Movies like Straight Outta Compton

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
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 166K
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, suspense, intense, talky, rough, dramatic, interesting, harsh ...
Plot: hip hop, music, rags to riches, musician's life, police brutality, feud, gang, racial slur, racism, drug dealer, police chase, police harassment, parent child relationship, music band, ambition, road trip, marijuana, aids, nightclub, vandalism, terminal illness, death of brother, protest, wrongful arrest, freedom of speech ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 80s, year 1986, year 1991, year 1993, year 1987 ...
Place: los angeles, milwaukee wisconsin, california, usa, detroit, new jersey

Most similar movies to Straight Outta Compton

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and dramatic films with plots about ambition, music, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rising to stardom, storytelling and mentor mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Straight Outta Compton: 8 Mile (2002), Notorious (2009), Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Cadillac Records (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, gloomy, lyrical, sincere, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, underdog, street gang, follow your dream, musician's life, white rapper, african american, contests and competitions, racial slur, ambition, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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100%
 6.7
 38K
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, realistic, rough, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, murder, death, fame, boom box, gold tooth, praying, hip hop culture, rising to stardom, urban ghetto life, music, artist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1983, 1990s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, idiotic, bad ending ...
Plot: hip hop, rapper, hip hop culture, urban ghetto life, gangsters, music, redemption, youth, lifestyle, urban, society, heist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, music band, couple relations, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, musician's life, teenage life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ 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, captivating, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: singer, musician, musician's life, music, showbiz, success, fame, performer's life, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 3K
Krush Groove (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Russell Walker is a young, successful manager of rap performers, handling acts for the Krush Groove label, including Run-DMC and The Fat Boys. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell needs more money to press more copies, he borrows it from a ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: hip hop, showbiz, music band, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, gangsters, desire for fame, music, loan, musician's life, ambition, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: starting over, black family, price of fame, domestic violence, music, artists and showbiz, r&b, drugs/alcohol, crumbling marriage, fall in love, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.9
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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: serious, stylized, realistic, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: music, friendship, megalomaniac, artists and showbiz, blind ambition, drugs/alcohol, rising to stardom, r&b, rise to the top, desire for fame, friends, showbiz ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, georgia, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 77K
The Doors (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
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Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, factual, surreal ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1940s, year 1970 ...
Place: california, usa, new mexico, venice beach california, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 44K
The Runaways (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the Runaways -- the now-legendary group that paved the way for future generations of female rockers. Under the Svengalilike influence of ...
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, coming of age, musician, girl band, iron, drummer, guitarist, grandmother, hospital bed, photo shoot, microphone, teenage girl ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: feel good, sentimental, touching, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: blizzard, rags to riches, singer, star, disc jockey, price of fame, music, addiction, tragic hero, rock, music band, lifestyle ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: sincere, serious, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 80 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
 9K
Talk to Me (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music, War
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Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
Style: talky, realistic, disturbing, witty, serious ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.2
 38K
Rock Star (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, inspirational, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: audition, rock star, music, heavy metal, ambition, success, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, drugs/alcohol, overnight success, music band ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: realistic, captivating, intense, light, melancholic ...
Plot: politics, hotel, senator, corruption, racial slur, reporter, state affairs, dishonesty, power relations, assassination, anti war, campaign ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 4K
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, emotional, serious, factual, gloomy
Plot: blues, musician's life, rise to the top, music, artists and showbiz, ambition, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, black lgbt, sister sister relationship, african american protagonist, black woman ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa, tennessee, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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
Plot: punk, music, gays and lesbians, rising to stardom, music band, friends, rock, prodigy, rise and fall, showbiz, lifestyle, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Prey for Rock & Roll is set in the Los Angeles club scene of the late 1980s and follows the story of Jacki (Gershon) and her all-girl punk rock band, Clam Dandy. On the verge of turning 40, Jacki decides that if the band's one last shot ...
Style: cynical, captivating, gloomy, sexual, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 10K
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, based on true events, stylized, sincere ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, lifestyle, musician's life, downfall, self destructing, saxophone, showbiz ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: realistic, twists and turns, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, life is a bitch, interracial relations, figment, ambition ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, hopes, relationship vs career, career change, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 126K
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, pianist, jazz, addiction, heroin, musician, civil rights, african american, guilt, music, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 30s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: usa, georgia, seattle washington, houston texas, st. louis missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 3K
Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: elvis presley, celebrity culture, musician's life, music, desire for fame, music band, showbiz, family life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, relationship vs career, performer's life ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Mambo Kings tells the story of César and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians who flee from Cuba to America in search of the American Dream.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: latin, true love, ambition, music, musician's life, rising to stardom, performer's life, romance, rich and poor, family relations, rags to riches, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, usa, latin america, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating
Plot: music, ambition, drug abuse, couples, musician's life, latin, friends, addiction, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Just Another Day (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Follows a day in the life of two men living at either end of the music game. A successful rapper, A-Maze, is dealing with the pitfalls and trappings of his success and facing new challenges in the music business to get a check while the other, Young ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Plot: crimes, music, desire for fame, drugs/alcohol, hip hop, rivalry, artists and showbiz, showbiz, musician's life, ambition, violence, one day ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%