Movies like Shirley 2011

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Shirley (2011)
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Shirley (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Shirley is the youngest of eight children from a mixed race marriage. By the time she is a toddler the family have moved to the all white area of Splott and by the time she is 12 Shirley has discovered she has an extraordinary voice and can earn money singing in pubs around the docks after her father if jailed for sexual crimes. As a young teenager she begins singing and dancing in 'coloured review shows'. But it is a chance meeting with struggling agent Mike Sullivan that changes her life forever. He promises to make her a star, but has no idea of the personal sacrifice that will mean for the teenaged Shirley.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, based on true events
Plot: rags to riches, family relations, interracial relations, baby, nightclub, ambition, musician's life, rising to stardom, teenage life, youth, parents and children, artists and showbiz, society, female singer, husband wife relationship, estranged mother, homosexual, marriage, mother daughter relationship, scandal, childhood flashback, illegitimate child, mother child separation, singer, mixed race child ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1930s, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: wales, england, europe, glasgow scotland

Most similar movies to Shirley

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about artists and showbiz, ambition, rising to stardom, musician's life, music, family relations and lifestyle mostly in Biography, Drama and Music genres. Some movies like Shirley: My Way (2012), Selena (1997), Leonie (2010), Whitney (2015), Cadillac Records (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, realistic, serious
Plot: prodigy, against the odds, musician's life, ambition, rise to the top, youth, lifestyle, teenage life, working class, rising to stardom, music, the beatles ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: europe, england
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Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story is a made-for-TV film starring Australian actress Poppy Montgomery. The film, which was shot in B.C. Canada locations altered to look like British locations, details the journey of struggling single mother ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: multiple sclerosis, writer's life, rising to stardom, family relations, artists and showbiz, ambition, rise to the top, single parent, ends with biographical notes, mother daughter relationship, abusive relationship, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
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My Way (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 148 min.
Story: A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from his childhood in Egypt through his success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental
Plot: ambition, musician's life, desire for fame, lifestyle, rising to stardom, womanizer, showbiz, family relations, parents and children, childhood, father son conflict, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: france, saint tropez, monte carlo, paris france, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, emotional, sincere, factual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Leonie (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, UK, Australia, Germany, Belgium, USA, Japan, Netherlands
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the lush tradition of the glorious films of Merchant and Ivory, comes the true life story of Leonie Gilmour (Emily Mortimer), whose life crossed continents, wars and cultures, embodied with courage and passion in search of art and freedom. A ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, single parent, parents and children, culture clash, artists and showbiz, marriage, friendship, husband wife relationship, little boy, friend, single mother, baby ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, 1920s, 1930s, 1890s ...
Place: japan, asia, mount fuji, tokyo, california ...
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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, touching, serious, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, music, rising to stardom, fall in love, couple relations, desire for fame, ambition, showbiz, addiction, celebrity culture, pop star, price of fame ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, rock and roll, music, blues, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
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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, artists and showbiz, music, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, ambition, black lgbt, husband wife relationship, black woman ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 30s, 20s
Place: usa, tennessee, pennsylvania, new york, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Two Sons of Francisco (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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: captivating, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: musician's life, rags to riches, obsession, success, death, ambition, rise to the top, lifestyle, society, parents and children, car accident, peasant ...
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, touching, serious, thought provoking, controversial ...
Plot: jazz, ambition, love affair, musician's life, racism, discrimination, society, artists and showbiz, music, rising to stardom, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Lennon Naked (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A profile of John Lennon in the late 1960s as the Beatles are set to fall apart.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: music band, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, disagreement, family relations, peaceful mission, couples, couple relations, dysfunctional family, rock, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, sincere, atmospheric, serious
Plot: musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, music, drugs/alcohol, musician, drug use, guitarist, rock star, infidelity, profanity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Marina (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Belgium, Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of Rocco Granata, an Italian coal miner's son who followed his passion for music against his father's wishes and social barriers.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: against the odds, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, ambition, musician's life, society, parents and children, hopes, first love, immigrants, father son relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s
Place: belgium, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Amália (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Portugal
Duration: 127 min.
Story: You already know the legendary singer. For the first time, you'll get to know the woman behind the myth.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: musician's life, rise and fall, love and romance, rising to stardom, human nature, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, family relations, parents and children, love affair, unfulfillment, music ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 30s, 40s ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting
Audience: girls' night
Plot: cinderella story, family relations, singing competition, ambition, rising to stardom, parents and children, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, youth, society, single parent, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The film spans from Hepburn's early childhood to the 1950s which details her life as a Dutch ballerina, coming to grips with her parents' divorce, and enduring life in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II. She then settles in ...
Style: serious, feel good, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: hollywood, showbiz, world war two, actor's life, celebrity culture, performer's life, rising to stardom, haunted by the past, human spirit, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, new york, europe, holland, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.9
 29K
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, family relations, interracial relations, death of protagonist, main character dies ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of singer Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, and her nervous breakdown.
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: showbiz, prodigy, rising to stardom, performer's life, actor's life, relationship vs career, road not taken, friends, couples, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A light hearted look at future Prime Minister Margaret Thatchers rise from research chemist in 1949 to becoming MP for Finchley in 1959 encompassing her early relationship and marriage to Oil Millionaire Denis Thatcher.
Style: captivating, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, ambition, rise to the top, campaign, feminism, society, state affairs, head of state, election, strong female presence, british politics, satire ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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James Dean (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The man behind the legend and a knowing look at the 1950's Hollywood are revealed in this dynamic bioepic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, captivating, clever
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, actor, dying young, actor's life, teen angst, rise and fall, rising to stardom, ambition, prodigy, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, indiana, new york, malibu california, santa monica california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Sinatra (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 250 min.
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Story: An extensive biopic of one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century - Frank Sinatra. The only thing that could engage the public more than his songs and films was his sometimes controversial private life.
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: music, friendship, singer, oldies, showbiz, relationship vs career, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, ambition, couples, lifestyle, rising to stardom ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Sister Smile (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: convent, ambition, showbiz, follow your dream, musician's life, rising to stardom, lifestyle, clergy, life is a bitch, against the rules, society, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Romulus, My Father (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mental institution, family relations, isolation, hopes, impossible love, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, couples, love and romance, rivalry, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Enid (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, relationship vs career, rise to the top, nanny, family problems, couples, couple relations, ambition, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz, bad mother ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A look at Brittany Murphy's rise to Hollywood fame in the 1990s, her struggles with celebrity and self-esteem, and her mysterious death in 2009 at the age of 32.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, captivating
Plot: rise and fall, rising to stardom, actor's life, ambition, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, parents and children
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Crazy (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, contemplative
Plot: jazz, infidelity, rise and fall, musician's life, ambition, desire for fame, rising to stardom, womanizer, lifestyle, relationship vs career, showbiz, obsession ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, tennessee, nashville tennessee, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Set Fire to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas.
Style: sincere, sentimental, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: writer's life, life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, poet, disorder
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Best (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The life story of former Manchester United football legend, George Best.
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, serious
Plot: athlete's life, rising to stardom, ambition, celebrity culture, sport team, sport, rivalry, life is a bitch, professional sports, football player, unfulfillment, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 90s, 70s, 1960s
Place: europe, england, manchester, northern england, manchester england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.
Style: uplifting, realistic, semi serious, touching, offbeat ...
Plot: ambition, follow your dream, desire for fame, lifestyle, human spirit, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, hopes, musician's life, disability, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 40s, 20th century, 80s, 90s ...
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, music, follow your dream, loss of daughter, folk, latin, musical tour, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, musician's life, lifestyle, performer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 30s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: chile, latin america, geneva switzerland, santiago chile, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%