10 best movies like Hairspray (1988)

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Hairspray 1988
'Pleasantly Plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

List of the best movies like Hairspray (1988): Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, A Prairie Home Companion, Fame, Coyote Ugly, The Jazz Singer, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Lemonade Mouth, Footloose, One Chance, Pump Up the Volume.

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Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (2011)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, family, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:57

After a talent scout spots her performing with her dog Boi at a charity gala, Sharpay Evans sets off for the bright lights of NYC, convinced instant fame and fortune are in the bag. But theatre's a dog-eat-dog world. Fortunately, Sharpay also meets Peyton, a handsome student filmmaker who finds Sharpay nearly as fascinating as she finds herself.

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, western, music
CountryUSA

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court

Fame (2009)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical
CountryUSA
Duration01:47

An updated version of the 1980 musical, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Coyote Ugly (2000)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:37

Graced with a velvet voice, 21-year-old Violet Sanford heads to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter only to find her aspirations sidelined by the accolades and notoriety she receives at her "day" job as a barmaid at Coyote Ugly. The "Coyotes" as they are affectionately called tantalize customers and the media alike with their outrageous antics, making Coyote Ugly the watering hole for guys on the prowl.

The Jazz Singer (1927)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:28

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.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, family, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

It's almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor ― and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has these Wildcats thinking they need to do something they'll remember forever. Together with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical reflecting their hopes and fears about the future and their unforgettable experiences growing up together. But with graduation approaching and college plans in question, what will become of the dreams, romances, and friendships of East High's senior Wildcats?

Lemonade Mouth (2011)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, musical, family, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:43

The story follows five disparate high school students - Olivia, Mo, Charlie, Stella, and Wen who meet in detention. They realize they are destined to rock, and ultimately form a band that becomes a champion for students sidelined by the high school elite.

Footloose (2011)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:53

Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where loud music and dancing are prohibited. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel in the process.

One Chance (2013)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:43

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.

Pump Up the Volume (1990)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryCanada, USA
Duration01:42

Mark Hunter is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to suburban Arizona from New York. Unbeknownst to his parents and peers, at 10pm each school night Mark takes to the shortwave radio in his basement and transforms into pirate DJ "Hard Harry". Mark's show, at once thoughtful and profane, becomes an underground hit with students at his high school, inspiring the wrath of his principal and the Federal Communications Commission [FCC].

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Step Up All In (2014)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:35

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.

Hair (1979)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, military
CountryWest Germany, USA
Duration02:01

"Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. Claude heads to New York upon receiving his draft notice, leaving the family ranch in Oklahoma. He arrives in New York where he is rapidly indoctrinated into the youth subculture before reporting in for boot camp.

The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genrecomedy, drama, musical, family, music
CountryCanada, USA

Chanel, Dorinda, and Aqua, are off to India to star in a Bollywood movie. But when there they discover that they will have to compete against each other to get the role in the movie. Will the Cheetah's break up again?

God Save the King (2005)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountrySweden

A story about a young girl who leaves her hometown to pursue her dream of becoming a famous punk artist.

Bandslam (2009)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:51

A high school social outcast and the popular girl bond through a shared love of music.

Sweet Charity (1969)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:29

Taxi dancer, Charity continues to have faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life.

La La Land (2016)
Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
Duration02:16

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.

Joyful Noise (2012)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:57

G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir's newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group's direction as they head into a national competition.

Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:57

A Russian circus visits the US. A clown wants to defect, but doesn't have the nerve. His saxophone playing friend however comes to the decision to defect in the middle of Bloomingdales. He is befriended by the black security guard and falls in love with the Italian immigrant from behind the perfume counter. We follow his life as he works his way through the American dream and tries to find work as a musician.

Rock of Ages (2012)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, musical
CountryUSA
Duration02:03

A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

Satin (2011)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:27

A washed up Vegas lounge singer, Jack Satin (Hamilton von Watts), has no money, no job, and delusional aspirations of fame. When Jack is forced to leave Vegas, he packs up his old Cadillac and hits the road for Atlantic City. But his car dies in the desert and Jack is left stranded in the small town of Lost Springs. There, Jack meets jazz legend turned mechanic, Doc Bishop (Robert Guillaume), who helps him with his car trouble. Although Jack is far from the stage, he begins to find himself feeling at home in the small town. When he meets local bar owner, Lauren Wells (Melissa Joan Hart), Jack starts to see there is more to life than chasing fame and fortune. Doc encourages Jack to explore his true love of music, while Lauren provides the audience he has always wanted. But as Jack realizes this town has more to offer him than the bright lights of the big city, his Vegas past catches up with him -- what unfolds is comedy at the crossroads of life.

The Fighting Temptations (2003)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:03

Darrin Hill, a slick-talking but down-on- his-luck NYC advertising exec, returns to his hometown in Georgia to claim the inheritance his aunt left him. But before Darrin can collect the money, he must fulfill his aunt's final wish -- to create a local choir.

Holiday Inn (1942)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:40

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club—Holiday Inn—is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing.

Shall We Dance? (2004)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:46

Upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, a bored and overworked estate lawyer signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Marina (2013)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryBelgium, Italy

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.

Dance with Me (1998)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:06

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.

Cool as Ice (1991)
Markimdb: 2.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:31

Johnny, a freewheeling, motorcycle-riding musician, rolls into a small town with his band, and meets Kathy, an honor student who catches his eye. Meanwhile, Kathy's father, after being in the Witness Protection Program, is finally found by the two corrupt cops he escaped from years ago, who claim he owes them a lot of money.

Spike Island (2012)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryUnited Kingdom

Teenage musicians travel to England's Spike Island in the hope of attending an outdoor performance by their favorite band, the Stone Roses.

The Glenn Miller Story (1953)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:55

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.

Hairspray (2007)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada
Duration01:57

Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins. But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos.




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