Jazz movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant jazz movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, stylized, atmospheric, talky and touching films and TV shows about / with jazz, artists and showbiz, music, musician's life, musician, love and romance, ambition, couples, jazz music and lifestyle plots mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
jazz movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as jazz: Whiplash (2014), Bird (1988), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Cowboy Bebop (1998), 'Round Midnight (1986), Dingo (1991), The Cotton Club (1984), New York, New York (1977), Ray (2004), La La Land (2016).

List of jazz movies

Whiplash (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.
Style: psychological, motivational, emotional, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: obsession, musician's life, music, follow your dream, teachers and students, jazz, desire for fame, music teacher, drummer, public humiliation, musician, mentor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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, based on true events, stylized, sincere ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, lifestyle, musician's life, downfall, self destructing, saxophone, showbiz ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
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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, sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, infidelity, musician, music, musician's life, love and romance, fall in love, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, actress, guitar, music business ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: In 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident with a hyperspace gateway made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. Amid a rising crime rate, the Inter Solar System Police ...
Style: stylized, futuristic, exciting, tragicomedy, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bounty hunter, future dystopia, space travel, jazz, warrior, escapades, fighting crime, buddies, neo-noir, philosophy, hacker, good versus evil ...
Time: future, 21st century
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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: captivating, gloomy, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, alcohol abuse, music, addiction, musician's life, friends, showbiz, human nature, lifestyle, drug abuse, comeback ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s
Place: france, usa, europe, paris france
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Dingo (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Australia, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Young John Anderson is captivated by jazz musician, Billy Cross when he performs on the remote airstrip of his Western Australian outback hometown after his plane is diverted. Years later, now a family man and making a meagre living tracking dingoes ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, outback, music, ambition, human spirit, musician's life, road not taken, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: australia, europe, france, california
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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: stylized, sentimental, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: jazz, mafia, racism, music, crime, society, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, crimes, dancer's life, interracial relations, love and romance ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, grand central station manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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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: stylized, realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, saxophonist, crumbling marriage, rising to stardom, couple relations, musical tour, ambition, cabaret, showbiz, family problems, couples, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new jersey
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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, pianist, jazz, addiction, heroin, musician, civil rights, african american, guilt, music, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 30s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: usa, georgia, seattle washington, houston texas, st. louis missouri ...
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La La Land (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile ...
Style: romantic, colourful, emotional, dramatic, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: pianist, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, jazz, music, audition, jazz club, passion, dance, bigger dreams, jazz musician, jazz music, destiny ...
Place: los angeles, paris france
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Space Is the Place (1974)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Sun Ra and his Solar Myth Arkestra return to Earth after several years in space. Ra proclaims himself "the alter-destiny", meets with inner-city youths and battles with the devil himself to save the black race.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, surreal
Plot: jazz, cult, racism, musician's life, artists and showbiz, distant planet, space and aliens, music, social misfits, space travel, destiny, music band ...
Time: 70s, 1940s
Place: chicago illinois
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All Night Long (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Over the course of one eventful evening, the anniversary celebration of the musical and romantic partners Aurelius Rex and Delia Lane, a jealous, ambitious drummer, Johnny Cousin, attempts to tear the interracial couple apart.
Style: serious, atmospheric, offbeat, tense, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, mind game, music, love and romance, artists and showbiz, interracial relations, unfulfillment, couple relations, rising to stardom, breaking point, dishonesty, downfall ...
Time: 60s
Place: london, england, east end london
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Night Owl (1993)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: New York: Every night the mysterious "Night Owl" goes on the air with her moody radio show. She seems to have an inexplicable influence on some men; several of Julie's friends commit suicide while listening to her voice. She fears for ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, radio show, siren, suicide, radio, paranormal, crimes, crime, dangerous attraction, curses spells and rituals, danger, amateur detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
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Mickey One (1965)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A former comic is on the run from the mob.
Style: atmospheric, serious, stylized, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: jazz, neo noir, on the run, paranoia, debt, nightclub, gangsters, crime, crimes, chases and races, artists and showbiz, neo-noir ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, detroit, chicago illinois
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Crazy (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: jazz, infidelity, doctor, guitar, assassination, womanizer, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, relationship vs career ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 40s, 70s, 50s ...
Place: usa, tennessee, chicago illinois
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Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: jazz, music, mogul, friends, musician's life, urban, aristocracy, lifestyle, society, ambition, music band, blacks and whites ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: london, england
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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.
Style: atmospheric, touching, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: seduction, jazz, jewish, painting, alcohol abuse, pop star, songwriter, beach, composer, song, singer, music ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s ...
Place: france, europe, tokyo
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Chico & Rita (2010)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
Style: serious, emotional, stylized, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: jazz, deportation, pianist, love and romance, romance, music, artists and showbiz, relationship vs career, hopes, couple relations, follow your dream, immigrants ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 40s
Place: cuba, usa, latin america, las vegas, europe ...
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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, clever, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, nightclub, love triangle, music, romance, rivalry, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couple relations, relationship vs career, fall in love, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, new jersey
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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: millionaire, cat, fashion, broken engagement, romance, looking for love, love triangle, love and romance, free spirited, jazz, opposites attract, social climbing ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, brazil
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Tony Takitani (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed they lack feeling. Used to being ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, shopping, jazz, solitude, clothes, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, couple relations, dealing with death, unfulfillment, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.
Style: feel good, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, love affair, looking for love, musician's life, couples, breakup, romance, love and romance, performer's life, young lovers, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, boston
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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: serious, captivating, realistic, touching
Plot: jazz, love and romance, artists and showbiz, interracial relations, music, r&b, rising to stardom, society, lifestyle, ambition, love affair, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
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Bombay Velvet (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 149 min.
Story: An ordinary man, who goes against all odds to forge his own destiny and become a star in the glittering sky of 'Bombay,' thriving on jazz and violence.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, stylized
Plot: jazz, boxer, organized crime, love and romance, hopes, destiny, bollywood, ambition, musician's life, love affair, artists and showbiz, music ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, bombay india
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Low Down (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany witnesses her beloved father's struggle -- and failure -- to kick his heroin habit.
Style: serious, realistic, touching
Plot: addiction, jazz, coming of age, heroin, pianist, youth, music, parents and children, artists and showbiz, hollywood, family relations, father ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1974, 1960s
Place: usa
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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: serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: jazz, nightclub, friendship, expatriate, musician, composer, lifestyle, introspection, ambition, society, racism, friends ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Swing Girls (2004)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A tale of delinquent and lazy school girls. In their efforts to cut remedial summer math class, they end up poisoning and replacing the schools brass band.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: japanese schoolgirl, jazz, summer school, high school, baseball, underdog, rivalry, teenage life, disorder, against the odds, lifestyle, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
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Treme (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and ...
Style: talky, sentimental, touching, realistic, biting ...
Plot: jazz, lawyer, musician, african american, chef, radio dj, city life, loss, tragic event, determination, americana, performance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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The Samura (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.
Style: french noir, stylized, tense, bleak, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, loner, danger, jazz, surveillance, police investigation, lone wolves, assassination, betrayal, chase, gangsters, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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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: stylized, clever, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, love triangle, music, showbiz, urban, musician's life, couples, rivalry, womanizer, couple relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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