Movies like Billy Elliot

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Billy Elliot (2000)
 7.7
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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: inspirational, touching, uplifting, feel good, emotional, sweet, sentimental, captivating, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, ballet, father son relationship, gay, boxing, dancing, working class, audition, hopes, childhood, friendship, follow your dream, dancer's life, family, poverty, prejudice, dance class, dance school, miner, teacher, gay friend, dysfunctional family, small town, children, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, year 1984, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: england, northern england, london, europe

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Most similar movies to Billy Elliot

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, touching and emotional films with plots about runaway, mentor, destiny, storytelling, culture clash, friendship and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Music and Comedy genres. Some movies like Billy Elliot: October Sky (1999), The Chorus (2004), Nowhere Boy (2009), Save the Last Dance (2001), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: inspirational, realistic, touching, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, date night
Plot: generation gap, small town, friendship, follow your dream, teacher, against the odds, teenage life, mathematics, space program, dedicated educator, ambition, life philosophy ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century, year 1957
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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71%
 7.8
 63K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Comedy, 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, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, teacher, childhood, music, friendship, orphan, musician, teachers and students, boarding school life, boss, school, children ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
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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: sentimental, intense, emotional, witty, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: prodigy, follow your dream, coming of age, the beatles, rock and roll, musician's life, music, adolescence, dysfunctional family, musician, artist, rock ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, england, europe, hamburg germany ...
⇓ 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, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teen drama
Plot: dancing, interracial romance, ballet, dancer's life, high school, romance, hip hop, teenager, love and romance, music, teenage love, black man white woman relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey, usa, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, inspirational, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: music, high school, classical music, school, composer, teacher, honest, musician, unlikely friendships, music teacher, follow your dream, dedicated educator ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 80s, 90s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sexy, psychological, rough, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, gay, transsexual, cross dressing, gender, childhood, lgbtq, children, women, suburbs, psychologist, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 22K
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: feel good, serious, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teen drama
Plot: ballet, dancing, love triangle, teenager, music, lifestyle, hopes, love and romance, ambition, infidelity, artists and showbiz, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, san francisco, usa, manhattan new york city, hawaii
⇓ 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, sexy, unusual plot structure, multicultural ...
Plot: teacher, music, women, musician, coming of age, culture clash, youth, child prodigy, dedicated educator, friendship, fantasy world, mentor ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.6
 23K
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: inspirational, realistic, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, date night, teen drama
Plot: music, dancing, high school, teenager, gay, teacher, life philosophy, high school life, audition, dysfunctional family, family, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 108K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, South Korea
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: inspirational, touching, feel good, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night, family outing ...
Plot: music, musician, adoption, prodigy, child prodigy, orphan, child protagonist, youth, dancing, childhood, chance meeting, family reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1995
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, xian ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 3K
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, emotional, sincere, depressing ...
Plot: catholicism, fascism, youth, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, unemployment, sin, life is a bitch, jewish, society, family problems, family in crisis ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, ireland, london, europe, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, emotional, inspirational, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, kids, teens, chick flick
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, school, music teacher, musician, music, violinist, happy ending, female protagonist, school teacher, fighting the system, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 16K
Kolya (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Czech Republic, UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Czech Republic Director Jan Sverák tells in this Oscar winning film the story of the disillusioned Prague man named Cellisten Louka, who after a fictitious marriage with a Russian emigrant must suddenly take responsibility for her son. However ...
Style: feel good, touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: musician, communism, adoption, coming of age, friendship, single father, revolution, cellist, boy, culture clash, russian, language barrier ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: czech republic, prague, germany, poland, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
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Together (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, emotional, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: father son relationship, youth, coming of age, ambition, prodigy, music, rise to the top, musician's life, teenage life, hopes, human nature, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, tokyo, beijing china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 4K
Songcatcher (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - ...
Style: sentimental, touching, lyrical, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: lesbian, romance, culture clash, music, self discovery, love and romance, opposites attract, social differences, fish out of water, human nature, isolation, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century
Place: ireland, appalachia, scotland, spain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Billy Elliot: The Musical Live (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 169 min.
Story: A talented young dancer has to learn to fight for his dream despite social and parental disapproval.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, psychological, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: dancing, dancer, society, follow your dream, ambitious, music, dancer's life, ambitious man, dream, ambition, theater, lgbtq ...
Time: 80s
Place: northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: sexy, sentimental, rough, light, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: dancing, disco, working class, dancer, nightclub, music, dysfunctional family, slut, teenager, urban setting, moving, racism ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 20K
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, feel good, sexy, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: transvestism, cabaret, fashion, small town, family business, gay, fashion show, working class, gay slur, gender bending, shoemaker, unlikely partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: milan italy, london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, sexy, educational, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, father daughter relationship, sign language, deaf mute, musician, deaf, bicycle, audition, love, deafness, brother sister relationship, aunt niece relationship ...
Time: 18th century, 90s
Place: berlin germany, argentina, germany, tokyo, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
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8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: inspirational, realistic, harsh, lyrical, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, underdog, follow your dream, success, rap, urban ghetto life, hip hop culture, street gang, musician, hopes, family relations ...
Time: 90s, year 1995, 20th century, 80s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, sweet, witty, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, eccentricity, obsession, family problems, friendship, parenthood, honest, redemption, parents and children, intergenerational friendship, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: england, united kingdom, edinburgh scotland, scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Central Station (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: feel good, realistic, touching, emotional, poignant ...
Plot: teacher, coming of age, age difference, childhood, road trip, children, youth, poverty, letter, friendship, self discovery, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 20K
Brassed Off (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A small Yorkshire mining town is threatened with being shut down and the only hope is for the men to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At ...
Style: sexy, emotional, feel good, touching, intense ...
Plot: mining, music, relationships, working class, small town, romance, brass band, nudity (full frontal - brief), competition, hospital, musician, world politics ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s, 18th century
Place: england, yorkshire, london, scotland, northern england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Kite Runner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
Style: emotional, disturbing, inspirational, sincere, psychological ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: betrayal, friendship, muslim, childhood, redemption, coming of age, courage, guilt, rape, haunted by the past, islam, bully ...
Time: 70s, 80s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, california, pakistan, san francisco
⇓ 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, sweet, romantic, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, pre-teens
Plot: gay, coming out, lgbt, gay teenager, homosexuality, coming of age, lgbt teen, teenage love, gay love, gays and lesbians, friendship, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.9
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Sing Street (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.
Style: touching, realistic, feel good, lyrical, depressing ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: friendship, youth, music band, musician's life, teenager, school, rock and roll, dream girl, adolescence, bullying, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, talky, sentimental, sad ...
Plot: redemption, cowboy, father son relationship, hopes, parents and children, self discovery, haunted by the past, family relations, actor's life, human nature, small town, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, texas, spain, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: inspirational, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, dedicated educator, teacher, school, social misfits, disability, life philosophy, family relations, stuttering, father son relationship, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary
Place: louisiana, england, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 14K
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: talky, witty, touching, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, troubled marriage, teacher, teacher student relationship, literature, professor, self discovery, university, social differences, infidelity, hopes, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: london, england, europe, dublin ireland, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Echo Park, L.A. (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.
Style: touching, melancholic, sentimental, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, pregnancy, gay, culture clash, unwanted pregnancy, religion, virginity, lgbt, character study, life turned upside down, starting over, family disapproval ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, spain, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%