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, showbiz, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, sibling rivalry, family relations, workplace, hip hop, couple relations, brother brother relationship, rapper, rivalry, ceo, escapades, frame up, gay, black family, boss and employee, couples, power relations, music business, gay son, singer, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york

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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 music, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, family relations, lifestyle and hip hop mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Empire: Nashville (2012), Vinyl (2016), Just Another Day (2009), Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010), Filly Brown (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 21K
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, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental
Plot: music, country music, fame, rivalry, desire for fame, musician's life, artists and showbiz, country, lifestyle, music industry, family relations, young woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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, tense, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: showbiz, music, ambition, blackmail, mafia, historical character, nervous breakdown, music business, drugs/alcohol, disco, buddies, rock band ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: drugs/alcohol, musician's life, hip hop, desire for fame, music, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, crimes, rivalry, rapper, one day ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: feel good, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: dance, hip hop, dancer's life, college, contests and competitions, music, ambition, rivalry, youth, couple relations, college life, student life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 5.7
 965
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: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: musician's life, hip hop, follow your dream, music, moral dilemma, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, artists and showbiz, radio dj
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.7
 786
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 ⇓
50%
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: dancer's life, hip hop, rapper, culture clash, fish out of water, musician's life, latin, music, follow your dream, urban, friendship, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: puerto rico, new york, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, sincere, romantic ...
Plot: musician's life, classical music, artists and showbiz, prodigy, sex, drugs/alcohol, urban, backstage, 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%
 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
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.1
 218K
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, musician's life, follow your dream, underdog, contests and competitions, human spirit, street gang, life is a bitch, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 125K
Begin Again (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A long lost music producer finds a singer-songwriter right about the moment he has given up all hope on life.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: music, musician's life, father daughter relationship, relationships, folk, showbiz, urban, artists and showbiz, city life, parents and children, family relations, one last chance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
 52K
Step Up 3D (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers, including Luke and Natalie, team up with NYU freshman Moose, and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.
Style: serious, captivating, exciting, breathtaking, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, music, contests and competitions, follow your dream, youth, ambition, urban, young lovers, romance, dancing, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: music, rock, musician's life, addiction, dysfunctional family, folk, downfall, alcohol, band, artist, rise and fall, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: music, showbiz, filmmaking, actor's life, musician's life, hollywood, crumbling marriage, rise and fall, rising to stardom, couple relations, addiction, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ 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: serious, captivating, 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 ⇓
37%
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 ⇓
37%
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, performer's life, romance, dancing, rise and fall, couple relations, addiction, celebrity culture, drug abuse, showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 4.4
 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, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: church, redemption, parents and children, music, homecoming, relationship vs career, family relations, artists and showbiz, musician's life, uninhibited rivalry, haunted by the past, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: musician's life, rock, 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 ⇓
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, realistic, captivating, 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%
 8.5
 568K
Whiplash (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, motivational, dramatic ...
Plot: obsession, musician's life, music, follow your dream, teachers and students, desire for fame, jazz, drummer, mentor, music teacher, musician, public humiliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 29K
Step Up All In (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
Style: captivating, serious, feel good, sexy, light ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: music, dancing, follow your dream, rivalry, romance, love and romance, hip hop, uninhibited rivalry, dance contest, team, victory, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6.5
 3K
Beat Street (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.
Style: serious, realistic, harsh, talky, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, dance, subway, breakdance, graffiti, music, musician's life, college, artists and showbiz, disc jockey, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, tokyo, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, dancer's life, rise to the top, ambition, rivalry, dance, contests and competitions, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, fall in love, clubbing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 13K
A Late Quartet (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: classical music, music, rehearsal, music band, aging, artists and showbiz, musician's life, crumbling marriage, ego clash, under the surface, couple relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.3
 21K
Stomp the Yard (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After the death of his younger brother, a troubled 19-year-old street dancer from Los Angeles is able to bypass juvenile hall by enrolling in the historically black, Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. But his efforts to get an education and woo ...
Style: captivating, touching, exciting, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: hip hop, rivalry, dancer's life, ambition, contests and competitions, breakdance, dancing, music, leadership, teenage love, romance, university ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: family drama, sugarcane, farm, life turned upside down, family relations, interracial relations, society, parents and children, power relations, social relations, single parent, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: musician's life, rock, parents and children, music, urban, estrangement, artists and showbiz, family relations, siblings relations, twentysomething life, family problems, coping
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.3
 16K
Country Strong (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Soon after the rising young singer-songwriter Beau Williams gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star Kelly Canter, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager James and featuring a beauty ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love, addiction, adultery, musician, van, infidelity, alcohol, bar, singer, paparazzi, biker, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, dallas texas, austin texas, tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%