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1.
'Round Midnight (1986)
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A troubled, but talented musician flees the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris. (133 mins.)
 
2.
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988 Documentary)
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A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius. (90 mins.)
 
3.
Let's Get Lost (1988 Documentary)
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Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends... (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce Weber
 
4.
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
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The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday. (144 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
 
5.
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
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In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
6.
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
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Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
7.
Bird (1988)
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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. (161 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
8.
Lush Life (1993 TV Movie)
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Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs. (106 mins.)
Director: Michael Elias
 
9.
Kansas City (1996)
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Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City... (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
10.
Paris Blues (1961)
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During the 1960s, two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in-love with two American tourist girls. (98 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
11.
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959 Documentary)
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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience... (85 mins.)
 
12.
American Blue Note (1989)
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Jack, Nat, Jerry, Lee and Tommy play jazz in small clubs, but only one of them will reach success. (97 mins.)
Director: Ralph Toporoff
 
13.
All Night Long (1962)
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The film, based on Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period - including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus. (91 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
 
14.
Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog (1998 Documentary)
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(78 mins.)
Director: Don McGlynn
 
15.
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
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A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism). (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
16.
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
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A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down. (119 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
17.
The Cotton Club (1984)
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The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people that visited the club... (127 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
18.
All That Jazz (1979)
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer. (123 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
19.
Jazz (2001 Mini-Series)
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents. (114 mins.)