Movies like Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play.
Style: suspense, uplifting, rough, serious, based on true events
Plot: blues, black american, musician, racism, african american, pianist, female protagonist, street life, stuttering, promise, fired from the job, songwriter, bigger dreams, storytelling, music band, singer, trumpet player, recording studio, racial slur, prejudice, blues music, lgbt, lesbian relationship, sex, dancing ...
Time: 1920s
Place: chicago illinois, detroit, washington d.c., memphis, alabama, georgia, atlanta georgia ...

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Most similar movies to Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and melancholic films with plots about singing, singer, drinking alcohol, drinking, cigarette smoking, african american and song mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Lackawanna Blues (2005), Patti Cake$ (2017), Dreamgirls (2006), The Cat and the Moon (2019), Cadillac Records (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Lackawanna Blues (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, family relations, family problems, friends, parents and children, youth, lifestyle, blues, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, nanny ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, russia, pennsylvania, toronto ontario canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
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Patti Cake$ (2017)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory.
Plot: aspiring musician, black american, loneliness, friendship, mother daughter relationship, rap, name calling, fired, demonstration, female protagonist, chanting, money ...
Place: new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.5
 72K
Dreamgirls (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Three young women – Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson – dream of becoming pop stars and they get their wish when they're chosen to be backup singers for the legendary James 'Thunder' Early.
Style: emotional, sentimental, lyrical, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: african american, singer, showbiz, manager, performer's life, fame, backstage, show business, singing, soul music, lifestyle, musician ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: detroit, los angeles, usa, michigan, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Cat and the Moon (2019)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Nick comes to New York to temporarily live with a jazz musician friend of his late father's named Cal while his mom is in rehab. During his time in the city, he befriends a group of kids who show him what New York has to offer.
Style: captivating, unusual plot structure, psychological, contemplative, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: 18 year old, friendship, teenage boy, male camaraderie, love triangle, musician, loss of father, drug dealer, teenager, african american, black american, underage drinking ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, blues, musician, rock and roll, music, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.8
 107K
Sound of Metal (2019)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent a relapse and help ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, melancholic, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: drums, heavy metal, deaf, musician, deafness, drummer, deaf man, sign language, emotional abuse, music, ambition, musician's life ...
Place: missouri, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.7
 143K
Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, musician, pianist, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, music, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, boston, tokyo, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.9
 6K
Her Smell (2018)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.
Style: rough, psychological, captivating, art house
Plot: mother daughter relationship, rock music, addiction, rock band, mental illness, female protagonist, drug use, friendship, husband wife relationship, apology, singer, drinking ...
Place: europe, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 5.8
 17K
Vox Lux (2018)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1999, teenage sisters Celeste and Eleanor survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of a catastrophe - while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. ...
Style: inspirational, exciting, thought provoking, rough, suspense
Audience: family outing
Plot: pop star, female singer, mother daughter relationship, symbol, illness, transformation, hopes, family relations, friendship, parents and children, family, adaptation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 2000s, year 1986, year 2000 ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 40K
Hustle & Flow (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: hip hop, rapper, midlife crisis, musician, career, singer, drug dealing, life is a bitch, human spirit, hip hop culture, unfulfillment, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: memphis, tennessee, usa, mount everest, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 13K
Wild Rose (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young Scottish singer, Rose-Lynn Harlan, dreams of making it as a country artist in Nashville after being released from prison.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, humorous
Plot: country music, women's prison, mother daughter relationship, bigger dreams, mother daughter reunion, female protagonist, rehearsal, band, release from prison, musician, promise, singer ...
Time: year 1943
Place: glasgow scotland, nashville tennessee, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Black Snake Moan (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, is looking everywhere for love, but never quite finding it.
Style: psychological, rough, sexy, sexual, emotional ...
Plot: sex addict, redemption, blues, injury, musician, nymphomaniac, captive, exploitation, abuse, nervous breakdown, sexual promiscuity, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tennessee, usa, mississippi, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.7
 405
Killer Diller (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A guitar playing car thief meets an autistic savant piano player, and together they transform a group of reluctant halfway house convicts into The Killer Diller Blues Band.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching, captivating ...
Plot: blues, autism, prodigy, musician's life, ambition, fish out of water, criminal heroes, crimes, partners, misfit, prison life, college ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
 11K
Bamboozled (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: TV producer Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) becomes frustrated when network brass reject his sitcom idea. Hoping to get fired, Delacroix pitches the worst idea he can think of: a minstrel show. The network not only airs it, but it incredibly becomes ...
Style: thought provoking, humorous, semi serious, witty, contemplative ...
Plot: racism, overnight success, rise and fall, society, showbiz, media satire, tv show, satire, artists and showbiz, ambition, censorship, audition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, alabama, iowa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.2
 86
Dischord (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On the brink of her world tour, at the height of her success, alternative rock violinist, Gypsy, put down her violin and walked away... A man brutally beats his girlfriend to death and tosses her remains into a local river... A retired Boston PD ...
Style: serious, suspense, suspenseful, rough
Plot: police detective, investigation, musician, police, love, murder, obsession, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love triangle, rock star, lie, beaten to death ...
Place: new england, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The High Note (2020)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis, a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires ...
Style: light, sweet, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: assistant, pop star, ambition, relationship vs career, musician, personal assistant, music, strong female presence, singer, artists and showbiz, showbiz, talent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989, year 1970
Place: usa, los angeles, detroit, miami, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Sylvie's Love (2020)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father’s record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success.
Style: romantic, captivating, entertaining
Plot: fall in love, love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, musician, romantic relationship, music, relationships, love and romance, dating, male female relationship, romance ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, year 1967, year 1968, year 1962 ...
Place: atlanta georgia, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem, detroit ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 2K
Times Square (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York by its ears.
Style: exciting, cynical, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: hospital, punk, runaway, gays and lesbians, artists and showbiz, misfit, coming of age, music, life is a bitch, music band, fugitives, rebellion ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 7.2
 103K
Fences (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1950s Pittsburgh, a frustrated African-American father struggles with the constraints of poverty, racism, and his own inner demons as he tries to raise a family.
Style: emotional, twists and turns, talky, intense, depressing ...
Plot: father son relationship, husband wife relationship, domineering father, african american, family, working class, twists & turns, garbage collector, violent, brutality, father, greed ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
One Night in Miami... (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the aftermath of Cassius Clay's defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964, the boxer meets with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown to change the course of history in the segregated South.
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, buddy movie, suspense
Plot: boxer, fight for justice, friendship between men, injustice, inequality, racial injustice, racism, victory, social injustice, motel, islam, civil rights movement ...
Time: year 1965, year 1964, year 1963, 1960s, 60s
Place: miami, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.8
 33K
54 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shane, a Jersey boy with big dreams, crosses the river in hopes of finding a more exciting life at Studio 54. When Steve Rubell, the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Shane from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightclub, disco, drug abuse, nightlife, lifestyle, addiction, drugs/alcohol, clubbing, party, father son relationship, bartender, money ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, bahamas, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.2
 431K
Green Book (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, China
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line relied on ...
Style: uplifting, road movie, captivating, feel good, funny ...
Plot: friendship, interracial friendship, racism, road trip, journey, racial prejudice, friend, driver, blacks and whites, racial slur, musician, pianist ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962, 2010s, 20th century
Place: bronx new york city, southern usa, america, pittsburgh, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 3K
Songcatcher (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, lyrical ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: culture clash, romance, opposites attract, love and romance, social differences, fish out of water, human nature, isolation, sister sister relationship, arson, murder, mountain ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: appalachia, england, scotland, spain, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: hip hop, success, follow your dream, underdog, music, street gang, musician's life, rap, urban ghetto life, hopes, family relations, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1995, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-n-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, family relations, romance, crumbling marriage, love affair, family problems, fall in love, couple relations, parents and children, couples, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, memphis, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
 24K
Get on Up (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, talky, heartbreaking ...
Plot: soul music, music, friendship, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, showbiz, rise to the top, blind ambition, black man ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1950s, 80s, 60s ...
Place: usa, georgia, south carolina, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.7
 4K
Bessie (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, factual, gloomy
Plot: blues, rise to the top, musician's life, blues music, artists and showbiz, music, ambition, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, black lgbt, female protagonist, black woman ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 30s, 20s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, tennessee, new york, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 6K
Hounddog (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.
Style: touching, serious, stylized, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child molester, blues, domestic violence, life is a bitch, family problems, escape from reality, youth, music, solace, oldies, child's point of view ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 22K
Last Days (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.
Style: psychedelic, bleak, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: musician, singer, addiction, rock, isolation, drug abuse, lifestyle, musician's life, life is a bitch, music, depression, artists and showbiz ...
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 358K
A Star is Born (2018)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer – until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sincere, captivating, rockumentary ...
Plot: falling in love, singer, showbiz, alcoholic, fame, concert, aspiring singer, country music, talent, addiction, brother brother relationship, pop star ...
Time: 2010s
Place: arizona, boston, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%