Movies like The Idolmaker

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The Idolmaker (1980)
 6.9
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The Idolmaker (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
Style: suspense, humorous, captivating, biting, realistic, semi serious, nostalgic, light, visually appealing, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens
Plot: showbiz, rock music, music, teenage life, rock, romance, performer's life, love and romance, ambition, artists and showbiz, human nature, musician's life, lifestyle, rise to the top, introspection, teaching the ways of the world, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, rock and roll, music business, musician, rock star, singer, celebrity, rags to riches ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: new jersey, los angeles

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Most similar movies to The Idolmaker

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and feel good films with plots about artists and showbiz, ambition, music, musician's life, rising to stardom, musician and lifestyle mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like The Idolmaker: Backbeat (1994), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Elvis (1979), Cadillac Records (2008), La Bamba (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Backbeat (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chronicles the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany. The film focuses primarily on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (played by Stephen Dorff) and John Lennon (played by Ian Hart), and also with Sutcliffe's German girlfriend ...
Style: serious, rough, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, music band, body painting, photograph, music, celebrity culture, rising to stardom, love and romance, seaport, musician's life, artists and showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, germany, liverpool, hamburg germany, northern germany ...
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100%
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A film about the life and career of the early rock and roll star.
Style: feel good, humorous, serious, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: air disaster, price of fame, blizzard, disc jockey, singer, affection, rags to riches, music, showbiz, lifestyle, rock, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new york
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63%
 7.0
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Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: elvis presley, price of fame, celebrity culture, rags to riches, musician's life, music, desire for fame, music band, showbiz, lifestyle, relationship vs career, family life ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the sixties, Eddie and the cruisers was the hottest band around. But the tragic death of its lead singer broke the band up. Only Eddie is not dead. He works as a carpenter in Montreal. His love of music forces him to create a new band which will ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, idiotic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: music, redemption, starting over, showbiz, human nature, friends, ambition, dishonesty, hidden identity, music band, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, las vegas, montreal, montreal quebec canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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, touching, humorous, realistic
Plot: rise and fall, ambition, music, rising to stardom, performer's life, showbiz, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, singer, reputation, plastic surgery ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, blues, success, showbiz, rock and roll, fame, ambition, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, audition, music business, musician, rock star, music industry, interracial relations, family relations, main character dies, concert ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.0
 688
Halim (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Egypt
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A biopic of Egyptian singer Abdel-Halim Hafez.
Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, emotional, serious
Plot: ambition, rising to stardom, musician's life, love and romance, rise to the top, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, showbiz, singer, terminal illness, world ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 70s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: africa, middle east, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, serious, realistic, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, dancing, showbiz, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, romance, lifestyle, drug abuse, life is a bitch, rise and fall, bittersweet ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, sentimental, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, teenage life, musician's life, celebrity culture, couple relations, artists and showbiz, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) is a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, sentimental, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, infidelity, music, romance, couples, ambition, rising to stardom, musician's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, love triangle, friends ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michael Paré stars as Eddie Wilson of the rock band Eddie and Cruisers. The band is at the height of their career in the 1960s when front man Eddie drives his car off a bridge in an apparent suicide -- but the body was never found.
Style: serious, gloomy, sentimental, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: music, missing person, mystery, human nature, rise and fall, introspection, artists and showbiz, obsessive quest, musician's life, unfulfillment, crimes, rising to stardom ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s, 70s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.5
 409
Hearts of Fire (1987)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.
Style: realistic, semi serious, stylized
Audience: date night
Plot: farm, artists and showbiz, romance, performer's life, fall in love, desire for fame, rise to the top, celebrity culture, music band, love and romance, musician's life, rising to stardom ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned ...
Style: serious, realistic, feel good, twists and turns, whimsical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rise and fall, hypocrisy, train, religious fundamentalism, cousin cousin relationship, music, musician, rock, sexual content, profanity, wedding, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
In His Life: The John Lennon Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A film about the early life of the rock musician and his burgeoning career as a member of the Beatles.
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious
Plot: musician's life, artists and showbiz, music, teenage life, rise to the top, rising to stardom, twentysomething life, friends, lifestyle, music band, ambition, youth ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Jersey Boys (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
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, captivating, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, friends, performer's life, artists and showbiz, musician's life, buddies, performance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Details the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, from before their first meeting to their rise to stardom.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, avant garde
Audience: date night
Plot: the beatles, couples, love and romance, celebrity culture, rising to stardom, interracial relations, fall in love, couple relations, music, performer's life, romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 20K
Get on Up (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Style: captivating, realistic, emotional, talky, heartbreaking ...
Plot: music, friendship, showbiz, musician's life, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, blind ambition, rise to the top, soul music, black man ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1950s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: usa, georgia, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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This Is Elvis (1981)
Genre: 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: realistic, serious, captivating, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: concert, music, blues, showbiz, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rising to stardom, performer's life, friends, rock, tragic hero, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: germany, las vegas, memphis, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.0
 8K
The Rose (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road.
Style: sincere, captivating, emotional, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: alcohol abuse, ambition, rise and fall, blues, rose, rock band, music, addiction, drug abuse, bittersweet, rock, downfall ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.8
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Walk the Line (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, emotional, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, country music, music, marriage, accident, musician, profanity, couple relations, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, divorce ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: memphis, usa, germany, tennessee, arkansas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 2.2
 21K
Glitter (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young woman is catapulted into pop stardom, with her already-famous DJ boyfriend calling the shots.
Style: emotional, exciting, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: romance, showbiz, hopes, music, talent, artists and showbiz, ambition, lifestyle, rise and fall, love affair, rising to stardom, follow your dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.1
 346
Outlaw Blues (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An aspiring musician is released from prison to find that a song he had written while locked up has been stolen and made into a hit record by a country music superstar. When his confrontation with the star takes a violent turn the ex-con has to go ...
Style: biting, realistic, suspense, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: prison, criminal, outlaw, celebrity, musician, runaway, romance, lovers on the run, rising to stardom, chases and races, cons and scams, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.3
 14K
Bandslam (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A high school social outcast and the popular girl bond through a shared love of music.
Style: humorous, semi serious, romantic, light, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenager, high school, teenage love, rock band, music, friends, ambition, love and romance, rock, hopes, lifestyle, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california, texas, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: singer, rising to stardom, musician's life, human spirit, showbiz, hopes, singing, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, enigmatic, complex ...
Plot: music, obsession, unfulfillment, musician's life, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, ambition, disability, addiction, prodigy, showbiz, rise and fall ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 670
Elvis and Me (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: The story of Priscilla's life with rock and roll star Elvis Presley.
Style: emotional, captivating, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, music, unfulfillment, couple relations, love and romance, hopes, romance, musician's life, desire for fame, ambition, introspection, rock ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, musician's life, artists and showbiz, human spirit, rags to riches, hopes, couple relations, family problems, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, nashville tennessee, washington state, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.7
 14K
Staying Alive (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet - making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, cult film, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: broadway, disco, music, follow your dream, love and romance, performer's life, rising to stardom, dancer's life, artists and showbiz, hopes, couple relations, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: jewish, tradition, showbiz, family relations, parents and children, religions or cults, desire for fame, follow your dream, estrangement, lifestyle, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, new york, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%