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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, experimental, controversial
Plot: ambition, rebelliousness, writer's life, obsession, rebellion, journalism, fighting the system, society, rise and fall, lifestyle, politics, maverick, publishing, novelist, racism, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, sexual relations, s&m, media, terminal illness, americana, political corruption, artists and showbiz, state affairs ...
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 ambition, life is a bitch, society, lifestyle, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz 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), Polanski Unauthorized (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Fidel & Che (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 206 min.
Story: Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, tense
Plot: fidel castro, revolution, rebellion, fighting the system, politics, ambition, rise and fall, idealism, rebelliousness, political corruption, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: cuba, latin america
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Sagan (2008)
Genre: Biography
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, sexual ...
Plot: rise and fall, writer's life, love affair, artists and showbiz, couples, lifestyle, unfulfillment, car accident, society, rivalry, celebrity culture, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france
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81%
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, captivating, disturbing, documentary filmmaking
Plot: military life, filmmaking, military, wartime life, showbiz, battle zone, state affairs, society, lifestyle, politics, war, world war two ...
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, usa, maine
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71%
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: captivating, serious, talky, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, head of state, betrayal, elderly, state affairs, journalism, political intrigue, politics, aging, rise and fall, media, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Polanski Unauthorized (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An unauthorized chronicle of the life of Roman Polanski.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: ambition, prodigy, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, lifestyle, filmmaking, celebrity culture, unfulfillment
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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: serious, realistic, atmospheric, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: world war two, society, politics, journalism, media, tv show, radio, career, unlikely couple, unfulfillment, state affairs, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 1930s
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61%
This Is Elvis (1981)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 110 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, realistic, serious, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: blues, showbiz, rock and roll, music, friends, alcohol abuse, rock, celebrity culture, ambition, performer's life, unfulfillment, rise and fall ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 80s
Place: las vegas, germany, memphis, hawaii, new jersey
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60%
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The Overture (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, 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, sincere, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: ambition, fighting the system, musician's life, rebellion, lifestyle, prodigy, rivalry, politics, injustice, life is a bitch, society, musician ...
Time: 20th century
Place: thailand, asia
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56%
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Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Lithuania, USA
Duration: 90 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, church, religions or cults, dishonesty, state affairs, leadership, hopes, rebellion, politics, society, anti semitism ...
Place: israel, middle east, europe, poland
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55%
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, realistic, captivating, psychological
Plot: roman empire, hopes, fighting the system, religion, rebellion, society, idealism, rise and fall, jesus, life is a bitch, self sacrifice, self discovery ...
Place: holy land
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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: thought provoking, captivating, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, hospital, aids, hotshot lawyer, americana, terminal illness, political corruption, introspection, injustice, life is a bitch, state affairs, society ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s, 60s, year 1951 ...
Place: new york, usa
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54%
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: serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful, rough
Plot: labor union, graphic violence, tough heroes, ambition, rise and fall, society, life is a bitch, state affairs, rise to the top, heroes, unfulfillment, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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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: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere
Plot: musician, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, performer's life, pop singer, strong female presence, country, singer, country singer
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: world war two, soldier, politics, white house, world war one, presidential election, life is a bitch, military, dishonesty, leadership, heroes, ambition ...
Time: 50s
Place: asia, japan, usa, missouri
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50%
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the early 1970s, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (Andy Garcia) is torn between his own musical dreams and the dreams of his wife, Marianela (Mía Maestro), a fervent supporter of the ideals of the Castro revolution. Also starring Charles S. ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere
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Place: usa, cuba, latin america
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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: captivating, emotional, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: mental illness, couples, addiction, terminal illness, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, love affair, showbiz, child illness, politics, performer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s
Place: seattle, washington d.c.
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48%
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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, realistic, emotional, serious, entertaining ...
Plot: convent, musician's life, follow your dream, showbiz, ambition, rebellion, rise and fall, clergy, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, belgium
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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: obsessive quest, prodigy, lifestyle, survival, ambition, tragic hero, rise and fall, love and romance, life is a bitch, obsession, love affair, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: paris france, tahiti, france, europe
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46%
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Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014)
Genre: Biography
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The life and times of Tommy Cooper
Style: captivating, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: ambition, performer's life, love triangle, infidelity, artists and showbiz, couples, couple relations, workplace romance, alcohol abuse
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
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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: sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: desire for fame, actor's life, rising to stardom, rise and fall, ambition, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, parents and children
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: realistic, thought provoking, serious
Plot: fighting the system, rebellion, state affairs, political unrest, forced into action, family relations, globalization, society, rebelliousness, siblings relations, bomber, farmer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: taiwan
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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: rise and fall, actor's life, desire for fame, fashion, lifestyle, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, workplace, against the rules, artists and showbiz, destructive relationship, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
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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, serious, touching, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, journalism, human spirit, fascism, life is a bitch, political unrest, fighting the system, rebelliousness, idealism, state affairs, against the odds, media ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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Warm Springs (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
Style: uplifting, realistic, sincere, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: politics, ambition, rise and fall, society, human spirit, rebellion, fighting the system, disability, introspection, hopes, life is a bitch, president ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa, new york state, florida, southern usa ...
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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, exciting, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: assassination, political unrest, soldier, politics, army investigation, workplace intrigue, ambition, clergy, crimes, head of state, fighting the system, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: panama
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42%
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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: realistic, serious, clever, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: prodigy, ambition, split personality, mental illness, terminal illness, family problems, love and romance, couples, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, showbiz ...
Place: california
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King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 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, serious, realistic, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: dancing, showbiz, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, music, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, salsa ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico
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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, family relations, politics, ambition, lifestyle, usa president, looking for love, parents and children, state affairs, love and romance, tragic hero, kennedy family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: serious, realistic, emotional, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: apartheid, fighting the system, writer's life, downfall, lifestyle, family relations, estrangement, parents and children, society, bittersweet, artists and showbiz, suicide by drowning ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: south africa, africa, paris france, europe
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39%
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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, betrayal, politics, addiction, drug abuse, prodigy, tragic hero, rise and fall, lifestyle, writer's life, tragic love, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s
Place: france, england, europe
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39%