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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: humorous, sentimental, sincere, light, touching, feel good, realistic, semi serious, sweet, entertaining ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, showbiz, recording studio, drummer, friendship, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, musician's life, fame, celebrity culture, music band, manager, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, radio, musician, youth, friends, star, singer, hopes, artists and showbiz, crumbling relationship, lifestyle, buddies ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, ohio

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, light and talky films with plots about music, artists and showbiz, runaway, dialogue, storytelling, rock and roll and lifestyle mostly in Music, Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like That Thing You Do!: Cadillac Records (2008), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), 2gether (2000), The Fighting Temptations (2003), A Mighty Wind (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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
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100%
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, offbeat, cynical ...
Plot: music band, heavy metal, cult, party, groupie, music, lifestyle, friends, sexual activity, musical tour, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: feel good, witty, humorous, not serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: rise to the top, relationship vs career, rising to stardom, desire for fame, celebrity culture, nothing goes right, performer's life, media satire, artists and showbiz, disorder, nightlife, partners ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, humorous, melancholic, absurd ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: small town, music, music band, last wish, disorder, ambition, friendship, contests and competitions, family relations, rivalry, artists and showbiz, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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: humorous, clever, witty, touching, not serious ...
Plot: reunion, mental illness, singer, musician, folk singer, music, lovers reunited, loss of parent, misfit, lifestyle, producer, showbiz ...
Time: 60s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
100%
 7.9
 233K
Almost Famous (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater – fronted by lead guitar ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, feel good, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: coming of age, on the road, music, rock, journalism, musician's life, fame, musician, aspiring writer, innocence lost, stewardess, coming-of-age ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, san diego california, phoenix arizona, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, humorous, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: music, fainting, music band, friendship, friend, youth, friends, lifestyle, high school life, unfulfilled love, buddies, teenage life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
 8K
CB4 (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A "rockumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4". We soon learn that these three are not what they seem and don't apear to know as much about rap music ...
Style: humorous, realistic, witty, not serious, satirical ...
Plot: hip hop, wheelchair, jeep, parody, music, buddies, hip hop culture, criminal's revenge, musician's life, rivalry, music band, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: realistic, captivating, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: starting over, black family, price of fame, domestic violence, music, jealous spouse, destructive relationship, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, hopes, fall in love, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 7K
The Rose (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: rise and fall, blues, ambition, music, addiction, drug abuse, desire for fame, performer's life, lifestyle, generosity, showbiz, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.5
 2K
Light of Day (1987)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fox and Jett play a brother and sister who are lead performers in a rock band, The Barbusters, in Cleveland, Ohio. The sister, Patti Rasnick, is an unmarried mother and has a troubled relationship with her own mother, who is deeply religious. ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: rock, cancer, music, family relations, family in crisis, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, ambition, introspection, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 3K
The Monkees (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The Monkees is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from September 1966 to March 1968. The series follows the adventures of four young men trying to make a name for themselves as rock 'n roll singers. The show introduced a number of ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, witty, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: sitcom, music, friendship, showbiz, lifestyle, music band, friends, frame up, cult, tv show, celebrity culture, rising to stardom ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned ...
Style: realistic, feel good, serious, entertaining, harsh ...
Plot: rise and fall, religious fundamentalism, train, cousin cousin relationship, music, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, couple relations, fall in love, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.
Style: humorous, clever, offbeat, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, addiction, rock, marijuana, jewish, musician, backstage, singer, divorce, horse, guilt, cocaine ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 80s, 90s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 5K
Backbeat (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chronicles the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany. The film focuses primarily on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (played by Stephen Dorff) and John Lennon (played by Ian Hart), and also with Sutcliffe's German girlfriend ...
Style: serious, sincere, rough, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, body painting, music, love and romance, celebrity culture, rising to stardom, fall in love, artists and showbiz, rock, music band, ambition, friends ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: hamburg germany, seaport, england, germany, northern germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
100%
 7.1
 241K
School of Rock (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fifth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' ...
Style: humorous, inspirational, funny, light, witty ...
Audience: teens, family outing, date night, kids
Plot: music band, teacher, teachers and students, musician, youth, rock band, music, school, idealism, ambition, rock, rock musician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, humorous, captivating, feel good, sincere ...
Plot: music band, irish, friendship, singer, audition, blues, star, music, rise and fall, ego clash, lifestyle, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, hit and run, rise and fall, music, racism, unfulfillment, love and romance, love affair, couples, musician's life, addiction, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 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: realistic, sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious
Plot: reunion, artists and showbiz, showbiz, musician's life, buddies, lifestyle, music band, on the road, african american, friends, r&b, music ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: touching, sentimental, semi serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: songwriter, music, ambition, human spirit, destructive relationship, crumbling marriage, romance, couple relations, gays and lesbians, contests and competitions, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: sentimental, feel good, touching, serious, humorous ...
Plot: blizzard, rags to riches, disc jockey, star, singer, price of fame, music, friends, addiction, ambition, showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, witty, humorous, offbeat, cynical ...
Plot: parody, rise and fall, music, buddies, musician's life, partners, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, media satire, media, journalism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: germany, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: sentimental, tragicomedy, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, infidelity, musician, music, musician's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, fall in love, dishonesty, actress, guitar, music business ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 ⇓
63%
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: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, missing person, mystery, music band, rock, introspection, human nature, rising to stardom, crimes, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, feel good, offbeat, witty, not serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: music, secret, conspiracy, friendship, fame, manager, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, media satire, dishonesty, musician's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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: sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating, intense ...
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, performer's life, performance, musician's life, buddies, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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, melancholic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heavy metal, rock, music, youth, teenage life, music band, musician's life, ambition, desire for fame, drums, drummer, groupie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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