Movies and TV shows like American Dreams

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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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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, lifestyle, youth, parents and children, society, hopes and friendship mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like American Dreams: The '60s (1999), A Time for Dancing (2002), Not Fade Away (2012), Feel the Noise (2007), The Heights (1992). 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: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: vietnam war, urban ghetto, idealism, hippie, rebelliousness, parents and children, siblings relations, culture clash, social differences, drug abuse, black panthers, concert ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, chicago illinois, woodstock, south central los angeles, usa
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
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Time: 90s
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: blues, drugs/alcohol, buddies, rock, coming of age, music, small town, desire for fame, suburbs, follow your dream, small town life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new jersey, usa
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System:   81%
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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, music, follow your dream, 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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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, realistic, captivating
Audience: teens
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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 ...
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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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
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 ...
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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, realistic, sentimental, 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
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A Cooler Climate
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: touching, serious, talky, realistic, sentimental ...
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Time: 90s
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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, 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
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Three friends, Robban, Alexander and Kim has just left the compulsory school, and now they consider themselves grown-up and mature, being 16 years old. During the summer holiday they also get a bit of experience of the world: Robban becomes a ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drugs/alcohol, buddies, nightclub, going straight, urban, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, coming of age, hopes, youth, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: sweden
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System:   51%
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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 1954 ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, atlantic city new jersey
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System:   50%
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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 ...
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Grace Unplugged
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, desire for fame, small town, teenage life, church, religions or cults, ambition, artists and showbiz, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, realistic, sentimental, sincere
Plot: single parent, suburbs, human nature, redemption, forbidden love, romance, parents and children, siblings relations, social differences, dysfunctional family, eccentric family, pregnancy ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
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The Five Heartbeats
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, dramatic ...
Plot: music, friendship, music business, racism, musician's life, hip hop, rags to riches, rock and roll, corruption, segregation, ambition, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
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System:   47%
    User:   53%
 
Madame Sousatzka
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: culture clash, coming of age, dedicated educator, teacher, immigrants, friendship, music, mentor, indians, childhood, prodigy, immortality ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, england, europe
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System:   45%
    User:   51%
 
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, new york yankees, russia, pennsylvania ...
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System:   43%
    User:   48%
 
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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, realistic, humorous, 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:   42%
    User:   34%
 
Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Summer 1966. It's time to enjoy the summer holiday, total freedom. Teenage Élise discovers that the sudden departure of her mother completely disrupts the family. Her brother Coco seeks solace in the garage, building a super racing car. Her ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: elderly lovers, single parent, suburbs, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, suburban life, estrangement, family life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
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System:   41%
    User:   38%
 
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, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: music, disco, dancing, dance, friendship, dancer's life, urban, social misfits, 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:   41%
    User:   41%
 
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, realistic, sentimental ...
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:   40%
    User:   43%
 
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B-Girl
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young female breakdancer, Angel, moves to Los Angeles after an attack by an ex-boyfriend nearly ends her dance career forever. B-Girl follows Angel through recovery and acceptance of a new life as she busts a move into the male-centric world of ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, music, follow your dream, artists and showbiz, romance, lifestyle, youth, performer's life, dancing, contests and competitions, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
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System:   39%
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The Mambo Kings
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: music, rags to riches, immigrants, latin, musician's life, dance, love, male nudity, brothers, performer's life, nightclub, family ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, cuba, latin america, usa, havana cuba ...
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System:   39%
    User:   39%
 
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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, realistic, humorous
Plot: sitcom, oldies, parents and children, teenage life, family life, family, suburbs, music, youth, family relations, friends, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin, milwaukee wisconsin
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System:   38%
    User:   44%
 
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:   37%
    User:   30%
 
Telling Lies in America
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960's. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a radio DJ Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) who holds a contest ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, high school, radio, innocence lost, radio dj, mentor, self discovery, coming-of-age, parents and children, teenage life, redemption, rock and roll ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary, cleveland ohio
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System:   37%
    User:   30%
 
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Summerland
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, friendship, surfing, siblings relations, teenage life, life turned upside down, coming of age, love and romance, teenager, partners, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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System:   37%
    User:   30%
 

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Treme
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, realism, city life, musician's life, starting over, working class, urban, hopes, society, social relations, americana, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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Bilal's Stand
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, follow your dream, urban, human spirit, self discovery, parents and children, family business, family in crisis, family life, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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System:   36%
    User:   37%
 
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