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Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Comedy, Musical, Romance

Singin' In The Rain (1952)

1927 Hollywood. Monumental Pictures' biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed. Both perpetuate the public perception if only to please their adoring fans and bring people into the movie theaters. In reality, Don barely tolerates her, while Lina, despite thinking Don beneath her, simplemindedly believes what she sees on screen in order to bolster her own stardom and sense of self-importance. R.F. Simpson, Monumental's head, dismisses what he thinks is a flash in the pan: talking pictures. It isn't until _The Jazz Singer (1927)_ (qv) becomes a bona fide hit which results in all the movie theaters installing sound equipment that R.F. knows Monumental, most specifically in the form of Don and Lina, have to jump on the talking picture bandwagon, despite no one at the studio knowing anything about the technology. Musician Cosmo Brown, Don's best friend, gets hired as Monumental's ideas man and musical director. And by this time, Don has secretly started dating Kathy Selden, a chorus girl who is trying to make it big in pictures herself. Don and Kathy's relationship is despite their less than friendly initial meeting. Cosmo and Kathy help Don, who had worked his way up through the movie ranks to stardom, try make the leap to talking picture stardom, with Kathy following along the way. However, they have to overcome the technological issues. But the bigger problem is Lina, who will do anything to ensure she also makes the successful leap into talking pictures, despite her own inabilities and at anyone and everyone else's expense if they get in her way, especially Kathy as Don's off screen girlfriend and possibly his new talking picture leading lady. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, seduction, jealousy, betrayal, friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:america, kitchen, nightclub
Characters:actress, american, actor, musician, dancer, friend, boy, singer
Period:1920s
Story:chorus girl, theater curtain, orchestra conductor, movie fan, straw hat, man wearing a wig, theatre audience, hidden microphone, clown costume, pearl necklace, spinning newspaper, hollywood california, piano player, kissing in the rain, famous song, sword fight, los angeles california, title based on song, tap dancing, reference to a tale of two cities

The Artist (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Artist (2011)

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, friendship
Characters:actress, actor, dancer, friend
Period:1920s
Story:orchestra conductor, theatre audience, hollywood california, sword fight, tap dancing, talkie, screening room, flapper, silent filmmaking, marquee, movie premiere, film premiere, morning, movie studio, megaphone, contract, poster, dressing room, tuxedo, film producer

La La Land (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance

La La Land (2016)

Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that 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. (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Characters:actress, musician, dancer, singer
Story:pianist, hollywood california, piano player, los angeles california, stage door, morning, fedora, lip synching, true love, contract, recording studio, dressing room, movie theatre, audience, watching a movie, applause, fired from the job, video camera, piano, slow motion scene

Man On The Moon (1999)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

Man On The Moon (1999)

Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian 'Andy Kaufman (I)' (qv). Kaufman, along with his role on _"Taxi" (1978)_ (qv), was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. After beating women time and time again, 'Jerry Lawler' (qv) (who plays himself in the movie), a professional wrestler, got tired of seeing all of this and decided to challenge Kaufman to a match. In most of the matches the two had, Lawler prevailed with the piledriver, which is a move by spiking an opponent head-first into the mat. One of the most famous moments in this feud was in the early 80s when Kaufman threw coffee on Lawler on _"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)_ (qv), got into fisticuffs with Lawler, and proceeded to sue NBC. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:nightclub
Characters:actor, boy, singer, friend
Story:theatre audience, hollywood california, title based on song, funny accent, theatrical agent, insult, partner, watching a movie, cake, wig, fired from the job, microphone, manhattan new york city, song, new york city, singing

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Mood:satire
Characters:american, musician, singer
Story:fiddle, megaphone, poster, recording studio, fan, movie theatre, audience, watching a movie, lifting someone into the air, performance, applause, microphone, secret, gangster, crying, singing, explosion, dancing

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. This is why Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:boy, actress, actor, musician, dancer, friend
Story:theatre audience, secret, silent filmmaking, poster, movie theatre, orchestra, ladder, audience, watching a movie, film history, applause, falling in love, statue, film director, montage, newspaper, book, slow motion scene, crying, explosion

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, betrayal, friendship
Locations:nightclub
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Story:theatre audience, pearl necklace, biplane, obsessive love, airplane accident, unconsciousness, cane, irony, movie theatre, watching a movie, pianist, statue, candle, piano, lie, book, motorcycle, rain, song, crying

Ed Wood (1994)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

Ed Wood (1994)

Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director 'Edward D. Wood Jr. (I)' (qv) is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous 'Bela Lugosi' (qv) and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed's off-kilter vision, the filmmaker is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:actress, actor, friend
Story:man wearing a wig, hollywood california, los angeles california, film premiere, cigarette holder, movie studio, dressing room, film producer, black and white, film within a film, film director, secret, title spoken by character

Blazing Saddles (1974) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Comedy, Western

Blazing Saddles (1974)

The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar ('Harvey Korman' (qv)), a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor ('Mel Brooks' (qv)). Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff ('Cleavon Little' (qv)) in the west. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Characters:american, actor, musician, dancer, singer
Story:theatre audience, los angeles california, grauman's chinese theater, funny accent, sound stage, marquee, movie studio, pun, movie theatre, stupidity, orchestra, slapstick comedy, film within a film, film director, piano, song, singing, explosion, dancing, flashback

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Locations:nightclub
Story:sword fight, rainstorm, henchman, statue, necklace, candle, piano, secret, love triangle, sword, slow motion scene, motorcycle, new york city, party, explosion, flashback

The School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. This is why The School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician, boy, singer, friend
Story:los angeles california, musical instrument, poster, pianist, fired from the job, montage, piano, lie, secret, song, singing, title spoken by character

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, jealousy
Characters:singer, friend
Story:famous song, sword fight, candelabra, true love, rainstorm, slapstick comedy, reference to william shakespeare, wig, montage, candle, piano, love triangle, sword, slow motion scene, party, singing, explosion, title spoken by character, dancing, flashback

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Comedy

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America by his government to make a documentary about American society and culture. Borat takes a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in a quest to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer encounter a country full of strange and wonderful Americans, real people in real chaotic situations with hysterical consequences. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:america
Characters:american, actress, dancer, singer, friend
Story:california, los angeles california, bush, stupidity, suitcase, costume, microphone, manhattan new york city, rain, song, new york city, singing, dancing

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:actor, dancer, boy, friend
Story:candelabra, sitting, table, laughing, slapstick comedy, lifting someone into the air, hat, wig, femme fatale, candle, book, love triangle, sword, rain, explosion, title spoken by character, dancing, flashback

King Kong (2005)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

King Kong (2005)

Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann is its grasps. Carl and Ann's new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. But Carl has another plan in mind. (Read More)

Characters:actress, actor
Story:screening room, lifting an adult into the air, vaudeville, acrobatics, biplane, broadway manhattan new york city, airplane accident, true love, film producer, rainstorm, ladder, movie star, lifting someone into the air, film within a film, film director, manhattan new york city, new york city, dancing

Some Like It Hot (1959)
Comedy, Romance

Some Like It Hot (1959)

When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. This is why Some Like It Hot (1959) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:seduction, betrayal
Characters:musician, dancer, boy, singer
Period:1920s
Story:pearl necklace, tossing coin, speakeasy, flapper, theatrical agent, violin, ladder, cake, henchman, wig, suitcase, candle, newspaper, lie, love triangle, gangster, song, party, singing, title spoken by character

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who's devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he's checking in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she's lost, and what about Rachel? (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, friendship
Mood:satire
Characters:musician, actress, singer, friend
Story:theatre audience, pearl necklace, piano player, los angeles california, treadmill, recording studio, microphone, piano, lie, song, crying, singing, flashback

Team America: World Police (2004)
Action, Comedy

Team America: World Police (2004)

The North American counter-terrorism force Team America attacks a group of terrorists in Paris. Later, the leader of the organization, Spottswoode, invites the famous Broadway actor Gary Johnston to join his world police and work undercover in Cairo, infiltrating a terrorist organization in the hope they will disclose their plan of destroying the world. Team America destroy the cell of terrorists, but then the Panama Canal is attacked by the criminals as a payback. Gary feels responsible for the death of many innocents and leaves the counter-terrorism organization. When the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, joins a group of pacifist actors and actresses with the intention of using weapons of massive destruction, Team America tries to avoid the destruction of the world. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Mood:satire
Locations:america
Characters:american, actor
Story:hollywood california, sword fight, los angeles california, airplane accident, manhattan new york city, sword, slow motion scene, motorcycle, new york city, explosion, title spoken by character

Casablanca (1942)
Drama, Romance, War

Casablanca (1942)

The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick's cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa, a former lover of Rick's, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Locations:america, nightclub
Characters:american, musician, singer
Story:piano player, famous song, sitting, extortion, tuxedo, rainstorm, casino, pianist, piano, love triangle, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, flashback

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician, dancer, singer, friend
Story:title based on song, title sung by character, lifting an adult into the air, true love, ladder, lifting someone into the air, pianist, suitcase, piano, book, slow motion scene, motorcycle, song, crying, punctuation in title, new york city, party, singing, dancing, flashback

J. Edgar (2011) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

J. Edgar (2011)

Biopic of J. Edgar Hoover told by Hoover as he recalls his career for a biography. Early in his career, Hoover fixated on Communists, anarchists and any other revolutionary taking action against the U.S. government. He slowly builds the agency's reputation, becoming the sole arbiter of who gets hired and fired. One of his hires is Clyde Tolson who is quickly promoted to Assistant Director and would be Hoover's confidant and companion for the rest of Hoover's life. Hoover's memories have him playing a greater role in the many high profile cases the FBI was involved in - the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the arrest of bank robbers like John Dillinger - and also show him to be quite adept at manipulating the various politicians he's worked with over his career, thanks in large part to his secret files. This is why J. Edgar (2011) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, friendship
Locations:nightclub
Characters:american, friend
Period:1920s
Story:movie premiere, extortion, movie theatre, ladder, audience, watching a movie, hat, applause, fired from the job, microphone, newspaper, book, secret, gangster, crying, punctuation in title, explosion, dancing, flashback

The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)
Drama, Musical, Romance, Thriller

The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

Begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protege lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Characters:singer, musician, dancer, friend
Story:chorus girl, theatre audience, sword fight, black and white segues into color, dressing room, black and white, lifting someone into the air, performance, costume, candle, sword, slow motion scene, singing, explosion, title spoken by character, dancing, flashback

Kick-ass (2010)
Action, Comedy

Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Locations:kitchen
Story:fan, book, lifting someone into the air, henchman, wig, costume, montage, video camera, secret, sword, slow motion scene, gangster, punctuation in title, new york city, explosion, title spoken by character, flashback

Last Action Hero (1993)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Last Action Hero (1993)

Young Danny Madigan is a big fan of Jack Slater, a larger-than-life action hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. When his best friend, Nick the projectionist, gives him a magic ticket to the new Jack Slater film, Danny is transported into Slater's world, where the good guys always win. One of Slater's enemies, Benedict the hitman, gets hold of the ticket and ends up in Danny's world, where he realises that if he can kill Schwarzenegger, Slater will be no more. Slater and Danny must travel back and stop him. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Characters:actor, friend
Story:fan, sword fight, los angeles california, movie premiere, film premiere, pun, 20th century, movie theatre, lifting someone into the air, henchman, film within a film, statue, manhattan new york city, sword, gangster, new york city, flashback

Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, friendship
Characters:dancer, boy, singer, friend
Story:kissing in the rain, harmonica, rainstorm, watching a movie, suitcase, umbrella, candle, newspaper, slow motion scene, rain, song, singing, explosion, title spoken by character, dancing, flashback

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. This is why Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen
Characters:actor, dancer, singer, friend
Story:kissing in the rain, los angeles california, tap dancing, overhead camera shot, cake, necklace, lie, sword, slow motion scene, motorcycle, rain, song, crying, party, singing, dancing

Chicago (2002)
Comedy, Crime, Musical

Chicago (2002)

Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician, singer
Period:1920s
Story:vaudeville, tap dancing, chorus girl, flapper, lifting an adult into the air, publicity, extortion, 20th century, lifting someone into the air, femme fatale, newspaper, lie, title spoken by character

Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority, but his personal struggles with a Chinese criminal mastermind named Kenji, which reveals that it's Lee's long-lost...brother. But their race will take them across the city, from the depths of the Paris underground to the breathtaking heights of the Eiffel Tower, as they fight to outrun the world's most deadly criminals and save the day. (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Characters:american, dancer
Story:sword fight, los angeles california, billboard, dressing room, fan, casino, wig, secret, sword, motorcycle, singing

Milk (2008) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, friendship
Locations:kitchen
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Story:theatre audience, trolley, megaphone, umbrella, fired from the job, california, candle, newspaper, motorcycle, rain, song, crying, singing, dancing, flashback

Before Sunrise (1995)
Drama, Romance

Before Sunrise (1995)

American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. So they pass the time before his scheduled flight the next morning together. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away? (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Characters:american, actress, actor, dancer, boy, singer
Story:morning, los angeles california, trolley, statue, lie, book, motorcycle, song, singing, explosion, dancing

This Is The End (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy

This Is The End (2013)

All 'Jay Baruchel' (qv) expected coming to LA was a fun time with 'Seth Rogen' (qv) with all the wild partying to have both by themselves and at 'James Franco' (qv)'s housewarming party. Suddenly, the Rapture hits and the Biblical Apocalypse has begun. Now, Jay and Seth are desperately sheltering in James' house for rescue along with a few other friends. Together, they must band together to attempt to survive the end of the world, only for Jay to find that they are all too dumb and superficial to do it until they discover the only way out. This is why This Is The End (2013) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:kitchen
Characters:actress, actor
Story:hollywood california, los angeles california, film within a film, montage, video camera, slow motion scene, party, singing, explosion

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Locations:kitchen, nightclub
Story:insult, tuxedo, partner, slapstick comedy, cake, casino, wig, slow motion scene, motorcycle, party, explosion, title spoken by character, flashback

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Music

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

When 'Walt Disney' (qv)'s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, 'P.L. Travers' (qv)' _Mary Poppins (1964)_ (qv), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. (Read More)

Characters:musician, singer
Story:hollywood california, los angeles california, book, movie studio, billboard, film producer, fan, movie theatre, audience, applause, pianist, microphone, california, piano, song, crying, singing, dancing, flashback

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Characters:musician, boy, singer, friend
Story:los angeles california, microphone, california, book, secret, love triangle, song, crying, new york city, party, singing, dancing

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:friendship
Mood:satire
Characters:dancer, friend
Story:street, publicity, treadmill, megaphone, jewelry, partner, applause, fired from the job, microphone, montage, candle, newspaper, manhattan new york city, lie, slow motion scene, new york city, party, title spoken by character, dancing, flashback

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. This is why Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, friendship
Locations:nightclub
Characters:american, actor, musician, singer, friend
Story:true love, sword fight, unconsciousness, lifting someone into the air, applause, film within a film, film director, montage, book, sword, song, party, singing, explosion, flashback

Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, friendship
Characters:american, dancer, singer, friend
Story:lamp post, trolley, watching a movie, applause, falling in love, suitcase, manhattan new york city, secret, love triangle, song, crying, new york city, singing, title spoken by character, dancing

Labyrinth (1986)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:sitting, jewelry, ladder, lifting someone into the air, costume, crying, candle, book, sword, slow motion scene, rain, song, singing, title spoken by character, dancing

Groundhog Day (1993)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Groundhog Day (1993)

A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting "rat" (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:musician
Story:morning, lifting an adult into the air, lifting a female into the air, musical instrument, sitting, flat tire, laughing, lifting someone into the air, hat, costume, microphone, video camera, piano, slow motion scene, song, singing, explosion, title spoken by character, dancing

Blades Of Glory (2007)
Comedy, Sport

Blades Of Glory (2007)

When rivalry between the world's best men's figure skaters - sex addicted, improvisational Chazz Michael Michaels and germophobic, precise Jimmy MacElroy - breaks into a fight on the awards platform, they're banned from the event for life. Three years later, desire for a gold medal and a careful reading of the rules lead them to compete as skating's first male-male pair. Can they overcome mutual dislike, limited time to prepare, their coach's secret past, and the dirty tricks of their main opponents, the Van Waldenberg siblings? The key to victory or defeat may lie in the attraction of the virginal Jimmy toward Katie, the Van Waldenbergs' little sister. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:kitchen
Characters:dancer, boy, singer, friend
Story:fan, gutter, treadmill, knocked unconscious, insult, performance, fired from the job, montage, lie, secret, slow motion scene, song, singing, dancing

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. This is why The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:seduction, jealousy, friendship
Characters:dancer, friend, boy, singer
Story:theatre audience, heartbeat, lip synching, harmonica, dressing room, movie theatre, reference to william shakespeare, glasses, candle, book, secret, slow motion scene, crying, party, singing, dancing, flashback

Role Models (2008)
Comedy

Role Models (2008)

Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers - Danny to Augie, a geek who loves to LARP (Live Action Role Play), and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Characters:singer
Story:sword fight, violin, watching a movie, statue, costume, microphone, montage, sword, crying, party, singing, dancing

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, betrayal, friendship
Characters:dancer, friend
Story:partner, cake, henchman, casino, suitcase, costume, montage, lie, slow motion scene, gangster, crying, explosion, title spoken by character, dancing, flashback

Home Alone (1990)
Comedy, Family

Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:america, kitchen
Characters:american, boy, friend
Story:musical instrument, tarantula, morning, curtain, bush, slapstick comedy, lifting someone into the air, hat, statue, costume, book, gangster, singing, title spoken by character, dancing

Rush Hour 2 (2001) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 2 (2001)

It's vacation time for Det. James Carter and he finds himself alongside Det. Lee in Hong Kong wishing for more excitement. While Carter wants to party and meet the ladies, Lee is out to track down a Triad gang lord who may be responsible for killing two men at the American Embassy. Things get complicated as the pair stumble onto a counterfeiting plot by L.A. crime boss Steven Reign and Triad Ricky Tan, an ex-cop who played a mysterious part in the death of Det. Lee's father. Throw in a power struggle between Tan and the gorgeous but dangerous Hu Li and the boys are soon up to their necks in fist fights and life-threatening situations. A trip back to the U.S. may provide the answers about the bombing, the counterfeiting, and the true allegiance of sexy customs agent Isabella. Then again, it may turn up more excitement than Carter was looking for during his vacation. (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Characters:american, singer
Story:partner, los angeles california, casino, statue, costume, video camera, california, secret, sword, gangster, party, singing, explosion, dancing

The Green Hornet (2011)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Green Hornet (2011)

Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet". This is why The Green Hornet (2011) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:nightclub
Story:los angeles california, fedora, henchman, statue, montage, newspaper, piano, love triangle, slow motion scene, gangster, party, explosion, title spoken by character, flashback

Public Enemies (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, betrayal, friendship
Locations:kitchen, nightclub
Characters:dancer, boy, singer, friend
Story:theatre audience, movie theatre, watching a movie, hat, street, slow motion scene, gangster, motorcycle, song, crying, singing, dancing

Hot Fuzz (2007)
Action, Comedy

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent "accidents". (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:actress, actor, boy
Story:movie fan, theatre audience, sword fight, stage door, reference to shakespeare's romeo and juliet, rainstorm, partner, fan, slapstick comedy, lifting someone into the air, cake, reference to william shakespeare, montage, slow motion scene, rain, explosion, flashback

The Invention Of Lying (2009) is one of the best movies like Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? (Read More)

Themes:seduction, jealousy, friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:kitchen
Characters:boy, friend
Story:film premiere, film producer, casino, film within a film, wig, fired from the job, montage, newspaper, lie, secret, love triangle, crying, flashback

Airplane! (1980)
Comedy

Airplane! (1980)

Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn't want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted.

Mood:satire
Locations:nightclub
Characters:american, musician
Story:spinning newspaper, sword fight, fan, slapstick comedy, watching a movie, microphone, sword, rain, song, crying, punctuation in title, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, flashback

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