Movies and TV shows like Empire

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Empire (2015)
 7.6
 34K
Empire (2015)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: A powerful family drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, twists and turns, suspense
Plot: music, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, sibling rivalry, family relations, workplace, couple relations, showbiz, brother brother relationship, rapper, rivalry, ceo, hip hop, frame up, escapades, gay, black family, boss and employee, couples, power relations, music business, singer, gay son, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york

Most similar movies to Empire

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and touching films and TV series with plots about artists and showbiz, music, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, family relations and parents and children mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Empire: Nashville (2012), Just Another Day (2009), Vinyl (2016), Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010), Filly Brown (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 22K
Nashville (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them, and often complicating their lives, are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well ...
Style: captivating, sincere, realistic, sentimental, serious
Plot: music, country music, fame, rivalry, desire for fame, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, music industry, family relations, ambition, reluctant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, southern usa
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95%
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, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: musician's life, hip hop, drugs/alcohol, music, desire for fame, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, crimes, rivalry, music business, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.8
 19K
Vinyl (2016)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in 1970s New York, Vinyl is a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop. The show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, who is trying to save his company and his ...
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, tense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: showbiz, music, ambition, music business, blackmail, mafia, disco, drugs/alcohol, nervous breakdown, historical character, rock band, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Chance Harris looks to find a balance between his school, work, relationships and opportunity to perform at the nationally televised step competition during homecoming weekend at Truth University.
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: dance, hip hop, dancer's life, college, contests and competitions, ambition, music, rivalry, youth, couple relations, college life, student life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.7
 995
Filly Brown (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: “Majo” Tonorio, a.k.a. Filly Brown, is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits from the heart. When a sleazy record producer offers her a crack at rap stardom, Majo faces some daunting choices. With an incarcerated mother, a record ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating
Plot: hip hop, musician's life, music, follow your dream, moral dilemma, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, artists and showbiz, radio dj
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.8
 792
Love Monkey (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Story: Love Monkey is a television series created by Michael Rauch and based on a book of the same name, by Kyle Smith. It starred Tom Cavanagh as a 30-something, single, record executive who navigated the tumultuous and highly amusing waters of work and ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, clever, sentimental
Plot: dating, buddies, showbiz, music business, thirtysomething life, music, artists and showbiz, workplace, friends, siblings relations, ambition, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, michigan, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Feel the Noise (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After a run-in with local thugs, aspiring Harlem rapper Rob flees to a place and father he never knew, and finds his salvation in Reggaeton, a spicy blend of hip-hop, reggae and Latin beats. Puerto Rico, the spiritual home of Reggaeton, inspires Rob ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, rapper, culture clash, dancer's life, fish out of water, musician's life, latin, urban, music, follow your dream, friendship, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: puerto rico, new york, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Mozart in the Jungle (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 29 min.
Story: In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" and Gelsey Kirkland's "Dancing on my Grave" comes an insider’s look into the secret world of classical musicians. From her debut recital at Carnegie ...
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, romantic, sincere ...
Plot: musician's life, classical music, backstage, artists and showbiz, prodigy, sex, drugs/alcohol, urban, performance, hotshot, ego clash, teacher ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: music, music band, musician's life, black family, prodigy, desire for fame, follow your dream, rising to stardom, siblings relations, showbiz, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.5
 2K
The Gospel (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young singer turns his back on God and his father's church when tragedy strikes. He returns years later to find the once powerful congregation in disarray. With his childhood nemesis creating a "new vision" for the church, he is ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, touching
Plot: church, redemption, music, parents and children, homecoming, relationship vs career, family relations, artists and showbiz, musician's life, uninhibited rivalry, haunted by the past, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Grace Unplugged (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A talented young singer and aspiring songwriter’s Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her worship-pastor father and pursues pop-music stardom in GRACE UNPLUGGED, a moving and inspiring new film that explores the true meaning ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: musician's life, coming of age, music, christian, desire for fame, small town, teenage life, church, religions or cults, ambition, artists and showbiz, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 3K
Elvis (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 173 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: rock, musician's life, performer's life, music, rising to stardom, ambition, artists and showbiz, folk hero, hotshot hero, desire for fame, rise and fall, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
I Am Not a Hipster (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Things are not looking good for Brook, a young, talented singer/songwriter who has become the clichéd tortured artist. Slow to come to terms with the death of his mother, Brook is self-absorbed, aggressive, and the major obstruction to his own ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: musician's life, rock, parents and children, urban, estrangement, music, artists and showbiz, family relations, siblings relations, twentysomething life, family problems, coping
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 ⇓
38%
 7.5
 3K
Queen Sugar (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The series follows the life of two sisters, Nova Bordelon and Charley Bordelon, who, with her teenage son Micah moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father - an 800-acre sugarcane farm.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, sentimental
Plot: sugarcane, family drama, farm, life turned upside down, family relations, society, parents and children, power relations, social relations, single parent, interracial relations, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Temptations (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The true story of The Temptations, the Soul vocal group of the 1960s, as seen from the viewpoint of the last surviving member, Otis Williams. Beginning from their humble origins in the late 50s and continuing through the 90s and the deaths of the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: music band, music, flashback, rise and fall, reunion, loss of son, musician's life, pop music, performer's life, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, captivating, realistic, intense ...
Plot: latin, nightclub, music, love triangle, ambition, true love, musician's life, performer's life, rising to stardom, romance, couple relations, immigrants ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, usa, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 3.6
 25K
You Got Served (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At Mr. Rad's Warehouse, the best hip-hop crews in Los Angeles compete for money and respect. But when a suburban crew crashes the party, stealing their dancers - and their moves - two warring friends have to pull together to represent the ...
Style: stylized, humorous, inspirational, intense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, breakdance, friendship, music, dancer's life, dance performance, rivalry, follow your dream, ambition, betrayal, competition, dancing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.1
 226K
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, lyrical, gloomy, sincere, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, musician's life, follow your dream, underdog, white rapper, contests and competitions, street gang, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The One I Wrote For You (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: THE ONE I WROTE FOR YOU follows a songwriter who defers his dreams to support his family. He gets a second chance when his 10-year-old daughter, Gracie, secretly enters his name into a song writing contest/reality show. Fourteen original songs help ...
Style: serious, sentimental, feel good, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: musician's life, contests and competitions, family, reality tv, parents and children, music, tv show, family relations, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, ambition, hopes
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 3K
Georgia (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Sadie looks up to her older sister Georgia, a successful folk singer who's happily married with children, but can't break out of the bar-band circuit and hit the big time she desperately covets. It's in part due to her attraction to ...
Style: talky, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: music, rock, musician's life, addiction, dysfunctional family, folk, downfall, alcohol, artist, band, rise and fall, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Beat the World (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three dance crews – one Latin American, one European and one Canadian – prepare to battle at the International Beat the World competition in Detroit. Along the way, they struggle with gambling debt, bad break-ups and their own egos. In the final ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, sporting event, music, ambition, urban, artists and showbiz, buddies, friendship, hopes, rivalry, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 2K
Instant Star (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Canada
Story: Instant Star is a Canadian television program which aired from September 2004 to June 2008. The series starred Alexz Johnson as adolescent music competition winner Jude Harrison. The show chronicles Harrison's experience in the recording ...
Style: serious, feel good, captivating, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: follow your dream, rock, rising to stardom, music, age difference, teenager, aspiring singer, forbidden love, teenage life, ambition, artists and showbiz, performer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film, which chronicles Garland's life from her first public performance in 1924 until her death in 1969, is divided into two parts: the first part depicts her rise to fame in the 1930s, her descent into drugs, and her fall from grace in the ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, touching ...
Plot: music, showbiz, filmmaking, actor's life, musician's life, crumbling marriage, hollywood, rise and fall, rising to stardom, couple relations, addiction, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1950s
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 38K
Rock Star (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rock Star tells the story of Chris Cole and a rock band called Steel Dragon. Cole is a photocopier technician by day, and the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called "Blood Pollution" by night.Internal struggles between the Steel ...
Style: serious, realistic, inspirational, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: rock star, music, heavy metal, audition, success, music band, ambition, musician's life, drugs/alcohol, relationship problems, desire for fame, rising to stardom ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, seattle washington, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: This movie re-creates the life stories of the members of the rock group "The Beach Boys. The film focuses primarily on the Wilson brothers and their parents, but also includes stories about the rest of members of the band. A two-part television ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: music band, music, musician's life, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, friends, siblings relations, teenage love, ambition, life is a bitch, listener, out of the way ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.1
 786
Brave New Girl (2004)
Genre: Drama, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Holly has everything it takes to be a star; the voice, the dream and the dedication, but she lacks the means to break away from her humble Texas upbringing. Then she gets the chance to attend an art and music school on the East coast and her future ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, feel good, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: musician's life, school, follow your dream, music, rising to stardom, parents and children, teenage life, ambition, hopes, youth, family relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.4
 6K
Honey 2 (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2003 dance movie Honey. Recently released from juvenile detention, talented dancer Maria Ramirez finds an outlet for her passion with a new dance crew.
Style: feel good, captivating, uplifting, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: dance school, music, dance, dancer's life, rise to the top, ambition, rivalry, hip hop, contests and competitions, fall in love, r&b, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.2
 12K
Treme (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and ...
Style: sentimental, talky, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, city life, radio dj, chef, musician, african american, lawyer, realism, musician's life, music, survival, hurricane katrina ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.4
 9K
Kingdom (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A raw family drama set against the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Venice, California. Alvey Kulina owns Navy St. MMA with the help of his girlfriend Lisa Prince. He is willing to go through extraordinary means to make sure his fighters are ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, mixed martial arts, gym, competition, sibling relationship, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, drug abuse, training, family problems, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%