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, touching, stylized, melancholic and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with jazz, music, musician, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, mentor, love and romance, runaway and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
jazz movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as jazz: Soul (2020), Ray (2004), Cowboy Bebop (1998), La La Land (2016), Chico & Rita (2010), The Cotton Club (1984), Bird (1988), The Legend of 1900 (1998), Crazy (2008), New York, New York (1977).

List of jazz movies

Soul (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls ...
Style: sincere, philosophical, touching, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: self discovery, meaning of life, jazz, life, life & death, lifestyle change, acceptance, afterlife, life after death, teaching the ways of the world, musician, following a dream ...
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
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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, musician, pianist, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, artists and showbiz, guilt, music ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, georgia, paris france, florida, tokyo ...
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Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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: exciting, futuristic, neo noir, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bounty hunter, jazz, outer space, future dystopia, friendship, escapades, space travel, hacker, fighting crime, adventure, buddies, unlikely partners ...
Time: future, 21st century
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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, melancholic, dramatic, colourful, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing, girls' night, date night
Plot: dancing, love, jazz, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, music, pianist, bigger dreams, audition, traffic jam, jazz club, jazz musician, destiny ...
Place: los angeles, paris france
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Chico & Rita (2010)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Spain, UK, Hungary, Philippines, Canada, France
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: captivating, serious, stylized, adult animation, sexy ...
Plot: jazz, pianist, deportation, ambition, follow your dream, young lovers, lifestyle, musician's life, love affair, obstacle, latin, up and down relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: cuba, new york, usa, paris france, las vegas ...
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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: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, nightclub, interracial relations, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crimes, love triangle, ambition, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1929, 70s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, grand central station manhattan new york city, 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, stylized, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, downfall, musician's life, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
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The Legend of 1900 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 169 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, breathtaking, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: pianist, musician, jazz, prodigy, genius, orphan, music, loneliness, ship, child prodigy, musician's life, ocean ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, year 1900 ...
Place: new york, new orleans
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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: serious, realistic, sincere, contemplative
Plot: jazz, womanizer, infidelity, desire for fame, musician's life, rise and fall, ambition, rising to stardom, lifestyle, relationship vs career, obsession, showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa, florida, new york, chicago illinois ...
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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, atmospheric, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, fall in love, saxophonist, cabaret, musical tour, family problems, couples, couple relations, showbiz, relationship vs career, bittersweet, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, post world war two, 70s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.
Style: feel good, fairy tale, humorous, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: princess, family, cinderella story, prince, talking animals, fall in love, disney, animal life, curses spells and rituals, magical, jazz, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, mississippi
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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: 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
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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, dramatic, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: follow your dream, obsession, teachers and students, mentor, music, desire for fame, musician's life, jazz, drummer, music teacher, musician, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, couples, looking for love, romance, couple relations, young lovers, artists and showbiz, musician's life, love affair, performer's life, love and romance, breakup ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, new york
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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: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, touching
Plot: asthma, addiction, jazz, heroin, coming of age, pianist, artists and showbiz, music, parents and children, daughter, family relations, hollywood ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1974, year 1988
Place: usa, los angeles
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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, surreal ...
Plot: jazz, seduction, success, songwriter, painting, musician's life, introspection, ambition, lifestyle, desire for fame, musician, imaginary character ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: france, paris france, europe, tokyo
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, contemplative
Plot: jazz, fall in love, nightclub, friendship, composer, musician, expatriate, racism, relationship vs career, introspection, nightlife, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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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, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: jazz, alcohol abuse, friendship, music, addiction, bittersweet, human nature, showbiz, drug abuse, comeback, friends, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 60s, 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe, usa, new york
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Dingo (1991)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Australia
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, touching, serious, sexy ...
Plot: jazz, outback, music, relationship vs career, human nature, road not taken, midlife crisis, self discovery, couple relations, human spirit, prodigy, musician's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1930s, 70s, 1920s
Place: australia, paris france, europe, france, california
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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: touching, stylized, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: jazz, organized crime, against the odds, musician's life, destiny, love affair, hopes, love and romance, boxer, artists and showbiz, music, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, bombay india
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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, serious, realistic, touching, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, love triangle, nightclub, brother brother relationship, music, romance, couples, family relations, love and romance, rivalry, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, new jersey
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Kids on the Slope (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Kids on the Slope is a Japanese manga series by Yuki Kodama. An anime television series adaptation of the same name aired in 2012. It is directed by Shinichirō Watanabe at MAPPA and Tezuka Productions with music provided by acclaimed composer Yoko ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, jazz, friendship, coming of age, free spirited, music band, social relations, youth, first love, unrequited love, love triangle, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, asia
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Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
TV show
Story: A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, tense, serious ...
Plot: jazz, rising to stardom, high society, ambition, music, artists and showbiz, music band, musician's life, aristocracy, mogul, backstage, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: london, england
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Treme (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, social problems, musician, hurricane katrina, realism, starting over, musician's life, lifestyle, life turned upside down, tragic event, interracial relations, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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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: captivating, serious, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: solitude, obsession, jazz, life is a bitch, emotionless, shopping, love and romance, alone, couples, hopes, fall in love, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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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: humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, tragicomedy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician, jazz, infidelity, music, love and romance, musician's life, nightlife, fall in love, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, actress, music business ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, new jersey
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The Visitor (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, psychological, philosophical ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, self discovery, immigrants, loneliness, professor, life, arrest, lawyer, deportation, friends, society ...
Place: michigan, new york, senegal, manhattan new york city, syria ...
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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 ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, music, friendship, musician's life, rivalry, love triangle, saxophonist, jealousy, romance, fall in love, nudity (full frontal - brief), couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1969, 60s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, realistic, serious, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: jazz, mind game, friends, couples, breaking point, manipulation, dishonesty, ambition, society, artists and showbiz, music band, love and romance ...
Time: 60s
Place: london, england, east end london
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Le Samouraï (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.
Style: neo noir, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: loner, hitman, gangsters, lone wolves, police investigation, jazz, assassination, surveillance, betrayal, chase, crimes, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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