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Mo' Better Blues (1990)
 6.6
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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 and Shadow's friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, sentimental, stylized, clever, realistic, sexy, entertaining, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, music, friendship, musician's life, rivalry, band, love triangle, jealousy, saxophonist, romance, fall in love, nudity (full frontal - brief), friends, couple relations, womanizer, love and romance, artists and showbiz, urban, couples, showbiz, ego clash, unfulfillment, sexual content, profanity, trumpet player ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to Mo' Better Blues

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and melancholic films with plots about love and romance, artists and showbiz, couples, music, musician's life, dialogue and storytelling mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Mo' Better Blues: Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Jungle Fever (1991), Backbeat (1994), The Piano (1993), The Cotton Club (1984). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, ambition, celebrity culture, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
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100%
 6.6
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Jungle Fever (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: sexy, emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, interracial relations, love affair, black man white woman relationship, social differences, couples, society, romance, infidelity, prejudice, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.7
 6K
Backbeat (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chronicles the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany. The film focuses primarily on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (played by Stephen Dorff) and John Lennon (played by Ian Hart), and also with Sutcliffe's German girlfriend ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, music band, guitar, body painting, photograph, rock and roll, music, ambition, rising to stardom, love and romance, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: hamburg germany, england, northern germany, liverpool, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 82K
The Piano (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: New Zealand, Australia, France, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man ...
Style: psychological, serious, stylized, sexual, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pianist, love triangle, couples, sexual relations, love and romance, human nature, love affair, couple relations, infidelity, desire, piano, arranged marriage ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new zealand, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, interracial relations, nightclub, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crimes, crime, love triangle, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, touching, clever, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, love triangle, nightclub, brother brother relationship, music, romance, family relations, couples, rivalry, lifestyle, ego clash, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
One Night Stand (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, Max Carlyle makes a good living directing commercials and has a happy home life with his wife, Mimi, and two children. When Carlyle travels to New York City to visit his friend Charlie, who has been diagnosed with AIDS, he has repeat ...
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: male female relationship, friendship, lovers reunited, infidelity, love triangle, one night stand, adultery, couple relations, love affair, family problems, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, los angeles, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, cabaret, musical tour, unsupportive spouse, love and romance, crumbling marriage, musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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'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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, alcohol abuse, friendship, music, addiction, bittersweet, unfulfillment, drugs/alcohol, comeback, friends, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Brooklyn Babylon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, culture clash, tragic love, social decay, social differences, unlikely couple, opposites attract, musician's life, racism, love affair, fall in love ...
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Disappearing Acts (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Zora Banks is a school teacher and aspiring singer hoping to become a successful star while taking a break from heartache. Franklin Swift is a down-on-his-luck construction worker and not-quite divorced father of two hoping to start his own ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental, talky
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: couples, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love affair, looking for love, couple relations, lovers reunited, romance, opposites attract, family problems, starting over, musician's life, follow your dream ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 4.7
 15K
Staying Alive (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet - making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, cult film, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: broadway, disco, music, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, dancer's life, ambition, hopes, rising to stardom, love and romance, follow your dream, performer's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 2.3
 23K
Glitter (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young woman is catapulted into pop stardom, with her already-famous DJ boyfriend calling the shots.
Style: emotional, exciting, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: cinderella story, romance, showbiz, hopes, music, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, love affair, rising to stardom, follow your dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.2
 12K
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, factual, stylized, based on true events, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, self destructing, lifestyle, ambition, musician's life, downfall, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 40s
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Listen to Your Heart (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Danny Foster doesn't have much: an apartment as small as his paychecks, no family, and a struggling music career. Yet for him, "every day is a great day to be alive," an attitude he gained from his mother's unwavering optimism ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, family relations, fall in love, couple relations, lifestyle, musician's life, love and romance, couples, parents and children, unfulfillment, romance, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, connecticut, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.7
 3K
Paris Blues (1961)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: jazz, fall in love, nightclub, friendship, expatriate, composer, musician, friends, couples, racism, ambition, rising to stardom ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.7
 20K
Song to Song (2017)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: love triangle, music, intrigue, love and romance, ambition, rivalry, party, nightclub, restaurant, concert, record producer, musician's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: latin, music, musician's life, romance, performer's life, 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 ⇓
58%
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 7.4
 148K
Begin Again (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A long lost music producer finds a singer-songwriter right about the moment he has given up all hope on life.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, romantic, lyrical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, musician's life, city life, coping, father daughter relationship, relationships, follow your dream, betrayal, street musician, male female relationship, producer, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Welcome to L.A. (1976)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The lives and romantic entanglements of a group of young adults who have achieved "overnight" success in Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, psychological, talky ...
Plot: womanizer, family relations, dishonesty, love and romance, love triangle, looking for love, sexual relations, love affair, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.9
 471
Roseland (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: "Roseland" is made up of three stories, sometimes connecting, all set in the famed New York dance palace, and all having the same theme: finding the right dance partner.
Style: sincere, atmospheric, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, loneliness, looking for love, elderly, romance, couples, disco, party, music, ballroom dancing, nightclub, singleness ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.5
 9K
Brown Sugar (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sidney is a writer who's just left her L.A. Times music review gig to edit New York hip-hop magazine XXL. Dre is an executive with a hip-hop record company based in New York. They've known each other since they met as children, when both ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching, intense ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: hip hop, friendship, black romance, infidelity, romance, fall in love, looking for love, music, couples, music business, love triangle, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
 14K
A Late Quartet (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years ...
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, touching, intense ...
Plot: classical music, aging, rehearsal, musician's life, friendship, ego clash, intrigue, marital problem, anniversary, under the surface, overcoming, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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The Competition (1980)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, family relations, romance, music, rivalry, contests and competitions, lifestyle, prodigy, musician's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, semi serious, realistic, 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 ⇓
55%
Scenes from the Goldmine (1987)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A girl trying to make it in the 1980's New Wave rock and roll scene in L.A.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: ambition, betrayal, love affair, fall in love, infidelity, rock, tragic love, couples, friends, artists and showbiz, music band, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film is about a famous jazz saxophonist, Izzy who's life is forever changed after he is accidentally shot.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, sentimental, weird ...
Plot: murder, jazz, saxophonist, mystery, romance, couples, destructive relationship, couple relations, fall in love, musician's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, milwaukee wisconsin, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, touching, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, opposites attract, friends, couples, hanging, bittersweet, urban, city life, teenage life, youth, romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, italy, europe, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
 10K
Tender Mercies (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: character study, country music, comeback, guitar, music, starting over, musician's life, love and romance, self discovery, redemption, love affair, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Thing Called Love (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Miranda Presley moves from New York to Nashville to become a songwriter. At an unsuccessful audition she meets James Wright, a promising newcomer. After only a few days they marry but start to quickly regret it.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: country music, friendship, romance, musician's life, couple relations, couples, twentysomething life, friends, artists and showbiz, hopes, love and romance, showbiz ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, tennessee, usa, ireland, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%