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The Soloist (2009)
 6.7
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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, based on true events ...
Plot: musician, prodigy, cello, homeless, music, street musician, mental illness, life is a bitch, musician's life, misfit, rich and poor, unlikely partners, down on your luck, unlikely friendships, friendship, genius, homeless man, violin, newspaper, happy ending, poverty, journalism, partners, society, orchestral ...
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, touching and dramatic films with plots about artists and showbiz, musician, musician's life, music, storytelling, mentor and runaway mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like The Soloist: A Late Quartet (2012), August Rush (2007), Ray (2004), To Write Love on Her Arms (2012), Love & Mercy (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, sentimental, touching, intense ...
Plot: classical music, aging, rehearsal, musician's life, friendship, ego clash, intrigue, under the surface, marital problem, overcoming, anniversary, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, california
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100%
 7.5
 103K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, South Korea
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, romantic, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, prodigy, music, youth, musician's life, hopes, musician, lie, orphanage, dancing, artists and showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1995
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, san francisco
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67%
 7.7
 137K
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, jazz, musician, pianist, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, african american, music, rags to riches ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, los angeles, madrid, seattle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
To Write Love on Her Arms (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy, 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: touching, uplifting, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: rehabilitation, depression, life is a bitch, youth, redemption, addiction, music, hopes, halloween, drugs, live music, rape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida, usa, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 36K
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, musician, pop music, music, musician's life, power relations, doctors and patients, addiction, showbiz, artists and showbiz, drug abuse ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, california, malibu california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.9
 28K
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, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, audition, music business, musician, rock star, music industry, family relations, interracial relations, death of protagonist, main character dies ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.8
 762
The Last Ride (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The final days of Hank Williams.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, redemption, country music, rise and fall, ambition, musician's life, starting over, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, lifestyle, downfall, road trip ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1952, year 2010
Place: usa, ohio, west virginia, alabama, virginia
⇓ 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, compassionate ...
Plot: labor union, folk music, music, artists and showbiz, great depression, love and romance, musician's life, americana, couple relations, hitchhiker, desert, on the road ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: texas, california, oklahoma, usa, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prodigy, family relations, concert, cellist, cello, multiple sclerosis, career, flute, sibling rivalry, sister sister relationship, music, musician ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 51K
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: emotional, realistic, intense, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: pianist, prodigy, child prodigy, overbearing parent, music, piano, musician's life, fame, human spirit, father son relationship, jewish, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: australia, south australia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.8
 24K
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: touching, sincere, emotional, factual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, feel good, uplifting ...
Plot: country music, female friendship, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, relationship vs career, career change, family problems, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state, nashville tennessee, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 35K
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, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: musician's life, prodigy, follow your dream, musician, aunt nephew relationship, coming of age, rock and roll, adolescence, dysfunctional family, parents and children, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: liverpool, england, europe, new zealand, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, blues, success, showbiz, rock and roll, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, couple relations, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
⇓ 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, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, price of fame, abusive husband, fall in love, music, musician's life, ambition, destructive relationship, couples, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 22K
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: captivating, realistic, emotional, talky, heartbreaking ...
Plot: soul music, music, friendship, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, showbiz, rise to the top, blind ambition, black man ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1950s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, georgia, south carolina, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, interesting, dramatic ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, imagination, existentialism, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington d.c., stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.5
 68K
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, lyrical, melancholic, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: singer, showbiz, singing, manager, african american, performer's life, fame, backstage, show business, soul music, lifestyle, musician ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: detroit, los angeles, usa, new york, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.7
 61K
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, lyrical ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, music, punk, musician, epilepsy, music band, depression, performance, suicide, fame, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1980, 80s
Place: europe, england, manchester england, northern england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 30K
Danny Collins (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An ageing rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: rock star, redemption, elderly, family relations, introspection, starting over, musician's life, aging, love and romance, artists and showbiz, wooing, estrangement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, year 1971
Place: new jersey, los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.9
 912
The Overture (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Thailand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets ...
Style: captivating, emotional, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: lifestyle, musician's life, rebellion, fighting the system, prodigy, ambition, society, politics, rivalry, life is a bitch, injustice, musician ...
Time: 20th century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
 27K
The Good Lie (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Kenya, India, USA, Canada, South Africa
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: captivating, rough, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Plot: refugee, culture clash, friendship, fish out of water, life is a bitch, society, immigrants, refugee camp, self sacrifice, survival, courage, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: sudan, usa, kenya, kansas, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 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 ⇓
37%
 5.8
 4K
Stoned (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after being let go from the band.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, flamboyance
Plot: rock, musician's life, drug abuse, showbiz, life is a bitch, rock star, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, music band, addiction, love, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, contemporary
Place: london, munich germany, morocco, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, feel good, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: anti semitism, politics, jewish, music band, music, bittersweet, lifestyle, society, musician's life, artists and showbiz, ambition, love and romance ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, budapest, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
 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, heartbreaking, factual, emotional ...
Plot: opera, opera singer, brother brother relationship, music, siblings relations, art, life philosophy, destiny, artist, eunuch, culture clash, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, london, madrid, napoli italy, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: realistic, captivating, touching, stylized, serious ...
Plot: composer, musician, pianist, performance, mute or deaf, classical music, musician's life, contests and competitions, fighting illness, couples, obsession, love affair ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: austria, europe, vienna, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 56K
I'm Not There. (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Germany, Canada, USA, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.
Style: realistic, serious, non-linear, stylized, meditative ...
Plot: music, actor, musician, star, african american, poet, vietnam war, ambition, artists and showbiz, musician's life, hopes, performer's life ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, london, woodstock ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 82K
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, atmospheric, gloomy, disturbing, based on true events ...
Plot: singer, musician's life, music, french, star, loss of child, rising to stardom, fame, death, poverty, life is a bitch, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, year 1935, 60s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: france, europe, paris france, new york, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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