Movies like Monica Z

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Monica Z (2013)
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Monica Z (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: "Monica Z" is a biopic about the Swedish singer and actress Monica Zetterlund focusing on her journey from a job as a telephone operator in a small town in Sweden to stardom in the clubs of New York and Stockholm.
Style: emotional, realistic, factual, uplifting, motivational, serious, captivating
Audience: chick flick
Plot: jazz singer, single mother, rising to stardom, ambition, nightclub singer, fame, follow your dream, father daughter relationship, drinking problem, jazz, family problems, relationship problems, musician's life, music, artists and showbiz, private vs public, female singer, suicide attempt, nightclub, wedding, drinking, mother daughter relationship, cigarette smoking, variety show, bare breasts ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, europe, usa, new york, stockholm sweden

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and emotional films with plots about artists and showbiz, ambition, rising to stardom, musician's life, music, lifestyle and couples mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Monica Z: Bessie (2015), Nina (2016), Cornelis (2010), Gloria (2014), Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: blues, musician's life, rise to the top, music, black lgbt, ambition, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, society, life is a bitch, concert tour, record company ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: usa, tennessee, pennsylvania
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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: serious, touching, realistic, captivating
Plot: jazz, music, musician's life, rising to stardom, r&b, artists and showbiz, society, interracial relations, love affair, discrimination, racism, ambition ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
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Cornelis (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: ”Cornelis” is the unique chronicle about one of Sweden’s greatest music legends - Cornelis Vreeswijk. An honest and gripping account of an exceptionally talented, but self-destructive artist’s intense life both on and behind the stage. A man ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: musician's life, musician, music, artists and showbiz, couple relations, looking for love, ambition, love and romance, society, couples, life is a bitch, weakness ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: sweden
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74%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating
Plot: musician's life, desire for fame, pop singer, women in prison, rising to stardom, music, ambition, artists and showbiz, downfall, unfulfillment, power relations
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: rock, musician's life, drugs/alcohol, music, rising to stardom, ambition, artists and showbiz, rock star, drug use, musician, infidelity
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, london, new york
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62%
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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
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62%
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: emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: country music, coal mining, journey shown on map, coal, music, country, musician's life, rising to stardom, female friendship, couple relations, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, washington state, usa
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59%
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
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59%
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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: serious, sincere, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: convent, world, drugs/alcohol, clergy, musician's life, music, performer's life, follow your dream, rise and fall, rising to stardom, rebelliousness, religions or cults ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: belgium, europe
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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: realistic, sentimental, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: singer, musician's life, music, civil rights, musician, african american, blues, performer's life, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Paulo Coelho's Best Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Brazil, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Paulo Coelho is the world’s most translated living author, his books having sold over 165 million copies. But he was not always the inspirational global phenomenon he is today. Like the heroes in his spiritual classics THE ALCHEMIST and THE ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: writer's life, follow your dream, ambition, hopes, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Hilde (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A biography of Hildegard Knef, one of Germany's biggest post-war stars.
Style: atmospheric, serious, sentimental, realistic, captivating
Plot: actress, nazi germany, musician's life, blind ambition, desire for fame, music, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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58%
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: jazz, seduction, jewish, pop star, alcohol abuse, song, singer, composer, songwriter, beach, music, painting ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: france, europe, tokyo
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55%
 5.6
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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: serious, captivating, realistic, gloomy
Plot: heavy metal, hotshot hero, musician's life, music, performer's life, rock, prodigy, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, music band, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
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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: captivating, serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: washed up star, rock, musician's life, music, rising to stardom, relationship vs career, showbiz, family life, power relations, artists and showbiz, music band, performer's life ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: mississippi
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51%
In His Life: The John Lennon Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A film about the early life of the rock musician and his burgeoning career as a member of the Beatles.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: music band, music, musician's life, rock, prodigy, rising to stardom, ambition, partners, artists and showbiz, rise to the top, teenage life, twentysomething life ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: hip hop, music band, rising to stardom, music, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, r&b, bankruptcy, woman
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi, who looks back from 2002.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: music, latin, musician's life, romance, performer's life, dancing, rise and fall, couple relations, addiction, celebrity culture, drug abuse, showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, sincere, realistic
Plot: jazz, assassination, guitar, doctor, infidelity, country, musician's life, music, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, performer's life, womanizer ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: tennessee, usa, chicago illinois
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48%
The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The film spans from Hepburn's early childhood to the 1950s which details her life as a Dutch ballerina, coming to grips with her parents' divorce, and enduring life in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II. She then settles in ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: hollywood, actress, showbiz, nun, actor's life, rising to stardom, human spirit, filmmaking, ambition, artists and showbiz, performer's life, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1940s ...
Place: europe, holland, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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47%
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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: stylized, serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: african american, music, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, blind ambition, friendship, desire for fame, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, rise to the top ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: georgia, usa, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: twins, musician, musician's life, jazz, music, rock, twin brother, follow your dream, family relations, artists and showbiz, supportive spouse, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 197
Scott Joplin (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: jazz, musician's life, prodigy, rising to stardom, music, artists and showbiz, americana, rise and fall, interracial relations, society, unfulfillment, syphilis ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Marie Krøyer (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Marie Krøyer is hailed as “the most beautiful woman in Europe” and leads a happy marriage life with her husband the great Danish painter P.S. Krøyer and an adorable daughter. However, not everything in her world is as perfect as it seems, and ...
Style: serious, emotional, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: mentally unstable, crumbling marriage, couple relations, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, fall in love, self discovery, breakup, under the surface, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century
Place: denmark, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
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: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sincere
Plot: jazz, musician's life, latin, political unrest, music, fighting the system, ambition, state affairs, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, human spirit, family in crisis ...
Place: cuba, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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
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44%
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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: emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: musician's life, desire for fame, siblings relations, ambition, urban, artists and showbiz, music band, rising to stardom, showbiz, hopes, couples, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
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43%
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My Way (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 148 min.
Story: A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from his childhood in Egypt through his success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere
Plot: ambition, oldies, musician's life, desire for fame, music, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, womanizer, parents and children, showbiz, family relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: france, paris france, egypt, saint tropez, monte carlo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: museum, folk, musician's life, performer's life, rising to stardom, music, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, follow your dream, ambition, hopes, loss of daughter ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile, paris france, geneva switzerland ...
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41%
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.
Style: semi serious, uplifting, realistic, touching, offbeat ...
Plot: punk, musician's life, follow your dream, music, rock, rock star, polio, rising to stardom, human spirit, disability, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: england, europe
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40%