Movies and TV shows like American Dreams

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American Dreams (2002)
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American Dreams
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: American Dreams is an American television drama program broadcast on the NBC television network, produced by Once A Frog and Dick Clark Productions in association with Universal Network Television and NBC Studios. The series was created by Jonathan Prince and developed by Josh Goldstein and Prince; the latter was also one of the executive producers with Dick Clark. It debuted on September 29, 2002. The show is set mostly in Philadelphia. It initially aired on Sundays at 8:00 pm Eastern time, but moved to the same time on Wednesdays from March 9, 2005, to the third season finale. The show tells the story of the Pryor family of Philadelphia during the mid-1960s. Season one takes place in 1963–64, season two in 1964–65, and season three in 1965–66. The show was known as Our Generation when it debuted in Australia, however it was changed back to American Dreams when it returned for the second season. The theme song "Generation" was written and performed by Emerson Hart, lead singer of the band Tonic. The song earned Hart an ASCAP award for Best Theme Song of Television in 2003. The show was the 2003 TV Land Awards "Future Classic" winner.
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: follow your dream, vietnam war, friendship, suburbs, parents and children, siblings relations, suburban life, teenage life, americana, hopes, society, coming of age, family relations, human spirit, retro, family, dancing, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, racism, politics, ambition, love and romance, youth, friends ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa
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Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
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Friday Night Lights
Drama, Sport
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44 min.
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, sentimental, serious and touching films and TV series with plots about family relations, friendship, society, parents and children, youth, lifestyle and hopes mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like American Dreams: The '60s (1999), Not Fade Away (2012), A Time for Dancing (2002), The Wonder Years (1988), Liberty Heights (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The '60s
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam..
Style: serious, sentimental, sincere, realistic, captivating
Plot: vietnam war, urban ghetto, idealism, hippie, rebelliousness, parents and children, siblings relations, culture clash, social differences, black panthers, protest, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, woodstock, south central los angeles, usa, chicago illinois
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Not Fade Away
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Set in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big.
Style: atmospheric, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: blues, drugs/alcohol, buddies, music, rock, coming of age, desire for fame, small town, follow your dream, suburbs, small town life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new jersey, usa
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A Time for Dancing
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Their love of dance, and their friendship, is challenged for two high school girls when one is diagnosed with cancer.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto, best friends, dancer's life, single parent, friendship, follow your dream, teenage love, high school life, teenage life, coming of age, terminal illness, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
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System:   74%
    User:   61%
 
The Wonder Years
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII. The show achieved a spot ...
Style: semi serious, sentimental, humorous, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family, friendship, friends, childhood, childhood sweetheart, suburbs, parents and children, siblings relations, junior high school, suburban life, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa
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System:   70%
    User:   72%
 
Liberty Heights
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955.
Style: sentimental, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, culture clash, segregation, prejudice, dysfunctional family, friendship, interracial romance, race issues, opposites attract, jews, jewish, love ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1955 ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, atlantic city new jersey
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System:   65%
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Feel the Noise
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, musician's life, latin, follow your dream, music, urban, friendship, interracial relations, siblings relations, teenage love, rapper, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: puerto rico, new york, latin america, usa
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System:   63%
    User:   61%
 
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Happy Days
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974 to September 24, 1984 on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s United States. The series ...
Style: semi serious, sentimental, humorous, realistic
Plot: sitcom, oldies, parents and children, teenage life, family, suburbs, family life, music, youth, family relations, friends, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin, milwaukee wisconsin
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    User:   59%
 
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La Bamba
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: music, death, music business, oldies, rock and roll, musician's life, latin, mentor, tragedy, drugs/alcohol, prodigy, family ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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System:   55%
    User:   65%
 
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Selena
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham, realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: music, latin, murder, musician's life, dancing, tragedy, rags to riches, performer's life, music business, hip hop, family, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, california, mexico
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System:   54%
    User:   46%
 
The Secret Life of Bees
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, racism, runaway, dysfunctional family, guilt, single father, family bonds, women, teaching the ways of the world, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
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System:   54%
    User:   63%
 
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Almost a Woman
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: immigrants, single parent, coming of age, crumbling marriage, human spirit, parents and children, siblings relations, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life, teenage life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, latin america, usa, puerto rico
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System:   50%
    User:   48%
 
A Cooler Climate
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Iris is broke after her divorce and takes a job working as a housekeeper for a wealthy woman named Paula. When Paula and her husband separate, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the women.
Style: talky, serious, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, follow your dream, suburbs, human nature, boss and employee, couple relations, friendship, culture clash, dysfunctional family, suburban life, working class, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
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System:   48%
    User:   49%
 
Household Saints
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A chronicle of an eccentric Italian-American family in New York City in the 1950's and 60's. Young Teresa dreams of joing the convent, over the objections of her family.
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere
Plot: single parent, suburbs, human nature, redemption, romance, forbidden love, parents and children, siblings relations, social differences, dysfunctional family, eccentric family, pregnancy ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
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    User:   43%
 
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There Goes My Baby
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school seniors meets in the summer of 1965 and all struggle with the choices they have to make.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: hardcase students, vietnam war, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, high school, human nature, idealism, innocence lost, introspection, rebelliousness, self discovery, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: asia, california, usa, vietnam
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System:   46%
    User:   49%
 
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The Heights
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Heights is an American musical drama series that aired on the Fox network from August to November 1992.
Style: serious, sentimental, captivating, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, music band, music, rock, friendship, teenage life, artists and showbiz, youth, buddies, follow your dream, suburban life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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System:   45%
    User:   52%
 
Running on Empty
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, vietnam war, love, follow your dream, death, family drama, parenthood, family, parents and children, music, rebellion, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1971, 1960s
Place: new jersey, usa, oakland california, yale university, manhattan new york city ...
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System:   45%
    User:   40%
 
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recent high school graduate is faced with two options, either go to a business school where his father wants him to go to, or get a full time job. However he decides to defy his father and go to Hawaii. Trouble is he has no money. Along the way he ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: coming of age, high school, school, friendship, best friends, teenager, poetry, sex, buddies, college, coming-of-age, romance ...
Time: 60s, 80s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: hawaii, usa, new jersey, chicago illinois
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System:   44%
    User:   40%
 
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The War
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: war, coming of age, vietnam war, bullying, friendship, childhood, father son relationship, courage, innocence lost, morality, family life, sacrifice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, mississippi, usa, mine
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System:   41%
    User:   39%
 
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Mr. Holland's Opus
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: music, school, mentor, high school, teacher, classical music, dedicated educator, friendship, happy ending, rock and roll, musician's life, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
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System:   40%
    User:   32%
 
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Brave New Girl
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: serious, sentimental, feel good, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: musician's life, follow your dream, music, school, rising to stardom, parents and children, teenage life, ambition, hopes, youth, family relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   39%
    User:   39%
 
Lackawanna Blues
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.
Style: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: friendship, blues, parents and children, coming of age, family relations, friends, nanny, ambition, society, youth, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, russia, new york yankees, toronto ontario canada ...
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System:   39%
    User:   34%
 
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Gracie
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This is the story of a teenager named Gracie Bowen, who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, is crazy about soccer, as are her three brothers and former soccer star father. Although Gracie wants to join her brothers and father in the nightly ...
Style: serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: athlete's life, sport, underdog, high school, follow your dream, parents and children, small town, family life, family problems, feminism, family relations, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
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System:   39%
    User:   40%
 
A River Runs Through It
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, reflective ...
Plot: childhood, coming of age, fish, wilderness, self discovery, tragedy, brothers, beautiful scenery, storytelling, parents and children, mentor, lake or river ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 30s ...
Place: montana, usa
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System:   39%
    User:   33%
 
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Gas, Food Lodging
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in her extravagant fantasies while Trudi is so rebelious it could ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: small town, coming of age, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, relationships, women, teenage life, runaway, desert, pornography, romance, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, usa, argentina, mexico
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System:   37%
    User:   30%
 
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1969
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: vietnam war, war, small town, drugs, coming of age, death, prejudice, high school, college, anti war, male nudity, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, maryland, usa, san francisco, maine ...
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System:   37%
    User:   37%
 
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Tully
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, dysfunctional family, young lovers, single father, family drama, relationships, crumbling marriage, romance, drinking, loneliness, opposites attract ...
Place: england, nebraska, europe, usa
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System:   37%
    User:   43%
 
Thirtysomething
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Thirtysomething is an American television drama about a group of baby boomers in their late thirties. It was created by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick for MGM/UA Television Group and The Bedford Falls Company, and aired on ABC. It premiered in ...
Style: serious, sentimental, talky, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: couple relations, parents and children, thirtysomething life, suburbs, love and romance, couples, parenthood, friendship, family relations, friends, human nature, suburban life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, arizona
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System:   37%
    User:   30%
 
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Brian's Song
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, sport, terminal illness, underdog, human spirit, interracial relations, against the odds, cancer, american football, hopes, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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System:   36%
    User:   42%
 

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Saturday Night Fever
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited ...
Style: sexy, sentimental, captivating, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: music, disco, dancing, dance, friendship, dancer's life, social misfits, urban, working class, contests and competitions, urban ghetto, social decay ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city
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System:   36%
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The Jazz Singer
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: jewish, father son relationship, judaism, musician's life, music, follow your dream, destiny, religion, rise and fall, family, rising to stardom, showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new york
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System:   35%
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