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List of the best movies like Beyond the Lights (2014): Cadillac Records, Notorious, Elvis, Sound City, Dreamgirls, Glitter, The Jazz Singer, Dance with Me, The Glenn Miller Story, The Song.

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Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersMusicians, Artists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Success
PlaceChicago
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersMusicians, Artists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Death, Success, Hip Hop
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Serious

NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Follow his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectations - redefining our notion of "The American Dream."

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:45
CharactersFriends, Actors, Managers, Poor, Artists
PlotMusic, Success
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Biographical miniseries chronicling the rise of American music icon Elvis Presley from his high school years to his international superstardom.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredocumentary, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersMusicians, Singers
PlotMusic, Success
PlaceUSA
StyleLight, To cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Fascinating

The history of Sound City and their huge recording device; exploring how digital change has allowed 'people that have no place' in music to become stars. It follows former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter David Grohl as he attempts to resurrect the studio back to former glories.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, musical, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersMusicians, Managers, Artists, Singers
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTo cry, Retro

Three young women – Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson – dream of becoming pop stars and they get their wish when they're chosen to be backup singers for the legendary James 'Thunder' Early.

Markimdb: 2.3
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
CharactersCinderella, Friends, Artists
PlotMusic
PlaceNew York
StyleExciting, To cry, Touching, Serious

A young woman is catapulted into pop stardom, with her already-famous DJ boyfriend calling the shots.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
PlotMusic
PlaceChicago, USA
StyleTo cry, Serious

A young Jewish man is torn between tradition and individuality when his old-fashioned family objects to his career as a jazz singer. This is the first full length feature film to use synchronized sound, and is the original film musical.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:06
PlotDancing, Music, Friendship
PlaceTexas, USA
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Light, To cry, Touching

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 Open Dance championship in Las Vegas. It soon becomes clear Rafael is a very good dancer, and Ruby is the biggest hope for the studio at the championship.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersMusicians
PlotOn real events, Music, Music group
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Serious

A vibrant tribute to one of America's legendary bandleaders, charting Glenn Miller's rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940s.

Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersDogs
PlotMusic
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year
StyleRomantic, To cry, Fascinating, Serious

The film follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is love-struck by the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Ali Faulkner), and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation in the form of fellow performer Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas), Jed’s life and marriage begin to fall apart.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersMusicians, Journalists, Alcoholics, Singers, Stars
PlotMusic, Loneliness
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son. But can he leave behind an existence playing in the shadow of Tommy, the upstart kid he once mentored?

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Strong women, Musicians, Orphans
PlotMusic
PlaceSchool, Texas, USA, Small cities, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersArtists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceTexas
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham, realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for her guitarist, Chris Perez, who draws the ire of her father. Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersArtists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Love triangle
PlaceUSA
StyleRomantic, Action, Serious

A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersMusicians, Friends
PlotRelationship, Music, Breakup
PlaceMetro, USA, New York
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching

A long lost music producer finds a singer-songwriter right about the moment he has given up all hope on life.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersMusicians, Sisters, Mothers
PlotLove, Adventure, Money, Death, Art
PlacePrison, USA, Concerts
StyleTo cry, Gloomy, Serious

Musical prodigy, Sparkle struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother, she tries to balance a new romance with music manager Stix while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.

Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
Duration02:16
CharactersMusicians, Pianists, Actors
PlotLove, Dancing, Passion, Music, Money
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, For girls, Touching, Sad ones, Good music

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:11
CharactersHorses, Musicians, Womanizers, Guitarists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Divorce
PlaceUSA, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleAtmospheric

Singer and songwriter Hank Williams rises to fame in the 1940s, but alcohol abuse and infidelity take a toll on his career and marriage to fellow musician Audrey Mae Williams.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
CharactersDogs, Gay, Musicians, Alcoholics, Singers
PlotLove, Dancing, Relationship, Motorcycles, Drug addict
PlaceHotels, USA
StyleInteresting, Romantic, Unexpected ending, Cute, Soulful

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer — until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersJews, Friends, Artists
PlaceNew York, Los Angeles
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Jess Robin dreams of a career in popular music, but his father, Cantor Rabinovitch, forbids it, insisting Jess live as a traditional Jew and inherit his position at the synagogue. With the help of friend and professional musician Bubba, Jess gets a chance to go to Los Angeles and have famous singer Keith Lennox record one of his songs. Defying both his father and his wife, Jess leaves New York to pursue his dreams.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersMusicians, Family, Students, Celebrities, Singers
PlotDancing, Soccer, Music, Friendship, Mental disorders
PlaceAircraft, USA, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think

In 1999, teenage sisters Celeste and Eleanor survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of a catastrophe - while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, Celeste is a mother to a teenage daughter of her own and is struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersMusicians
PlotMusic, Loneliness
StyleRomantic, Soulful, By books, Gloomy, Touching

Legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard teaches young Rick Martin everything he knows about playing, so Rick becomes a star musician, but a troubled marriage and the desire to play pure jazz instead of commercial swing songs cause him problems.

Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, music
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:35
PlotDancing, Passion, Music, Hip Hop, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleRomantic, Light, Fascinating, Serious

All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:19
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Friendship
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Heartbreaking, Serious

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersTeens, Cinderella, Musicians
PlotOn real events, Music, Death
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryNetherlands
CharactersLesbians, Musicians, Losers
PlotLove, Passion
PlaceParty
StyleTo cry, Explicit scenes, Touching, Serious

19-year old Belle practices playing the violin diligently, but is unable to impart her music with a sensitive undertone. Her life changes when she discovers that sexual desire stimulates passion in her music.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersRappers, Artists
PlotMusic, Hip Hop
PlaceUSA
StyleFancy, Gloomy

I'm Still Here is a portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, the film follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip-hop musician. The film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads and explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersGangsters, Musicians, Rappers, Friends, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events, Travel, Music, Art, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, USA, Night Clubs, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Serious

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryGermany, Italy
Duration01:57
CharactersGeniuses, Musicians, Womanizers
PlotPassion, Music, Success
PlaceItaly
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, detective, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Old man
PlotAdventure, Travel, Music, Supernatural, Fate
PlaceNew York
StyleLight, To cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Serious

Cult classic starring Ralph Macchio as a want-to-be blues guitar virtuoso who seeks a long-lost song by legendary musician Robert Johnson.





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