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: 129 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: intense, atmospheric, captivating, realistic, sexy, stylized, light, clever, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: jazz, mafia, gangsters, music, crimes, nightclub, prohibition, gang war, love triangle, love and romance, rivalry, ambition, brothers, organized crime, racism, nudity (full frontal - brief), jazz musician, trumpet player, jazz club, interracial relations, dancing, musician, violence, african american, broadway ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 80s, 70s, year 1929, 30s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem 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, dialogue, storytelling, brutality, runaway, mentor and culture clash mostly in Drama, Crime and Music genres. Some movies like The Cotton Club: The Godfather (1972), Harlem Nights (1989), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Mo' Better Blues (1990), New York, New York (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, epic, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, crime family, crimes, greed, pride and honor, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, patriarch ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, bronx new york city, sicily, manhattan new york city ...
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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: funny, stylized, humorous, harsh, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, nightclub, organized crime, african american, mafia, bully, corruption, gang, crimes, friends, rivalry, boxing ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sexy, sentimental, light, serious, rough ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: dancing, disco, slut, working class, dancer, nightclub, slutty attitude, music, dysfunctional family, teenager, dance performance, dance contest ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 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, sexy, clever ...
Plot: jazz, music, friendship, musician's life, rivalry, nudity (full frontal - brief), jealousy, saxophonist, romance, fall in love, jazz musician, gambling ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1969, 60s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: realistic, stylized, dramatic, bad ending, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, musician, music, saxophonist, fall in love, world war two, jazz musician, orchestra, composer, nightclub, marriage, catastrophe ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city
⇓ 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: epic, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, revenge, criminal heroes, melancholy, crime boss, ambition, rise to the top, corrupt politician, cosa nostra ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: cuba, new york, italy, las vegas, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 5K
Kansas City (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Thriller
Country: USA, France
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, neo noir, feel good, visually appealing ...
Plot: jazz, kidnapping, gangsters, crimes, politics, musician, violence, political corruption, corruption, kidnapped wife, teenage girl, pregnant teenager ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: missouri, kansas city, usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 12K
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, dramatic, entertaining, splatter, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crimes, violence, betrayal, death, corruption, gunfight, african american, great depression, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, california, illinois, usa
⇓ 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, neo noir, dramatic, bad ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, violence, guilt, murder, assassination, crimes, incest, opera, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1980
Place: italy, new york, palermo italy, sicily, vatican ...
⇓ 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: noir, neo noir, sexy, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: gangsters, jazz, crimes, nightclub, culture clash, crime gone awry, corruption, runaway, violence, chase, technology, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, california, las vegas, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: melancholic, epic, atmospheric, breathtaking, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, prohibition, friendship, rape, betrayal, mafia, gunfight, criminal heroes, corruption, crimes, police corruption ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 1920s, year 1984, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 6K
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, erotic, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: gangsters, hip hop, african american, nightclub, musician's life, artists and showbiz, crimes, rivalry, love and romance, music, husband wife relationship, talking to the dead ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: stylized, serious, realistic, talky, erotic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, high school, interracial relations, crimes, athlete's life, culture clash, society, musician's life, racism, city life, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, new jersey, california, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.9
 9K
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: suspense, talky, intense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, organized crime, friendship, mafia, betrayal, vengeance, greed, murder, criminal heroes, tough heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: new york, las vegas, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Mambo Kings tells the story of César and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians who flee from Cuba to America in search of the American Dream.
Style: sentimental, emotional, melancholic, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, rags to riches, latin, performer's life, musician's life, romance, family relations, brother brother relationship, sibling rivalry, fame, true love, love story ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: cuba, new york, havana cuba, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
'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: sexy, talky, atmospheric, inspirational, enigmatic ...
Plot: jazz, addiction, music, musician, friendship, alcohol abuse, rock and roll, bittersweet, drug addiction, solitude, segregation, transformation ...
Time: 60s, 1930s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: realistic, inspirational, talky, stylized, intense ...
Plot: musician's life, rock and roll, singer, music, musician, blues, music business, jazz, greed, rags to riches, showbiz, success ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland, mississippi, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: neo noir, atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, corruption, betrayal, irish mob, violence, love triangle, blackmail, loyalty, crimes, jewish ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: talky, atmospheric, tragicomedy, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, jazz, musician, infidelity, love and romance, musician's life, fall in love, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, art, artist, music business ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, light, cynical, twists and turns, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hotel, brother brother relationship, nightclub, jazz, audition, dog, music, musician, piano, nudity (full frontal - brief), rock and roll, love triangle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, new jersey, washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: realistic, gloomy, talky, factual, melancholic ...
Plot: jazz, drug abuse, drug addiction, musician, music, african american, racism, sexual abuse, addiction, bittersweet, women, blues ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: usa, baltimore, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, serious, touching, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, ambition, musician's life, love affair, racism, artists and showbiz, society, music, rising to stardom, discrimination, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.1
 13K
Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, sexy, psychological, gloomy, factual ...
Plot: jazz, music, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, musician, rock and roll, tragedy, character study, childhood, drug addiction, self destructing ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 3.3
 251
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, entertaining, disturbing, inspirational ...
Plot: hip hop, jazz, rivalry, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, gangsters, music, showbiz, drug dealing, follow your dream, rise and fall, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 29K
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, intense, stylized, talky, suspense ...
Plot: mafia, casino, gangsters, crimes, gambling, hollywood, jewish, organized crime, rise and fall, ambition, bohemian life, elimination ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1945, 70s
Place: las vegas, usa, new york, los angeles, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 22K
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, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: musician, rivalry, motorcycle, sensuality, music, human spirit, african american, dysfunctional family, redemption, aspiring singer, nudity (full frontal - brief), rock and roll ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: minneapolis minnesota, minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: intense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, gangsters, vengeance, crimes, violence, organized crime, murder, love triangle, haunted by the past, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, boston, ireland, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.9
 12K
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.
Style: sexy, stylized, twists and turns, light, visually appealing ...
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crimes, nude swimming, teenage boy, great depression, lake, waterfall, coming of age, lawyer, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 10K
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, serious, sincere
Plot: punk, rock music, rock band, music band, punk rock, music, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, clubbing, nightclub ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 9K
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: neo noir, talky, light, visually appealing, allegory ...
Plot: gangsters, crimes, organized crime, mafia, vengeance, murder, labor union, flashback, insanity, violence, corpse, strike ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%