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American Hot Wax (1978)
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American Hot Wax (1978)
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950's. Freed was a source of great controversy: criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil's music"; hated by racists for promoting African American music for white consumption; persecuted by law enforcement officials and finally brought down by the "payola" scandals.
Style: humorous, sentimental, atmospheric, realistic, semi serious
Plot: radio dj, scapegoat, music, rock, fighting the system, performer's life, rebellion, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, society, musician's life, rebelliousness, underdog, americana, showbiz, unfulfillment, profanity, music business, musician, police, disc jockey, rock music, rock and roll, radio, show ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s

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Most similar movies to American Hot Wax

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, sentimental, serious and captivating films with plots about artists and showbiz, musician's life, music, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz and musician mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like American Hot Wax: The Buddy Holly Story (1978), The Idolmaker (1980), The Five Heartbeats (1991), Honeydripper (2007), That Thing You Do! (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A film about the life and career of the early rock and roll star.
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: air disaster, price of fame, singer, affection, disc jockey, rags to riches, music, friends, couples, relationship vs career, human spirit, showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Idolmaker (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
Style: suspense, humorous, biting, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: showbiz, rock music, music, musician's life, love and romance, rising to stardom, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, romance, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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, rising to stardom, music, ambition, performer's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, musician's life, singer, reputation, plastic surgery ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
The Five Heartbeats (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful, young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improves, turns pro, and rises to become a top flight music sensation. Along ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: friendship, hit and run, rise and fall, music, racism, unfulfillment, soul music, couple relations, love affair, addiction, r&b, drug abuse ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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Honeydripper (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In 1950s Alabama, the owner of the Honeydripper juke joint finds his business dropping off and against his better judgment, hires a young electric guitarist in a last ditch effort to draw crowds during harvest time.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: blues, rise and fall, music, friendship, prodigy, rising to stardom, ambition, follow your dream, musician's life, love triangle, club, crimes ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager.
Style: humorous, sentimental, sincere, light, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: music, drummer, showbiz, recording studio, friendship, rising to stardom, ambition, rise and fall, musician's life, fame, celebrity culture, music band ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, las vegas, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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Sparkle (1976)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem who become singers Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs and Sparkle ends up being the one who gets famous. This movie tells about how drugs ruined Sister's relationships and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: alcohol abuse, showbiz, girl group, singer, rising to stardom, love and romance, strong female presence, family relations, family problems, couples, soul music, family in crisis ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new york state, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Protecting the King (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Sex, drugs and violence--they're all part of the job when you're protecting The King of Rock & Roll. And when you're only 16, the on-the-job training comes in ways that can't be taught in school. The story of David ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: on the road, lifestyle, ambition, teaching the ways of the world, drug abuse, celebrity culture, showbiz, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rock, elvis presley, fame ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Movie in collections
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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, rising to stardom, desire for fame, showbiz, ambition, artists and showbiz, performer's life, musician's life, buddies, performance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 252
Scott Joplin (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: jazz, artists and showbiz, society, rising to stardom, music, musician's life, interracial relations, americana, prodigy, unfulfillment, rise and fall, period piece ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1900s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The Boat that Rocked is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s, and pop music. It's about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: rock, hippie, radio, rebelliousness, ship, friendship, rebellion, weirdo, marijuana, radio dj, music, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: britain, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
That'll Be the Day (1973)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Britain, 1958. Restless at school and bored with his life, Jim leaves home to take a series of low-level jobs at a seaside amusement park, where he discovers a world of cheap sex and petty crime. But when that world comes to a shockingly brutal end, ...
Style: sincere, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, working class, music band, musician's life, hopes, rise and fall, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, youth, society, rise to the top, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Having written the music and screenplay for this film, Paul McCartney also plays himself in the leading role. When the mastertape of McCartney's latest album is misplaced, he must discover its whereabouts in less than 24 hours or else risk ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating
Plot: gangsters, heist, rock, musician's life, music, lifestyle, ambition, artists and showbiz, showbiz, friends, musician, hare krishna ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating
Plot: overnight success, desire for fame, rising to stardom, lifestyle, showbiz, daydreamer, ambition, music band, artists and showbiz, bittersweet, music, music industry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, rock and roll, music, blues, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, performer's life, musician's life, romance, 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 ⇓
65%
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Stardust (1974)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Sequel to 1973's That'll Be The Day. Jim McLain is now enjoying the nomadic 'gigs and groupies' life on tour with his band. When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom, the sweet taste of success begins to ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: unfulfillment, music band, musician's life, rock, drug abuse, celebrity culture, showbiz, relationship vs career, nudity (full frontal - brief), music, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Grace of My Heart (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry ...
Style: touching, sentimental, lyrical, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: songwriter, music, showbiz, ambition, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, self discovery, music industry, existentialism, loneliness, destructive relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Movie in collections
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Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: elvis presley, price of fame, celebrity culture, rags to riches, musician's life, music, desire for fame, showbiz, music band, performer's life, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, supportive spouse, musician's life, family relations, rising to stardom, jazz, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, twin brother, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 30s, 60s, 40s ...
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michael Paré stars as Eddie Wilson of the rock band Eddie and Cruisers. The band is at the height of their career in the 1960s when front man Eddie drives his car off a bridge in an apparent suicide -- but the body was never found.
Style: gloomy, sentimental, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: music, missing person, mystery, friends, rock, showbiz, unfulfillment, musician's life, obsessive quest, journalism, artists and showbiz, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s, 70s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, twists and turns, whimsical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rise and fall, train, cousin cousin relationship, hypocrisy, music, musician, couples, musical tour, sexual content, wedding, profanity, couple relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Graffiti Bridge (1990)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's got that Purple Rain feeling through and though. And it's got The Kid, too! For the first time since Purple Rain, Prince is back as The Kid. And where he goes , there's music! With Thieves in the Temple, New Power Generation, ...
Style: offbeat, sentimental, sexy, realistic, serious
Plot: nightclub, rivalry, love and romance, musician's life, ambition, contests and competitions, artists and showbiz, performer's life, music, music band, friends, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
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Shout (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A new music teacher in a 1955 West Texas home for wayward boys brings new vision and hope for many of the interned boys.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, uplifting, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, coming of age, music teacher, boys' school, love and romance, orphan, artists and showbiz, youth, desire for fame, going straight, musician's life, music band ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: profanity, rivalry, crimes, musician's life, music, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, ambition, hip hop, showbiz, graphic violence, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.0
 576
Hard to Hold (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Details the efforts of a pop-rock star (James Roberts / Rick Springfield) to win the love of a woman he meets in a car accident. None of the usual gambits work on this woman, who has never heard of him. Complications arise involving the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: date night
Plot: music, jazz, love triangle, fall in love, music band, youth, romance, performer's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, opposites attract, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, realistic, semi serious, 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 ⇓
51%
 6.4
 10K
Soul Men (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two former backup soul singers, Louis and Floyd, have not spoken to each other in 20 years, and reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently-deceased lead singer. Cleo, a beautiful young woman ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, touching, semi serious
Plot: reunion, african american, artists and showbiz, showbiz, on the road, music band, musician's life, buddies, lifestyle, r&b, friends, sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, year 2008
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Beynelmilel (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Turkey
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It is 80's Turkey, local musicians of Adiyaman are hired by the military and trained to welcome one of the forceful generals of coup regime.
Style: humorous, sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: military, music band, political unrest, musician's life, rebellion, politics, rebelliousness, small town life, artists and showbiz, small town, state affairs, musician ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 567
Flame (1975)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Light the Rock 'n Roll spark with a Flame in the guise of Dave, Noddy, Jim and Don and their showcase of the rise and demise of rock band Flame. Set in the hardships of North England's seventies working class society and music scene. This ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sentimental
Plot: desire for fame, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, friends, innocence lost, rock, lifestyle, rise to the top, ambition, rise and fall, music, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%