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Harlem Aria (1999)
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Harlem Aria (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton (Gabriel Casseus) lives in Harlem with his aunt. He dreams of moving to Italy and becoming a famous opera singer, and though he's been blessed with a magnificent singing voice, his passion has made him an outsider in his neighborhood. Running away from home, Anton meets passionate street pianist Matthew (Christian Carmago) and together the two begin drawing large, appreciate crowds on the street. Working the crowd as they do their thing is Wes (Damon Wayans), whose natural charm always gets the cash flowing. And while life on the streets is never easy, Anton, Matthew, and Wes soon discover that by following their dreams, they may find a means of transforming their lives forever.
Style: touching, uplifting, feel good, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic
Plot: hip hop, opera, music, performer's life, prodigy, destiny, life is a bitch, ambition, human spirit, follow your dream, hopes, urban ghetto life, artists and showbiz, musician's life, lifestyle, teaching the ways of the world, city life, desire for fame, urban ghetto, profanity, pianist, opera singer, dancer's life
Time: 90s
Place: new york, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about hopes, life is a bitch, society, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, youth and ambition mostly in Drama, Musical and Music genres. Some movies like Harlem Aria: Video Girl (2011), How She Move (2007), May Allah Bless France (2014), Anne B. Real (2003), Knights of the South Bronx (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Video Girl (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lorie Walker ( Meagan Good), attends a ritzy private school in a small southern town. Raised by her grandmother Valerie ( Ruby Dee), she often daydreams of becoming a professional dancer. After a chance meeting with a renowned music video director, ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, serious
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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How She Move (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, serious, exciting
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Place: usa
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May Allah Bless France (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: French rapper, author, and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 2004 autobiography, chronicling his upbringing in the crime- and drug-ridden streets of Strasbourg and his life-changing encounters ...
Style: captivating, inspirational, psychological, atmospheric, touching ...
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Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
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Anne B. Real (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, contemplative
Plot: ghetto, hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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84%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: chess, school, youth, misfit, juvenile delinquency, hopes, teachers and students, human spirit, ambition, high school life, hardcase students, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
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Touch of the Light (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Yu-Siang is blind – but he has a superb sense of hearing. Born in rural Taiwan, this extremely talented musician moves to the capital Taipei to study the piano. But how will he manage on his own? Even the walk across campus from his halls of ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: prodigy, human spirit, follow your dream, musician's life, hopes, artists and showbiz, blindness, music, piano
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Chantel Mitchell (Ariyan Johnson), a hip, articulate, black high-school girl in Brooklyn, is determined not to become "just another girl on the IRT" (the IRT is one of NYC's subway lines). She dreams of medical school, a family, and ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, surprise ending
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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74%
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Go for It! (2011)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Carmen is a good student with a bad attitude who lives for dancing in the underground clubs of Chicago. She yearns to be 'somebody' but is afraid to believe in herself. Her immigrant Mexican, working-class parents want her to stay in ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: ambition, hopes, self discovery, follow your dream, dancing, contests and competitions, desire for fame, dancer's life, dance school, hip hop, teachers and students, parents and children ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Brotherly Love (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: West Philadelphia basketball star Sergio Taylor deals with the pressures of fame while his brother and sister have their own issues with ambition.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, captivating
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67%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 16
Matchups (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ian Willams -- who was born blind in one eye -- grew up undaunted to become an elite college basketball player. But his dream of winning a national championship and turning pro was sidetracked when a tragic accident left him completely blind. ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: against the odds, prodigy, disability, follow your dream, dedicated educator, ambition, human spirit, sport, hopes, youth, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere
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Time: contemporary
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious
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Duration: 91 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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57%
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52%
 6.8
 759
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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47%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: rough, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: music, life is a bitch, hopes, rise and fall, going straight, society, social misfits, crime, artists and showbiz, urban ghetto, friends, crimes ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 45
Max & Lenny (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: follow your dream, ambition, friendship, teenage life, hip hop, society, youth, family relations, music, hopes, urban, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, family problems, addiction, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, going straight, society, crimes, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: captivating, gloomy, lyrical, tense, sincere ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1995, 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
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45%