Movies and TV shows like American Dreams

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American Dreams (2002)
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: vietnam war, coming of age, generation gap, follow your dream, friendship, retro, family, dancing, suburbs, parents and children, siblings relations, suburban life, teenage life, americana, hopes, society, family relations, human spirit, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, racism, politics, ambition, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa

Most similar movies to American Dreams

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and touching films and TV series with plots about family relations, youth, parents and children, friendship, lifestyle, hopes and society mostly in Drama, Music and Family genres. Some movies like American Dreams: The Heights (1992), A Time for Dancing (2002), The Women of Brewster Place (1989), Queen Sugar (2016), Thirtysomething (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Heights (1992)
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, realistic, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, music band, friendship, rock, music, teenage life, artists and showbiz, youth, buddies, follow your dream, suburban life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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A Time for Dancing (2002)
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: teenage love, friendship, coming of age, urban ghetto, best friends, dancer's life, single parent, follow your dream, high school life, teenage life, terminal illness, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
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The Women of Brewster Place (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: A multigenerational story of the lives of several black women who call an inner-city tenement home.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: racism, friendship, dysfunctional family, urban, urban ghetto, adventure, urban ghetto life, injustice, city life, society, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 1960s
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63%
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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
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Thirtysomething (1987)
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, realistic, sincere, talky ...
Plot: yuppie, parenthood, friendship, advertising, couple relations, parents and children, parenting, suburbs, thirtysomething life, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, arizona
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Life Goes On (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Life Goes On is a television series that aired on ABC from September 12, 1989, to May 23, 1993. The show centers on the Thatcher family living in suburban Chicago: Drew, his wife Elizabeth, and their children Paige, Rebecca, and Charles, who is ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: down syndrome, mentally challenged, suburbs, parents and children, family drama, suburban life, teenage life, disability, family life, misfit, family relations, young lovers ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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The Five Heartbeats (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful, young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improves, turns pro, and rises to become a top flight music sensation. Along ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: friendship, music, rise and fall, hit and run, musician's life, band, ambition, hopes, racism, love and romance, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
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Hollywood Heights (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Loren (Brittany Underwood) a smart, shy and independent high school senior who has ambitions of being a songwriter, secretly sends her song lyrics to her celebrity crush, rock superstar Eddie Duran (Cody Longo). Loren's wildest dreams come true ...
Style: semi serious, sentimental, serious, touching, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: cinderella story, teenage life, ambition, family, artists and showbiz, hopes, romance, friends, best friends, musician's life, single parent, desire for fame ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Lackawanna Blues (2005)
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: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, coming of age, blues, parents and children, family relations, friends, nanny, ambition, society, youth, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new york yankees, russia, toronto ontario canada ...
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State of Grace (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: State of Grace is an American comedy-drama series that ran for two seasons on the Fox Network's Fox Family channel during 2001 and 2002.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, realistic, humorous, touching
Plot: jewish, family, best friends, friendship, retro, jewish family, teenager, sitcom, school, teenage life, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: north carolina, usa
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Two Bits (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, friendship, parents and children, rich and poor, teenage life, youth, family relations, haunted by the past, family life, hopes, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
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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
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Any Day Now (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Any Day Now is an American drama series that aired on the Lifetime network from 1998 to 2002. The show stars Annie Potts and Lorraine Toussaint, who are best friends despite the difference in their races. The show's title is taken from the ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: female friendship, civil rights, best friends, interracial relations, social issues, friends, coming of age, couple relations, friendship, parents and children, society, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 60s, 1990s ...
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Happy Days (1974)
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, realistic, humorous
Plot: sitcom, retro, basketball, oldies, parents and children, teenage life, family, family life, suburbs, youth, music, family relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s
Place: wisconsin, usa, milwaukee wisconsin
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The Wonder Years (1988)
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: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: childhood, family, friends, childhood sweetheart, friendship, junior high school, teenager, sitcom, best friend, high school, coming of age, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa
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The '60s (1999)
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, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: hippie, vietnam war, black panthers, drug abuse, concert, rock music, vietnam veteran, politician, pot smoking, civil rights, protest, culture clash ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, south central los angeles, usa, woodstock, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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
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45%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
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: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenage life, racism, haunted by the past, small town, domestic violence, civil rights, african american, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
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45%
Not Fade Away (2012)
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, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: blues, country club, rivalry, buddies, drugs/alcohol, music, coming of age, rock, rock band, desire for fame, small town, suburbs ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new jersey, usa
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Almost a Woman (2002)
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, realistic, touching
Plot: coming of age, translator, immigrants, single parent, crumbling marriage, human spirit, parents and children, siblings relations, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, latin america, usa, puerto rico
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Summerland (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Summerland is an American drama television series created by Stephen Tolkin and Lori Loughlin. It is centered on a clothing designer in her 30s, Ava Gregory, raising her niece and nephews after their parents die in a tragic accident. They live in ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: beach, surfing, teenager, marijuana, friendship, siblings relations, death of parent, teenage life, life turned upside down, coming of age, love and romance, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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43%
Household Saints (1993)
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: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere
Plot: catholic, single parent, suburbs, human nature, mother-in-law, redemption, forbidden love, romance, parents and children, siblings relations, social differences, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa
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42%
Resurrection Blvd. (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Santiagos are a proud East Los Angeles Latino family whose hopes and dreams are rooted in the world of professional boxing.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: athlete's life, parents and children, boxing, mexican american, sport, family drama, siblings relations, urban, family life, hopes, family relations, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: serious, sentimental, 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
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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, 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
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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, violence, survival, music ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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39%
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
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The War (1994)
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, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, bullying, friendship, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, family life, child, self discovery, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
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39%
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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
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Madame Sousatzka (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The relationship between a demanding piano teacher and her student, an Indian prodigy.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: child prodigy, culture clash, coming of age, dedicated educator, immigrants, pianist, indian lead, prodigy, parents and children, social differences, teachers and students, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, london, europe
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36%
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