Movies like Whiplash

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Whiplash (2014)
 8.5
 757K
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: motivational, psychological, dramatic, emotional, realistic, serious, intense, twists and turns, harsh, melancholic ...
Plot: follow your dream, obsession, teachers and students, mentor, musician's life, music, desire for fame, jazz, drummer, musician, teaching the ways of the world, music teacher, jazz band, music conductor, jazz music, public humiliation, music school, emotional abuse, rivalry, drums, drumming, psychology, contests and competitions, twists & turns, conservatory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, 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 touching films with plots about music, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, musician, mentor and storytelling mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Whiplash: Black Swan (2010), Sound of Metal (2019), 8 Mile (2002), Amadeus (1984), Boychoir (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
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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, twist ending, atmospheric, cerebral, dramatic ...
Plot: obsession, hallucination, mental illness, ballet, surrealism, insanity, dancer's life, psychology, paranoia, character study, showbiz, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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92%
 7.8
 101K
Sound of Metal (2019)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent a relapse and help ...
Style: twists and turns, melancholic, psychological, tense, realistic
Plot: drums, deafness, sign language, music, emotional abuse, musician's life, ambition, art, society, redemption, loneliness, deaf ...
Place: missouri, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.1
 262K
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, realistic, serious, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: hip hop, follow your dream, underdog, success, music, street gang, musician's life, rap, urban ghetto life, family relations, hopes, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1995, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.3
 380K
Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy
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: mozart, envy, music, musician's life, prodigy, genius, success, composer, character study, emperor, classical music, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, 1820s, 19th century ...
Place: vienna, austria, europe, italy, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 6.7
 7K
Boychoir (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: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: teachers and students, orphan, music, dedicated educator, choir, school, music school, singing, classical music, youth, power relations, talent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 533K
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: romantic, dramatic, melancholic, colourful, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing, girls' night, date night
Plot: love, dancing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, jazz, pianist, music, bigger dreams, audition, jazz club, jazz musician, jazz music, dance ...
Place: los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music, music teacher, school, high school, marching band, honest, dedicated educator, follow your dream, teachers and students, musician ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and ...
Style: psychological, surreal, semi serious, suspense, tragicomedy ...
Plot: existentialism, midlife crisis, theater, father daughter relationship, dark humor, ambition, actor's life, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, introspection, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.3
 42K
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, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: rock star, audition, music, heavy metal, ambition, success, musician's life, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, lifestyle, overnight success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh, pennsylvania, seattle washington, seattle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Genre: Comedy, 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, meditative, contemplative, clever, melancholic ...
Plot: musician's life, musician, loneliness, music, cat, singer, guitar, homeless, introspection, ambition, struggle, financial problem ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 34K
Jersey Boys (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, music, desire for fame, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, friends, performance, performer's life, buddies, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, touching, exciting ...
Plot: twins, musician, ambition, musician's life, supportive spouse, family relations, artists and showbiz, jazz, follow your dream, rising to stardom, twin brother, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 30s, 60s, 40s ...
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, blues, musician, rock and roll, music, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: tragicomedy, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician, jazz, infidelity, music, love and romance, musician's life, nightlife, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, fall in love, actress, guitar ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 348
Dingo (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Australia
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, touching, serious, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, outback, music, musician's life, desire for fame, obsessive quest, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, hopes, prodigy, follow your dream, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 70s
Place: australia, paris france, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 14K
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, sentimental, touching, intense ...
Plot: classical music, aging, rehearsal, musician's life, friendship, ego clash, intrigue, marital problem, anniversary, under the surface, overcoming, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: dedicated educator, school, school teacher, against the odds, fighting the system, ambition, teachers and students, female protagonist, music teacher, violinist, violin, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
'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: gloomy, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, alcohol abuse, friendship, music, addiction, bittersweet, unfulfillment, drugs/alcohol, comeback, friends, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: realistic, sincere, captivating, psychological, serious
Plot: rising to stardom, desire for fame, moral dilemma, ambition, artists and showbiz, musician's life, radio dj, hip hop, music, follow your dream, strong female presence, producer
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
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, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tradition, showbiz, family relations, parents and children, religions or cults, desire for fame, follow your dream, lifestyle, estrangement, musician's life, artists and showbiz, father son relationship ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, new york, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.8
 22K
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: psychedelic, bleak, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: musician, singer, addiction, rock, isolation, drug abuse, lifestyle, musician's life, life is a bitch, music, depression, artists and showbiz ...
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 670
Crazy (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: jazz, womanizer, infidelity, desire for fame, rise and fall, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, rising to stardom, obsession, relationship vs career, showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, tennessee, nashville tennessee, new york, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.4
 1K
Tamla Rose (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Three teen girls in a Motown band embark on an emotional ride to hell and back.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, feel good
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ambition, follow your dream, teenage life, rise and fall, desire for fame, musician's life, dream come true, best friends, youth, hopes, friendship, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Drumline: A New Beat (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A girl from New York attends a college in Atlanta to join their once-famous marching band.
Style: realistic, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, hip hop, musician's life, music band, college life, music, contests and competitions, youth, follow your dream, ambition, love and romance, competition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: latin, music, musician's life, romance, performer's life, true love, family relations, ambition, rags to riches, brother brother relationship, love triangle, fame ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, usa, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 3K
Georgia (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Sadie looks up to her older sister Georgia, a successful folk singer who's happily married with children, but can't break out of the bar-band circuit and hit the big time she desperately covets. It's in part due to her attraction to ...
Style: serious, sincere, melancholic, emotional, talky ...
Plot: addiction, music, musician's life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, artists and showbiz, estrangement, human nature, alcohol abuse, mother daughter relationship, redemption, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 2K
Habana Blues (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Spain, Cuba, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Spanish record producers express interest in Cuban musicians Ruy and Tito, the longtime friends are faced with the prospect of leaving their loved ones behind. After years of hoping and dreaming, they've finally earned the opportunity to ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, music band, follow your dream, friends, artists and showbiz, immigrants, music, latin, moral dilemma, relationship vs career ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, usa, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ 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: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, interracial relations, nightclub, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crimes, crime, love triangle, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.
Style: emotional, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prodigy, family relations, multiple sclerosis, concert, sibling rivalry, career, flute, sister sister relationship, cellist, music, musician, cello ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
 6.1
 199
Mentor (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A thought-provoking drama about the power that a famous university professor holds over his students and assistants.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: love triangle, power relations, dishonesty, manipulation, unfulfillment, ambition, college, friendship, university, mentor, power, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%