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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
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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, rough, serious, dramatic, intense, interesting, harsh, brutal, lyrical ...
Plot: hip hop, music, rags to riches, road trip, gang, marijuana, racial slur, racism, aids, nightclub, vandalism, police brutality, terminal illness, death of brother, feud, protest, wrongful arrest, freedom of speech, police raid, police chase, hospital, drug dealer, rapper, record company, police harassment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986, year 1991, 1990s, year 1993, year 1987 ...
Place: los angeles, milwaukee wisconsin, california, usa, detroit, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and captivating 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), Krush Groove (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: captivating, gloomy, lyrical, sincere, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, follow your dream, musician's life, underdog, street gang, white rapper, contests and competitions, racial slur, ambition, human spirit, factory worker ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
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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, realistic, sentimental, rough ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1983, 1990s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, los angeles
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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, urban ghetto life, hip hop culture, gangsters, music, redemption, lifestyle, urban, ambition, urban ghetto, heist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
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Time: 60s, 50s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
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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, realistic, serious
Plot: hip hop, lifestyle, gangsters, musician's life, loan, artists and showbiz, friends, rising to stardom, music, desire for fame, ambition, music band ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
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Style: captivating, realistic, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: starting over, black family, price of fame, domestic violence, music, love and romance, jealous spouse, friends, couple relations, hopes, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship ...
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The Runaways (2010)
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Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, serious, sincere ...
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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: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: african american, music, friendship, showbiz, cultural icon, musician's life, ambition, megalomaniac, friends, r&b, artists and showbiz, blind ambition ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
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Style: captivating, serious, sincere, realistic, sentimental ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Bessie (2015)
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Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
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