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: touching, rough, serious, emotional, realistic, contemplative
Plot: blues, music, blues music, injustice, life is a bitch, interracial relations, artists and showbiz, social differences, society, musician's life, folk, prison, musician, african american, guitar, murder, tobacco, cotton, cigar, cigar smoking, folk song
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa

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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 life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Leadbelly: Bessie (2015), Bound for Glory (1976), The Overture (2004), Nina (2016), Cadillac Records (2008). 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, musician's life, rise to the top, blues music, music, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, ambition, life is a bitch, black lgbt, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 30s, 20s
Place: usa, southern usa, new york, pennsylvania, tennessee
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100%
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: labor union, folk music, music, artists and showbiz, great depression, love and romance, musician's life, americana, couple relations, desert, on the road, hitchhiker ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: texas, california, oklahoma, usa, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 910
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: captivating, emotional, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: lifestyle, musician's life, rebellion, fighting the system, prodigy, ambition, society, politics, rivalry, life is a bitch, injustice, musician ...
Time: 20th century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.4
 3K
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, controversial ...
Plot: jazz, ambition, love affair, musician's life, racism, discrimination, music, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, society, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, blues, success, showbiz, rock and roll, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
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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, musician's life, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, society, music, interracial relations, americana, unfulfillment, rise and fall, prodigy, period piece ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1900s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, sentimental, touching, twists and turns ...
Plot: blues, drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, bittersweet, interracial relations, figment ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, baltimore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: realistic, sincere, serious, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music band, rising to stardom, musician's life, hip hop, artists and showbiz, ambition, bankruptcy, music, strong female presence, r&b, woman
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6.8
 24K
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: singing, singer, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 2K
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: contemplative, captivating, atmospheric, factual, psychological ...
Plot: musician's life, looking for love, artists and showbiz, ambition, couple relations, music, society, couples, private vs public, rivalry, love and romance, refugee ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 1960s, 70s ...
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.1
 2K
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: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, rising to stardom, musician's life, celebrity culture, fall in love, ambition, desire for fame, showbiz, addiction, couple relations, price of fame, pop star ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, female friendship, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, relationship vs career, family problems, career change, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state, nashville tennessee, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 28K
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, serious, sentimental, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, audition, music business, musician, rock star, music industry, interracial relations, family relations, death of protagonist, main character dies ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: serious, sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Plot: museum, follow your dream, music, loss of daughter, folk, musical tour, latin, rising to stardom, lifestyle, musician's life, hopes, performer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 30s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: chile, latin america, geneva switzerland, santiago chile, santiago de chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
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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, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, african american, music, rags to riches ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, st. louis missouri, rome italy, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: touching, sincere, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, country music, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, lifestyle, prodigy, performer's life, artists and showbiz, new year, remarry, music, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 1K
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, emotional, captivating, serious
Plot: ambition, desire for fame, musician's life, downfall, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, women in prison, unfulfillment, power relations, music, strong female presence, women's prison ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: realistic, serious, captivating, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, couple relations, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, musician's life, lifestyle, rising to stardom, drug abuse, ambition, music band, music, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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29%
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 11K
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, based on true events, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, downfall, lifestyle, musician's life, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
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, artists and showbiz, music, drugs/alcohol, profanity, rock, rock star, guitarist, infidelity, musician ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: london, england, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 32K
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: sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, buddies, performer's life, artists and showbiz, musician's life, friends, performance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 5.6
 890
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, prodigy, rising to stardom, ambition, music band, tragic hero, drug abuse, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, hotshot hero, overdose ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ 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, jazz, follow your dream, rising to stardom, twin brother, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 30s, 60s, 40s ...
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: realistic, serious, captivating, atmospheric, gloomy
Plot: interracial relations, dangerous attraction, social differences, love and romance, discrimination, racism, couples, family problems, dishonesty, opposites attract, society, romance ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of pop king Michael Jackson.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: rise and fall, showbiz, ambition, rising to stardom, performer's life, music, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, singer, pop star, plastic surgery ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
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: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious
Plot: jazz, political unrest, relationship vs career, musician's life, showbiz, politics, human spirit, couples, unfulfillment, family problems, state affairs, hopes ...
Place: usa, cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, uplifting, thought provoking, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, rebellion, social differences, discrimination, human spirit, racism, injustice, society, legal, life is a bitch, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Russian poet, singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was an idol of the 1970s and '80s. In 1980, at the age of 42, he passed away during the Moscow Olympic Games. This is the story of his last great love as handed down to his son from a family ...
Style: realistic, serious, dramatic, based on true events, suspenseful ...
Plot: musician's life, artists and showbiz, addiction, society, life is a bitch, drug abuse, near death experience, concert, kgb, wiretap, on the road, rebellion ...
Time: year 1979, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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