JAZZ MOVIES

Jazz films
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1.
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
 
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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
 
3.
Begone Dull Care (1949 Short Film)
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Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio. (8 mins.)
 
4.
The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
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Bio of swing band leader 'Benny Goodman' from age 10 (1919) to his landmark Carnegie Hall band concert in 1938... (116 mins.)
 
5.
Bird (1988)
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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. (161 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
6.
Black and Tan (1929 Short Film)
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Duke Ellington in a jazz musical short with a tragic plotline. (19 mins.)
Director: Dudley Murphy
 
7.
Blinkity Blank (1955 Short Film)
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The surreal story of a bird and its cage with both their conflict and union. (5 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
 
8.
Blue Rhythm (1931 Short Film)
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Mickey plays a bluesy tune on a piano on a stage. Minnie sings. Then an unseen band plays while both sing and dance... (7 mins.)
 
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Boogie-Doodle (1948 Short Film)
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From the opening credits: "An experimental film (...) made without camera, by drawing directly upon 35 mm film with an ordinary pen and ink." Various abstract shapes interact and transform into one another. (4 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
 
10.
Chico & Rita (2010)
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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. (94 mins.)
 
11.
Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943 Short Film)
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So White flees from the wicked Queenie, wins over the thugs from Murder Inc. and meets her overrated Prince Chawmin'. (7 mins.)
Director: Robert Clampett
 
12.
The Connection (1961)
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A director tries to film a group of junkies in Leach's room while they are waiting for Cowboy to bring their heroin connection. (110 mins.)
Director: Shirley Clarke
 
13.
The Gene Krupa Story (1959)
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The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa. Since his youth, all Gene ever wanted to do is play the drums and make music... (101 mins.)
Director: Don Weis
 
14.
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
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Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944. (115 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
15.
Jam Session (1942 Short Film)
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Duke Ellington and Orchestra perform 'C Jam Blues'. (3 mins.)
Director: Josef Berne
 
16.
Jammin' the Blues (1944 Short Film)
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Created under the guidance of jazz impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, this short captures the spontaneity of a jam session and is one of few film records of black jazzers of the day including tenor sax legend Lester Young. (10 mins.)
Director: Gjon Mili
 
17.
Jazz (2001 Mini-Series)
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents. (114 mins.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Jivin' in Be-Bop (1946 Documentary)
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A musical film in the style of a documentary, featuring 19 musical and dance numbers, by many notable musicians. (59 mins.)
 
20.
Just Friends (1993)
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Jack has a tenor saxophone and he plays jazz. In the 1950s, in the Belgian harbor town Antwerp, there is not a lot off future for a jazz musician... (95 mins.)
 
21.
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
 
22.
A Man Called Adam (1966)
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A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life. (99 mins.)
Director: Leo Penn
 
23.
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
 
24.
One Night with Blue Note (1985 Video)
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Considered one of the greatest nights in Jazz history, this film documents the reunion of 30 jazz greats from the Blue Note label filmed at Town Hall in New York City on February 22nd, 1985. (120 mins.)
Director: John Jopson
 
25.
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
 
26.
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
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In 1927, a Kansas City, Missouri cornet player and his band perform nightly at a seedy speakeasy until a racketeer tries to extort them in exchange for protection. (95 mins.)
Director: Jack Webb
 
27.
Play Misty for Me (1971)
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A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture. (102 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
28.
Rhythmatics (2010 Short Film)
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An extremely particular teacher finds her patience especially tested when she is unable to discipline a difficult young child with a love for rhythm. Will she also finally hear his beat? (16 mins.)
Director: Hitesh Kewalya
 
29.
Space Is the Place (1974)
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Sun Ra--space-age prophet, Pharaonic jester, shaman-philosopher and avant-jazz keyboardist/bandleader--land his spaceship in Oakland... (85 mins.)
Director: John Coney
 
30.
The Spirit Moves Part 1: A History of Black Social Dance on Film, 1900 - 1986 (2008 Video)
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Contains demonstrations of ragtime and jazz dances by artists at the Savoy. (45 mins.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
Swing Kids (1993)
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The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US... (112 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
 
34.
Three Little Bops (1957 Short Film)
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Three pigs' career as a jazz band is complicated by a wolf they rejected for membership who keeps blowing down their gigs. (7 mins.)
Director: Friz Freleng
 
35.
The Tic Code (1999)
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A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor... (91 mins.)
Director: Gary Winick
 
36.
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
 
37.
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
 
38.
The Terminal (2004)
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An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. (128 mins.)
 
39.
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
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A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he'll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife. (98 mins.)
 
40.
'Round Midnight (1986)
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In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner... (133 mins.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
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
 
43.
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990 Documentary)
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A unique look at the legendary musician, arranger, composer and producer offers a collage of memories, sounds and intimate interviews with musical greats in a rousing showcase. (115 mins.)
Director: Ellen Weissbrod
 
44.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
The Spirit Moves: A History of Black Social Dance on Film (1987 Documentary)
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(119 mins.)
Director: Mura Dehn
 
47.
Stormy Weather (1943)
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The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s. (78 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stone
 
48.
Blues in the Night (1941)
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"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powelll... (88 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak