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, emotional, realistic, motivational, dramatic, inspirational, melancholic, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: obsession, musician's life, follow your dream, music, jazz, teachers and students, desire for fame, drummer, music teacher, public humiliation, musician, mentor, drumming, teaching the ways of the world, music conductor, jazz music, emotional abuse, drums, psychology, rivalry, music school, teacher student relationship, jazz band, contests and competitions, character study ...
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, runaway, storytelling, musician's life and dialogue mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Whiplash: Black Swan (2010), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), 'Round Midnight (1986), Filly Brown (2012), 8 Mile (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 641K
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, suspense, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, losing-it hero, mental illness, insanity, dancer's life, mentally unstable, showbiz, paranoia, hallucinations, parents and children, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: music, school, classical music, composer, mentor, musician, dedicated educator, musician's life, apprentice, follow your dream, parents and children, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
'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, touching, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, music, alcohol abuse, drugs/alcohol, addiction, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, friends, unfulfillment, musician's life, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, usa, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating
Plot: hip hop, musician's life, music, follow your dream, moral dilemma, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, artists and showbiz, radio dj
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 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, lyrical, gloomy, sincere, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, musician's life, follow your dream, underdog, white rapper, contests and competitions, street gang, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, serious, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: classical music, music, rehearsal, music band, aging, artists and showbiz, musician's life, crumbling marriage, ego clash, under the surface, couple relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, emotional, serious, touching, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, outback, music, musician's life, follow your dream, obsessive quest, human spirit, self discovery, midlife crisis, unfulfillment, couples, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: australia, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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: rock star, music, heavy metal, audition, success, music band, ambition, musician's life, drugs/alcohol, relationship problems, desire for fame, rising to stardom ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, seattle washington, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 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, serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, jazz music, death of daughter, eiffel tower paris, heroin addict, music, addiction, drug abuse, musician's life, drugs/alcohol, saxophone ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: musician's life, hip hop, drugs/alcohol, music, desire for fame, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, crimes, rivalry, music business, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.9
 397K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, disturbing, realistic, biting, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, neo noir, sociopath, obsession, ambition, journalist, deception, morality, losing-it hero, ethics, cynicism, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: atmospheric, clever, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, music, friendship, love triangle, musician's life, artists and showbiz, urban, love and romance, womanizer, ego clash, couple relations, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, realistic, clever, serious, stylized ...
Plot: music, cat, musician's life, hitchhiker, performance, guitar, folk music, suicide, loneliness, audition, unwanted pregnancy, singer ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: hip hop, rivalry, crime, jazz, criminal's revenge, street gang, gangsters, music, urban ghetto, urban, musician's life, performer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, breakdance, friendship, music, dancer's life, dance performance, rivalry, follow your dream, ambition, betrayal, competition, dancing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, serious, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, saxophonist, musician's life, crumbling marriage, falling in love, rising to stardom, couple relations, relationship vs career, showbiz, fall in love, ambition, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, romance, artists and showbiz, fall in love, youth, dancing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: school, dedicated educator, underdog, human spirit, urban, school teacher, fighting the system, ambition, hopes, rivalry, youth, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: twins, musician, musician's life, jazz, music, rock, twin brother, follow your dream, family relations, artists and showbiz, supportive spouse, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.3
 332K
Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA, France, Czechoslovakia
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.
Style: stylized, captivating, inspirational, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: musician's life, prodigy, music, mozart, envy, emperor, composer, obsession, uninhibited rivalry, rise and fall, blind ambition, desire for fame ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1800s, 1820s, 1780s ...
Place: austria, vienna, europe, italy, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, destructive relationship, desire, teacher, mental illness, fetish, sexual abuse, parents and children, overbearing parent, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe, vienna
⇓ 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, serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, mafia, racism, music, crime, gangsters, musician's life, jazz musician, nightclub, nightlife, crimes, urban ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: clever, witty, tragicomedy, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, guitar, infidelity, music, actress, musician, fall in love, musician's life, egocentrism, jazz musician, artist, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 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, follow your dream, youth, ambition, urban, young lovers, romance, dancing, self fulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.0
 424K
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, chick flick, date night
Plot: pianist, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, music, jazz, audition, jazz club, passion, dance, bigger dreams, jazz music, jazz musician, destiny ...
Place: los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: serious, tense, realistic, sexual, psychological
Plot: obsession, dangerous attraction, love and romance, youth, music, gays and lesbians, musician's life, manipulations, unfulfilled love, student life, artists and showbiz, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 19K
Get on Up (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: african american, music, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, blind ambition, friendship, desire for fame, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, rise to the top ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: georgia, usa, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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, psychological, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: rock, musician, singer, song, sex, music, musician's life, drug abuse, mansion, addiction, estate, artists and showbiz ...
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.4
 70K
Burlesque (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming ...
Style: sexy, entertaining, melancholic, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: nightclub, follow your dream, cabaret, performer's life, backstage, nightlife, ambition, desire for fame, love affair, burlesque, dancer's life, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.3
 16K
Country Strong (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Soon after the rising young singer-songwriter Beau Williams gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star Kelly Canter, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager James and featuring a beauty ...
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love, addiction, musician, infidelity, van, adultery, suicide, biker, alcohol, bar, singer, paparazzi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, tennessee, dallas texas, austin texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%