Movies like Whiplash

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Whiplash (2014)
 8.5
 601K
Whiplash (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.
Style: psychological, motivational, emotional, realistic, dramatic, inspirational, melancholic, captivating, stylized, tense ...
Plot: obsession, music, musician's life, follow your dream, jazz, teachers and students, desire for fame, drummer, music teacher, public humiliation, musician, mentor, teaching the ways of the world, drumming, music conductor, emotional abuse, drums, jazz music, rivalry, psychology, contests and competitions, music school, jazz band, teacher student relationship, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city

Most similar movies to Whiplash

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and dramatic films with plots about music, artists and showbiz, mentor, storytelling, dialogue, runaway and musician's life mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Whiplash: Black Swan (2010), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), La La Land (2016), Filly Brown (2012), 'Round Midnight (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 650K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, surreal, dramatic ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, losing-it hero, insanity, mental illness, paranoia, hallucinations, dancer's life, mentally unstable, showbiz, parents and children, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: music, classical music, school, composer, mentor, teachers and students, follow your dream, dedicated educator, power relations, hopes, apprentice, high school ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 438K
La La Land (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile ...
Style: melancholic, romantic, colourful, emotional, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: pianist, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, jazz, music, audition, passion, jazz club, dance, bigger dreams, jazz musician, jazz music, destiny ...
Place: los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 995
Filly Brown (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: “Majo” Tonorio, a.k.a. Filly Brown, is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits from the heart. When a sleazy record producer offers her a crack at rap stardom, Majo faces some daunting choices. With an incarcerated mother, a record ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: ambition, hip hop, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, radio dj, moral dilemma, musician's life
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, alcohol abuse, music, addiction, drug abuse, comeback, showbiz, human nature, lifestyle, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s
Place: france, usa, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.
Style: atmospheric, clever, melancholic, depressing, meditative ...
Plot: musician's life, music, cat, loneliness, singer, guitar, musician, homeless, ambition, performance, financial problem, follow your dream ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Music of the Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: school, dedicated educator, school teacher, ambition, against the odds, fighting the system, teachers and students, female protagonist, happy ending, underdog, rivalry, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Just Another Day (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Follows a day in the life of two men living at either end of the music game. A successful rapper, A-Maze, is dealing with the pitfalls and trappings of his success and facing new challenges in the music business to get a check while the other, Young ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: drugs/alcohol, music, artists and showbiz, crimes, showbiz, rivalry, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, hip hop, one day, rapper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 286
Dingo (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Australia, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Young John Anderson is captivated by jazz musician, Billy Cross when he performs on the remote airstrip of his Western Australian outback hometown after his plane is diverted. Years later, now a family man and making a meagre living tracking dingoes ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, outback, music, human nature, ambition, family relations, follow your dream, hopes, artists and showbiz, road not taken, relationship vs career, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: australia, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 226K
8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, gloomy, lyrical, sincere, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, street gang, music, follow your dream, musician's life, underdog, white rapper, african american, contests and competitions, racial slur, ambition, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 13K
A Late Quartet (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: classical music, rehearsal, music, aging, lust, music band, elderly, performance, anniversary, family problems, musician's life, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 10K
Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, eiffel tower paris, heroin addict, jazz music, death of daughter, music, drug abuse, addiction, downfall, musician's life, couples ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 3.7
 225
Know Thy Enemy (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Nemesis is the hottest rapper in rap's hottest city; Miami, the 305. But he has a little secret...he's not really a rapper. A record label discovers Nate's talent, and offers to make him a star, as a rapper. They create Nemesis, a Hip ...
Style: semi serious, realistic
Plot: rivalry, hip hop, crime, gangsters, follow your dream, uninhibited rivalry, hotshot hero, desire for fame, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, crimes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 38K
Rock Star (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rock Star tells the story of Chris Cole and a rock band called Steel Dragon. Cole is a photocopier technician by day, and the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called "Blood Pollution" by night.Internal struggles between the Steel ...
Style: serious, realistic, inspirational, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: audition, rock star, music, heavy metal, ambition, success, drugs/alcohol, desire for fame, rising to stardom, overnight success, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, seattle washington, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 3.6
 25K
You Got Served (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At Mr. Rad's Warehouse, the best hip-hop crews in Los Angeles compete for money and respect. But when a suburban crew crashes the party, stealing their dancers - and their moves - two warring friends have to pull together to represent the ...
Style: stylized, humorous, inspirational, intense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, friendship, breakdance, music, dancing, rivalry, follow your dream, dancer's life, ambition, betrayal, dance performance, competition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world.
Style: sentimental, tragicomedy, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, infidelity, musician, music, musician's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, fall in love, dishonesty, actress, guitar, music business ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's ...
Style: stylized, clever, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, love triangle, music, showbiz, urban, ego clash, rivalry, couples, musician's life, couple relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.8
 21K
Last Days (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.
Style: bleak, serious, psychological, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: rock, musician, singer, addiction, isolation, drug abuse, lifestyle, life is a bitch, musician's life, music, depression, artists and showbiz ...
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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
Plot: twins, musician, supportive spouse, music, artists and showbiz, family relations, musician's life, rock, adoption, jazz, ambition, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 40s, 70s, 30s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: stylized, captivating, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, mafia, racism, music, crime, ambition, rivalry, crimes, interracial relations, love and romance, artists and showbiz, dancer's life ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: jewish, tradition, showbiz, parents and children, religions or cults, desire for fame, follow your dream, estrangement, family relations, lifestyle, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, captivating, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: singer, musician, musician's life, music, success, showbiz, lifestyle, rising to stardom, performer's life, artists and showbiz, ambition, fame ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.5
 98K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, inspirational, romantic ...
Plot: orphan, prodigy, musician's life, music, hopes, lie, orphanage, dancing, musician, artists and showbiz, youth, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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You Will Be Mine (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Marie leaves home to study the piano at the conservatory in Lyons. Through lack of money, she is obliged to share an apartment with Emma, a friend of the family who has lived alone since the death of her father. The two young women develop a strange ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, sexual, psychological
Plot: obsession, dangerous attraction, friends, youth, musician's life, dishonesty, student life, love and romance, unfulfilled love, gays and lesbians, artists and showbiz, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, sentimental, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, saxophonist, couple relations, unsupportive spouse, rising to stardom, crumbling marriage, ambition, cabaret, showbiz, musician's life, family problems, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Mambo Kings tells the story of César and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians who flee from Cuba to America in search of the American Dream.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: latin, true love, ambition, music, musician's life, romance, rising to stardom, performer's life, rich and poor, family relations, rags to riches, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, usa, latin america, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.2
 53K
Step Up 3D (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers, including Luke and Natalie, team up with NYU freshman Moose, and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.
Style: serious, captivating, exciting, breathtaking, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, contests and competitions, music, dancing, follow your dream, youth, ambition, urban, young lovers, romance, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Piano Teacher (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Austria, France, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, sexual, emotional ...
Plot: sexual relations, masochism, pianist, overbearing parent, desire, destructive relationship, teacher, fetish, mental illness, bdsm, sexual abuse, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, austria, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Battle of the Year (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A down-on-his-luck coach is hired to prepare a team of the best American dancers for an international tournament that attracts all the best crews from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, lifestyle, underdog, rivalry, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, artists and showbiz, dancer's life, music, power relations, ambition, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 24K
Take the Lead (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system and, while his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom ...
Style: captivating, feel good, inspirational, entertaining, sexy ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, dancer, high school, ambition, teachers and students, dancing, against the odds, hip hop, respect, contests and competitions, music, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%