Movies like The Soloist

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The Soloist (2009)
 6.7
 48K
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, sincere, serious, realistic, inspirational, heartbreaking, intense, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: prodigy, mental illness, musician, homeless, music, life is a bitch, musician's life, misfit, rich and poor, unlikely partners, down on your luck, friendship, genius, street musician, homeless man, newspaper, violin, cello, unlikely friendships, happy ending, poverty, journalism, partners, society, change of luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new york, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and touching films with plots about mentor, storytelling, runaway, music, culture clash, destiny and redemption mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like The Soloist: Ray (2004), August Rush (2007), Love & Mercy (2014), A Late Quartet (2012), The Last Ride (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
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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, pianist, jazz, addiction, heroin, musician, african american, guilt, music, ambition, lifestyle, blues ...
Time: 30s, 70s, 20th century, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, georgia, seattle washington, houston texas, st. louis missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 98K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, inspirational, romantic ...
Plot: orphan, prodigy, musician's life, music, hopes, lie, orphanage, dancing, musician, artists and showbiz, youth, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.4
 32K
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, pop music, musician, music, musician's life, power relations, addiction, artists and showbiz, doctors and patients, showbiz, drug abuse ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 80s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: usa, california, malibu california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.1
 13K
A Late Quartet (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: classical music, rehearsal, music, aging, lust, music band, elderly, performance, anniversary, family problems, musician's life, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 5.8
 736
The Last Ride (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The final days of Hank Williams.
Style: captivating, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, friendship, fistfight, country music, country singer, starting over, ambition, americana, countryside, coming of age, country, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 2010
Place: usa, west virginia, ohio, virginia, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prodigy, concert, cellist, career, music, mentally unstable, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, uninhibited rivalry, relationship vs career, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.
Style: atmospheric, clever, melancholic, depressing, meditative ...
Plot: musician's life, music, cat, loneliness, singer, guitar, musician, homeless, ambition, performance, financial problem, follow your dream ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 33K
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: touching, witty, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: prodigy, musician, musician's life, follow your dream, coming of age, aunt nephew relationship, dysfunctional family, hopes, parents and children, aspiring musician, adolescence, childhood ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: liverpool, europe, england, hamburg germany, new zealand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, captivating, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: singer, musician, musician's life, music, success, showbiz, lifestyle, rising to stardom, performer's life, artists and showbiz, ambition, fame ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: country music, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, family problems, career change, ambition, human nature, relationship vs career ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 25K
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, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: death, marital rape, mexican american, dying young, musician's life, music, ambition, rock, cinderella story, prodigy, teenage love, forbidden love ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: showbiz, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, ambition, musician's life, teenage life, celebrity culture, couple relations, artists and showbiz, music band ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 64K
Dreamgirls (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Three young women – Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson – dream of becoming pop stars and they get their wish when they're chosen to be backup singers for the legendary James 'Thunder' Early.
Style: emotional, sentimental, melancholic, inspirational, serious ...
Plot: singer, manager, performer's life, fame, backstage, singing, show business, african american, music band, ambition, showbiz, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 79K
Crazy Heart (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son. But can he leave behind an ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: journalist, musician, singer, redemption, loneliness, financial problem, country music, alcoholic, hopes, musician's life, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas, new mexico, phoenix arizona, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Bound for Glory (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: labor union, on the road, desert, hitchhiker, great depression, folk music, music, power relations, countryside, americana, couples, folk ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: california, texas, oklahoma, usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 6K
Farinelli (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Farinelli is a 1994 biopic film about the life and career of Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time.
Style: realistic, touching, factual, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: opera, music, opera singer, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, life philosophy, destiny, artist, eunuch, culture clash, art, fall in love ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, italy, spain, london, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, touching, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: anti semitism, politics, music, musician's life, human spirit, friends, ambition, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, love and romance, music band, lifestyle ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, budapest, warsaw poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, touching, dramatic ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, mathematics, prodigy, genius, obsession, schizophrenia, insanity, hallucinations, imagination, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, campus, boston, massachusetts, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: music, classical music, school, composer, mentor, teachers and students, follow your dream, dedicated educator, power relations, hopes, apprentice, high school ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.7
 57K
Control (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA, Australia, Japan, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, depressing, touching, harsh ...
Plot: musician's life, music, punk, singer, music band, depression, journalist, epilepsy, lifestyle, rise and fall, ambition, performance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: europe, england, northern england, manchester england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 48K
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: touching, emotional, feel good, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: pianist, child prodigy, prodigy, nervous breakdown, jewish, mental illness, concert hall, piano, letter, jumping, overbearing parent, music ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s
Place: australia, south australia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 25K
The Good Lie (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Kenya, India, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, rough, touching ...
Plot: refugee, immigrants, culture clash, friendship, friends, society, misfit, down on your luck, life is a bitch, fish out of water, self sacrifice, refugee camp ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sudan, usa, kansas, africa, kenya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: pianist, secretary, investigation, letter, deafness, uncle nephew relationship, music, mute or deaf, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s
Place: austria, europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: sentimental, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, against the odds, rise to the top, down on your luck, single parent, hopes, success, ambition, life, parents and children, financial problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, best friends, twists & turns, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.9
 52K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, boarding school life, music, teacher, teachers and students, singer, childhood, musician, friendship, school, boss, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 22K
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: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: elopement, singer, rise and fall, music, interracial relations, couple relations, unfulfillment, love and romance, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, relationship vs career, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 36K
Hustle & Flow (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: hip hop, midlife crisis, career, musician, rapper, drug dealing, singer, human spirit, hip hop culture, life is a bitch, lifestyle, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tennessee, usa, memphis, egypt, mount everest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 10K
Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, eiffel tower paris, heroin addict, jazz music, death of daughter, music, drug abuse, addiction, downfall, musician's life, couples ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 88K
Philomena (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A woman searches for her adult son, who was taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: nun, adoption, journalist, search, irish, forgiveness, journalism, loss of son, homosexual, convent, secret, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 50s, year 1955 ...
Place: ireland, washington d.c., england, usa, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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