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List of the best movies like Desert Dancer (2014): Isadora, Good Vibrations, Bound for Glory, Seven Years in Tibet, Chariots of Fire, The Greatest Showman, The Message, Selena, Rocketman, Jimmy's Hall.

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Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA, France, United Kingdom
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Ballet, Uprising
PlaceSea, School, Party
StyleFascinating, Serious

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of her time.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
PlotOn real events, Passion, Music, Obsession, Music group
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

The story of music legend Terri Hooley, a key figure in Belfast's punk rock scene. Hooley founded the Good Vibrations store from which a record label sprung, representing bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, music, biography
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Music, Friendship, Depression
PlaceDeserts, Texas
TimeThe Great Depression
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, Political
PlaceMountains, China
TimeWorld War II
StyleInspirational, Fascinating, Serious, Beautiful landscapes

Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a fellow detainee and makes his way to Llaso, Tibet, where he meets the 14-year-old Dalai Lama, whose friendship ultimately transforms his outlook on life.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceEngland, France, Scotland
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Makes me think

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided UK of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart in his single-minded quest.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, musical, biography
CharactersGiants, Lions, Businessmen, Singers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Fight, Friendship, Ballet
PlaceParty, Beach, USA
StyleExciting, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Tense

The story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryLebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Egypt
CharactersAngels, Heroes, Prophets
PlotWar, On real events, Adventure, Political
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Epic, Serious

Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, music, biography
CharactersArtists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music
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: 7.3
Genredrama, musical, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Canada
CharactersMusicians, Pianists, Celebrities, Singers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Music, Drug addict
PlaceEngland, Night Clubs, Los Angeles
StyleInspirational, Vivid

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, France
CharactersHeroes, Priests, Poor
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Boxing, Political, Uprising
PlaceVillage, Ireland
StyleFascinating, Touching, Serious

Jimmy Gralton returns from New York and reopens his beloved community hall, only to meet opposition from the local parish.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryBelgium, Italy
PlotOn real events, First love
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of Rocco Granata, an Italian coal miner's son who followed his passion for music against his father's wishes and social barriers.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia
PlotOn real events, Uprising
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, By books, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, family, music
CountryAustralia, Germany
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Students, Friends
PlotDancing, Friendship, Ballet, Competitions
PlaceSchool, Party, Australia
StyleTo cry, Fascinating

This 2017 movie follows the original dance academy TV show and tracks where the characters are in their lives now.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CharactersTeens, Nuns, Artists
PlotTravel, Life, Family life, Uprising
Time18th century
StyleGloomy, Touching, Serious

A re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Travel, Loneliness
PlaceCaves, Mountains, Deserts
StyleTense, Serious

The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Australia
CharactersWriters, Friends, Partners, Celebrities, Parents
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship, Success
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching, Heartbreaking, Serious

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Friendship
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: 6.8
Genredrama, music
CharactersTeens, Punks, Friends
PlotFriendship, Revolution, Uprising, Music group
PlaceSmall cities, Poland
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

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 social turmoil and outside perceptions.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Kenya, France
CharactersTeachers, Students
PlotOn real events
PlaceVillage, School, Africa
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryFrance, Belgium, Czech Republic
CharactersDogs, Horses, Lesbians, Actors, Artists
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Money, Weapon
PlaceSea, Mountains, Paris, France, New York
Time19th century

Nothing in her background destined Loïe Fuller from the American Midwest to become a Belle Epoque icon, even less a dancer at the Paris Opera. Even at the risk of destroying her back and burning her eyes with the stage lights, she will never falter in the quest to perfect her dance. But her encounter with Isadora Duncan, a prodigious young dancer hungry for fame and glory, will precipitate the fall of this icon at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CharactersTeens, Losers
PlotDancing, Music, Uprising
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Serious

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 after discovering he's living in a place where music and dancing are illegal.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersMusicians, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceFrance, USA
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersSlaves, Parents
PlotOn real events, Slavery, Uprising
PlaceCourt, England, Estate
Time18th century
StyleFascinating, Serious

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CharactersSingle mothers
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceUSA, Sweden, New York
StyleFascinating, Serious

"Monica Z" is a biopic about the Swedish singer and actress Monica Zetterlund focusing on her journey from a job as a telephone operator in a small town in Sweden to stardom in the clubs of New York and Stockholm.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Mexico
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Friendship, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography
CharactersDogs, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Travel, Friendship
PlaceDeserts, Australia
StyleInspirational, For girls, By books, Fascinating, Touching

Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, crime, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Sweden, Norway
CharactersGay, Musicians, Cats, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Friendship, Death, Sects
PlaceParty, Norway
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Heavy

A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1990s results in a very violent outcome.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CharactersTeachers, Friends, Poets, Poor
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Epic, Touching, Serious

In a small Turkish town, two young tuberculous poets try to survive while publishing their poems. As they both fall in love, their life would never be the same.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Mexico
PlotOn real events, Uprising
StyleAction, Fascinating, Serious

A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to working people.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, biography
PlotOn real events, Kung Fu, Martial Arts
PlaceAsia, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Touching, Serious, For men

This film is a glimpse into the life, love and the unconquerable spirit of the legendary Bruce Lee. From a childhod of rigorous martial arts training, Lee realizes his dream of opening his own kung-fu school in America. Before long, he is discovered by a Hollywood producer and begins a meteroric rise to fame and an all too short reign as one the most charasmatic action heroes in cinema history.