photo shoot, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: adventurer, adventure, misfit, prodigy, mentally unstable, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, rise to the top, ambition, rich and poor, obsession ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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 ⇓
41%
Multiple Sarcasms (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him that he is not really happy. Gabriel decides that he wants to ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: midlife crisis, family life, self discovery, family relations, writer's life, introspection, couple relations, unfulfillment, couples, artists and showbiz, playwright, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 43
Marathon (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Drama by Biju Viswanath, Marathon was adapted from Harteis's memoir of the same name. Explores the relation ship between two poets Richard Harteis and William Meredith former US poet laureate and winner of every major American award for poetry ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: love and romance, ambition, lifestyle, writer's life, hopes, contests and competitions, gender, artists and showbiz, tragic love, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: hot and sexy, movie star, showgirl, filmmaking, actor's life, celebrity, crumbling relationship, drinking problem, fame, nervous breakdown, cultural icon, showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.8
 455
The Lost Coast (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Director/screenwriter Gabriel Fleming (One Thousand Years) explores the subtleties of loneliness, friendship, and sexuality with this tale of two high school friends who are forced to face their unspoken sexual history while wandering the streets of ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy
Plot: forest, self discovery, friendship, lifestyle, haunted by the past, introspection, friends, lgbt, hopes, gay best friend, one night, camping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 1K
Pinero (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, rise and fall, rising to stardom, ambition, life is a bitch, society, human nature, couple relations, celebrity culture, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%