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The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics launches an undercover sting operation against jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Style: tense, thought provoking, captivating, suspense
Plot: fbi, war on drugs, jazz singer, heroin, undercover, social problems, musician's life, drug abuse, music, musician, drugs, drug dealing, historical character, female singer, life is a bitch, historical figure, drug traffic, relationships, relationship problems, love story, lesbian romance, segregation, civil rights, fbi agent, heroin addiction ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 50s
Place: new orleans

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, realistic, serious and dramatic films with plots about musician's life, music, musician, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, ambition and singer mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like The United States vs. Billie Holiday: Bird (1988), What We Do Is Secret (2007), Cadillac Records (2008), Ray (2004), King of Salsa (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, factual, stylized, based on true events, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, self destructing, lifestyle, ambition, musician's life, downfall, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 40s
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
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What We Do Is Secret (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense
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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
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Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
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Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 30s ...
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King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
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Duration: 106 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: dancing, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, showbiz, music, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, life is a bitch, rise and fall, salsa ...
Time: 70s, 60s
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Deals with the life, work, and tragic death of Johann "Falco" Hölzel. The biopic portrays his work through his early days, as member of the Viennese band "Drahdiwaberl", and later with his own hits as solo artist, like "Der ...
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Hendrix (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant, to his tragic failure.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, gloomy
Plot: musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, prodigy, music band, tragic hero, drug abuse, life is a bitch, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, hotshot hero, overdose ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
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Duration: 116 min.
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A film about the early life of the rock musician and his burgeoning career as a member of the Beatles.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating
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Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
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Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: gloomy, realistic, sentimental, touching, twists and turns ...
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Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
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Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, atmospheric, serious
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36%
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Genre: Biography, Drama
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Style: psychological, serious, realistic, rough, atmospheric ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.8
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Seberg (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 102 min.
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Style: political thriller, disturbing, realistic, tense, captivating
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Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
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