Movies like In the Heights

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In the Heights (2021)
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In the Heights (2021)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: The story of Usnavi, a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic or staying in Washington Heights.
Style: sincere, captivating, entertaining
Plot: ambition, direction and purpose, city life, longing, music, ambitious, society, lifestyle, aspiration, ambitious man, desire for fame, social relations, urban setting, dancing, childhood, love and romance, gay, lawyer, death, businessman, summer, hip hop, warship, entrepreneur, house ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to In the Heights

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and sexy films with plots about music, artists and showbiz, love and romance, ambition, dancing, lifestyle and hip hop mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like In the Heights: Step Up 3D (2010), Stomp the Yard (2007), Burlesque (2010), Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), Pure Country 2: The Gift (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dancing, dancer's life, happy ending, contests and competitions, youth, dance, hip hop, ambition, young lovers, music, romance, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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95%
 5.4
 25K
Stomp the Yard (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After the death of his younger brother, a troubled 19-year-old street dancer from Los Angeles is able to bypass juvenile hall by enrolling in the historically black, Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. But his efforts to get an education and woo ...
Style: captivating, touching, exciting, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dancing, music, rivalry, hip hop, ambition, leadership, teenage love, romance, competition, university, breakdance, dancer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.4
 82K
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, melancholic, entertaining, romantic, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: cabaret, performer's life, desire for fame, backstage, nightclub, follow your dream, ambition, dancing, nightlife, love and romance, stripper, dancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, iowa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When rebellious street dancer Andie lands at the elite Maryland School of the Arts, she finds herself fighting to fit in while also trying to hold onto her old life. When she joins forces with the schools hottest dancer, Chase, to form a crew of ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, light, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: dancing, dancer's life, teenage love, youth, dancer, contests and competitions, hip hop, breakdance, underdog, ballet, teenage life, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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Pure Country 2: The Gift (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Three angels bestow the gift of song to a young girl, who must follow a series of rules in order hold on to it during her rise to fame and fortune.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, serious, contemplative
Plot: country, friendship, desire for fame, musician's life, americana, love and romance, rise to the top, music, lifestyle, overnight success, friends, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, austin texas, dallas texas, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 6.7
 21K
Center Stage (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dance, ballet, dancing, love triangle, lifestyle, hopes, ambition, music, love and romance, infidelity, artists and showbiz, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
A Chorus Line (1985)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A group of dancers congregate on the stage of a Broadway theatre to audition for a new musical production directed by Zach (Michael Douglas). After the initial eliminations, seventeen hopefuls remain, among them Cassie (Alyson Reed), who once had a ...
Style: stylized, captivating, emotional, lyrical, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, rise to the top, rehearsal, broadway musical, choreography, backstage, ballet, broadway, audition, ambition, music, urban setting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Step Up Revolution (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, romantic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dancing, teenage love, dancer's life, teenage life, dancer, audition, dance teacher, music, romance, against the rules, ambition, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, miami, florida, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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 5.4
 44K
Honey (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) dreams of making a name for herself as a hip-hop choreographer. When she's not busy hitting downtown clubs with her friends, she teaches dance classes at a nearby community center in Harlem, N.Y., as a way to keep ...
Style: sexy, semi serious, exciting, inspirational, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: dancing, hip hop, music, dance, love and romance, follow your dream, lifestyle, teenagers, sexual harassment, ambition, choreographer, club ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.5
 71K
Dreamgirls (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Three young women – Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson – dream of becoming pop stars and they get their wish when they're chosen to be backup singers for the legendary James 'Thunder' Early.
Style: emotional, sentimental, lyrical, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: singer, showbiz, manager, african american, performer's life, fame, backstage, show business, singing, soul music, lifestyle, musician ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: detroit, los angeles, usa, michigan, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.0
 33K
Step Up All In (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
Style: captivating, feel good, serious, sexy, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dancing, hip hop, dance contest, music, rivalry, follow your dream, romance, love and romance, uninhibited rivalry, dance, team, victory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: usa, las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Dance with Me (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn't know he is Rafael's father. John runs a dance studio, and everyone prepares for the World ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: dancing, ballroom dancing, dancer's life, dance, music, romance, follow your dream, teachers and students, hopes, ambition, opposites attract, social differences ...
Place: las vegas, usa, latin america, cuba, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.9
 50K
Rent (2005)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village, New York, USA. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, semi serious, captivating, lyrical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, aids, friendship, bohemian life, musician, gay, eviction, drug abuse, protest, roommate, poverty, coping ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1989 ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 4.0
 686
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Honey: Rise Up and Dance (2018)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Street dancer Skyler comes out of the shadow of her trained dancer sister, Tosha, & joins a dance competition with the Honey dance studio; the prize is a college scholarship.
Style: captivating, inspirational, sincere, romantic, entertaining
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: ambition, dancing, follow your dream, hip hop, rivalry, life philosophy, friendship, human spirit, youth, artists and showbiz, creativity, happy ending ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.6
 74K
Footloose (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock.
Style: serious, captivating, feel good, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: dancing, high school, dance, youth, rebelliousness, love and romance, dancer's life, rebellion, small town, society, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, utah, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 5.6
 241
Restless City (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle and falling in love is his greatest risk.
Style: atmospheric, contemplative, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: immigrants, city life, society, music, social misfits, fall in love, love, hustler, couples, rivalry, misfit, prostitute ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, west africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Sylvie's Love (2020)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father’s record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success.
Style: romantic, captivating, entertaining
Plot: love, fall in love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, musician, love and romance, romantic relationship, music, relationships, dating, romance, male female relationship ...
Time: year 1967, 1960s, 1950s, 60s, year 1962 ...
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, harlem, atlanta georgia, detroit ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 7.9
 29K
All That Jazz (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him - his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his ...
Style: surreal, touching, captivating, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: showbiz, music, workaholic, show business, divorce, artists and showbiz, downfall, love and romance, life is a bitch, dancer's life, charity, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Save the Last Dance 2 (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sara joins Julliard in New York to fulfill her and her mother's dream of becoming the Prima ballerina of the school. She befriends her roommates, Zoe and Miles, who teach hip-hop classes. She has ballet classes with the rigid and famous Monique ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: cinderella story, interracial relations, ambition, follow your dream, love and romance, hopes, prodigy, teachers and students, music, hardcase students, power relations, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Make Your Move (2013)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A pair of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs.
Style: exciting, sexy, realistic, serious, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: dancer's life, love and romance, ambition, romance, youth, young lovers, contests and competitions, nightlife, artists and showbiz, rivalry, lifestyle, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.6
 21K
Fame (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts
Style: realistic, sincere, captivating, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: high school, dance school, high school life, graduation, music, audition, follow your dream, ballet, breaking point, rehearsal, rising to stardom, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Save the Last Dance (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.
Style: feel good, romantic, sweet, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: interracial romance, dancing, dancer's life, ballet, teenage love, hip hop, high school, hopes, follow your dream, romance, dance school, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Musical Chairs (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When his dancer partner, Mia, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: disability, romance, dance school, against the odds, human spirit, couples, lifestyle, follow your dream, society, contests and competitions, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
In His Life: The John Lennon Story (2000)
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: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: prodigy, against the odds, ambition, rise to the top, musician's life, youth, rising to stardom, lifestyle, teenage life, working class, music, rock music ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 2.3
 23K
Glitter (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young woman is catapulted into pop stardom, with her already-famous DJ boyfriend calling the shots.
Style: emotional, exciting, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: cinderella story, romance, showbiz, hopes, music, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, love affair, rising to stardom, follow your dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.0
 8K
The Rose (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rock band, alcohol abuse, rise and fall, ambition, blues, rose, music, addiction, drug abuse, bittersweet, musical tour, generosity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
StreetDance 2 (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After suffering humiliation by the crew Invincible, street dancer Ash looks to gather the best dancers from around the world for a rematch.
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dancing, fall in love, dancer's life, dancer, music, rivalry, love and romance, ambition, latin, salsa, uninhibited rivalry, competition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.0
 2K
The Song (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The film follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, captivating, serious, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: love affair, musician's life, ambition, desire for fame, music, artists and showbiz, couples, americana, hopes, unfulfillment, introspection, country ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 2006, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, nashville tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.9
 1K
City of Life (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: United Arab Emirates
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A privileged young male Arab at odds with his cultural identity and his less fortunate street smart friend; a disillusioned Indian taxi driver who bears an uncanny resemblance to a famous Bollywood star; and a former Romanian ballet dancer now ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: ambition, lifestyle, desire for fame, culture clash, job seeking, looking for love, rich and poor, human nature, family relations, society, love and romance, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: dubai, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%