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Bessie (2015)
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Bessie (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, factual, gloomy
Plot: blues, rise to the top, musician's life, black woman, music, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, ambition, rising to stardom, black lgbt, poverty, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, sister sister relationship, african american protagonist, great depression, society, strong female presence, lesbian, lgbt, train, sex scene, racism, hotel, jazz ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s
Place: usa, new york, southern usa, pennsylvania, tennessee

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and touching films with plots about artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, music, rising to stardom, lifestyle and unfulfillment mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Bessie: Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Leadbelly (1976), Nina (2016), Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Cadillac Records (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, teenage life, human nature, celebrity culture, couple relations, ambition, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
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Leadbelly (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he ...
Style: emotional, touching, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: blues, injustice, music, society, artists and showbiz, musician's life, life is a bitch, social differences, folk, interracial relations, murder, tobacco ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Nina (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.
Style: captivating, serious, touching, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, ambition, musician's life, love affair, racism, artists and showbiz, society, music, rising to stardom, discrimination, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
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Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: gloomy, realistic, touching, sentimental, twists and turns ...
Plot: blues, drug abuse, jazz, racism, showbiz, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, bittersweet, figment, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, baltimore, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, blues, musician, rock and roll, music, showbiz, success, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, london, mississippi, poland
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100%
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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: realistic, captivating, emotional, talky, heartbreaking ...
Plot: music, friendship, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, showbiz, rise to the top, blind ambition, black man, singer ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 80s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, georgia, south carolina, new jersey, boston
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Whitney (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Chronicles Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, music, showbiz, couple relations, celebrity culture, addiction, fall in love, desire for fame, ambition, price of fame, pop star ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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100%
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Hendrix (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant, to his tragic failure.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, ambition, prodigy, music band, tragic hero, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, overdose, hotshot hero ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: serious, emotional, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, price of fame, fall in love, abusive husband, music, musician's life, ambition, rape victim, music band, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
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Violeta Went to Heaven (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Chile, Argentina, Brazil
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: museum, music, follow your dream, loss of daughter, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, hopes, musician's life, performer's life, rising to stardom, musical tour, latin ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 60s, 50s
Place: chile, latin america, paris france, geneva switzerland, santiago chile
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Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: TLC's humble beginnings in Atlanta quickly led to an unprecedented rise to fame in the 1990's as one of the world's most talented, celebrated and highest-selling female groups of all time. Through very public and high profile success, ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, music band, artists and showbiz, hip hop, ambition, bankruptcy, music, r&b, strong female presence, woman
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Gloria (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Mexico
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Gloria never imagined that an audition for the music producer Sergio Andrade was going to change her life so drastically. King Midas not only brought her to stardom, but also to a dramatic story of love, heartbreak and betrayal. Based on the life ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, emotional
Plot: desire for fame, musician's life, ambition, downfall, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, women in prison, power relations, unfulfillment, music, strong female presence, pop singer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, mexico
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38%
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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, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, artists and showbiz, guilt, music ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, georgia, paris france, florida, tokyo ...
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Jersey Boys (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
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: realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, musician's life, performer's life, buddies, artists and showbiz, performance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
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Crazy (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, contemplative
Plot: jazz, womanizer, infidelity, desire for fame, musician's life, rise and fall, ambition, rising to stardom, lifestyle, relationship vs career, obsession, showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa, florida, new york, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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What We Do Is Secret (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense
Plot: punk, punk rock, rising to stardom, musician's life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, music band, music, ambition, rise and fall, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 822
Sister Smile (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self.
Style: sincere, realistic, emotional, serious, entertaining ...
Plot: convent, musician's life, follow your dream, showbiz, ambition, rebellion, rise and fall, clergy, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, factual, stylized, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, downfall, musician's life, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Amália (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Portugal
Duration: 127 min.
Story: You already know the legendary singer. For the first time, you'll get to know the woman behind the myth.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: rising to stardom, love and romance, musician's life, rise and fall, human nature, family relations, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, music, lifestyle, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: europe, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: great depression, labor union, music, artists and showbiz, americana, couple relations, love and romance, musician's life, desert, on the road, hitchhiker, character study ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: texas, california, oklahoma, usa, new mexico ...
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35%
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Ireland, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, sincere, serious
Plot: musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, rock star, artists and showbiz, music, musician, guitarist, infidelity, drug use, rock, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere
Plot: jazz, politics, couples, political unrest, relationship vs career, unfulfillment, human spirit, showbiz, musician's life, revolution, ambition, fighting the system ...
Place: usa, cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Shirley (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Shirley is the youngest of eight children from a mixed race marriage. By the time she is a toddler the family have moved to the all white area of Splott and by the time she is 12 Shirley has discovered she has an extraordinary voice and can earn ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: rags to riches, family relations, interracial relations, nightclub, baby, rising to stardom, ambition, musician's life, youth, society, artists and showbiz, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: wales, england, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Sparkle (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: musician's life, family relations, ambition, lifestyle, rising to stardom, music band, desire for fame, abusive husband, family problems, artists and showbiz, showbiz, sister ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: michigan, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: elvis presley, price of fame, celebrity culture, rags to riches, musician's life, music, desire for fame, rock music, music band, showbiz, performer's life, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Identical (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Great Depression, identical twins are separated at birth. One, Drexel Hemsley becomes a wildly successful '50s rock star, while the other, Ryan Wade, struggles to balance his passion for music and pleasing his parents, who want him ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching, exciting ...
Plot: twins, musician, ambition, musician's life, supportive spouse, family relations, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, follow your dream, jazz, twin brother, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1940s, 1930s, 60s ...
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Notorious (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS ...
Style: serious, sincere, factual, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, african american, fame, rising to stardom, urban ghetto life, murder, music, ambition, success, life is a bitch, lifestyle, backstage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1983, 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Sweet Dreams (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.
Style: realistic, factual, atmospheric, captivating, touching ...
Plot: fame, air disaster, musician's life, ambition, historical figure, love and romance, family problems, showbiz, country music, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, tragic hero ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1956, year 1958 ...
Place: west virginia, virginia, nashville tennessee
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Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of pop king Michael Jackson.
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic
Plot: rise and fall, rising to stardom, ambition, performer's life, music, showbiz, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, singer, reputation, pop star ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Cazuza: Time Doesn't Stop (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Inspired by the moving and brave book “Só as Mães São Felizes”, by Lucinha Araújo, Cazuza's mother, the film covers a little more than 10 years of the singer’s crazy and brief life – from the beginning of his career in the Circo ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: rock star, aids, musician's life, lifestyle, ambition, rise to the top, music band, rising to stardom, addiction, against the rules, rebellion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%