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Obscene (2007)
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Obscene (2007)
Original name: Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A look at the life and work of American publisher Barney Rosset, who struggled to bring controversial works like "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch" to publication.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, controversial, experimental
Plot: writer's life, ambition, rebelliousness, obsession, fighting the system, journalism, rebellion, rise and fall, society, lifestyle, politics, maverick, novelist, publishing, sexual relations, racism, performer's life, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, artists and showbiz, political corruption, terminal illness, media, s&m, gory ...
Place: chicago illinois

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and sincere films with plots about life is a bitch, society, ambition, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, unfulfillment and rise and fall mostly in Biography, Drama and Music genres. Some movies like Obscene: Fidel & Che (2002), Sagan (2008), John Ford Goes to War (2002), The Last Mitterrand (2005), The Overture (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Fidel & Che (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, sincere
Plot: revolution, fidel castro, rebellion, rebelliousness, idealism, politics, rise and fall, fighting the system, ambition, political corruption, political unrest, racism ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: cuba, latin america
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95%
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Sagan (2008)
Genre: Biography
Country: France
Duration: 180 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: rise and fall, writer's life, love affair, couples, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, lifestyle, car accident, society, rivalry, gender, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france
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79%
John Ford Goes to War (2002)
Genre: Documentary, Action, Biography, War
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: When World War II broke out, John Ford, in his forties, commissioned in the Naval Reserve, was put in charge of the Field Photographic Unit by Bill Donavan, director of the soon-to-be-OSS. During the war, Field Photo made at least 87 documentaries, ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating
Plot: filmmaking, military, military life, politics, state affairs, wartime life, battle zone, showbiz, lifestyle, society, war, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, usa, maine
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69%
The Last Mitterrand (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, talky, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, political intrigue, journalism, elderly, betrayal, state affairs, head of state, haunted by the past, obsession, dishonesty, rise and fall, aging ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, 1990s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Overture (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Thailand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets ...
Style: touching, emotional, captivating, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: ambition, musician's life, prodigy, fighting the system, lifestyle, rebellion, politics, society, life is a bitch, rivalry, injustice, musician ...
Time: 20th century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Polanski Unauthorized (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An unauthorized chronicle of the life of Roman Polanski.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: ambition, prodigy, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, filmmaking, celebrity culture, unfulfillment
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Winchell (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, cynical, biting ...
Plot: columnist, media, society, journalism, politics, world war two, tv show, writing, career, radio, celebrity culture, relationship vs career ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
This Is Elvis (1981)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised mostly of actual performance footage and interviews with Elvis, his fans and those close to him. This biographical docu-drama features rare ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: concert, music, showbiz, blues, lifestyle, rise and fall, musician's life, ambition, artists and showbiz, friends, rock, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: las vegas, memphis, germany, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Killing Jesus (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Jesus of Nazareth’s life and ministry were subject to seismic social and political events that led to his execution and changed the world forever.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, psychological
Plot: roman empire, hopes, fighting the system, rebellion, society, rise and fall, idealism, jesus christ, jesus, religion, self sacrifice, life is a bitch ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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57%
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Citizen Cohn (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, hospital, aids, hotshot lawyer, introspection, terminal illness, political corruption, americana, injustice, state affairs, fighting the system, rebellion ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1954, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa
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53%
Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rise of Jackie Presser to President of the Teamster Union.
Style: rough, suspenseful, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: labor union, politics, crimes, society, rise and fall, fighting the system, profanity, political corruption, political intrigue, workplace situations, tough heroes, state affairs ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Taylor Swift: American Beauty (2012)
Genre: Biography
Country: USA
Duration: 52 min.
Story: Biography - Taylor Alison Swift has evolved into one of the most popular names in modern music. Her strong voice and natural charm has made her the most successful country music artist in history. At the tender age of 21, she's already sold ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: musician, ambition, musician's life, performer's life, artists and showbiz, pop singer, country, strong female presence, country singer, singer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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52%
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Truman (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war ...
Style: captivating, sincere, serious, realistic, political drama
Plot: world war two, world war one, politics, soldier, white house, presidential election, media, rebellion, life is a bitch, dishonesty, heroes, ambition ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: usa, japan, missouri, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Lithuania, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The eventful life of a humble Polish priest who once decried the pomp of the Catholic Church "a circus" and labeled the Pope a "prisoner of the Vatican" before ascending to the papal throne is explored as actor Thomas Kretschmann ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: fighting the system, clergy, politics, rebellion, dishonesty, society, leadership, state affairs, hopes, forbidden love, human spirit, religions or cults ...
Place: israel, europe, middle east, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: This is the story of actress Frances Farmer, her struggles with mental illness and involuntary confinement in an insane asylum.
Style: emotional, gloomy, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: mental illness, prodigy, politics, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, actor's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, couples, addiction, alcohol abuse, showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: seattle, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Paradise Found (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Australia, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Paradise Found is a biography about the painter Paul Gauguin. Focusing on his personal conflict between citizen life and his family life and the art scene in Frane. In an incredible imagery montage Gauguin manages to make a successful living in the ...
Style: realistic, serious, scenic, contemplative
Plot: lifestyle, prodigy, obsessive quest, ambition, survival, obsession, love affair, tragic love, destiny, rise and fall, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: paris france, tahiti, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014)
Genre: Biography
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The life and times of Tommy Cooper
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, captivating
Plot: ambition, performer's life, couple relations, couples, infidelity, love triangle, workplace romance, artists and showbiz, alcohol abuse
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Sister Smile (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: convent, ambition, showbiz, follow your dream, musician's life, rising to stardom, lifestyle, clergy, life is a bitch, against the rules, society, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A look at Brittany Murphy's rise to Hollywood fame in the 1990s, her struggles with celebrity and self-esteem, and her mysterious death in 2009 at the age of 32.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, captivating
Plot: rise and fall, rising to stardom, actor's life, ambition, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, parents and children
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Rice Bomber (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on a true social event, The Rice Bomber depicts a series of bombing events in Taiwan a decade ago. It is a time when the agriculture is struggling to survive. A man strives to arouse the government’s attention and to revive its conscience by ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: fighting the system, rebellion, rebelliousness, society, state affairs, political unrest, forced into action, globalization, family relations, siblings relations, farmer, bomber ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bettie Page was America's number one pin-up girl in the 1950s and became a cult icon. This biopic tells the story of the last 3 years of her short-lived career, recreating the incriminating bondage films which gave her the nickname "Dark ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sexy, sexual
Plot: actor's life, rise and fall, desire for fame, lifestyle, fashion, showbiz, celebrity culture, friendship, workplace romance, life is a bitch, against the rules, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: tennessee, florida, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Last Sentence (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Renowned journalist Torgny Segerstedt declares war against Hitler as he criticizes Swedish politicians who tried to look away from the tyranny of the Nazis with the good excuse of “neutralism”. His only weapon is his pen and his life is full of ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, serious, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, life is a bitch, political unrest, journalism, fascism, human spirit, fighting the system, hopes, against the odds, media, state affairs, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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42%
Noriega: God's Favorite (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, exciting, tense ...
Plot: assassination, political unrest, soldier, army investigation, politics, state affairs, head of state, clergy, ambition, crimes, fighting the system, revolution ...
Time: 90s
Place: panama
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40%
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America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A look inside the life of John F. Kennedy Jr.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: john f. kennedy, ambition, lifestyle, family relations, politics, love and romance, tragic hero, state affairs, parents and children, looking for love, kennedy family, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, silent film
Plot: feminism, civil rights, injustice, fighting the system, political unrest, life is a bitch, politics, journalism, state affairs, human spirit, americana, siblings relations ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917, year 1912
Place: philadelphia, tennessee, virginia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Last Call (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Renowned writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is living the last months of his life with his youthful secretary, confidant, and protégé who later wrote a memoir of their time together.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: prodigy, family problems, showbiz, ambition, couples, love and romance, crumbling marriage, terminal illness, split personality, life is a bitch, mental illness, lifestyle ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, dancing, showbiz, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
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39%
Black Butterflies (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Netherlands, South Africa
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Confronted by Apartheid and a father who was Minister of Censorship, Ingrid Jonker searched for a home, searched for love. With men like Jack Cope and André Brink she found much love, but no home. Later, in his first speech to the South African ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: apartheid, fighting the system, writer's life, parents and children, family relations, estrangement, lifestyle, downfall, society, bittersweet, artists and showbiz, female director ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: south africa, africa, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Pandemonium (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Set in England during the early 19th century, Pandaemonium evokes late-1960s America in its depiction of the relationship between Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roach) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah). Instead of going to Vietnam, Wordsworth ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: friendship, politics, betrayal, drug abuse, addiction, prodigy, tragic love, writer's life, tragic hero, lifestyle, rise and fall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1800s
Place: england, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, rebellion, social differences, human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, legal, society, life is a bitch, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%