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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: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere, compassionate, dramatic, inspirational, sentimental, reflective ...
Plot: prodigy, mental illness, newspaper, violin, cello, music, musician, musician's life, homeless, unlikely partners, down on your luck, life is a bitch, partners, schizophrenia, rich and poor, misfit, society, psychiatry, change of luck, friendship, storytelling, hospital, love, dancing, airplane ...
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, music, storytelling, artists and showbiz, musician's life, runaway and redemption mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like The Soloist: Ray (2004), August Rush (2007), A Late Quartet (2012), Love & Mercy (2014), 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: sincere, epic, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, heroin, rags to riches, overdose, disability, pianist, addiction, country music, recording studio, music, infidelity ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, georgia, paris france, seattle washington, rome italy ...
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95%
 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, romance, artists and showbiz, fall in love, youth, dancing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 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, serious, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: classical music, music, rehearsal, music band, aging, artists and showbiz, musician's life, crumbling marriage, ego clash, under the surface, couple relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 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: gloomy, serious, realistic, offbeat, melancholic ...
Plot: mental illness, psychotherapist, nervous breakdown, pop music, therapist, musician, songwriter, music, showbiz, musician's life, doctors and patients, addiction ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 80s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, california, malibu california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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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: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: country singer, country music, fistfight, redemption, friendship, country, musician's life, countryside, rise and fall, music, airplane trip, road trip ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 2010
Place: usa, alabama, virginia, west virginia, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, serious, clever, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: concert, cellist, career, prodigy, music, mentally unstable, musician's life, musician, sibling relationship, rise and fall, uninhibited rivalry, relationship vs career ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 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, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: death, musician's life, dying young, marital rape, mexican american, music, oldies, latin, drugs/alcohol, prodigy, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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: witty, sentimental, sincere, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: prodigy, musician, musician's life, follow your dream, coming of age, parents and children, aspiring musician, hopes, dysfunctional family, adolescence, aunt nephew relationship, coming-of-age ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: liverpool, england, europe, new zealand, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 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: captivating, serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: singer, manager, performer's life, singing, show business, extramarital affair, adultery, backstage, cocaine, fame, musician, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, realistic, clever, serious, stylized ...
Plot: music, cat, musician's life, hitchhiker, performance, guitar, folk music, suicide, loneliness, audition, unwanted pregnancy, singer ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: realistic, sentimental, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: singer, musician's life, music, civil rights, musician, african american, blues, performer's life, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, serious, uplifting, touching, realistic ...
Plot: anti semitism, politics, music, music band, ambition, love and romance, society, artists and showbiz, friends, musician's life, rise to the top, human spirit ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, warsaw poland, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, culture clash, art, nudity (full frontal - brief), eunuch ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, italy, spain, london, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: country music, coal mining, journey shown on map, coal, music, country, musician's life, rising to stardom, female friendship, couple relations, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, serious, uplifting, touching, realistic ...
Plot: singer, elopement, music, rise and fall, latin, musician's life, performer's life, latinx lead, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, sentimental, serious, touching, captivating ...
Plot: labor union, on the road, folk music, great depression, music, desert, hitchhiker, folk, americana, musician's life, rich and poor, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: california, texas, oklahoma, usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: showbiz, drug abuse, music, music band, musician's life, addiction, rise and fall, rising to stardom, couple relations, celebrity culture, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
To Write Love on Her Arms (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story follows 19-year-old Renee who has always loved fairy tales: the idea of a princess, a hero and a happily ever after. But Renee’s life is that of a darker tale: she’s a young woman battling addiction, depression and self-injury. In a ...
Style: uplifting, serious, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: depression, rehabilitation, music, redemption, addiction, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, drugs, drug
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 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, serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, jazz music, death of daughter, eiffel tower paris, heroin addict, music, addiction, drug abuse, musician's life, drugs/alcohol, saxophone ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, mathematics, prodigy, paranoia, obsession, genius, schizophrenia, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable, imagination, mathematician, insanity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, campus, stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 19K
Get on Up (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: african american, music, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, blind ambition, friendship, desire for fame, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, rise to the top ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: georgia, usa, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: pianist, prodigy, child prodigy, letter, piano, concert hall, jumping, music, mental illness, nervous breakdown, jewish, overbearing parent ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s
Place: australia, south australia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: black family, price of fame, music, starting over, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, crumbling marriage, rising to stardom, couple relations, destructive relationship, showbiz, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, social misfits, writer's life, rise and fall, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, human nature, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, puerto rico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, forgiveness, journalism, irish, faith, church, son, convent, loss of son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: ireland, washington d.c., england, usa, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: pianist, uncle nephew relationship, deafness, music, secretary, letter, investigation, musician's life, artists and showbiz, character study, mute or deaf, obsessive quest ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s
Place: austria, europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Copying Beethoven (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A fictionalised exploration of Beethoven's life in his final days working on his Ninth Symphony. It is 1824. Beethoven is racing to finish his new symphony. However, it has been years since his last success and he is plagued by deafness, ...
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, realistic, touching ...
Plot: classical music, composer, mute or deaf, pianist, artist, performance, dying, singer, musician, music, musician's life, fictional biography ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: austria, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 14K
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to tell the tale of his remarkable life. Kevin Spacey did his own singing for Beyond the Sea, recreating Bobby ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: rowboat, perfectionist, music, election, pianist, family secret, musician's life, rock, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, showbiz, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, italy, pacific ocean, new york, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 77K
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, captivating, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: french, singer, musician's life, national anthem, performer, song, blindness, music, childhood, cabaret, manager, poverty ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 1950s, 1940s ...
Place: france, europe, normandy, manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: french, human spirit, mute or deaf, disability, paralysis, life turned upside down, writing, patient, rehabilitation, coma, nurse, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, arc de triomphe paris, nepal, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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