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The Greatest Showman (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Style: uplifting, sincere, captivating, exciting, suspense, suspenseful
Audience: family outing
Plot: circus, singing, friendship, dancing, love triangle, party, ambition, outcast, social outcast, success, opera, little person, male protagonist, racial slur, children, arson, man with glasses, child abuse, fire, bar, lion, taboo, siamese twins, wax museum, queen victoria ...

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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 ambition, hopes, storytelling, mentor, singing, dancing and friendship mostly in Drama, Biography and Musical genres. Some movies like The Greatest Showman: Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Dreamgirls (2006), P.T. Barnum (1999), The Elephant Man (1982), My Week with Marilyn (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: country music, coal mining, journey shown on map, coal, music, country, musician's life, rising to stardom, female friendship, couple relations, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 63K
Dreamgirls (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Three young women – Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson – dream of becoming pop stars and they get their wish when they're chosen to be backup singers for the legendary James 'Thunder' Early.
Style: serious, captivating, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: singer, performer's life, manager, extramarital affair, show business, adultery, singing, backstage, cocaine, fame, musician, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.6
 159
P.T. Barnum (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This series illustrates the life and career of P.T. Barnum, America's greatest showman and promoter. Starting as a young man who managed an old woman who was supposedly George Washington's nursemaid, we see his career as he finds success ...
Style: serious, humorous, realistic, captivating
Plot: circus, showbiz, artists and showbiz, relationship vs career, family life, ambition, couples, midget, promotion, hoax
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Elephant Man (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.
Style: serious, talky, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: misfit, social misfits, circus, human spirit, physical appearance, against the odds, hopes, society, human nature, doctors and patients, disability, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 1800s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, factual, melancholic, romantic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: star, movie star, filmmaking, showgirl, actor's life, celebrity, historical figure, artists and showbiz, showbiz, ambition, escape from reality, cultural icon ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, california, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: "Entertaining Angels" is an interesting title for this movie about the 1920's and 30's social activist, Dorothy Day, for it can be regarded that what this woman did, sometimes single-handedly, always controversially, in her fight ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, uplifting
Plot: clergy, downfall, urban ghetto, rise and fall, rise to the top, idealism, self discovery, rich and poor, discrimination, social decay, urban ghetto life, religions or cults ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.1
 174
Act One (1963)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Story of the life of writer/playwright Moss Hart.
Style: sexual, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: ambition, artists and showbiz, writer's life, lifestyle, eyeglasses, food, eating, typewriter, tea, restaurant, party, father son relationship ...
Time: 60s
Place: manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It's 1957, and Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images ...
Style: touching, serious, gloomy, witty, realistic ...
Plot: homosexuality, friendship, gardener, gay, homosexual, maid, dying, suicide, gays and lesbians, movie business, gender, friends ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 6.7
 22K
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, serious, uplifting, touching, realistic ...
Plot: rise and fall, elopement, singer, music, latin, musician's life, performer's life, latinx lead, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.3
 6K
XOXO (2016)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: XOXO follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night.
Style: romantic, captivating, uplifting, exciting, funny
Audience: teens
Plot: festival, party, rave, friendship, dancing, pop star, car, love interest, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, singer, rock music, dating ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.2
 5K
Gypsy (1962)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.
Style: captivating, semi serious, realistic, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: burlesque, domineering mother, stripper, showbiz, ambition, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, couples, family relations, artists and showbiz, rise to the top ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.6
 2K
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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, rehabilitation, ambition, politics, head of state, paralysis, tragic hero, rise and fall, rise to the top, human spirit, introspection, fighting the system ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: georgia, usa, new york state, florida, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.3
 31K
Evita (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.
Style: stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: rise to power, prostitute, soccer ball, cinderella story, political unrest, folk hero, rock, leadership, rise to the top, human spirit, idealism, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, south america, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Me Without You (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: During a long, hot summer in seventies London, young neighbors Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For Marina, troubled, fiercely independent, determined to try everything, Holly stays the only constant in a life of ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, touching, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, university, love triangle, human nature, romance, parents and children, sexual relations, teenage life, love and romance, youth, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: optimism, small town, americana, underdog, eviction, advertising, gas station, contests and competitions, hopes, couples, family problems, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.6
 6K
Brian's Song (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: friendship, sport, terminal illness, cancer, american football, underdog, human spirit, american football player, interracial relations, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 1K
Gypsy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, this made-for-TV movie - previously a Broadway smash and a 1962 film - depicts the life and times of a stripper and her domineering mother.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating, stylized
Plot: domineering mother, showbiz, ambition, actor's life, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, music band, musician's life, performer's life, rise and fall, parents and children, nightlife ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: ohio, seattle washington, new york, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 3.9
 1K
Go for It! (2011)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Carmen is a good student with a bad attitude who lives for dancing in the underground clubs of Chicago. She yearns to be 'somebody' but is afraid to believe in herself. Her immigrant Mexican, working-class parents want her to stay in ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, contests and competitions, dancing, desire for fame, follow your dream, dance school, self discovery, ambition, artists and showbiz, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Other Side of Heaven (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: John H. Groberg, a middle class kid from Idaho Falls, crosses the Pacific to become a Mormon missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan island kingdom during the 1950's. He leaves behind a loving family and the true love of his life, Jean. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, adventure, hopes, love and romance, youth, friends, human spirit, true love, coming of age, fish out of water, disorder, christian ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, future
Place: idaho, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.8
 42K
Cabaret (1972)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles and an impish emcee sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: cabaret, transvestism, political unrest, love triangle, opposites attract, entertainer, gramophone, fireplace, nightclub, performer's life, bisexuality, infidelity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Sound of Music Live! (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: This new version of "The Sound of Music" will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, to retell the story for a whole new generation. And more than that, it will be broadcast LIVE, adding a whole new level of immediacy and ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: nun, nanny, family, fall in love, family life, love and romance, family relations, romance, mischievous children, opposites attract, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: pre world war two, 1930s, 1920s
Place: austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.4
 31K
McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: small town, human spirit, underdog, coach, athlete and trainer, dedicated educator, sport, contests and competitions, teacher, track and field, high school, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: college, high school, hospital, single parent, social misfits, underdog, rehabilitation, school, university, human spirit, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 6.9
 21K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, courtroom, law firm, lawsuit, cocaine, underdog, dedicated lawyer, drugs/alcohol, courtroom drama, legal action, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1998, year 1995
Place: usa, washington d.c., houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
 86K
Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: boxing, athlete's life, boxer, vietnam war, friendship, racism, politics, comeback, civil rights, muslim, african american, sport ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s, year 1964 ...
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 35K
Lovelace (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, captivating, based on true events ...
Plot: sexual abuse, porn actress, strong sexual content, filmmaking, life is a bitch, redemption, actor's life, innocence lost, artists and showbiz, sex, porn, exploit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 2002, year 1970
Place: usa, malibu california, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 2K
Star! (1968)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: Gertrude Lawrence rises to stage stardom at the cost of happiness.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: actor's life, actress, singing, ambition, best friends, performer's life, desire for fame, rising to stardom, relationship vs career, showbiz, artists and showbiz, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 151K
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: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, discrimination, politics, election, mayor, politician, protest, homosexual, gay, homosexuality, murder, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, year 1973, year 1975 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, florida, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 23K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: captivating, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, freak, disfigurement, dignity, single parent, childhood, coming of age, rocker, falling in love, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Have a Little Faith (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: At age 82, Mitch Albom's former rabbi Albert Lewis wants the famous Detroit sportswriter to give his eulogy when the time comes. Albom makes a visit to his former home town in New Jersey, where Rabbi Lewis has served a congregation for about 50 ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: rabbi, clergy, redemption, hopes, urban ghetto, starting over, religions or cults, columnist, personal growth, poverty, friendship, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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