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Stony Island (1978)
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Stony Island (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Stony Island gives you a priceless look back at Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, at a time when very few films were made in within the city at all — and features a legion of legendary Chicago players (Gene Barge, Phil Upchurch, Larry Ball, Richie Davis, Tennyson Stephens, Ronnie Barron, and a young Susanna Hoffs) alongside Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) and Rae Dawn Chong. Telling the story of a group of multiracial R&B performers, and how they’re affected by the death of a veteran musician from their circle, Stony Island is an incredible time capsule, and provides a sweetly funky soundtrack to boot!" -- The Cinefamily
Plot: musician, death, jazz, interracial relations, blues, band, heart attack, landscape, inner city, jazz music, blues music
Place: chicago illinois

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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 musician, music, jazz, musician's life, artists and showbiz, storytelling and interracial relations mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Stony Island: The Identical (2014), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020), Cadillac Records (2008), Scott Joplin (1977), Leadbelly (1976). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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
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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play.
Style: suspense, rough, uplifting, serious
Plot: blues, music band, street life, black american, bigger dreams, storytelling, racism, musician, promise, female protagonist, songwriter, fired from the job ...
Time: 1920s
Place: chicago illinois, georgia, washington d.c., alabama, memphis ...
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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, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, blues, musician, rock and roll, music, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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, unfulfillment, society, rise and fall, prodigy, interracial relations, americana, artists and showbiz, music, rising to stardom, period piece ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1900s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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 ...
Style: emotional, rough, touching, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: blues, music, blues music, artists and showbiz, musician's life, interracial relations, folk, social differences, injustice, life is a bitch, society, cigar smoking ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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'Round Midnight (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Inside the Blue Note nightclub one night in 1959 Paris, an aged, ailing jazzman coaxes an eloquent wail from his tenor sax. Outside, a young Parisian too broke to buy a glass of wine strains to hear those notes. Soon they will form a friendship that ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: jazz, alcohol abuse, friendship, music, addiction, bittersweet, musician's life, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, lifestyle, friends ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, usa, new york
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Hard to Hold (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Details the efforts of a pop-rock star (James Roberts / Rick Springfield) to win the love of a woman he meets in a car accident. None of the usual gambits work on this woman, who has never heard of him. Complications arise involving the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, semi autobiographical
Audience: date night
Plot: music, jazz, love triangle, fall in love, performer's life, romance, opposites attract, love and romance, youth, wooing, rock, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
A Man Called Adam (1966)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: racism, jazz, alcohol abuse, casino, dishonesty, rising to stardom, society, music, musician's life, life is a bitch, friends, couples ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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: interracial relations, white male black female relationship, racism, blues, dangerous attraction, social differences, love and romance, couples, family problems, discrimination, society, romance ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Bix (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Biopic of troubled jazz musician/composer Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931), who played with the Paul Whiteman band, among others.
Plot: flashback, musician, jazz
Time: 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Beat Street (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.
Style: realistic, serious, harsh, talky, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, rap, dancing, graffiti, subway, dance, music, love and romance, artists and showbiz, youth, musician's life, college ...
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Stanley's Gig (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: musician's life, redemption, haunted by the past, hopes, love and romance, golden years, friendship, daydreamer, comeback, singer, jazz, cruise ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
New York, New York (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: An egotistical saxophone player and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long uphill climb.
Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, fall in love, saxophonist, showbiz, couple relations, relationship vs career, unsupportive spouse, love and romance, crumbling marriage, musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, post world war two, 50s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: psychological, rough, sexy, sexual, emotional ...
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching, captivating ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 101 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 152 min.
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Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
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Genre: Drama, Music
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Duration: 91 min.
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Style: atmospheric, offbeat, serious, realistic, tense ...
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Time: 60s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Five Heartbeats (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful, young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improves, turns pro, and rises to become a top flight music sensation. Along ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous ...
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Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.7
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Paris Blues (1961)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: jazz, fall in love, nightclub, friendship, expatriate, composer, musician, lifestyle, love and romance, romance, relationship vs career, nightlife ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Dingo (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Australia
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, harsh ...
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42%
Music of the Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
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