Movies like American Pop

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American Pop (1981)
American Pop (1981)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: American Pop is an American animated film that tells the story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music.
Style: sentimental, captivating, realistic, semi serious, adult animation, intense, disturbing, twists and turns, stylized, cult film ...
Plot: music, jazz, songwriter, jazz band, music hall, music business, love and romance, musician's life, family relations, parents and children, ambition, artists and showbiz, world war two, drug dealing, organized crime, father son relationship, mob boss, generation, stock footage, folk music, justice, visceral, dark hero, classical music, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: usa, russia, new york, italy, europe, san francisco, kansas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, stylized, serious and melancholic films with plots about friends, artists and showbiz, mentor, storytelling, surrealism, culture clash and dialogue mostly in Animation, Drama and Music genres. Some movies like American Pop: Chico & Rita (2010), Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004), Björk: Greatest Hits (1999), Ethel & Ernest (2016), Heavy Traffic (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Chico & Rita (2010)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Spain, UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
Style: captivating, serious, emotional, stylized, adult animation ...
Plot: jazz, artist, pianist, deportation, musician's life, ambition, lifestyle, follow your dream, young lovers, love affair, success, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: cuba, new york, usa, paris france, latin america ...
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Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
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Story: Koyuki Tanaka was feeling the rut, though he’s only a teenager. Between the sheltered and stifling grind of school and the girls that spend their time not noticing him… Every day was just another day of being a total nobody. Enter Ryusuke: a ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, captivating, stylized, inspirational ...
Plot: school, music band, friends, ambition, self discovery, music, lifestyle, rock, rock band, follow your dream, youth, high school life ...
Place: japan
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Björk: Greatest Hits (1999)
Genre: Animation, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 64 min.
Story: "Volumen" collects every video from Bjork's career {up until Hunter}, and showcases the work of famed video director's Spike Jonze, Sophie Muller and Michael Gondry
Style: gloomy, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat, surreal ...
Plot: imaginary, music, artists and showbiz, disorder, female director, pop music, fantasy becomes reality, surrealism, part animation
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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Ethel & Ernest (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History
Country: UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This hand drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.
Style: captivating, exciting, sentimental, light, cult film
Plot: family home, husband wife relationship, world war two, movie theatre, art student, london blitz, servant, maid, new house, radio news, cat, camera ...
Time: 1940s, 1960s, 1950s, 1930s, year 1939 ...
Place: england, london
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Heavy Traffic (1973)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.
Style: adult animation, controversial, surreal, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, city life, sexual dysfunction, racism, sexual frustration, pinball, marijuana, surrealism, virgin, strong sexual content, adult virgin, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Japan, France, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: touching, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: tuberculosis, hopes, love, earthquake, world war two, dreams, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
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Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 68 min.
Story: A sci-fi anime House-musical movie collaboration between Daft Punk--and their music--and designer Leiji Matsumoto. During the recording of their DISCOVERY album and using the themes of sci-fi celebrity, decadence and space travel, Daft Punk--with ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, atmospheric, lyrical, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, music band, space and aliens, space travel, adventure, rising to stardom, musician's life, escapades, dishonesty, lifestyle, ambition, benign alien ...
Time: 70s
Place: tokyo, japan
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Hey Good Lookin' (1982)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: An outrageous, affectionate look at coming of age in the Eisenhower era in Brooklyn.
Style: semi serious, humorous, adult animation, cult film, dark humor
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, satire, nostalgia, prostitute, jewish american, hamburger, street gang, cheating, surrealism, parents and children, love and romance, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york
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The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: stylized, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: loneliness, magical, magician, friendship, coming of age, artists and showbiz, odd couple, french, age difference, art, stage, frustration ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, paris france, france, scotland, big ben london ...
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The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, interracial relations, nightclub, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crimes, crime, love triangle, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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Detroit Metal City (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Soichi Negishi is a shy young musician who dreams of a career in pop. Dreams don't pay the bills, so he's ended up as the lead singer and guitarist of a death metal band, "Detroit Metal City". In stage costume he is Johannes ...
Style: gothic, realistic, humorous, semi serious, seinen ...
Plot: music band, parody, musician's life, coming out, love and romance, terrorism, desire for fame, rising to stardom, mute or deaf, psychopath, ambition, university ...
Place: japan, detroit, tokyo
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Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Style: psychedelic, cult film, experimental, psychological, adult animation ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rock, music, hallucination, isolation, teacher, racial slur, police brutality, nightmare, wall, rock star, childhood, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 60s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: england, europe, los angeles
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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, 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
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A Room and a Half (2009)
Genre: Animation, Biography
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A semi-fictional account of Russian poets Josef Brodsky, who was forced into American exile in 1972.
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, realistic, surreal, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family life, rebelliousness, introspection, writer's life, hopes, homecoming, archive footage, cold war, leaving home, artists and showbiz, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: usa, russia
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Gravitation (1999)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
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Story: Gravitation follows goofy, wannabe pop star Shuichi Shindo, on his journey to fame with his best friend Hiroshi Nakano and their band, Bad Luck.  Along the way, Shuichi meets famous (male) author, playboy Eiri Yuki, and falls in love.  Bad Luck is ...
Style: yaoi, semi serious, realistic, feel good, humorous ...
Plot: musician, music band, music, romance, musician's life, rising to stardom, partners, gays and lesbians, performer's life, hate, singer, stranger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
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Fantasia 2000 (1999)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Blending lively music and brilliant animation, this sequel to the original 'Fantasia' restores 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and adds seven new shorts.
Style: fairy tale, stylized, exciting, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: disney, pianist, classical music, music, couple relations, mouse, buddies, imaginary, friendship, orchestra, art, apprentice ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, rome italy, italy, europe ...
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Balto (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 78 min.
Story: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.
Style: sentimental, feel good, suspenseful, exciting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: wolf, dog, rivalry, dog sled, adventure, danger, daring rescue, goose, against the odds, courage, save the day, family ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: alaska, usa
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Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, adult animation, rough ...
Plot: revolution, muslim, freedom, society, life is a bitch, depression, rebellion, self discovery, politics, coming of age, childhood, oppression ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, paris france, vienna ...
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Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: philosophical, stylized, surreal, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, lifestyle, bohemian life, human nature, imaginary, daydreamer, computer animation, nightmare, satire, life after death, reincarnation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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Around June (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A love story set in the shadow of the shipyards of San Francisco. A young woman living with her much adored uncle Henry and domineering, abusive father, meets a penniless illegal immigrant, whose love gives her the insight and courage to finally ...
Style: uplifting, serious, emotional, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, self discovery, love affair, human spirit, youth, love and romance, immigrants, parents and children, fall in love, young lovers, hopes, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, san francisco
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Giovanni's Island (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, island, young heroes, social differences, life turned upside down, forceful separation, deportation, society, village, communication problem, post world war two, dancing ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1946, year 1947 ...
Place: asia, japan, soviet union
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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, 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
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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: One Christmas Eve three people, a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, a former drag queen Hana and a dependent runaway girl Miyuki, discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage.
Style: touching, emotional, semi serious, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, family relations, homeless, adventure, eccentric family, parents and children, friends, life is a bitch, youth, heist, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Wrinkles (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on Paco Roca's comic of the same title (2008 Spanish National Comic Prize), WRINKLES is a 2D animated feature-length film for an adult audience. Wrinkles portrays the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gentlemen shut away in a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, sad, compassionate ...
Plot: friendship, retirement home, alzheimer's disease, retirement home life, childhood memory, old age, rescue, fighting the system, parents and children, friends, aging, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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Tatsumi (2011)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Singapore
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Animated film based on the life and stories of Manga writer Yoshihiro Tatsumi who revolutionised the art form with darker, more adult stories. The film animates several of his stories
Style: realistic, touching, stylized, serious, contemplative
Plot: prodigy, rise to the top, writer's life, lifestyle, ambition, manga, artists and showbiz, performer's life, life
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 ...
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, serious, romantic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: high school, teenage love, teenage life, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, self discovery, high school life, longing, mother daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
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Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Music
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 75 min.
Story: It's not easy to be Barry. An earthworm gets no respect. He lives at the bottom of the food chain. But one day, an old disco record turns his life upside down. Suddenly he sees before him his own destiny, the star of the world's greatest ...
Style: semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: disco, music, ambition, music band, creature, friends, contests and competitions, artists and showbiz, family, musician's life, once in a lifetime opportunity, animals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: follow your dream, teenage love, first love, love and romance, fall in love, love, teenage life, self discovery, cat, high school life, youth, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
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Coonskin (1974)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the top of the crime ranks in Harlem by going up against a ...
Style: adult animation, humorous, semi serious, controversial, suspense ...
Plot: racism, drug dealing, satire, interracial relations, black people, rabbit, sexuality, society, social decay, profanity, sexual content, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
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The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Fritz, now married and with a son, is desperate to escape from the domestic hell he now finds himself in. Lighting up a joint, he begins to dream about his eight other lives, hoping to find one that will provide a pleasant distraction.
Style: adult animation, disturbing, humorous, dark humor, satirical ...
Plot: racism, satire, surrealism, hell, interracial relations, cat, society, friendship, animal life, misfit, buddies, friends ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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