Movies like That Thing You Do!

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That Thing You Do! (1996)
 6.9
 56K
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, feel good, realistic, sincere, light, sweet, entertaining ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, music band, drummer, recording studio, showbiz, manager, buddies, pop star, radio, musician's life, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, friendship, ambition, hopes, music business, artists and showbiz, friends, rise and fall, unfulfillment, youth, musical tour, crumbling relationship, fame, star ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, ohio

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Most similar movies to That Thing You Do!

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, melancholic and light films with plots about music, artists and showbiz, dialogue, runaway, mentor, catastrophe and storytelling mostly in Music, Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like That Thing You Do!: The Commitments (1991), The Five Heartbeats (1991), Grace of My Heart (1996), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Eddie and the Cruisers (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Commitments (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, captivating, humorous, sincere ...
Plot: music band, blues, irish, friendship, music, audition, star, singer, drugs/alcohol, unlikely partners, desire for fame, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Five Heartbeats (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful, young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improves, turns pro, and rises to become a top flight music sensation. Along ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: friendship, music, rise and fall, hit and run, musician's life, band, ambition, hopes, racism, love and romance, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Grace of My Heart (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: songwriter, music, musician's life, rise and fall, singer, romance, self discovery, couple relations, showbiz, ambition, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A film about the life and career of the early rock and roll star.
Style: humorous, serious, realistic, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: blizzard, star, disc jockey, rags to riches, price of fame, music, rock, musician's life, performer's life, tragic hero, desire for fame, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: texas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: The story of the rise and fall of the Pre-Fab Four.
Style: clever, humorous, witty, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: parody, music, rise and fall, music band, rock, musician's life, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, showbiz, media, artists and showbiz, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michael Paré stars as Eddie Wilson of the rock band Eddie and Cruisers. The band is at the height of their career in the 1960s when front man Eddie drives his car off a bridge in an apparent suicide -- but the body was never found.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sentimental, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, missing person, rock, music band, mystery, musician's life, rise and fall, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world.
Style: clever, witty, tragicomedy, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, guitar, infidelity, music, actress, musician, fall in love, musician's life, egocentrism, jazz musician, artist, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Josie, Melody and Val are three small-town girl musicians determined to take their rock band out of their garage and straight to the top, while remaining true to their look, style and sound. They get a record deal which brings fame and fortune but ...
Style: humorous, not serious, witty, feel good, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: music, fame, manager, rock band, secret, conspiracy, friendship, best friends, rock, music band, musician, fortune ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 6.5
 10K
Soul Men (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two former backup soul singers, Louis and Floyd, have not spoken to each other in 20 years, and reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently-deceased lead singer. Cleo, a beautiful young woman ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: reunion, musician's life, on the road, music, artists and showbiz, friends, buddies, music band, showbiz, r&b, lifestyle, alarm clock ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.1
 7K
Still Crazy (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the seventies Strange Fruit were it. They lived the rock lifestyle to the max, groupies, drugs, internal tension and an ex front man dead from an overdose. Even their demise was glamorous; when lightning struck the stage during an outdoor ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, clever, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: reunion, music, rivalry, comeback, tour, bus, rock band, death, rock, on the road, music band, glamour ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.3
 24K
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In "A Mighty Wind", director Christopher Guest reunites the team from "Best In Show" and "Waiting for Guffman" to tell tell the story of 60's-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, ...
Style: clever, witty, humorous, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: folk singer, reunion, music, mental illness, singer, musician, folk, music band, musician's life, lovers reunited, artists and showbiz, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.4
 128K
Begin Again (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A long lost music producer finds a singer-songwriter right about the moment he has given up all hope on life.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: music, musician's life, father daughter relationship, relationships, folk, showbiz, urban, artists and showbiz, city life, parents and children, family relations, one last chance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: "This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert ...
Style: humorous, witty, clever, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: music band, heavy metal, cult, groupie, music, party, rock, musician's life, rock star, showbiz, artists and showbiz, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.7
 5K
Breakin' (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A struggling young dancer joins forces with two breakdancers and together they become a street sensation.
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, realistic, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: dancing, rivalry, disco, music, romance, dancer's life, underdog, contests and competitions, follow your dream, rising to stardom, teenage love, hip hop ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death.
Style: semi serious, witty, clever, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: punk, punk rock, music band, desire for fame, rock, rising to stardom, music, ambition, artists and showbiz, friends, musician's life, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: If they missed Beatles' first appearance in the U.S.A. they would hate themselves for the rest of their lives! So six young girls from New Jersey set off even though they don't have tickets for the show! The journey is full of surprises ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: music, music band, friend, friendship, fainting, screwball, buddies, obsessive quest, teenage life, youth, unfulfilled love, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 30K
Jersey Boys (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Plot: music band, music, debt, performer's life, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, buddies, musician's life, desire for fame, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 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, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: concert, dancer, entertainer, vietnam war, friendship, oldies, couple relations, music, artists and showbiz, friends, couples, singing ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia, england, vietnam, europe, korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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 ⇓
42%
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A hip and happenin' all girl rock group head to LA to claim lead-singer Kelly's inheritance and make it (and make it) in LA. Soon the girls fall into a morass of drugs and deceit as their recording success soars. It takes several tragedies ...
Style: sexual, humorous, semi serious, biting, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hollywood, abortion, music band, artists and showbiz, pop star, drug abuse, music, couples, gays and lesbians, musician's life, pets, prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Suburbans (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: An 80s one-hit wonder band named The Suburbans reform for a special performance at one of the ex-member's wedding. At the wedding, a young record company talent scout happens to be in the audience and decides to give the now 40-ish performers a ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: scout, band, tattoo, buddies, music band, music, wedding, musician's life, desire for fame, rise and fall, singleness, midlife crisis ...
Time: 80s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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 ⇓
41%
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, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: music, school, classical music, composer, mentor, musician, dedicated educator, musician's life, apprentice, follow your dream, parents and children, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.2
 38K
Rock Star (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rock Star tells the story of Chris Cole and a rock band called Steel Dragon. Cole is a photocopier technician by day, and the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called "Blood Pollution" by night.Internal struggles between the Steel ...
Style: serious, realistic, inspirational, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: rock star, music, heavy metal, audition, success, music band, ambition, musician's life, drugs/alcohol, relationship problems, desire for fame, rising to stardom ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, seattle washington, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 35K
The Rocker (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Rob "Fish" Fishman is the drummer in '80s hair metal band Vesuvius. He's unceremoniously booted as the group signs a big record deal, is out of the music world for 20 years - and then receives a second chance with his ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heavy metal, rock, music, music band, groupie, youth, artists and showbiz, teenage life, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, drums, showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The Boat that Rocked is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s, and pop music. It's about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, colourful ...
Plot: rock, radio, rebelliousness, hippie, friendship, ocean or sea, rebellion, music, ship, friends, ambition, creativity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 1K
2gether (2000)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Story: A movie that spoofs boy bands like N*Sync, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, etc. It's the boy band version of Spinal Tap!
Style: not serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, witty
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, performer's life, parody, desire for fame, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, media satire, nightlife, relationship vs career, showbiz, ambition ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 8K
Brown Sugar (2002)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sidney is a writer who's just left her L.A. Times music review gig to edit New York hip-hop magazine XXL. Dre is an executive with a hip-hop record company based in New York. They've known each other since they met as children, when both ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, clever, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: hip hop, friendship, infidelity, romance, music, looking for love, fall in love, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, couples, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 ⇓
33%
The Fighting Temptations (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Fighting Temptations stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. as the film's protagonist as he attempts to revive a church choir in order to enter a gospel competition with the help of a beautiful lounge singer (Beyoncé Knowles) with whom he soon falls in ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: small town, music, single parent, friendship, church choir, fish out of water, ambition, disorder, music band, contests and competitions, small town life, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%