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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: sentimental, atmospheric, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: radio dj, music, rock, rebellion, fighting the system, showbiz, society, rise and fall, americana, rebelliousness, musician's life, underdog, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, performer's life, scapegoat, music business, musician, police, rock music, rock and roll, radio, music industry, performance, dj ...
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, rock and roll and showbiz 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), The Boat That Rocked (2009). 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, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: air disaster, rags to riches, price of fame, singer, affection, dj, music, couples, friends, showbiz, human spirit, rock ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new york, austin texas
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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, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: showbiz, rock music, music, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, romance, rise to the top, love and romance, performer's life, musician's life, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 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, humorous, touching
Plot: rise and fall, rising to stardom, ambition, performer's life, music, showbiz, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, singer, reputation, pop star ...
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, bittersweet, couples, friends, lifestyle, musician's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 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, prodigy, friendship, ambition, musician's life, follow your dream, rising to stardom, love triangle, club, rivalry ...
Time: 50s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 117 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, friendship, rebellion, marijuana, radio dj, rock and roll, music, dj, ship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: britain, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: jazz, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, prodigy, rise and fall, musician's life, unfulfillment, music, society, interracial relations, americana, pianist ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, performance, friends, musician's life, performer's life, buddies, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: on the road, lifestyle, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, drug abuse, teaching the ways of the world, celebrity culture, showbiz, rock, fame, elvis presley ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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, touching, sentimental
Plot: alcohol abuse, showbiz, singer, girl group, family relations, couples, family problems, ambition, performer's life, lifestyle, desire for fame, music band ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, new york state, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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: captivating, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: gangsters, rock, heist, showbiz, friends, musician's life, music, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, hare krishna, musician ...
Time: 80s
⇓ 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, desire for fame, lifestyle, rising to stardom, showbiz, daydreamer, artists and showbiz, music band, ambition, bittersweet, music, musician ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: coming of age, working class, friends, artists and showbiz, music band, rise to the top, rise and fall, follow your dream, unfulfillment, hopes, society, performer's life ...
Time: 50s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: realistic, serious, stylized
Plot: ambition, performer's life, musician's life, music, rise and fall, music band, lifestyle, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, rock, celebrity culture ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, family outing, kids ...
Plot: drummer, showbiz, recording studio, music, music band, rising to stardom, ambition, friendship, rise and fall, musician's life, celebrity culture, fame ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, illinois, los angeles, wisconsin, pittsburgh ...
⇓ 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
Place: cuba, new york, usa, latin america, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ 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, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, artists and showbiz, self discovery, music industry, existentialism, loneliness, strong female presence ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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, touching, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: elvis presley, price of fame, celebrity culture, rags to riches, musician's life, music, desire for fame, rock music, music band, showbiz, performer's life, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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, family relations, ambition, musician's life, supportive spouse, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, follow your dream, jazz, twin brother, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: musician's life, blues, singer, rock and roll, musician, music, showbiz, success, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, mississippi, london, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: realistic, serious, feel good, sexy, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rise and fall, cousin cousin relationship, train, hypocrisy, child marriage, music, musician, musical tour, couples, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: stylized, gloomy, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: missing person, music, mystery, bittersweet, unfulfillment, musician's life, music band, obsessive quest, lifestyle, crimes, ambition, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: music, musician's life, rivalry, crimes, desire for fame, ambition, artists and showbiz, showbiz, hip hop, graphic violence, violence, music business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Overture (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: Thailand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: ambition, fighting the system, musician's life, rebellion, lifestyle, prodigy, rivalry, politics, injustice, life is a bitch, society, musician ...
Time: 20th century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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FM (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play; running the station the way they want to, it has made them a ratings success.
Style: suspense, realistic, semi serious, biting, witty ...
Plot: satire, radio, music band, rebellion, workplace, fighting the system, media, ambition, love and romance, artists and showbiz, musician's life, friends ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.2
 2K
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: serious, realistic, uplifting, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, music teacher, boys' school, musician's life, ambition, orphan, rebellion, lifestyle, desire for fame, dedicated educator, society, love and romance ...
Time: 50s
Place: texas, usa, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, musician, infidelity, music, love and romance, musician's life, nightlife, fall in love, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, actress, music business ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, chicago illinois, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 11K
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, semi serious, humorous, touching
Plot: african american, artists and showbiz, showbiz, buddies, lifestyle, music band, musician's life, on the road, friends, music, r&b, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, year 2008
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 8K
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, emotional, sentimental, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: military, music band, political unrest, rebellion, musician's life, small town, politics, small town life, state affairs, rebelliousness, artists and showbiz, musician ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 617
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: captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: friends, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, rise and fall, desire for fame, music band, music, musician's life, lifestyle, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%