Movies and TV shows like Empire

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Empire (2015)
 7.4
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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, family relations, ambition, sibling rivalry, couple relations, workplace, brother brother relationship, showbiz, rivalry, rapper, ceo, hip hop, frame up, escapades, couples, boss and employee, power relations, black family, singer, power struggle, ex husband ex wife relationship, music business, gay son ...
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, ambition, music, musician's life, family relations, lifestyle and parents and children mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Empire: Nashville (2012), Just Another Day (2009), Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010), Vinyl (2016), Filly Brown (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
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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, lifestyle, desire for fame, musician's life, artists and showbiz, family relations, ambition, reluctant, music industry ...
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: drugs/alcohol, music, artists and showbiz, crimes, showbiz, rivalry, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, hip hop, one day, rapper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: captivating, feel good, serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: dance, hip hop, contests and competitions, music, youth, ambition, student life, dancer's life, couple relations, couples, college life, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.8
 20K
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, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: showbiz, music, ambition, mafia, blackmail, music business, historical character, nervous breakdown, drugs/alcohol, disco, rock band, racism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 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: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: ambition, hip hop, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, radio dj, moral dilemma, musician's life
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: feel good, realistic, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: culture clash, fish out of water, hip hop, rapper, dancer's life, youth, friends, family relations, society, lifestyle, urban, reggae ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: puerto rico, new york, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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: realistic, sentimental, feel good, serious, clever
Plot: dating, lifestyle, buddies, artists and showbiz, music, powerful corporation, siblings relations, talented, showbiz, scout, workplace, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, michigan, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, romance, rising to stardom, performer's life, 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 ⇓
54%
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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, disobey, teenage life, showbiz, society, working class, musician's life, family problems, youth, ambition, family relations, music band ...
Time: 60s, 40s, 80s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ 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, romantic, sincere ...
Plot: musician's life, backstage, classical music, orchestra, artists and showbiz, prodigy, teacher, performance, hotshot, sex, ego clash, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, touching, sentimental
Plot: music, once in a lifetime opportunity, parents and children, youth, coming of age, religions or cults, family relations, musician's life, teenage life, church, artists and showbiz, desire for fame ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
 8K
CBGB (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: CBGB looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) in 1973 which launched thousands of bands.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, sincere
Plot: music, punk, punk rock, musician's life, clubbing, lifestyle, music band, ambition, artists and showbiz, music history, nightclub, rock music ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: captivating, gloomy, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: singer, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, r&b, parents and children, desire for fame, hotshot hero, music, performer's life, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, couples ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: gloomy, touching, serious, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: musician's life, family problems, coping, rock, estrangement, family relations, urban, parents and children, artists and showbiz, music, twentysomething life, siblings relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ 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, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: music, addiction, dysfunctional family, family life, siblings relations, life is a bitch, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, estrangement, rock, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, captivating, sentimental, serious
Plot: music, friends, ambition, drug abuse, musician's life, couples, latin, showbiz, lifestyle, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, performer's life ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, puerto rico, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: realistic, serious, feel good, touching, sentimental
Audience: family outing
Plot: hopes, musician's life, family relations, ambition, tv show, artists and showbiz, music, parents and children, contests and competitions, rising to stardom, family, reality tv
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, touching, realistic, sincere, sentimental
Plot: farm, family drama, sugarcane, power relations, family relations, life turned upside down, parents and children, social relations, society, single parent, interracial relations, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: exciting, serious, stylized, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, ambition, youth, lifestyle, urban, rivalry, friendship, buddies, friends, artists and showbiz, dancer's life, music ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Broken Bridges (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A fading country music star (Keith) returns to his hometown, where he reunites with his childhood sweetheart and also meets his 16-year-old daughter for the first time.
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, touching
Plot: starting over, parents and children, romance, artists and showbiz, homecoming, lovers reunited, haunted by the past, music, unfulfillment, musician's life, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 3.6
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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, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, friendship, breakdance, music, dancing, rivalry, follow your dream, dancer's life, ambition, betrayal, dance performance, competition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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: captivating, serious, humorous, feel good, touching ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: performer's life, follow your dream, love and romance, artists and showbiz, music, rising to stardom, ambition, contests and competitions, desire for fame, rock, teenage life, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, captivating, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, mixed martial arts, family problems, gym, sibling relationship, competition, contests and competitions, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, ambition, rivalry, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, reunion, loss of son, rise and fall, flashback, musician's life, tragic hero, r&b, unfulfillment, overnight success, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 50s, 80s ...
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.2
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The Colbys (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Colbys is an American prime time soap opera, which originally aired on ABC from November 20, 1985 to March 26, 1987. Produced by Aaron Spelling, it was a spin-off of Dynasty, which had been the highest rated series for the 1984–1985 U.S. ...
Style: realistic, serious, twists and turns, captivating, exciting
Plot: family business, wealthy family, parents and children, uninhibited rivalry, love and romance, dishonesty, couples, blind ambition, couple relations, rivalry, ambition, memory loss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.1
 630
Lucky 7 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: What would you do if you won the lottery? How would it change your life? Follow a group of seven gas station employees in Queens, New York, who have been chipping into a lottery pool for years, never thinking they'd actually win. They need to ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, based on british tv series
Plot: lottery, working class, workplace, family relations, society, change of luck, siblings relations, parents and children, couples, gas station, workplace situations, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 3.7
 225
Know Thy Enemy (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Nemesis is the hottest rapper in rap's hottest city; Miami, the 305. But he has a little secret...he's not really a rapper. A record label discovers Nate's talent, and offers to make him a star, as a rapper. They create Nemesis, a Hip ...
Style: semi serious, realistic
Plot: rivalry, hip hop, crime, gangsters, follow your dream, uninhibited rivalry, hotshot hero, desire for fame, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, crimes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: captivating, serious, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: music, filmmaking, showbiz, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, ambition, family problems, couples, musician's life, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1950s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Beyond the Lights (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Noni Jean is a hot new rising star. But not all is what it seems, and the pressure causes Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Can Kaz's ...
Style: sentimental, serious, romantic, talky, light ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: pop star, mother daughter relationship, music, ambition, relationship vs career, unlikely couple, fall in love, hopes, artists and showbiz, couple relations, love and romance, musician's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Close to Home (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Close to Home is an American crime drama television series co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television for CBS. While in pre-production the series was known as American Crime. It first aired from October 4, 2005 to May ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, suspenseful
Plot: prosecutor, courtroom drama, district attorney, workplace, dedicated lawyer, lawyers and clients, boss and employee, jury, legal, power relations, family relations, female lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%