Movies like James Dean

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James Dean (1976)
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James Dean (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.
Style: silent film
Plot: rise and fall, price of fame, gay, motorcycle, actor, loner, swimming, sword, psychiatrist, friendship between men, ambition, screenwriter, nightmare, tunnel, typewriter, merry go round, candle, death of friend, barn, insecurity, dying young, movie studio, acting class, eyeglasses, shower ...
Time: 50s, 1950s

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Most similar movies to James Dean

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sexy and touching films with plots about ambition, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, lifestyle, celebrity culture and price of fame mostly in Biography, Drama and Music genres. Some movies like James Dean: The Duo (1997), The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980), The Brittany Murphy Story (2014), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005), Lenny (1974). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, prodigy, ambition, rising to stardom, lifestyle, rise and fall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: usa, malibu california, santa monica california, indiana, new york
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95%
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The Duo (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the lives of 1980s Tamil Nadu political icons M. G. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi, continuing the tryst between Tamil cinema and Dravidian politics.
Plot: political protest, beating, wedding, grief, ambition, death of friend, man with glasses, poet, political leader, newspaper headline, speech, rise to power ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 1950s, 50s
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70%
Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The life and death of the "Playboy" centerfold model/actress Dorothy Stratten.
Plot: playboy, female director, ambition, true crime, self destructing, rise and fall, modeling, hollywood, price of fame, dying young, bikini, actress ...
Time: 70s
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69%
The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The gaudy rise and dizzy fall of the last great Hollywood blonde bombshell: Jayne Mansfield.
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating, touching ...
Plot: publicity, hollywood, desire for fame, bittersweet, celebrity culture, rich and poor, feminism, power relations, artists and showbiz, love and romance, rise and fall, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
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67%
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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, captivating, serious, sentimental
Plot: rising to stardom, desire for fame, rise and fall, ambition, actor's life, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, parents and children
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa
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53%
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, tragic hero, relationship vs career, road not taken, friends, couples, artists and showbiz, musician's life ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: kentucky
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51%
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into ...
Style: bleak, erotic, melancholic, factual, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: pornography, showbiz, rise and fall, nudity (full frontal - brief), ambition, individuality, journal, life is a bitch, sexuality, censorship, fetishism, photographer ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: usa, new york, tennessee, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
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50%
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Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: civil rights, stripper, fighting the system, judaism, rise and fall, drug abuse, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, addiction, family problems, rising to stardom ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
Place: usa
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50%
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Rock Hudson (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Biography of actor Rock Hudson focuses on his struggle with his homosexuality. Based on the book by his ex-wife, Phyllis Gates, and on the court records from the civil suit brought by his former lover, Marc Christian.
Plot: aids, in the closet, male homosexuality, celebrity, marriage of convenience, gay interest, gay lead character, illness, closeted homosexual, gay, actor, hugging ...
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48%
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Sal (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: James Franco's Sal chronicles the final hours of the life of actor Sal Mineo, one-time teen idol and star of the blockbuster films Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: introspection, actor's life, lifestyle, ambition, artists and showbiz, hopes, friendship, celebrity, gay, murder, hollywood, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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46%
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Pinero (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, rise and fall, ambition, lifestyle, rising to stardom, society, life is a bitch, human nature, celebrity culture, couple relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
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46%
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Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, gay slur, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, politics, homosexuality, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1976, year 1970 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, phoenix arizona ...
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45%
Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood California, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity.
Plot: baseball player, telephone, swimming pool, bathtub, stadium, phone booth, husband wife relationship, acting class, sexuality, orphanage, fame, happy birthday to you ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1930s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: japan, new york, big ben london, connecticut
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42%
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Anna Nicole (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Voluptuous beauty Anna Nicole Smith marries an elderly millionaire and poses for Playboy, but after her husband's death, her excessive drinking, pill-popping and weight fluctuations take their toll.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, sexy
Plot: playboy, rise and fall, celebrity, starlet, rising to stardom, ambition, desire for fame, celebrity culture, drug addiction, posing nude, photo shoot, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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42%
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the rise and fall of poker legend Stu "The Kid" Ungar.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense, contemplative ...
Plot: gambling, rivalry, ambition, human spirit, rise and fall, hopes, sport, tragic hero, life is a bitch, addiction, poker, gambler ...
Place: las vegas
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41%
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Mapplethorpe (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A look at the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.
Style: based on true events
Plot: photographer, bdsm, lgbt, hiv, gay, death, racism, ends with biographical notes, obscenity, aids, artist, fame ...
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41%
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Pollock (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, artist, painting, alcohol abuse, art, bohemian life, rise and fall, supportive spouse, addiction, lifestyle, self destructing, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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41%
Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: This film follows Norma Jean from her simple, ambitious youth to her sex star pinnacle and back down. She moves from lover to lover in order to further her career. She finds fame but never happiness, only knowing seduction but not love.
Style: contemplative, gloomy, psychological, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: showbiz, actor's life, party, photo shoot, playboy, love and romance, rise and fall, infidelity, innocence lost, destructive relationship, couple relations, looking for love ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 1960s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The George Raft Story (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ray Danton plays the title role in director Joseph M. Newman's 1961 film biography of the nightclub dancer-turned-movie star. The cast also includes Jayne Mansfield, Barrie Chase, Julie London, Neville Brand and Frank Gorshin.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, slang, psychotronic
Plot: hollywood, gangsters, revolution, casino, gambling, musician's life, desire for fame, performer's life, crime, blind ambition, prostitute, rise and fall ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 50s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: cuba, new york, california, las vegas
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40%
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Star 80 (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: crimes of passion, playboy, obsession, rise and fall, fame, murder, deadly, couple relations, couples, family problems, showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, year 1978, 70s
Place: vancouver, vancouver british columbia canada, california, los angeles
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39%
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Warm Springs (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: politics, ambition, society, rise and fall, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, life is a bitch, hopes, introspection, disability, president ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: georgia, usa, new york state, florida, washington d.c. ...
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38%
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart is a 2003 NBC TV movie starring Cybill Shepherd as Martha Stewart in which the life of Martha Stewart is outlined starting from her life in New Jersey to the scandal behind her arrest.
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, biting, cynical ...
Plot: ambition, rise to the top, relationship vs career, rise and fall, boss and employee, workplace situations, lifestyle, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, tv show, media satire, obnoxious boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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37%
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Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a ...
Style: serious, contemplative, factual, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, art, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, fame, photographer, actor's life, love, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1971 ...
Place: new york, usa, paris france, london, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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37%
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Fidel & Che (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, sincere
Plot: revolution, fidel castro, rebellion, rebelliousness, idealism, rise and fall, fighting the system, politics, ambition, political corruption, political unrest, racism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america
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37%
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Act One (1963)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Story of the life of writer/playwright Moss Hart.
Style: sincere, sexual, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: ambition, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz, pipe smoking, coffee, writers, family relations, staircase, clapping, broadway, theatre director ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey
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36%
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Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, captivating, realistic, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, artist, art, rise and fall, society, rising to stardom, self destructing, overdose, ambition, human spirit, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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36%
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, performer's life, ambition, music, rising to stardom, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, musician's life, singer, reputation, plastic surgery ...
Place: usa
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36%
 7.5
 341K
The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: captivating, realistic, stylized, serious, epic ...
Plot: pilot, businessman, success, mental illness, millionaire, aviation, legendary, aviator, rise and fall, billionaire, corruption, obsession ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, washington d.c., california ...
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36%
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biography of the former first lady, focusing on her years as a photojournalist and leading up to her marriage to John F. Kennedy and their moving into the White House.
Plot: usa history, kennedy family, romance, assassination, marriage, photographer, socialite, senator, tragedy, dominatrix, u.s. president, assassin ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 60s, 50s
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35%
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Rated X (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60's. After creating such legendary porn films as "Behind the Green Door" and "Inside Marily Chambers", they later ...
Style: cynical, tense, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: murder, pornographer, drug abuse, addiction, filmmaking, ambition, rise and fall, life is a bitch, showbiz, artists and showbiz, pornography, porn industry ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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35%