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, stylized, tense ...
Plot: obsession, musician's life, music, 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, drums, jazz music, emotional abuse, rivalry, psychology, contests and competitions, jazz band, music school, 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, dramatic and melancholic films with plots about music, artists and showbiz, musician's life, mentor, runaway, ambition and dialogue 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
 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, insanity, mental illness, dancer's life, mentally unstable, hallucinations, showbiz, rivalry, parents and children, paranoia ...
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: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: music, school, musician, classical music, composer, mentor, parents and children, lifestyle, musician's life, couples, youth, artist ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, date night, chick flick
Plot: pianist, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, jazz, music, audition, jazz club, passion, dance, bigger dreams, jazz music, jazz musician, 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, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: ambition, moral dilemma, radio dj, musician's life, hip hop, follow your dream, music, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, rising to stardom
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: realistic, captivating, sentimental, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, alcohol abuse, music, addiction, drug abuse, comeback, showbiz, lifestyle, human nature, musician's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: france, usa, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: teens, girls' night, 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, hopes ...
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: artists and showbiz, drugs/alcohol, crimes, music, hip hop, rivalry, desire for fame, showbiz, musician's life, ambition, violence, rapper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ 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, serious, emotional, touching, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, outback, music, prodigy, midlife crisis, self discovery, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, hopes, couple relations, relationship vs career, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: australia, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, gloomy, lyrical, sincere, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, follow your dream, musician's life, underdog, street gang, white rapper, contests and competitions, racial slur, ambition, human spirit, factory worker ...
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, serious, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: classical music, rehearsal, music, aging, music band, elderly, dishonesty, couples, musician's life, artists and showbiz, crumbling marriage, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, realistic, captivating, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, eiffel tower paris, jazz music, heroin addict, death of daughter, music, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1950s, 40s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, showbiz, rise and fall, society, urban, family business, crime, desire for fame, criminal's revenge, gangsters, nightlife ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida
⇓ 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: audition, rock star, music, heavy metal, ambition, success, music band, lifestyle, rising to stardom, overnight success, artists and showbiz, desire for fame ...
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, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, friendship, breakdance, music, follow your dream, rivalry, ambition, dancer's life, betrayal, dance performance, competition, dancing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, couples, musician's life, rivalry, womanizer, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ 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: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, tragicomedy, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, infidelity, musician, music, musician's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, fall in love, actress, guitar, music business ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ 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, stylized, serious ...
Plot: cat, music, hitchhiker, musician's life, suicide, unwanted pregnancy, jewish, professor, singer, audition, snow, loneliness ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, chicago illinois ...
⇓ 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, supportive spouse, family relations, follow your dream, rising to stardom, musician's life, rock, jazz, ambition, adoption, music ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 50s, 60s, 40s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
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, realistic, sentimental, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, mafia, racism, music, crime, lifestyle, society, interracial relations, crimes, dancer's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, sexual
Plot: obsession, dangerous attraction, lifestyle, gender, youth, music, manipulations, artists and showbiz, unfulfilled love, friends, gays and lesbians, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ 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, musician, artists and showbiz, youth, romance, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ 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, atmospheric, serious, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, saxophonist, artists and showbiz, musical tour, love and romance, unsupportive spouse, cabaret, showbiz, musician's life, family problems, couples, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ 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, desire, destructive relationship, teacher, mental illness, sexual abuse, overbearing parent, parents and children, fetish, voyeurism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria, europe, vienna
⇓ 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: captivating, serious, exciting, breathtaking, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, contests and competitions, music, youth, follow your dream, ambition, urban, young lovers, romance, dancing, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ 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%
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: realistic, exciting, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: contests and competitions, power relations, dancer's life, athlete and trainer, music, lifestyle, underdog, rivalry, hip hop, ambition, artists and showbiz, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, against the odds, respect, contests and competitions, music, life is a bitch, hopes, hip hop ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, envy, emperor, music, mozart, obsession, composer, uninhibited rivalry, rise and fall, desire for fame, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1820s, 19th century, 1800s ...
Place: austria, vienna, europe, italy, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 34K
Empire (2015)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: A powerful family drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, twists and turns, suspense
Plot: music, musician's life, artists and showbiz, ambition, family relations, sibling rivalry, couple relations, workplace, brother brother relationship, showbiz, rapper, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 6K
Hear My Song (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: music, school, orphan, coming of age, singing, dedicated educator, power relations, teachers and students, artists and showbiz, youth, small town, music band ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%