Movies like Dying to Dance

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Dying to Dance (2001)
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Dying to Dance (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young man must teach a woman to dance - at any cost.
Style: inspirational, thought provoking
Plot: anorexia, teenager, food, dancer, malnutrition, weight loss, dancing, ballet, young woman, death, ballerina, jealousy, teenage girl, parents, jealous woman, teenage daughter, 18 year old, weight, fainting, eating disorder

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Most similar movies to Dying to Dance

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out psychological, captivating, disturbing and realistic films with plots about dancing, teenager, dancer, ballerina, ballet, friendship and teenage girl mostly in Drama, Music and Family genres. Some movies like Dying to Dance: For the Love of Nancy (1994), Little Miss Perfect (2016), Bolshoi (2017), When Friendship Kills (1996), Birds of Paradise (2021). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
For the Love of Nancy (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The parents of an anorexic woman fight to save her life.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, witty, disturbing ...
Plot: anorexia, college, starvation, family relations, prom, society, youth, fighting crime, parents and children, police station, teenage life, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
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95%
Little Miss Perfect (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An overambitious high school freshman tries to control her life by controlling her weight.
Style: disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, suspense
Plot: anorexia, self harm, student, teenager, high school, peer pressure, family problems, school, teenage girl, society, family, teenage life ...
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88%
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Bolshoi (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Julia is incredibly talented. She can become a great ballerina. But for this purpose she must give up everything: the interests of the family, her first love, friendship. Over and over again the heroine will face a complex choice between the dream ...
Style: sad, realistic, colourful, artsy
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dancing, ballet, ballerina, theater, female protagonist, teacher, manipulation, high school, performer's life, mentor protege relationship, disorder, mentor ...
Time: 2000s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
When Friendship Kills (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two friends keep their vomiting a secret until one friend almost dies.
Plot: anorexia, bulimia, secret, fear, disability, missing child, desire, chaos, dream, hospital, teenager, eating disorder ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Birds of Paradise (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Two dancers at an elite ballet academy in Paris must compete for a contract to join the highly coveted Opéra National de Paris as they confront their competitive nature, sexual awakenings and how far they would go to win.
Style: tense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: ballet, dancing, dancehall girl, ballerina, female protagonist, escapades, dancer's life, rivalry, ambitious woman, showdown, ambition, dancer ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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To the Bone (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young woman dealing with anorexia meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.
Style: bleak, captivating, psychological, melancholic, suspense ...
Plot: anorexia, therapy, suicide, pregnant woman, sister sister relationship, artist, abortion, unconventional method, family problems, health situation, psychology, psychologist ...
Place: arizona, los angeles
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60%
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Yeh Ballet (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Discovered by an eccentric ballet master, two gifted but underprivileged Mumbai teens face bigotry and disapproval as they pursue their dancing dreams.
Style: inspirational, motivational, colourful, disturbing, spiritual
Plot: dancing, dream, ballet, ballet school, direction and purpose, ambition, ballerina, self discovery, family relations, social realism, ballet teacher, life is a bitch ...
Place: mumbai india
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nevosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her troubled home life and problems at school in which her ...
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: anorexia, mental illness, family relations, power relations, human nature, physical appearance, school, teenage life, parents and children, elderly, unfulfillment, misfit ...
Time: 80s
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53%
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Center Stage: On Pointe (2016)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In Center Stage: On Pointe, Jonathan Reeves (Gallagher) is tasked with infusing more contemporary styles and modernism into the American Ballet Academy, and enlists his his top choreographers Charlie (Radetsky), Cooper (Stiefel) and Tommy (Wormald) ...
Style: emotional, captivating, psychological, realistic
Plot: dancing, ballerina, friendship, ballet, audition, dancer, camp, rivalry, partner, modern dance, competition, training ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Girl (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A 15-year-old girl, born in a boy's body, dreams of becoming a ballerina and will push her body to its limits in order for her dream to succeed.
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, lgbt cinema, rough, social ...
Plot: ballerina, father daughter relationship, transsexual, sexual desire, transsexuality, ballet school, first sexual experience, self mutilation, male nudity, teenager, school, self harm ...
Time: 2010s
Place: antwerp, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Sharing the Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A teenage girl who feels she must always seem happy for her parents and friends secretly binges and purges.
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, serious, touching
Plot: teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, bulimia, teenage daughter, family relations, mental illness, family life, starvation, parents and children, teenage life, physical appearance, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Mirrors (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An aspiring Midwestern ballerina (Marguerite Hickey) struggles in New York as the only jobs she can get are as chorus performers. Her personal life is equally dismal.
Plot: female protagonist, dancing, marriage proposal, love, ballet, reporter, ballerina, love triangle, career, dancer, muscleman, bathroom ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Feed (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Olivia and Matthew Grey, 18-year-old twins born into a world of privilege and high expectations. There are almost no boundaries between them - even their dreams are connected.
Style: touching, psychological, suspense, disturbing, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: anorexia, twins, love, family, youth, hospital, hospitalization, adaptation, life is a bitch, friendship, redemption, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Out of Step (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Graced with the instinctive ability to dance, Jenny Thomas wants nothing more than to become a professional dancer. All of her hard work pays off when she is accepted to a prominent dance program in New York. Against her mother's will, but with ...
Plot: mormon, dancer, dancing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, latter day saints
Place: new york, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
My Skinny Sister (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Just as Stella enters the exciting world of adolescence she discovers that her big sister and role model Katja is hiding an eating disorder. The disease slowly tears the family apart. A story about jealousy, love and betrayal told with warmth, depth ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: anorexia, family relations, child illness, siblings relations, mental illness, youth, family problems, kids in trouble, parents and children, sisterhood, strong female character, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Cuties (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Amy, an 11-year-old girl, joins a group of dancers named “the cuties” at school, and rapidly grows aware of her burgeoning femininity—upsetting her mother and her values in the process.
Plot: pedophilia, teenager, dancing, femininity, dancer, dancehall girl, child, brother sister relationship, friendship, coming of age, competition, dance contest ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Perfect Body (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Obsessed with perfection, young gymnast Andie Bradley nearly starves herself to realize her dream of making the Olympic gymnastics team.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sincere
Plot: anorexia, bulimia, weight loss, gymnast, power relations, friends, idealism, athlete and trainer, teaching the ways of the world, mental illness, rebelliousness, obsession ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Dance Academy: The Movie (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: This 2017 movie follows the original dance academy TV show and tracks where the characters are in their lives now.
Style: captivating, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: dancing, school, dancer, friendship, teacher, artists and showbiz, dance school, ballet, youth, student, young man, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Her Last Chance (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Drug adict teen gets out of rehab only to be accused of her boyfriend's death.
Plot: death, accident, teenager, jealousy, drugs, assault, high school, police detective, defense attorney, interrogation, lsd, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Promised Land (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ling Ai and He Jiang are young, ambitious, and in pursuit of careers imported from the West, but romantic longings and career ambitions are inevitably shaped by larger social forces.
Plot: ballerina, romance, moving, female protagonist, dancer, relationship vs career, female friendship, relationships, love, new love, employer employee relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Place: beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 79
Rough Winds (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Three devastating teenage stories fuse beneath the calm of a quiet, average neighborhood.
Plot: suicide attempt, high school, anorexia, closeted gay, teenager, suburbs, post traumatic stress disorder, female director
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
My Dad Baryshnikov (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Moscow, 1986, the heat of Perestroika. Borya is an average clumsy teenager who is miraculously admitted to the legendary Bolshoi Ballet School. The boy is convinced that he will become a ballet dancer like his father, Mikhail Baryshnikov. But is ...
Style: light, captivating, entertaining, funny
Plot: ballet, ballet school, dancer, teenage boy, dancing, direction and purpose, longing, teenage life, desire for fame, father and son, artist, teenager ...
Time: year 1986, 80s
Place: moscow russia, russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Polina (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Polina is a young dancer from a modest family. After years of ballet academy, she is accepted by the Bolshoi; still, she decides to try and audition of a modern dance company in France. She makes it, but her journey will not end there...
Style: captivating, touching, sincere, romantic, disturbing ...
Plot: ballerina, dancing, ballet, emigrant, homeless woman, wounded, modern dance, nightclub, teacher, death of father, hunting, homeless ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s
Place: russia, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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River Made to Drown In (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Allen, a struggling young artist who once survived by working in the streets, is now involved with Eva, a wealthy Los Angeles gallery owner. Quite by surprise Allen receives a visit from an old john, Thaddeus, who is dying from aids and has come to ...
Plot: death, hustler, male prostitute, buddhist, landlord, art gallery, aids, cancer, cocaine, swing, accountant, gay club ...
Place: santa monica california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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V.D. (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A high school track star's wedding plans are capsized by venereal disease and a bad, beautiful new girl in town. His coach and a physician steer him into the light again.
Plot: prostitute, parent child relationship, competition, high school, jealousy, youth, syphilis, swimming, driving, curfew, coach, amusement park ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
CQ2 (Seek You Too) (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: CQ2 (seek you too) is the story of an teenager, with an uncertain future, who canalises her lust for life in the study of contemporary dance.
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: androgyny, dancer, troubled teen, ex convict, rape, dancehall girl, teenage life, social problems, social misfits, society, dancing, teenager ...
Place: montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Susan Slade (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A pregnant teen allows her mother to pass the baby off as her own.
Plot: pregnant teenager, party, husband wife relationship, marriage proposal, doctor, dancing, baby, nurse, father son relationship, passionate kiss, train travel, fiance fiancee relationship ...
Place: san francisco, chile, guatemala, santiago chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Into the Beat (2020)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Katya is a young, outstanding and upcoming ballet dancer. In just a few weeks she is due to have a major audition for the New York Ballet Academy and Katya has good chances of getting a scholarship. But when she meets a group of street-dancers the ...
Style: sincere, captivating, disturbing
Plot: ballerina, ballet school, father daughter conflict, teenage girl, father daughter relationship, teen romance, hip hop, dancing, ballet, teenage love, hip hop culture, love and romance ...
Place: hamburg germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Beauty and the Beast (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Mette and her father are left alone over the Christmas holidays to paint the new nursery the father ends up alone most of the time. The 16-year-old Mette is always off with her friends at the disco or skating, and the father does not mind until ...
Plot: grownups, coming of age, father daughter relationship, jealousy, teenage girl, friends, friendship, photographer, generation, sexual awakening, following someone, disco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%