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, audition, dancer's life, coming of age, prejudice and working class 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, sentimental, inspirational, emotional, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: follow your dream, ballet, audition, dancer's life, coming of age, prejudice, working class, hopes, dance school, father son relationship, friendship, boxing, poverty, small town, teacher, self fulfillment, dysfunctional family, family, childhood, gay, labor union, dancer, gay slur, dance teacher, strike ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1984
Place: england, northern england, london, mine, europe

Most similar movies to Billy Elliot

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sentimental films with plots about culture clash, mentor, runaway, destiny, storytelling, catastrophe and dialogue mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Billy Elliot: October Sky (1999), Center Stage (2000), Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), Save the Last Dance (2001), Take the Lead (2006). 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, realistic, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, generation gap, against the odds, small town, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, 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: captivating, serious, emotional, feel good, touching ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: ballet, music, dance, love triangle, dancer, blind ambition, love and romance, hopes, performer's life, dancer's life, ambition, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, kids
Plot: teenage love, youth, friendship, rivalry, music, follow your dream, contests and competitions, dancer's life, dancing, hip hop, competition, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maryland, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: interracial romance, hip hop, ballet, teenage love, dancer's life, high school, dancing, hopes, follow your dream, romance, dance school, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 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: captivating, feel good, inspirational, entertaining, sexy ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, dancer, high school, ambition, teachers and students, dancing, against the odds, hip hop, respect, contests and competitions, music, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, teachers and students, blind ambition, follow your dream, immigrants, parents and children, hopes, dedicated educator, ambition, social differences ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming out, coming of age, teenage life, friendship, gender, romance, youth, fall in love, lifestyle, gays and lesbians, high school life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, britain, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, humorous, light, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, follow your dream, ambition, social differences, opposites attract, teachers and students, hopes, music, contests and competitions, dancer's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance ...
Place: las vegas, cuba, usa, texas, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 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: captivating, serious, sincere, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: music, small town, high school, rebelliousness, dancing, rebellion, fish out of water, youth, society, lifestyle, high school life, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, captivating ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: dancing, music, teenage love, urban, youth, dancer's life, love and romance, hopes, follow your dream, teenage life, culture clash, audition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, miami, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: realistic, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, elementary school, bet, child abuse, newspaper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: touching, emotional, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ballet, ambition, dancer, song, promise, communism, dance, costume, village, against the odds, self fulfillment, dedication ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1980, year 1989 ...
Place: texas, usa, china, asia, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, love and romance, dancing, youth, dancer, resort, teenage love, fall in love, music, class differences ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963, 80s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, semi serious, sincere, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming out, homosexuality, sexuality, friendship, teenage love, lgbt, gays and lesbians, teenager, coming of age, self discovery, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, humorous, uplifting, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: cinderella story, self fulfillment, musician's life, supportive spouse, follow your dream, parents and children, artists and showbiz, media sensation, petty job, couples, wannabe, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: venice, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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
Plot: music, classical music, school, composer, mentor, teachers and students, follow your dream, dedicated educator, power relations, hopes, apprentice, high school ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ 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, dancer, performance, youth, ballet, romance, follow your dream ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, against the odds, society, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
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: stylized, realistic, serious, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fashion, ballet, music, love affair, workaholic, ambition, follow your dream, artists and showbiz, hopes, couple relations, life turned upside down, romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: europe, france, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: touching, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, vietnam war, hidden identity, radical, pianist, hiding, on the run, love and romance, friends, family relations, liberal, hippie ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1971
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, oakland california ...
⇓ 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
Plot: disco, hopes, twentysomething life, romance, ambition, social climbing, urban ghetto life, contests and competitions, escape from reality, dance performance, friendship, male female relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, emotional, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: father son relationship, prodigy, ambition, small town, violin, coming of age, small town life, musician's life, teenage life, youth, unfulfillment, city life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, asia, beijing china, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: touching, witty, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: prodigy, musician, musician's life, follow your dream, coming of age, aunt nephew relationship, dysfunctional family, hopes, parents and children, aspiring musician, adolescence, childhood ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: liverpool, europe, england, hamburg germany, new zealand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
Movie in collections
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: sentimental, realistic, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, love and romance, parents and children, artists and showbiz, actor's life, family relations, family problems, friendship, infidelity, actress, letter ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, scotland, edinburgh scotland, london
⇓ 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: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, anti semitism, americana, racism, high school, culture clash, jewish, rebelliousness, small time, family relations, parents and children, interracial relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, year 1955 ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: pianist, music, musician's life, friendship, musician, singer, song, music store, street musician, composer, recording studio, recording session ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, czech republic, europe, london
⇓ 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, dancing, love and romance, lifestyle, follow your dream, artists and showbiz, ambition, sexual harassment, music, choreographer, club, teenagers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, dancing, follow your dream, youth, ambition, urban, young lovers, romance, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 54K
Becoming Jane (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.
Style: touching, intellectual, romantic, sweet, factual ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: writer's life, love and romance, unfulfilled love, romance, poverty, social differences, prejudice, society, love, couple relations, family, fall in love ...
Time: 18th century, future, 1790s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, humorous, semi serious, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cross dressing, gender, coming of age, gender bending, gay, hopes, parents and children, against the rules, love and romance, gays and lesbians, introspection, understanding ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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