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This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Music

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

In 1982 legendary British heavy metal band Spinal Tap attempt an American comeback tour accompanied by a fan who is also a film-maker. The resulting documentary, interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis, culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:docudrama,  mockumentary,  night,  spoof,  satire
Locations:airport,  hotel
Characters:waitress
Period:1980s
Story:cult music band,  fictional band,  electric guitar,  band name in title,  piano playing,  spoof documentary,  talking to the camera,  cult film,  telephone call,  spinal tap (band),  reference to k mart,  spontaneous human combustion,  shower cap,  washed out,  spontaneous combustion,  eleven,  graceland,  amplifier,  cricket bat,  reference to jack the ripper,  album,  stonehenge,  character appears on tv,  talking on phone,  reference to frank sinatra,  reference to led zeppelin,  concert tour,  cucumber,  double entendre,  blond man,  group name in title,  austin texas,  male in bathtub,  groupie,  euphemism,  caretaker,  friends who live together,  metal detector,  mime,  military base,  taking a bath,  rockumentary,  telling someone to shut up,  comedy troupe,  urban legend,  chauffeur,  recording studio,  opening a door,  taking a picture,  drummer,  rock concert,  heavy metal,  improvisation,  visit,  fake documentary,  waiter,  directorial debut,  rock 'n' roll,  scene during end credits,  grave,  limousine,  bartender,  radio,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  cult,  apology,  brunette,  four word title,  band,  gay slur,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  guitar,  piano,  rock music,  bus,  camera,  blonde,  party,  singing,  bare chested male,  independent film,  interview

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:friendship
Locations:hotel
Story:fictional band,  piano playing,  telephone call,  reference to led zeppelin,  groupie,  drummer,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  band,  f word,  telephone,  guitar,  rock music,  bus,  camera,  blonde,  party,  singing,  bare chested male,  interview

School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

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. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:electric guitar,  cult film,  telephone call,  reference to led zeppelin,  groupie,  drummer,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  scene during end credits,  apology,  band,  guitar,  piano,  rock music,  singing

The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994)
Comedy, Music

The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994)

Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transgender woman contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla. En route, it is discovered that the woman they've contracted with is Anthony's wife. Their bus breaks down, and is repaired by Bob, who travels on with them. (Read More)

Mood:night,  spoof
Story:cult film,  telephone call,  taking a bath,  opening a door,  visit,  man with glasses,  apology,  gay slur,  f word,  telephone,  bus,  blonde,  independent film

Rock Star (2001) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Drama, Music

Rock Star (2001)

Chris Cole was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily believes his talent could take him all the way - but Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for heavy metal legends Steel Dragon. By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines. But when Chris takes the stage, fronting Pennsylvania's premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, all of that disappears. Chris Cole is Bobby Beers - mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers' electrifying vocals. The night his bandmates boot him out of the group, Chris is devastated - until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: He, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from rock fan to rock god - the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants - and discovers it's not enough? (Read More)

Mood:night
Locations:airport,  hotel
Period:1980s
Story:fictional band,  cult film,  telephone call,  reference to led zeppelin,  groupie,  recording studio,  rock concert,  heavy metal,  limousine,  band,  rock music,  bus,  bare chested male

Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Music, Musical

Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (2006)

This is the story of a friendship that changes the course of rock history forever, of the fateful collision of minds between JB and KG that led to the creation of the precedent-shattering band Tenacious D, and of the two heroes' quest to find the fabled Guitar Pick Of Destiny...

Themes:friendship
Mood:satire
Story:electric guitar,  cult film,  reference to led zeppelin,  rock 'n' roll,  scene during end credits,  band,  gay slur,  guitar,  rock music,  party,  singing

A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Comedy, Music, Musical

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

The Beatles--the world's most famous rock and roll band--travel from their home town of Liverpool to London to perform in a television broadcast. Along the way they must rescue Paul's unconventional grandfather from various misadventures and drummer Ringo goes missing just before the crucial concert. (Read More)

Mood:night
Locations:hotel
Story:electric guitar,  cult film,  drummer,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  four word title,  band,  piano,  rock music,  camera

The Runaways (2010)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Runaways (2010)

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? (Read More)

Story:cult film,  telephone call,  recording studio,  drummer,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  limousine,  band,  f word,  guitar,  rock music,  blonde,  party,  singing,  independent film

I'm Not There (2007) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:airport
Story:electric guitar,  talking to the camera,  cult film,  telephone call,  concert tour,  rock 'n' roll,  limousine,  man with glasses,  band,  reporter,  guitar,  piano,  bus,  camera,  party,  singing,  bare chested male,  interview

Once (2007)
Drama, Music, Romance

Once (2007)

An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the guy and the girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:night
Locations:airport
Story:telephone call,  recording studio,  drummer,  band,  f word,  guitar,  piano,  bus,  singing,  independent film

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:spoof,  satire
Period:1980s
Story:electric guitar,  piano playing,  cult film,  telephone call,  comedy troupe,  man with glasses,  gay slur,  telephone,  guitar,  piano,  blonde,  singing,  bare chested male

Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Period:1980s
Story:telephone call,  reference to frank sinatra,  chauffeur,  recording studio,  drummer,  rock 'n' roll,  scene during end credits,  limousine,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  guitar,  piano,  rock music,  party,  singing,  bare chested male

Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Themes:friendship
Story:cult music band,  cult film,  telephone call,  rock concert,  heavy metal,  rock 'n' roll,  apology,  band,  gay slur,  guitar,  rock music,  singing

The Commitments (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Music

The Commitments (1991)

Funny, musical and occasionally dramatic, this is the story of tumultuous rise and fall of a Dublin Soul band, The Commitments. Managed by Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed wheeler and dealer with a vision to create "The Worlds Hardest Working Band".

Themes:friendship
Story:fictional band,  reference to led zeppelin,  opening a door,  visit,  brunette,  band,  f word,  blonde,  singing,  independent film

Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:friendship
Locations:airport,  hotel
Story:telephone call,  recording studio,  rock 'n' roll,  apology,  band,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  guitar,  camera,  singing,  bare chested male,  interview

24 Hour Party People (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

24 Hour Party People (2002)

Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson, Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mondays, who all become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70's to the early 90's, this comedy documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be. (Read More)

Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:talking to the camera,  recording studio,  drummer,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  grave,  band,  telephone,  guitar,  rock music,  party,  singing,  interview

Wayne's World 2 (1993) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Music

Wayne's World 2 (1993)

Wayne is back, this time trying to organize a rock festival with help from friend Garth and the spirit of Jim Morrison (Doors). Meanwhile, his girlfriend's manager is busy trying to woo her away from Wayne and move her to LA. Life gets interesting when Wayne must rush from the concert to try and stop the wedding. Aerosmith are featured at the concert. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:spoof
Story:electric guitar,  cult film,  reference to led zeppelin,  recording studio,  guitar,  rock music,  bus,  blonde,  party,  bare chested male

Shine (1996)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Shine (1996)

As a child piano prodigy, 'David Helfgott' (qv)'s musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter. When Helfgott travels to London on a musical scholarship, his career as a pianist blossoms. However, the pressures of his newfound fame, coupled with the echoes of his tumultuous childhood, conspire to bring Helfgott's latent schizophrenia boiling to the surface, and he spends years in and out of various mental institutions. (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:taking a bath,  telling someone to shut up,  opening a door,  visit,  man with glasses,  apology,  piano,  camera,  blonde,  independent film

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:night
Period:1980s
Story:electric guitar,  telephone call,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  limousine,  band,  guitar,  piano,  party,  singing

The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Locations:airport,  hotel
Story:cult film,  group name in title,  recording studio,  drummer,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  grave,  bartender,  man with glasses,  reporter,  rock music,  camera,  party,  singing,  independent film,  interview

Wayne's World (1992) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Music

Wayne's World (1992)

Wayne is still living at home. He has a world class collection of name tags from jobs he's tried, but he does have his own public access TV show. A local station decides to hire him and his sidekick, Garth, to do their show professionally and Wayne & Garth find that it is no longer the same. Wayne falls for a bass guitarist and uses his and Garth's Video contacts to help her career along, knowing that Ben Oliver, the sleazy advertising guy who is ruining their show will probably take her away from him if they fail. (Read More)

Story:cult film,  reference to led zeppelin,  drummer,  rock concert,  heavy metal,  scene during end credits,  limousine,  guitar,  rock music,  blonde,  bare chested male

Yes Man (2008)
Comedy, Romance

Yes Man (2008)

Carl Allen is at a standstill. No future... Until the day he enrolls into a personal development program based on a very simple idea: say yes to everything! Carl discovers with amazement the magical power of "Yes", and sees his professional and romantic life turned upside down overnight: an unexpected promotion and a new girlfriend. But he'll soon discover that better can be good's enemy, and that all opportunities shouldn't be taken. (Read More)

Locations:airport
Story:fictional band,  telephone call,  character appears on tv,  scene during end credits,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  band,  telephone,  guitar,  party,  singing

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
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:friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:hotel
Story:telephone call,  recording studio,  waiter,  scene during end credits,  bartender,  no opening credits,  apology,  band,  piano,  camera,  singing,  bare chested male

Music And Lyrics (2007)
Comedy, Music, Romance

Music And Lyrics (2007)

Cheery Alex Fletcher lives comfortably in Manhattan off the residuals from his 80's pop success and reprising his hits at school reunions, theme parks, and state fairs. But those gigs are declining, so he jumps at the chance to write a song and record it with reigning teen idol Cora Corman. Trouble is, he's good at melodies but needs a lyricist and has less than a week to finish. Enter Sophie Fisher, subbing for a friend who waters Alex's plants; she's a pretty good poet, quick witted, and could do it, if she'd agree. But there's some sort of shadow over her head that Alex may not be able to charm his way past. And what if they do get a song written, what then? (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:fictional band,  piano playing,  telephone call,  recording studio,  scene during end credits,  band,  piano,  singing,  bare chested male

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Locations:hotel
Story:talking to the camera,  reference to frank sinatra,  recording studio,  drummer,  radio,  band,  reporter,  guitar,  piano,  bus,  camera,  singing

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all. (Read More)

Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:telephone call,  urban legend,  rock 'n' roll,  limousine,  band,  gay slur,  reporter,  telephone,  guitar,  singing,  bare chested male,  interview

Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Locations:hotel
Story:cult film,  groupie,  recording studio,  rock 'n' roll,  limousine,  gay slur,  guitar,  rock music,  bus,  camera,  singing,  independent film

Spice World (1997)
Comedy, Family, Music

Spice World (1997)

Climb aboard the double decker Spice Bus and get ready for a madcap musical adventure with the sexy phenomenons of pop - the Spice Girls. An encounter with extra-terrestrials, a night in a haunted castle, and a moment of truth in a maternity ward are just a few of the escapades the endeavored upon as the Girls gear up for their first live concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. (Read More)

Mood:mockumentary,  night
Story:talking to the camera,  telephone call,  concert tour,  telling someone to shut up,  scene during end credits,  reporter,  bus,  singing

Airheads (1994) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Crime, Music

Airheads (1994)

Three would be rockers Chazz, Rex and Pip, known as The Lone Rangers plan to play their demo on a recording company, but then they're turned down rudely. Then they decide to try the famous rock n' roll radio station, but are not accepted either. Then they decide arm themselves with squirt guns and take the station hostage for not playing their demo. But the three get more than what they have bargained for. (Read More)

Story:fictional band,  cult film,  amplifier,  drummer,  heavy metal,  radio,  guitar,  blonde

Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:telephone call,  recording studio,  limousine,  radio,  no opening credits,  band,  reporter,  guitar,  piano,  bus,  camera,  party,  singing

Empire Records (1995)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Empire Records (1995)

A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed?

Themes:friendship
Story:talking to the camera,  cult film,  reference to led zeppelin,  scene during end credits,  brunette,  band,  rock music,  blonde,  singing,  bare chested male

That Thing You Do! (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Music

That Thing You Do! (1996)

Recounts a fable of a pop rock band formed a year after the Beatles took America by storm in early 1964. Jazz aficionado Guy Patterson, unhappily toiling in the family appliance store, is recruited into the band the Oneders (later renamed the Wonders) after regular drummer Chad breaks his arm. After Guy injects a four/four rock beat into lead singer Jimmy's ballad, the song's undeniable pop power flings the Wonders into a brief whirlwind of success, telling the tale of many American bands who attempted to grab the brass ring of rock and roll in the wake of the British Invasion. (Read More)

Story:fictional band,  recording studio,  drummer,  four word title,  band,  reporter,  rock music

Swingers (1996) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Themes:friendship
Characters:waitress
Story:cult film,  telephone call,  reference to frank sinatra,  bartender,  band,  gay slur,  f word,  telephone,  party,  singing,  independent film,  bare chested male

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:telephone call,  recording studio,  drummer,  rock 'n' roll,  band,  telephone,  guitar,  piano,  rock music,  bus,  party,  singing

Crazy Heart (2009)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. (Read More)

Story:telephone call,  album,  bartender,  apology,  band,  guitar,  piano,  bus,  camera,  singing,  bare chested male,  interview

We Are Your Friends (2015)
Drama, Music, Romance

We Are Your Friends (2015)

Cole is an aspiring DJ who spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:hotel
Characters:waitress
Story:piano playing,  talking to the camera,  scene during end credits,  grave,  no opening credits,  apology,  four word title,  party,  bare chested male

La La Land (2016) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
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)

Characters:waitress
Story:telephone call,  concert tour,  recording studio,  drummer,  no opening credits,  apology,  band,  telephone,  piano,  camera,  party,  singing

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:hotel
Story:cult film,  scene during end credits,  limousine,  bartender,  no opening credits,  band,  guitar,  piano,  party,  singing

Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama, Music, Romance

Dirty Dancing (1987)

In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner. She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to, who with and worse - that he funded the illegal abortion. He bans his daughter from any further association with "those people". In the first deliberately willful action of her life, Baby later sneaks out to see Johnny - ostensibly to apologize for her father's rudeness - and ends up consummating her relationship with Johnny. A jealous fellow vacationer sees Baby sneaking out of Johnny's bungalow the next morning, and in an act of retribution, tells management that he is responsible for a theft the evening before, knowing he would not furnish his real whereabouts. (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:cult film,  euphemism,  opening a door,  visit,  waiter,  directorial debut,  man with glasses,  apology,  brunette,  blonde,  singing,  independent film,  bare chested male

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music, Adventure

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

After a concert mishap lands Dave in the hospital, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore end up in the care of Dave's twenty-something cousin Toby. When the Chipmunks put aside their stardom to return to school to win a annual "Battle of the Bands" competition to save the school's music program. But the boys meet their match with the Chipettes, Brittany, Jeanette, & Eleanor, who are working for the Chipmunks's ex-manager Ian Hawke. Romantic sparks and crazy mishaps happen when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off. (Read More)

Locations:airport
Story:electric guitar,  telephone call,  group name in title,  scene during end credits,  limousine,  radio,  telephone,  guitar,  singing

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:hotel
Period:1980s
Story:talking to the camera,  telephone call,  waiter,  grave,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  f word,  telephone,  bus,  singing,  bare chested male,  interview

Before We Go (2014)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Before We Go (2014)

A woman misses the 1:30 train from New York to Boston and a street musician spends the night trying to help her make it back home before her husband does. Throughout the night they learn a lot about one another and eventually find a romance.

Mood:night
Locations:hotel
Story:telephone call,  directorial debut,  bartender,  telephone,  blonde,  party,  singing,  independent film

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Adam ('Tom Hiddleston' (qv)), an underground musician, reunites with his lover for centuries ('Tilda Swinton' (qv)) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by his wild and uncontrollable little sister ('Mia Wasikowska' (qv)). (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:electric guitar,  telephone call,  rock 'n' roll,  band,  f word,  telephone,  guitar,  rock music,  singing,  bare chested male

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. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:cult film,  amplifier,  drummer,  rock 'n' roll,  limousine,  man with glasses,  apology,  band,  guitar,  bus,  party,  singing,  bare chested male

Shaolin Soccer (2001) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Action, Comedy, Sport, Family

Shaolin Soccer (2001)

After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist.

Themes:friendship
Mood:spoof
Story:cult film,  telephone call,  drummer,  apology,  band,  reporter,  guitar,  bus,  camera,  singing,  bare chested male

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:friendship
Characters:waitress
Story:telephone call,  recording studio,  no opening credits,  apology,  telephone,  guitar,  bus,  singing

Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:friendship
Locations:hotel
Story:telephone call,  character appears on tv,  rock concert,  improvisation,  scene during end credits,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  reporter,  telephone,  rock music,  bare chested male

The Rocker (2008)
Comedy, Music

The Rocker (2008)

The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius, who is living the rock n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew's high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock God throne he's always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives. (Read More)

Period:1980s
Story:groupie,  recording studio,  drummer,  rock concert,  heavy metal,  band

Stranger Than Fiction (2006) is one of the best movies like This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late. (Read More)

Story:electric guitar,  cult film,  telephone call,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  apology,  telephone,  guitar,  bus,  singing

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)

The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend.

Themes:friendship
Mood:night
Locations:hotel
Story:cult film,  opening a door,  visit,  apology,  f word,  bare chested male,  independent film

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