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Instant Star (2004)
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Instant Star (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Canada
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Instant Star is a Canadian television program which aired from September 2004 to June 2008. The series starred Alexz Johnson as adolescent music competition winner Jude Harrison. The show chronicles Harrison's experience in the recording industry whilst focusing upon character development. Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures produced the show. The program began to air on CTV in Canada prior to being picked up by Viacom-owned teen network channel The N, now TeenNick, in the United States. The show became the second most popular program on The N with Degrassi: The Next Generation, a Canadian show also produced by Schuyler and Stohn, ranking as most popular. In 2005, after its first season, Instant Star was nominated for three Gemini Awards in the category of Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series. Nominations included: Best Series; Best Performance; and Best Direction. The show won the award for Best Direction for the episode You Can't Always Get What You Want. On August 28, 2007, the show received three more Gemini Award nominations in the category of Best Children's or Youth Program or series. Alexz Johnson was again nominated for Best Performance, and there were two more nominations for Best Direction - Graeme Campbell, and Pat Williams.
Style: feel good, captivating, humorous, touching, serious, realistic
Audience: teen drama
Plot: teenage life, follow your dream, ambition, desire for fame, rising to stardom, music, contests and competitions, lifestyle, aspiring singer, love and romance, parents and children, rock, performer's life, artists and showbiz, forbidden love, age difference, divorce, interracial relations, rock and roll, teenager
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: canada

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and touching films and TV series with plots about ambition, artists and showbiz, music, lifestyle, musician's life, hopes and youth mostly in Drama, Music and Comedy genres. Some movies like Instant Star: Filly Brown (2012), The Heights (1992), The One I Wrote For You (2014), Grace Unplugged (2013), Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, captivating, sincere, psychological, serious
Plot: desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, moral dilemma, artists and showbiz, musician's life, radio dj, hip hop, music, follow your dream, strong female presence, producer
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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The Heights (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Heights is an American musical drama series that aired on the Fox network from August to November 1992.
Style: sentimental, serious, captivating, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, youth, friendship, follow your dream, suburban life, love and romance, friends, hopes, lifestyle, buddies, rock, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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91%
The One I Wrote For You (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: THE ONE I WROTE FOR YOU follows a songwriter who defers his dreams to support his family. He gets a second chance when his 10-year-old daughter, Gracie, secretly enters his name into a song writing contest/reality show. Fourteen original songs help ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: musician's life, rising to stardom, family relations, ambition, family, hopes, contests and competitions, tv show, parents and children, music, artists and showbiz, reality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Grace Unplugged (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A talented young singer and aspiring songwriter’s Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her worship-pastor father and pursues pop-music stardom in GRACE UNPLUGGED, a moving and inspiring new film that explores the true meaning ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: desire for fame, musician's life, ambition, lifestyle, teenage life, christianity, religious, youth, once in a lifetime opportunity, family relations, society, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Chance Harris looks to find a balance between his school, work, relationships and opportunity to perform at the nationally televised step competition during homecoming weekend at Truth University.
Style: captivating, serious, feel good, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, dancing, dance, dancer's life, college, rivalry, college life, contests and competitions, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, student life, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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85%
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B-Girl (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young female breakdancer, Angel, moves to Los Angeles after an attack by an ex-boyfriend nearly ends her dance career forever. B-Girl follows Angel through recovery and acceptance of a new life as she busts a move into the male-centric world of ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: hip hop, family relations, dancing, dancer's life, follow your dream, ambition, teenage life, youth, lifestyle, contests and competitions, human spirit, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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85%
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Elvis (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 173 min.
TV show
Story: A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: singer, star, rise and fall, desire for fame, musician's life, ambition, fame, comeback, success, showbiz, life is a bitch, rising to stardom ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa, beverly hills, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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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: sentimental, realistic, serious, touching, feel good
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ambition, musician's life, follow your dream, teenage life, desire for fame, rise and fall, friendship, best friends, showbiz, youth, dream come true, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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Once in a Lifetime (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Mona Bergström is a sweet eurovision-obsessed woman in her 30's. She is married to a lazy husband and have 4 children, all named after her favorite Swedish eurovision popstars. Her brother is a crossdressing guy selftitled "Candy ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: rising to stardom, ambition, lifestyle, desire for fame, moral dilemma, showbiz, obsession, contests and competitions, aspiring singer, sibling relationship, celebrity culture, music ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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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 ⇓
79%
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, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, ambition, dancer's life, rivalry, contests and competitions, power relations, artists and showbiz, underdog, athlete and trainer, dancing, music, hip hop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The L.A. Complex (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Six young performers having been dubbed “most likely to succeed” in their hometowns now face the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime in the City of Angels.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, sexy
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: desire for fame, artists and showbiz, temptation, hopes, lifestyle, ambition, follow your dream, talent agent, neighbor, ambitious, roommate, producer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Body Language (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An hour before the five best Dutch dance crews fly to a contest in New York, the subsidized trip is cancelled. Five dancers from totally different crews don't want to give up their free plane ticket and go anyway. In New York they realize what ...
Style: feel good, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: dancer's life, follow your dream, youth, contests and competitions, friendship, disorder, lifestyle, music, hip hop, hopes, infidelity, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Spike Island (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: follow your dream, ambition, music band, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, artists and showbiz, hopes, love and romance, youth, music business, friends ...
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Place: england, manchester, liverpool
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Joyful Noise (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir's newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group's direction as they head into a national competition.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Hollywood Heights (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Loren (Brittany Underwood) a smart, shy and independent high school senior who has ambitions of being a songwriter, secretly sends her song lyrics to her celebrity crush, rock superstar Eddie Duran (Cody Longo). Loren's wildest dreams come true ...
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, serious ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Degrassi Goes Hollywood (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The gang travels to Los Angeles, California as they attempt to live out their dreams.
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hollywood, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, follow your dream, teenage love, music, rivalry, hopes, ambition, rock band, filmmaking, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of pop king Michael Jackson.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: rise and fall, showbiz, performer's life, ambition, music, rising to stardom, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, musician's life, singer, reputation, plastic surgery ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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London Dreams (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: India, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: They were childhood friends. But they had little in common except their family's vague connection with music. While Arjun's life was consumed by a passionate drive to get on stage and realize his grandfather's unfulfilled dream, Mannu ...
Style: semi serious, stylized, captivating, realistic
Plot: friendship, love triangle, love and romance, rising to stardom, musician's life, buddies, artists and showbiz, rock, music band, bollywood, lifestyle, desire for fame ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, punjab, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Linda Linda Linda (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A group of four high school girls decide to put together a band for their school cultural festival. Three days before they are to play the festival, the guitarist and singer quit the band. The remaining members must figure out what to do or risk ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: musician's life, music band, teenage life, youth, love and romance, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, contests and competitions, high school life, girl band, friends, punk ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Detroit Metal City (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop. Instead, he finds himself leading the death metal band Detroit Metal City, or DMC, as the costumed and grotesquely made-up "demon ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: heavy metal culture, follow your dream, ambition, rock music, musician's life, lifestyle, friends, disorder, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, hidden identity, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Where's Firuze? (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Turkey
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Having failed incredibly many times in attempts to find a big talent and to be rich, the two producers and their only two contracted singers struggle to clean their debts and make their dreams come true, no matter what happens. Being in a tight ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty, feel good, realistic
Plot: desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, fall in love, nothing goes right, musician's life, artists and showbiz, buddies, comedy team, folk ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 2000, VH-1 produced the television biopic Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story. In 2002, the movie was released on DVD, and featured both commentaries and interviews with Dolenz, Jones and Tork. The aired version did differ from the DVD ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, captivating
Plot: overnight success, rising to stardom, lifestyle, desire for fame, showbiz, daydreamer, music band, artists and showbiz, ambition, music, bittersweet, music industry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Fame L.A. (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Fame L.A. is an American drama series that aired in syndication from 1997-1998. It told the story of a drama/dance school in Los Angeles where students honed their talents while overcoming various personal problems. It starred Christian Kane, ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere, feel good
Audience: teens
Plot: ambition, music, performer's life, desire for fame, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, hopes, follow your dream, performance art, mentor, female student, student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.1
 850
Brave New Girl (2004)
Genre: Drama, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Holly has everything it takes to be a star; the voice, the dream and the dedication, but she lacks the means to break away from her humble Texas upbringing. Then she gets the chance to attend an art and music school on the East coast and her future ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ambition, follow your dream, hopes, showbiz, parents and children, rising to stardom, music, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, fish out of water, humiliation, music school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Nina (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.
Style: captivating, touching, serious, thought provoking, controversial ...
Plot: jazz, ambition, musician's life, love affair, racism, rising to stardom, discrimination, society, music, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Beyond the Break (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Beyond the Break is an American drama series set in Hawaii, that debuted on The N in June 2006.
Style: serious, touching, sexy, realistic, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, ambition, rise to the top, friendship, teenage love, youth, teenage life, love and romance, rivalry, contests and competitions, sport, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Empire (2015)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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, suspense, twists and turns
Plot: music, hip hop, showbiz, artists and showbiz, rapper, musician's life, family relations, ambition, sibling rivalry, workplace, couple relations, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In the Lifetime® movie, THE FANTASIA BARRINO STORY: LIFE IS NOT A FAIRYTALE, a single teenage mother overcomes all odds - sexual abuse, poverty and illiteracy - by relying on her spectacular singing voice. She ultimately gains national prominence ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, singing competition, cinderella story, ambition, rising to stardom, youth, life is a bitch, single parent, society, artists and showbiz, human spirit, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Glee (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Glee is an American teen musical comedy-drama television series that airs on the Fox network in the United States. It focuses on the reconstituted William McKinley High School glee club, New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition ...
Style: stylized, feel good, humorous, suspense, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: gay teenager, high school, contests and competitions, music band, coach, singing, desire for fame, teenage life, performance, ambition, musician, outcast ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%