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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: humorous, captivating, biting, realistic, semi serious, light, suspense, intense, harsh, dramatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rock music, music, teenage life, rock, 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, showbiz, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, romance, music business, musician, singer, celebrity, rags to riches, pop culture, cynicism ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: new jersey, los angeles

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and captivating films with plots about artists and showbiz, music, ambition, musician's life, rising to stardom, lifestyle and showbiz mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like The Idolmaker: The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Elvis (1979), Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Cadillac Records (2008), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: serious, sentimental, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Plot: price of fame, singer, rags to riches, disc jockey, blizzard, music, tragic hero, rock, music band, addiction, ambition, couples ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.1
 3K
Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: elvis presley, price of fame, celebrity culture, musician's life, desire for fame, music, showbiz, music band, family life, artists and showbiz, performer's life, relationship vs career ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
Genre: Music, Romance, Drama
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: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: on the road, infidelity, music, romance, artists and showbiz, love and romance, rising to stardom, musician's life, friends, introspection, lifestyle, moral dilemma ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: sentimental, realistic, emotional, serious, idiotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, redemption, desire for fame, hopes, musician's life, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, friends, performer's life, celebrity culture, hidden identity ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, montreal quebec canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, showbiz, success, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, performer's life, ambition, fame, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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
Plot: showbiz, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, teenage life, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, couple relations, musician's life, ambition, music band ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: captivating, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: youth, lifestyle, ambition, against the odds, partners, working class, rock, prodigy, friends, music band, rising to stardom, rise to the top ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: realistic, serious, feel good, entertaining, harsh ...
Plot: rise and fall, religious fundamentalism, cousin cousin relationship, train, music, rising to stardom, couple relations, love and romance, celebrity culture, fall in love, unfulfillment, musician's life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: rise and fall, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, music, celebrity culture, performer's life, unfulfillment, lifestyle, showbiz, musician's life, ambition, childhood ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, sentimental, captivating
Plot: music, romance, friends, latin, drug abuse, couples, addiction, showbiz, lifestyle, musician's life, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, puerto rico, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, inspirational, emotional, talky ...
Plot: music, friendship, musician's life, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, rise to the top, blind ambition, black man, creativity ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, georgia, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: sentimental, realistic, serious, avant garde
Audience: date night
Plot: the beatles, rock, music band, artists and showbiz, interracial relations, couple relations, celebrity culture, music, romance, rising to stardom, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, captivating, realistic, sweet, romantic ...
Plot: music, rock, concert, tragic hero, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, oldies, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, performer's life, musician's life ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1950s, 80s
Place: germany, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Music
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: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, missing person, mystery, rock, music band, journalism, ambition, musician's life, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: emotional, captivating, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: blues, rise and fall, ambition, rock band, music, addiction, drug abuse, fall in love, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, performer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.4
 379
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: semi serious, stylized, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: farm, rise to the top, desire for fame, fall in love, artists and showbiz, musician's life, performer's life, relationship vs career, rising to stardom, music band, music, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 641
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, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, musician's life, rock, ambition, music, hopes, desire for fame, love and romance, couple relations, romance, introspection ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
 31K
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: realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious, intense ...
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, buddies, musician's life, performer's life, artists and showbiz, performance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 6.9
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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, emotional ...
Plot: musician's life, death, audition, latin, music business, rock musician, music industry, rock star, concert, musician, star, tragic event ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.8
 215K
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, marriage, music, accident, couple relations, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, divorce, musician, loss of sibling ...
Time: 1960s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, germany, arkansas, memphis, tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: tradition, showbiz, parents and children, religions or cults, follow your dream, desire for fame, lifestyle, estrangement, family relations, artists and showbiz, musician's life, father son relationship ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, new york, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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 ...
Plot: romance, hopes, showbiz, music, talent, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, artists and showbiz, love affair, follow your dream, rising to stardom ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: country music, music, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, musician's life, human spirit, rags to riches, hopes, relationship vs career, career change, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.0
 624
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: lifestyle, orphan, terminal illness, music, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, musician's life, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 40s, 50s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: africa, egypt, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
 5K
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, realistic, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, body painting, music, musician's life, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, love and romance, fall in love, celebrity culture, ambition, friends, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: hamburg germany, seaport, england, germany, northern germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 23K
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: sentimental, touching, sincere, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: elopement, singer, rise and fall, music, interracial relations, rising to stardom, performer's life, relationship vs career, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.6
 2K
Light of Day (1987)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fox and Jett play a brother and sister who are lead performers in a rock band, The Barbusters, in Cleveland, Ohio. The sister, Patti Rasnick, is an unmarried mother and has a troubled relationship with her own mother, who is deeply religious. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: rock, cancer, music, family in crisis, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, musician's life, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, lifestyle, rise and fall, introspection ...
Time: 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Having written the music and screenplay for this film, Paul McCartney also plays himself in the leading role. When the mastertape of McCartney's latest album is misplaced, he must discover its whereabouts in less than 24 hours or else risk ...
Style: humorous, captivating, semi serious, realistic
Plot: showbiz, rock, heist, gangsters, music, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, friends, gangster, performer ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 2000, VH-1 produced the television biopic Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story. In 2002, the movie was released on DVD, and featured both commentaries and interviews with Dolenz, Jones and Tork. The aired version did differ from the DVD ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, semi serious
Plot: performer's life, media, experimenting, overnight success, rock, showbiz, lifestyle, partners, daydreamer, music, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 319
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, semi serious, offbeat, humorous
Plot: musician, prison, celebrity, outlaw, lifestyle, showbiz, fugitives, cons and scams, chases and races, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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