Movies like Billy Elliot

If you like "Billy Elliot" you are looking for uplifting, touching and feel good movies about / with follow your dream, ballet, dancer's life, audition, coming of age, hopes and father son relationship themes of Drama, Music and Romance genre shot in UK or France.
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Billy Elliot (2000)
 7.7
 113K
Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes!
Style: uplifting, touching, feel good, captivating, inspirational, sentimental, emotional, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: follow your dream, ballet, dancer's life, audition, coming of age, hopes, father son relationship, prejudice, friendship, working class, poverty, dance school, small town, boxing, dysfunctional family, teacher, family, gay, self fulfillment, runaway, happy ending, dance teacher, strike, cross dressing, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe, mine

Most similar movies to Billy Elliot

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and romantic films with plots about culture clash, mentor, destiny, storytelling, runaway, dialogue and youth mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like Billy Elliot: October Sky (1999), Center Stage (2000), Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), Get Real (1998), Save the Last Dance (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.8
 74K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: exciting, touching, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, small town, against the odds, generation gap, teacher, teenage life, friendship, nasa, satellite, ambition, cold war, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 17K
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, realistic, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: ballet, music, dance, dancer, love triangle, competition, dancer's life, underdog, rock, ball, career, dance teacher ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, light, feel good, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, kids
Plot: teenage love, youth, friendship, music, dancer's life, rivalry, follow your dream, competition, contests and competitions, romance, dancing, hip hop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.6
 12K
Get Real (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming out, coming of age, friendship, gays and lesbians, high school, romance, fall in love, teenage life, gender, friends, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, britain, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, serious, realistic, slang, romantic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: hip hop, ballet, teenage love, high school, interracial romance, dancer's life, romance, audition, machismo, unsupportive friend, music, high school hunk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Madame Sousatzka (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The relationship between a demanding piano teacher and her student, an Indian prodigy.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: child prodigy, culture clash, coming of age, dedicated educator, immigrants, indian lead, pianist, prodigy, parents and children, social differences, teachers and students, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 63K
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, kids
Plot: music, small town, rebelliousness, high school, rebellion, fish out of water, dancer's life, high school life, dancing, dance, artists and showbiz, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.8
 20K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, friendship, ship, family drama, father son relationship, mother son relationship, life & death, coming of age, mute or deaf ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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: light, feel good, exciting, romantic, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: music, dancing, urban, teenage love, youth, dancer's life, hopes, love and romance, follow your dream, culture clash, teenage life, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, miami, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 24K
Take the Lead (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system and, while his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, dance, high school, dancer, teachers and students, music, vandalism, contests and competitions, respect, against the odds, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Beautiful Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighbourhood of Thamesmead, in south-east London, become aware of their homosexuality. While both were vaguely aware they might be gay, neither had ever acted on their impulses. Once they decide ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming out, gay, homosexuality, sexuality, gays and lesbians, coming of age, teenage love, friendship, single mother, single parent, child abuse, sexual attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 172K
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer – and unexpectedly falling in love.
Style: sexy, feel good, sentimental, touching, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, unlikely couple, dancer's life, resort, love and romance, dancing, youth, teenage love, music, dancer, class differences, fall in love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963, 80s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Dance with Me (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
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: feel good, semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dance, ballroom dancing, romance, music, dancer's life, latin, contests and competitions, sport, follow your dream, opposites attract, parents and children, teachers and students ...
Place: las vegas, nevada, texas, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he ...
Style: serious, uplifting, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ballet, dance, communism, costume, song, promise, village, dancer, ambition, against the odds, dancer's life, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1986, year 1973 ...
Place: texas, asia, china, usa, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 11K
One Chance (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film follows the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night.
Style: semi serious, feel good, sentimental, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: cinderella story, opera, follow your dream, music, ambition, hopes, artists and showbiz, musician's life, supportive spouse, underdog, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, society, against the odds, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Running on Empty (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, coming of age, on the run, pianist, hiding, hidden identity, radical, follow your dream, parents and children, eccentric family, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1971, 1960s
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 103K
Step Up (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get one shot. Tyler Gage is a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore's tracks and the only thing that stands between him and an unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day ...
Style: captivating, feel good, entertaining, sexy, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: hip hop, dance school, music, teenage love, love and romance, dancing, youth, dancer, romance, ballet, follow your dream, performance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 33K
Nowhere Boy (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The drama tells the story of Lennon's teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood
Style: witty, sentimental, sincere, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: prodigy, musician, musician's life, follow your dream, coming of age, parents and children, aspiring musician, hopes, dysfunctional family, adolescence, aunt nephew relationship, coming-of-age ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: liverpool, england, europe, new zealand, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 6.2
 53K
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: serious, captivating, exciting, breathtaking, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, contests and competitions, music, follow your dream, youth, ambition, urban, young lovers, romance, dancing, self fulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 159K
About a Boy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: friendship, single parent, age difference, mentor, depression, coming of age, couples, dysfunctional family, odd couple, romance, becoming an adult, single ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France, Japan, Switzerland
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor's work parallel ...
Style: realistic, stylized, sentimental, serious, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fashion, ballet, music, musician's life, blind ambition, follow your dream, romance, love affair, relationship vs career, ambition, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: europe, france, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.9
 104K
Once (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, music, pianist, friendship, street musician, composer, recording studio, music store, recording session, song, romance, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe, czech republic, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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My Life in Pink (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ludovic is a small boy who cross-dresses and generally acts like a girl, talks of marrying his neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it. His actions lead to problems for him and his family.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cross dressing, gender, coming of age, gender bending, gay, self discovery, transvestism, coming out, parents and children, suburbs, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.3
 40K
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, exciting, semi serious, inspirational, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: hip hop, love and romance, dancing, follow your dream, ambition, artists and showbiz, music, lifestyle, choreographer, club, teenagers, sexual harassment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Together with You (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: China, South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When a violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is "adopted" by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach - ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: father son relationship, prodigy, violin, ambition, small town, coming of age, music competition, widower, school, urban, youth, musician's life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, asia, beijing china, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Liberty Heights (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, anti semitism, high school, jewish, racism, americana, opposites attract, culture clash, human nature, rebelliousness, self discovery, interracial relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1954 ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: music, school, classical music, composer, mentor, musician, dedicated educator, musician's life, apprentice, follow your dream, parents and children, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 4K
Firelight (1997)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Firelight is a period romance/drama film written and directed by William Nicholson. It was Nicholson's first, and to date only, film as director.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love affair, parents and children, estate, governess, fall in love, hopes, romance, love and romance, couples, family relations, couple relations, reunion ...
Time: 19th century, 90s, victorian england, 1840s, 1830s ...
Place: england, europe, san francisco, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 14K
Maurice (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1909, Maurice Hall (James Wilby) enters Cambridge, where he befriends wealthy Clive Durham (Hugh Grant). Clive confesses he is sexually attracted to Maurice, who realizes he is a homosexual when he begins to return Clive's feelings. The two ...
Style: touching, clever, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, coming out, gay, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, lgbt, college life, british, romance, fall in love, college, forbidden love ...
Time: 1910s, 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1900s ...
Place: england, europe, campus, argentina, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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