Movies like Swing Kids

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Swing Kids (1993)
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Swing Kids (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, thought provoking, dramatic, factual, feel good, poignant ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, anti semitism, against the rules, rebelliousness, friends, against the odds, political unrest, dancing, dance, nazi, brainwashing, fighting the system, suicide, gestapo, idealism, german, music, rebellion, friendship, culture clash, coming of age, politics, teenage life, college, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: germany, new york, usa, europe, hamburg germany, poland

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Most similar movies to Swing Kids

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sentimental films with plots about friendship, culture clash, society, youth, runaway, mentor and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Music and War genres. Some movies like Swing Kids: Julia (1977), A Time for Dancing (2002), Music of the Heart (1999), Bolero (1981), School Ties (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, writer's life, against the odds, female bonding, smuggling, female protagonist, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, pre world war two, 1950s ...
Place: germany, europe, london, austria, berlin germany ...
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95%
A Time for Dancing (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Their love of dance, and their friendship, is challenged for two high school girls when one is diagnosed with cancer.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, life is a bitch, ambition, follow your dream, teenage life, lifestyle, single parent, society, unfulfillment, determination, dancing ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Music of the Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: dedicated educator, school, school teacher, against the odds, fighting the system, ambition, teachers and students, female protagonist, music teacher, violinist, violin, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Bolero (1981)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 173 min.
Story: The film follows four families, with different nationalities (French, German, Russian and American) but with the same passion for music, from the 1930s to the 1960s. The various story lines cross each other time and again in different places and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, stylized, epic ...
Plot: ballet, anti semitism, world war two, holocaust, society, musician's life, politics, artists and showbiz, love and romance, state affairs, music, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1940s, post world war two ...
Place: russia, europe, france, paris france, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: anti semitism, coming of age, high school, friendship, preparatory school, boarding school life, working class, football, teenage life, society, youth, cheating ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
'Round Midnight (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Inside the Blue Note nightclub one night in 1959 Paris, an aged, ailing jazzman coaxes an eloquent wail from his tenor sax. Outside, a young Parisian too broke to buy a glass of wine strains to hear those notes. Soon they will form a friendship that ...
Style: gloomy, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, alcohol abuse, friendship, music, addiction, bittersweet, unfulfillment, drugs/alcohol, comeback, friends, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.8
 51K
Cabaret (1972)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles and an impish emcee sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force.
Style: stylized, sentimental, serious, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: cabaret, political unrest, transvestism, love triangle, stockings, opposites attract, fascism, fireplace, politics, bisexuality, world war two, culture clash ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.1
 319
Snow in August (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a world filled with hatred, their only hope was magic. Believe and anything can happen.
Style: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friendship, racism, culture clash, society, anti semitism, haunted by the past, injustice, gang, human spirit, youth, life is a bitch, rabbi ...
Place: czech republic, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, serious, nostalgic ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, parents and children, friends, family relations, youth, clergy, society, interracial relations, teenage life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the early 1970s, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (Andy Garcia) is torn between his own musical dreams and the dreams of his wife, Marianela (Mía Maestro), a fervent supporter of the ideals of the Castro revolution. Also starring Charles S. ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: jazz, couples, politics, relationship vs career, showbiz, political unrest, human spirit, unfulfillment, musician's life, revolution, fighting the system, society ...
Place: usa, cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, youth, lifestyle, blues, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, nanny ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, russia, pennsylvania, toronto ontario canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 3.9
 27K
You Got Served (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At Mr. Rad's Warehouse, the best hip-hop crews in Los Angeles compete for money and respect. But when a suburban crew crashes the party, stealing their dancers - and their moves - two warring friends have to pull together to represent the ...
Style: stylized, humorous, inspirational, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dancing, hip hop, breakdance, friendship, music, follow your dream, rivalry, ambition, dancer's life, lifestyle, betrayal, dance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.2
 3K
Two Bits (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, family life, haunted by the past, teenage life, parents and children, self discovery, friendship, hopes, youth, friends, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.6
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Take the Lead (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system and, while his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom ...
Style: feel good, captivating, inspirational, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancing, dancer's life, dancer, dedicated educator, high school, dance, ambition, teachers and students, against the odds, respect, contests and competitions, music ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.0
 546
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, realistic, serious, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: lifestyle, rebelliousness, student life, fighting the system, moral dilemma, punk, society, youth, social misfits, college life, rock, islam ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pakistan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Step Up Revolution (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, romantic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dancing, teenage love, dancer's life, teenage life, dancer, audition, dance teacher, music, romance, against the rules, ambition, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, miami, florida, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.7
 2K
The Violin (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Mexico
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off the rebels from their cache of ammunition hidden in a ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: rebellion, village, against the odds, rebelliousness, musician's life, life is a bitch, society, injustice, family in danger, political unrest, state affairs, rape ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 3K
Songcatcher (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, lyrical ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: culture clash, romance, opposites attract, love and romance, social differences, fish out of water, human nature, isolation, sister sister relationship, arson, murder, mountain ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: appalachia, england, scotland, spain, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 7.5
 130K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, human spirit, childhood, nazi germany, against humanity, war, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Bulgarian Rhapsody (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Israel
Duration: 108 min.
Story: the story of two adolescents, Moni and Zhozho, who meet 17-year-old Zheni in 1943 and with whom both fell in love. The events that follow unfold while Bulgaria has to decide on the deportation of 11 343 Jewish citizens in Macedonia and Thrace.
Style: suspenseful, touching, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: on the run, fall in love, teenage love, wartime life, friendship, teenage life, youth, society, love and romance, anti semitism, world war two, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.7
 21K
Center Stage (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dance, ballet, dancing, love triangle, lifestyle, hopes, ambition, music, love and romance, infidelity, artists and showbiz, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 3K
Taking Sides (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, War
Country: France, UK, Germany, Austria
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 30s, Furtwangler's ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: investigation, politics, holocaust, world war two, war crime, musician's life, introspection, racism, state affairs, fighting the system, war, rebellion ...
Place: germany, europe, brussels, switzerland, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Madame Sousatzka (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The relationship between a demanding piano teacher and her student, an Indian prodigy.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: child prodigy, culture clash, coming of age, dedicated educator, immigrants, blind ambition, youth, society, follow your dream, ambition, hopes, prodigy ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, childhood, friendship, war, nazism, gas chamber, atrocity, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 5K
For the Boys (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard US-Entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II. Becoming a perfect team they tour from North Africa to the Pacific to act for "the boys". Later ...
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: world war two, dancer, concert, entertainer, vietnam war, friendship, music, artists and showbiz, couples, friends, graphic violence, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: vietnam, europe, korea, asia, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, psychological ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, survival, against humanity, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, human nature, self discovery, nazi, holocaust survivor, loan shark ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
We Are the Best! (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, music, music band, punk, rebellion, teenage life, best friends, ambition, girl band, teenager, punk rock, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982, 70s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 477
Reunion (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, West Germany, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two young boys from very different backgrounds become friends in 1933 Stuttgart. However, they don't realize how different they are until much later as one is the son of a well-to-do Jewish doctor and the other the son of a German aristocrat. ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: anti semitism, friendship, world war two, golden years, youth, homecoming, holocaust, confined, coming of age, religions or cults, society, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.5
 193
The Beat (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, poetry, teenage life, fighting the system, youth, idealism, society, rebellion, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, crimes, school ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music, music teacher, school, high school, marching band, honest, dedicated educator, follow your dream, teachers and students, musician ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%