Movies like Leadbelly

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Leadbelly (1976)
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Leadbelly (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he had composed and sung during and before the time he spent there.
Style: rough, touching, serious, emotional, realistic, contemplative
Plot: blues, music, life is a bitch, interracial relations, injustice, social differences, society, folk, musician's life, artists and showbiz, prison, musician, murder, african american, tobacco, guitar, cigar, cotton, folk music, cigar smoking, folk song, blues music
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to Leadbelly

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and touching films with plots about artists and showbiz, music, musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, musician and lifestyle mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Leadbelly: Bessie (2015), Bound for Glory (1976), Nina (2016), Cadillac Records (2008), Scott Joplin (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bessie (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, factual, gloomy
Plot: blues, rise to the top, musician's life, black woman, artists and showbiz, music, life is a bitch, ambition, rising to stardom, black lgbt, female protagonist, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, new york, southern usa, tennessee
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Bound for Glory (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: great depression, labor union, music, artists and showbiz, americana, couple relations, love and romance, musician's life, desert, on the road, hitchhiker, character study ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: texas, california, oklahoma, usa, new mexico ...
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Nina (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.
Style: captivating, serious, touching, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, ambition, musician's life, love affair, racism, artists and showbiz, society, music, rising to stardom, discrimination, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
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40%
Cadillac Records (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, blues, musician, rock and roll, music, showbiz, success, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, london, mississippi, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Scott Joplin (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: jazz, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, prodigy, rise and fall, musician's life, unfulfillment, music, society, interracial relations, americana, syphilis ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
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39%
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: gloomy, realistic, touching, sentimental, twists and turns ...
Plot: blues, drug abuse, jazz, racism, showbiz, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, bittersweet, figment, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, baltimore, new york
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38%
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Selena (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
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: touching, sincere, emotional, factual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, musician's life, human spirit, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
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36%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: TLC's humble beginnings in Atlanta quickly led to an unprecedented rise to fame in the 1990's as one of the world's most talented, celebrated and highest-selling female groups of all time. Through very public and high profile success, ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, music band, artists and showbiz, hip hop, ambition, bankruptcy, music, r&b, strong female presence, woman
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Cornelis (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: ”Cornelis” is the unique chronicle about one of Sweden’s greatest music legends - Cornelis Vreeswijk. An honest and gripping account of an exceptionally talented, but self-destructive artist’s intense life both on and behind the stage. A man ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, psychological, factual, touching ...
Plot: musician's life, looking for love, ambition, artists and showbiz, couples, private vs public, music, society, couple relations, rivalry, refugee, weakness ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 60s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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
Plot: jazz, politics, couples, political unrest, relationship vs career, unfulfillment, human spirit, showbiz, musician's life, revolution, ambition, fighting the system ...
Place: usa, cuba, latin america
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31%
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Whitney (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Chronicles Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, music, showbiz, couple relations, celebrity culture, addiction, fall in love, desire for fame, ambition, price of fame, pop star ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, musician, pianist, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, artists and showbiz, guilt, music ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, georgia, paris france, florida, tokyo ...
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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, feel good, uplifting ...
Plot: country music, music, rising to stardom, musician's life, artists and showbiz, human spirit, rags to riches, ambition, love and romance, hopes, family problems, career change ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, nashville tennessee, washington state, appalachia
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28%
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: thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, civil rights movement, racism, social differences, rebellion, injustice, discrimination, human spirit, life is a bitch, legal, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa
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28%
Violeta Went to Heaven (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Chile, Argentina, Brazil
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: museum, music, follow your dream, loss of daughter, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, hopes, musician's life, performer's life, rising to stardom, musical tour, latin ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 60s, 50s
Place: chile, latin america, paris france, geneva switzerland, santiago chile
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28%
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Gloria (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Mexico
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Gloria never imagined that an audition for the music producer Sergio Andrade was going to change her life so drastically. King Midas not only brought her to stardom, but also to a dramatic story of love, heartbreak and betrayal. Based on the life ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, emotional
Plot: desire for fame, musician's life, ambition, downfall, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, women in prison, power relations, unfulfillment, music, strong female presence, pop singer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of the country and western singer Hank Williams.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, country music, remarry, new year, showbiz, relationship vs career, country, bittersweet, life is a bitch, musician's life, performer's life, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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La Bamba (1987)
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, sentimental, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, marital rape, musician, audition, music business, music industry, rock star, family relations, musical tour, fear of flying ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, new york, southern california, tijuana mexico ...
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28%
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, teenage life, human nature, celebrity culture, couple relations, ambition, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Hendrix (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant, to his tragic failure.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, ambition, prodigy, music band, tragic hero, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, overdose, hotshot hero ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Identical (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Great Depression, identical twins are separated at birth. One, Drexel Hemsley becomes a wildly successful '50s rock star, while the other, Ryan Wade, struggles to balance his passion for music and pleasing his parents, who want him ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching, exciting ...
Plot: twins, musician, ambition, musician's life, supportive spouse, family relations, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, follow your dream, jazz, twin brother, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1940s, 1930s, 60s ...
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
What We Do Is Secret (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense
Plot: punk, punk rock, rising to stardom, musician's life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, music band, music, ambition, rise and fall, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, factual, stylized, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, downfall, musician's life, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
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Jersey Boys (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, musician's life, performer's life, buddies, artists and showbiz, performance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Two Sons of Francisco (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Brazil
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of Francisco, a very simple and poor man whose dream was to see his children become country music stars, and who made all the efforts to make it happen.
Style: touching, emotional, captivating, serious, stylized ...
Plot: musician's life, rags to riches, success, obsession, death, rise to the top, ambition, parents and children, society, lifestyle, peasant, car accident ...
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Ireland, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, sincere, serious
Plot: musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, rock star, artists and showbiz, music, musician, guitarist, infidelity, drug use, rock, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Louisiana juke joint owner loses her star entertainer and hires a white singer to fill in.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: white male black female relationship, interracial relations, racism, blues, love and romance, social differences, dangerous attraction, society, opposites attract, dishonesty, romance, discrimination ...
Time: 60s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Jean Charles (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Brazil
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, realistic, contemplative
Plot: wrong place wrong time, injustice, mistaken identity, family relations, life is a bitch, social differences, society, political unrest, immigrants, city life, misfit, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%