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, talky, atmospheric and melancholic films and TV shows about / with jazz, artists and showbiz, music, musician's life, musician, couples, lifestyle, runaway, mentor and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Music and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
jazz movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as jazz: The Cotton Club (1984), Ray (2004), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Whiplash (2014), Chico & Rita (2010), Bird (1988), La La Land (2016), Mo' Better Blues (1990), The Legend of 1900 (1998), Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010).

List of jazz movies

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: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, mafia, music, crime, rivalry, love triangle, ambition, love and romance, nightclub, gangsters, gang war, racism ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 20s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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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, jazz, pianist, addiction, heroin, musician, civil rights, african american, guilt, music, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, georgia, montreal quebec canada, atlanta georgia, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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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: futuristic, exciting, tragicomedy, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bounty hunter, space travel, jazz, future dystopia, neo-noir, escapades, buddies, fighting crime, hacker, warrior, chases and races, outer space ...
Time: future, 21st century
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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: motivational, psychological, emotional, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, follow your dream, musician's life, teachers and students, desire for fame, music, jazz, drummer, public humiliation, music conductor, music teacher, musician ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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: emotional, captivating, serious, stylized, sexual ...
Plot: jazz, pianist, deportation, ambition, young lovers, lifestyle, follow your dream, musician's life, love affair, artist, success, up and down relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s
Place: cuba, usa, new york, europe, latin america ...
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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, serious ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, musician's life, self destructing, downfall, lifestyle, ambition, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
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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, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: jazz, pianist, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, music, audition, passion, jazz club, bigger dreams, dance, love, jazz musician, jazz music ...
Place: paris france, los angeles
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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: atmospheric, psychological, serious, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, music, friendship, musician's life, rivalry, band, love triangle, brooklyn new york city, saxophonist, jealousy, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Legend of 1900 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The story of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of ...
Style: touching, sincere, breathtaking, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: pianist, prodigy, jazz, musician, orphan, loneliness, ship, genius, musician's life, ocean, music, passenger ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 20s, turn of the century ...
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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: captivating, atmospheric, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: jazz, seduction, songwriter, musician's life, ambition, introspection, lifestyle, desire for fame, success, musician, love affair, imaginary character ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 60s ...
Place: france, europe, tokyo
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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: sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: jazz, infidelity, doctor, guitar, assassination, ambition, obsession, couples, lifestyle, rise and fall, showbiz, music ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 40s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: tennessee, usa, chicago illinois
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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: touching, sentimental, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, alcohol abuse, music, addiction, comeback, drug abuse, showbiz, human nature, lifestyle, drugs/alcohol, friends ...
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, touching, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: jazz, outback, music, friends, family relations, ambition, desire for fame, relationship vs career, artists and showbiz, hopes, obsessive quest, musician's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: australia, france, europe, california
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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, captivating, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, saxophonist, unsupportive spouse, musician's life, love and romance, relationship vs career, rising to stardom, couple relations, fall in love, couples, cabaret, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new jersey
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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: semi serious, sentimental, tragicomedy, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, infidelity, musician, music, musician's life, love and romance, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, fall in love, actress, guitar, music business ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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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: atmospheric, feel good, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, couple relations, romance, couples, looking for love, young lovers, artists and showbiz, love and romance, love affair, lifestyle, breakup, musician's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, boston
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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: surreal, stylized, serious, atmospheric
Plot: jazz, social differences, society, music band, racism, cult, distant planet, space travel, destiny, spacecraft, outer space, starting over ...
Time: 70s, 1940s
Place: chicago illinois
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All Night Long (1962)
Genre: Drama, Music
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: tense, offbeat, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: jazz, mind game, rivalry, ambition, betrayal, friends, interracial relations, infidelity, vengeance, music band, nightclub, couples ...
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: mind bending, serious, psychological, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: jazz, radio show, siren, suicide, paranormal, mystery, dangerous attraction, amateur detective, danger, love affair, family problems, gothic horror ...
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: realistic, offbeat, serious, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: jazz, on the run, neo noir, nightclub, paranoia, debt, artists and showbiz, gangsters, crimes, chases and races, crime, stand-up comedian ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: detroit, usa, 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: stylized, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: jazz, music, mogul, blacks and whites, urban, aristocracy, high society, society, lifestyle, friends, backstage, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: london, england
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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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: obsession, jazz, shopping, solitude, clothes, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, fall in love, dealing with death, unfulfillment, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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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: sincere, touching, sentimental, serious, witty ...
Plot: jazz, musician, hurricane katrina, musician's life, starting over, lifestyle, tragic event, social problems, life turned upside down, survival, life is a bitch, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana, new orleans
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Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A man whose brain becomes magnetized unintentionally destroys every tape in his friend's video store. In order to satisfy the store's most loyal renter, an aging woman with signs of dementia, the two men set out to remake the lost films.
Style: humorous, absurd, light, touching, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, jazz, video store, nothing goes right, filmmaking, sabotage, creativity, eccentricity, dialogue, african american, memory, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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American Pop (1981)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: American Pop is an American animated film that tells the story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music.
Style: sentimental, captivating, realistic, semi serious, intense ...
Plot: music, jazz, songwriter, jazz band, music hall, music business, love and romance, musician's life, ambition, family relations, artists and showbiz, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 20s, 40s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, russia, europe, new york, italy ...
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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, sincere, clever, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, love triangle, nightclub, music, romance, fall in love, performer's life, artists and showbiz, relationship vs career, siblings relations, musician's life, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, new jersey
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For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the early 1970s, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (Andy Garcia) is torn between his own musical dreams and the dreams of his wife, Marianela (Mía Maestro), a fervent supporter of the ideals of the Castro revolution. Also starring Charles S. ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sincere, serious
Plot: jazz, couples, political unrest, showbiz, unfulfillment, relationship vs career, musician's life, human spirit, politics, fighting the system, family problems, ambition ...
Place: usa, latin america, cuba
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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: fashion, cat, millionaire, broken engagement, romance, looking for love, love triangle, social climbing, free spirited, love and romance, opposites attract, jazz ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, brazil
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The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After Elizabeth's husband dies, she begins to play her tenor saxophone again, and remembers when she was 15 and a member of the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl (with one exception) swing band. Accompanied by the exception and urged on by her ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: reunion, friendship, starting over, music, musician's life, jazz, cross dressing, oldies, fall in love, couple relations, love affair, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, europe, scotland
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The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In Depression-era Winnipeg, a legless beer baroness hosts a contest for the saddest music in the world, offering a grand prize of $25,000. Contestants flock in from around the globe. Representing America is Chester Kent, a theatre producer who ...
Style: atmospheric, humorous, emotional, talky, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, jazz, family problems, tragic hero, couple relations, rivalry, love triangle, ambition, business venture, musician's life, siblings relations, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: canada, alaska, india, germany, scotland ...
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