Movies like West Side Story 1961

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West Side Story (1961)
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West Side Story (1961)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.
Style: stylized, tense, touching, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic, neo noir, sexy, lyrical ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, rivalry, tragic love, interracial relations, gang war, gang, young love, prejudice, immigrants, youth, jealousy, police officer, street gang, obsessive love, love at first sight, slum, highway, feud, showdown, nubile woman, dancer, bittersweet, romance, attempted rape, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1930s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to West Side Story

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and sexy films with plots about love and romance, romance, family relations, forbidden love, couples, youth and love mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres. Some movies like West Side Story: Romeo and Juliet (1968), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Ram & Leela (2013), China Girl (1987), Gangs of New York (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young ...
Style: romantic, emotional, sweet, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, romance, family feud, young love, love and romance, fall in love, unfulfillment, true love, love story, parents and children, shakespeare ...
Time: 1930s
Place: italy, europe, new york, england, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 225K
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. ...
Style: stylized, romantic, tense, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, star crossed lovers, teen romance, young lovers, romance, true love, suicide, gang war, family feud, shakespeare, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
West Side Story (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: A remake of the 1961 film about two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Style: suspenseful, surprise ending, disturbing, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: forbidden love, love at first sight, rivals, gang, love, street gang, latin, interracial relations, racism, dancing, gang war, tragic event ...
Time: 50s, year 1957, year 1961
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 20K
Ram & Leela (2013)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in violent times.
Style: captivating, serious, touching, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: wooing, forbidden love, love affair, fall in love, love, marriage, romance, true love, love and romance, death of lover, accidental killing, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
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China Girl (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenage lovers Tony (Richard Panebianco) and Tyan-Hwa (Sari Chang) tip the balance of power in New York's Little Italy and Chinatown.
Style: serious, realistic, tragic ending, modern day adaptation
Plot: racism, interracial relations, tragic love, restaurant, forbidden love, gang, gangsters, street gang, couples, love affair, social decay, fall in love ...
Place: new york, usa, italy, europe, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: tense, rough, stylized, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, betrayal, gang war, street gang, crime boss, courage, racial slur, army ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, tense, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: coming of age, forbidden love, basketball, small town life, romance, unrequited love, americana, teenage love, small town, repression, childhood sweetheart, young lovers ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s, 50s, 70s
Place: kansas, usa, new york, yale university, connecticut ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Make Your Move (2013)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A pair of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs.
Style: sexy, serious, captivating, realistic, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: dancer's life, love and romance, romance, young lovers, contests and competitions, youth, ambition, music, interracial relations, nightlife, artists and showbiz, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.9
 10K
Othello (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.
Style: tense, melancholic, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: black man white woman relationship, interracial relations, betrayal, tragic love, murder, racism, jealousy, vengeance, love and romance, rivalry, couples, friends ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1930s
Place: venice, italy, europe, mediterranean sea, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 34K
Rumble Fish (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, family relations, street gang, crimes, going straight, siblings relations, mysterious character, hopes, human nature, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 18K
Jungle Fever (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sexy, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, black man white woman relationship, interracial relations, love affair, social differences, couples, society, romance, infidelity, prejudice, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, greenwich village manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Wuthering Heights (2003)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A musical version of the classic story set in the modern day.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, stylized
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: young lovers, love affair, teenage life, social differences, love triangle, youth, tragic love, opposites attract, fall in love, couples, romance, forbidden love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A New York Heartbeat (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Spider, a young gang leader, gets in over his head when he robs a notorious gangster. On the run, he's taken in by a sheltered young woman and her reclusive uncle, a legendary mobster gunned down by the same gangster now pursuing Spider.
Style: serious, suspenseful, emotional, rough, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, fall in love, on the run, criminal's revenge, vengeance, crimes, juvenile delinquency, crime gone awry, romance, youth, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.7
 12K
Romeo & Juliet (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Switzerland, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet, their daughter. The two are ...
Style: romantic, dramatic, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, star crossed lovers, young lovers, true love, tragic love, family feud, love and romance, shakespeare's romeo and juliet, family relations, parents and children, uninhibited rivalry, shakespeare ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.3
 1K
Zebrahead (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Interracial love story set in Detroit.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: interracial relations, high school, high school life, forbidden love, buddies, society, life is a bitch, young lovers, romance, love and romance, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: detroit, usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Turning Point (1977)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: ballet, ballerina, midlife crisis, haunted by the past, career change, bittersweet, romance, rivalry, love and romance, dancer's life, artists and showbiz, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 44K
Endless Love (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A privileged girl and a charismatic boy's instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
Style: romantic, touching, emotional, sexual, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: love, forbidden love, teenage love, love and romance, teen romance, couple relations, love affair, love story, father daughter relationship, couples, teenage life, desire ...
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 4.9
 8K
Endless Love (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two young kids fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for the parents of Jade. The parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent away. This ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sexy, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: obsession, young lovers, forbidden love, mental illness, romance, couples, destructive relationship, teenage life, tragic love, parents and children, coming of age, first love ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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This Property Is Condemned (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main attraction, Alva Starr. Alva and Owen then try to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, betrayal, family relations, revenge, infidelity, forbidden love, social differences, siblings relations, love affair, fall in love, parents and children ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, australia, usa, tennessee, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Brooklyn Babylon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, interracial relations, culture clash, social differences, tragic love, social decay, unlikely couple, opposites attract, musician's life, couples, fall in love, racism ...
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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The Affair (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A crippled lady songwriter meets an older lawyer, who becomes her first love.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, sentimental
Audience: date night
Plot: terminal illness, polio, family relations, lawyer, love, songwriter, couple relations, infidelity, lovers reunited, tragic love, unfulfilled love, forbidden love ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.1
 6K
Idlewild (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, erotic, sexy ...
Plot: gangsters, nightclub, musician's life, artists and showbiz, hip hop, crimes, rivalry, love and romance, talking to the dead, husband wife relationship, african american, mortician ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 2.9
 8K
In the Mix (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A successful DJ named Darrel (Usher), managed to rescue a powerful mobster one night. In order to repay Darrell, the mobster, Frank Pacelli, gives him the task of protecting his daughter, Dolly (Chriqui)
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, captivating
Audience: date night
Plot: betrayal, interracial relations, gangsters, unlikely couple, forbidden love, fall in love, couples, family relations, hidden identity, rivalry, romance, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Crazy/Beautiful (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino falls hard for a troubled girl from the affluent neighborhood.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: forbidden love, high school, opposites attract, culture clash, young lovers, family relations, self destructing, unhappiness, romance, teenage life, fall in love, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.8
 558K
The Notebook (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, romantic, motivational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: romance, fall in love, true love, love and romance, love story, power of love, lovers reunited, love triangle, social differences, love affair, young lovers, love at first sight ...
Time: 1940s, 90s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: south carolina, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Hurricane Streets (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, smuggling, theft, prison, crimes, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, new mexico, manhattan new york city, alaska, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 7K
Blue Story (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Feature adaptation of Rapman's YouTube series about two young friends who become rivals in a street war.
Style: thought provoking, dark, heartbreaking, tense, controversial
Plot: ghetto, gangsters, youth, gunfight, gang, friendship, rivalry, friends, gang war, gang member, bandit, criminal gang ...
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.0
 831
Diamond Head (1962)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Rich Hawaiian pineapple grower and US Senatorial candidate Richard Howland tries to control everything and everyone around him, including his headstrong sister, Slone.
Style: realistic, serious, twists and turns, surprise ending
Plot: family relations, redemption, interracial relations, power relations, family problems, social relations, couples, romance, unfulfillment, ego clash, family in crisis, social differences ...
Time: 50s
Place: hawaii, honolulu hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Raising Victor Vargas (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The film follows Victor, a Lower East Side teenager, as he deals with his eccentric family, including his strict grandmother, his bratty sister, and a younger brother who completely idolizes him. Along the way he tries to win the affections of Judy, ...
Style: touching, semi serious, harsh, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: teenage love, family relations, couples, love and romance, youth, teenage life, wooing, urban ghetto, family life, sexual relations, fall in love, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, dominican republic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, nightclub, interracial relations, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crimes, love triangle, ambition, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1929, 70s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%