Movies like Billy Elliot

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Billy Elliot (2000)
 7.7
 123K
Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
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, emotional, captivating, inspirational, sentimental, sweet, intense, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, date night, girls' night
Plot: follow your dream, ballet, dancer's life, audition, gay, coming of age, prejudice, working class, hopes, dance school, father son relationship, friendship, boxing, small town, family relations, teacher, dysfunctional family, family, childhood, labor union, dancer, mine, gay slur, dance, poverty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe

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Most similar movies to Billy Elliot

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sentimental films with plots about hopes, storytelling, culture clash, runaway, mentor, friendship and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Music and Comedy genres. Some movies like Billy Elliot: October Sky (1999), The Chorus (2004), Save the Last Dance (2001), Madame Sousatzka (1988), Center Stage (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.8
 80K
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: realistic, exciting, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, generation gap, against the odds, teacher, small town, teenage life, mathematics, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 56K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school, childhood, boarding school life, teacher, musician, music, orphan, boss, friendship, singer, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, teenage love, ballet, hip hop, high school, follow your dream, hopes, romance, dance school, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: culture clash, coming of age, child prodigy, dedicated educator, teachers and students, parents and children, ambition, power relations, family relations, prodigy, working class, against the odds ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 19K
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: touching, serious, sentimental, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dance, dancing, ballet, music, love triangle, hopes, love and romance, lifestyle, ambition, rivalry, infidelity, dance teacher ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 34K
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, sincere, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: musician's life, prodigy, follow your dream, musician, coming of age, rock and roll, adolescence, aunt nephew relationship, dysfunctional family, parents and children, hopes, aspiring musician ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: liverpool, europe, england, new zealand, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Music of the Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: school, dedicated educator, school teacher, against the odds, fighting the system, ambition, teachers and students, female protagonist, happy ending, underdog, profanity, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 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, captivating, inspirational, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancing, dancer's life, dancer, dedicated educator, high school, dance, ambition, teachers and students, against the odds, respect, contests and competitions, music ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: prodigy, ambition, father son relationship, violin, teenage life, rise to the top, musician's life, human nature, youth, hopes, music competition, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, asia, beijing china, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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: uplifting, feel good, sentimental, touching, humorous ...
Plot: ambition, follow your dream, musician's life, self fulfillment, against the odds, lifestyle, cinderella story, couples, opera, audition, hopes, underdog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: venice, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music, school, mentor, teachers and students, dedicated educator, follow your dream, musician, hopes, power relations, apprentice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, 1960s ...
Place: oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 20K
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: sincere, realistic, captivating, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: high school, dance school, ballet, graduation, music, audition, high school life, follow your dream, rehearsal, youth, breaking point, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
A Time for Dancing (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Their love of dance, and their friendship, is challenged for two high school girls when one is diagnosed with cancer.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, life is a bitch, terminal illness, ambition, follow your dream, teenage life, single parent, lifestyle, unfulfillment, society, dancing, determination ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, realistic, sentimental, offbeat, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cross dressing, family relations, gender, coming of age, transsexual, suburbs, gay, gender bending, gays and lesbians, love and romance, parents and children, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, paris france, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited ...
Style: serious, sexy, sentimental, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: disco, dance performance, twentysomething life, hopes, romance, ambition, escape from reality, urban ghetto life, social climbing, contests and competitions, friendship, male female relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Driving Lessons (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, love and romance, parents and children, artists and showbiz, family relations, family problems, actor's life, friendship, christianity, letter, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: england, edinburgh scotland, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Beyond Silence (1996)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Beyond Silence is about a family and a young girl’s coming of age story. This German film looks into the lives of the deaf and at a story about the love for music. A girl who has always had to translate speech into sign language for her deaf ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, hopes, death, deaf mute, clarinet, deafness, sign language, concert, mute or deaf, musician's life, family life ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: berlin germany, italy, germany, argentina, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 17K
Quadrophenia (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: motorcycle, gang, youth, music, working class, coming of age, buddies, weekend, teenage life, rock, dancing, record player ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, brighton, woodstock ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Don't Come Knocking (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Howard Spence has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs and young women. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear over him, that's the sad truth. ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sentimental, talky ...
Plot: cowboy, reunion, redemption, parents and children, hopes, haunted by the past, actor's life, human nature, family relations, small town, father son relationship, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, nevada, montana, texas, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 2K
Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, youth, society, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 102K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, prodigy, music, youth, musician's life, hopes, musician, lie, orphanage, dancing, artists and showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1995, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: uplifting, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ballet, against the odds, ambition, dancer, communism, immigrants, promise, self fulfillment, follow your dream, human spirit, love and romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1972, year 1989 ...
Place: texas, usa, asia, china, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 18K
Kinky Boots (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business in Northampton, in central England, but he never thought that he would take his father's place. Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, only ...
Style: touching, humorous, inspirational, witty, sexual ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: transvestism, cabaret, factory, small town, fashion, family business, bankruptcy, fashion show, unlikely partners, fish out of water, designer, gender bending ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eccentric 70-year-old widow purchases the Windmill Theatre in London as a post-widowhood hobby. After starting an innovative continuous variety review, which is copied by other theaters, they begin to lose money. Mrs Henderson suggests they add ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: showbiz, world war two, audition, couple relations, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couples, follow your dream, theatre milieu, friendship, art, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, 40s
Place: london, europe, england, flanders, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.5
 221K
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: haunted by the past, coming of age, first love, movie theatre, village, filmmaking, childhood, friendship, censorship, funeral, generation gap, fictional biography ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, twentieth century, 80s
Place: sicily, italy, europe, rome italy, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: dancing, teenage love, youth, dancer's life, hip hop, friendship, breakdance, rivalry, music, society, follow your dream, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: touching, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: school, tourette's syndrome, social misfits, dedicated educator, teachers and students, stuttering, family relations, against the odds, follow your dream, human spirit, torment, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 12K
Educating Rita (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rita, a 26 year old Scouse hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to her childhood sweetheart, the feckless Denny. He wants a baby, she doesn't. She wants to discover herself, so she joins the Open University. Dr. Frank Bryant Is a ...
Style: witty, touching, talky, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, self discovery, infidelity, social differences, society, couples, romance, hopes, opposites attract, university, literature, troubled marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
All That I Love (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Poland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country, Janek and Staszek, the sons of a navy man, the rebellious Kazik, and the affluent Diabel gel as a band, but their disparate lives are touched by ...
Style: serious, touching, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, music band, musician's life, revolution, youth, rock, society, punk, rebelliousness, family relations, fighting the system, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who makes his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, deals. But a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist. He auditions with the help of a beautiful, young virtuoso ...
Style: tense, psychological, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: pianist, gangsters, going straight, crimes, teachers and students, follow your dream, hopes, family relations, gang war, power relations, lifestyle, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%