Movies like The Cotton Club

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The Cotton Club (1984)
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The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, intense, stylized, sentimental, serious, entertaining, nostalgic, light ...
Plot: jazz, interracial relations, nightclub, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crimes, crime, love triangle, love and romance, ambition, rivalry, trumpet player, prohibition, nudity (full frontal - brief), racism, band, mob boss, jazz club, mob, graphic violence, artists and showbiz, society, urban ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 20s, year 1929, 70s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to The Cotton Club

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and melancholic films with plots about gangsters, brutality, dialogue, storytelling, mentor, runaway and violence mostly in Drama, Crime and Music genres. Some movies like The Cotton Club: Saturday Night Fever (1977), Harlem Nights (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), New York, New York (1977), Hoodlum (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited ...
Style: serious, sexy, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: disco, dance performance, twentysomething life, ambition, romance, hopes, contests and competitions, social climbing, escape from reality, urban ghetto life, friendship, male female relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
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Harlem Nights (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: "Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any ...
Style: stylized, humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nightclub, rivalry, friends, gangsters, interracial relations, bully, police, crimes, crime, corruption, cons and scams, nightlife ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s, 80s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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100%
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, psychological, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, music, friendship, rivalry, musician's life, band, love triangle, brooklyn new york city, jealousy, saxophonist, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
New York, New York (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: An egotistical saxophone player and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long uphill climb.
Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, fall in love, saxophonist, showbiz, couple relations, relationship vs career, unsupportive spouse, artists and showbiz, ambition, crumbling marriage, rising to stardom, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Hoodlum (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, violence, murder, bandit, blood, crimes, crime, interracial relations, gambling, graphic violence, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
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The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: captivating, serious, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, lawyer, cosa nostra, mob boss, greed, corruption ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
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Kansas City (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Robert Altman's story is a riff on race, class, and power cross-cuts between the two kidnappings and the background of corrupt politics and virtuoso jazz music. It all takes place in Kansas City in 1934.
Style: atmospheric, talky, offbeat, realistic, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, gangsters, jazz, nightclub, gambling, politician, election, crime, crimes, politics, missing person, hostage ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, kansas city, kansas, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, dramatic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, ambition, rise to the top, organized crime, corruption, immigrants, melancholy, casino, mob boss ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, las vegas, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don, Michael Corleone seeks forgiveness for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.
Style: epic, stylized, saga, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, helicopter, organized crime, assassination, family relations, priest, mob boss, christianity, pope, confession, lawyer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1980, year 1979
Place: italy, new york, usa, europe, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Stormy Monday (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a corrupt American businessman tries to strong arm his way into businesses in Newcastle, England, he is thwarted by an club attendant and his waitress girlfriend.
Style: tense, atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: nightclub, gangsters, jazz, neo noir, crimes, crime, betrayal, criminal heroes, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, prostitute, music band ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, las vegas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
My Life in Idlewild (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, erotic, weird ...
Plot: gangsters, nightclub, song and dance, musician's life, artists and showbiz, hip hop, rivalry, crimes, love and romance, husband wife relationship, gangster, african american ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Black & White (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rich Bower is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, talky, psychological ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, interracial relations, high school, crime, crimes, athlete's life, culture clash, racism, social differences, city life, musician's life ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.0
 8K
Mobsters (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, betrayal, murder, crimes, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, tough heroes, blind ambition, dishonesty, organized crime ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Cadillac Records (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, rock and roll, music, blues, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Mambo Kings tells the story of C├ęsar and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians who flee from Cuba to America in search of the American Dream.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: latin, music, performer's life, musician's life, romance, true love, family relations, ambition, rags to riches, brother brother relationship, love triangle, fame ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, usa, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, gangsters, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, violence, love triangle, blackmail, jewish, mayor, gang war ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: gloomy, realistic, sentimental, touching, twists and turns ...
Plot: blues, drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, bittersweet, artists and showbiz, figment ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, baltimore, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
'Round Midnight (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Inside the Blue Note nightclub one night in 1959 Paris, an aged, ailing jazzman coaxes an eloquent wail from his tenor sax. Outside, a young Parisian too broke to buy a glass of wine strains to hear those notes. Soon they will form a friendship that ...
Style: gloomy, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: jazz, alcohol abuse, friendship, music, addiction, bittersweet, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, musician's life, showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world.
Style: tragicomedy, realistic, semi serious, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician, jazz, infidelity, music, love and romance, musician's life, nightlife, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, fall in love, actress, guitar ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: epic, melancholic, atmospheric, rough, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, rape, corruption, crimes, friendship, criminal heroes, gangster, torture, murder, prohibition, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s, 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Lawless (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: gangsters, smuggling, crimes, mafia, gang, fist fighting, gunfight, greed, rivalry, rebellion, uninhibited rivalry, ambitious ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 3K
Nina (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.
Style: captivating, touching, serious, thought provoking, controversial ...
Plot: jazz, ambition, love affair, musician's life, racism, discrimination, society, artists and showbiz, music, rising to stardom, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.1
 452
West 32nd (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When John Kim, an ambitious young lawyer, takes on a pro bono case to exonerate a fourteen-year-old boy from a first degree murder charge, he finds a world he never knew existed in the underbelly of Manhattan - the Korean underworld.
Style: atmospheric, tense, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: gangsters, lawyer, ambition, crimes, mafia, fish out of water, murder, korean american, danger, rivalry, crime, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.6
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CBGB (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: CBGB looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) in 1973 which launched thousands of bands.
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious
Plot: music, punk rock, punk, rock band, musician's life, nightlife, clubbing, ambition, artists and showbiz, music band, lifestyle, music history ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 26K
Bugsy (1991)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, serious, stylized ...
Plot: hollywood, gangsters, casino, crime, crimes, rise and fall, ambition, money, bohemian life, elimination, love affair, gambling ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play smaltzy music and have never needed a day job...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, touching, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, love triangle, nightclub, brother brother relationship, music, romance, couples, family relations, rivalry, lifestyle, ego clash, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 20K
Purple Rain (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young man with a talent for music meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs.
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: aspiring singer, rivalry, performer's life, ambition, human spirit, love and romance, artists and showbiz, sensuality, love triangle, price of fame, passion, stage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 8K
The Funeral (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story concerns the funeral of one of three brothers in a family of gangsters that lived in New York in 1930s. Details of the past of the brothers and their families are shown through a series of flashbacks.
Style: realistic, serious, cynical, tense, captivating ...
Plot: murder, labor union, mafia, violence, family relations, insanity, corpse, bedroom, great depression, strike, crime, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 3.4
 227
Know Thy Enemy (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Nemesis is the hottest rapper in rap's hottest city; Miami, the 305. But he has a little secret...he's not really a rapper. A record label discovers Nate's talent, and offers to make him a star, as a rapper. They create Nemesis, a Hip ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, captivating, inspirational, disturbing ...
Plot: hip hop, jazz, rivalry, rise to the top, showbiz, artists and showbiz, music, gangsters, family business, society, criminal's revenge, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Ash Wednesday (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, intense ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, murder, love triangle, vengeance, crimes, crime, couple relations, haunted by the past, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%