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1. Kansas City (1996)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

57 Metascore

A pair of kidnappings expose the complex power dynamics within the corrupt and unpredictable workings of 1930s Kansas City.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy

Votes: 4,406 | Gross: $1.35M

2. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 60,567 | Gross: $11.90M

3. Bird (1988)

R | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The troubled life and career of jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright

Votes: 11,592 | Gross: $2.18M

4. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake

Votes: 8,089

5. Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

69 Metascore

A young trumpet player is torn between an honest singer and a manipulative heiress.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 3,054

6. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang

Votes: 10,196

7. Tune in Tomorrow... (1990)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

New Orleans, 1951: A law student, working at WXBU radio station, falls in love with his cute aunt, who's looking for a third husband. Then Pedro starts writing radio series at WXBU, stirring up things.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk, Bill McCutcheon

Votes: 1,725 | Gross: $1.79M

8. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

74 Metascore

An alcoholic marries a young woman and systematically addicts her to booze so that they can share his "passion" together.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman

Votes: 11,607

9. Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

A flapper who's secretly a good girl and a gold digging floozy masquerading as an ingénue both vie for the hand of a millionaire.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther, Dorothy Sebastian

Votes: 1,564 | Gross: $0.76M

10. Paradise in Harlem (1939)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Between swing and blues musical numbers, the story of comedian Lem Anderson, whose long-awaited chance to act dramatically vanishes when he witnesses a mob killing and is forced to leave ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Frank H. Wilson, Mamie Smith, Norman Astwood, Edna Mae Harris

Votes: 95

11. Birth of the Blues (1941)

Passed | 87 min | History, Music, Romance

Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee

Votes: 356

12. Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,776

13. Stormy Weather (1943)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, Katherine Dunham and Her Troupe

Votes: 2,054

14. The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Approved | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Kid Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.

Director: Valentine Davies | Stars: Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Barry Truex

Votes: 1,111

15. Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Music

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.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Janet Leigh, Edmond O'Brien, Peggy Lee

Votes: 1,126

16. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 5,906

17. The Five Pennies (1959)

Approved | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Danny Kaye cuts loose with his trademark musical clowning. Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong plays his horn and croons in that famed gargling-granite voice. Big Band icons Bob Crosby, Ray Anthony and Shelly Manne join the fun.

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Harry Guardino

Votes: 1,743

18. Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

61 Metascore

During the 1960s, two American expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in love with two American tourist girls.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,791

19. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Votes: 3,894 | Gross: $6.03M

20. 'Round Midnight (1986)

R | 133 min | Drama, Music

A troubled, but talented musician flees the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Sandra Reaves-Phillips

Votes: 4,675 | Gross: $3.27M

21. Mo' Better Blues (1990)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Romance

61 Metascore

Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 11,461 | Gross: $16.15M

22. Lush Life (1993 TV Movie)

R | 106 min | Drama

Two best friends play jazz in nightclubs.

Director: Michael Elias | Stars: Ernie Andrews, Jeff Goldblum, Buddy Arnold, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 397

23. St. Louis Blues (1958)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Nat 'King' Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald

Votes: 581

24. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam, but in doing so gets implicated in his wife's murder.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell

Votes: 26,784 | Gross: $0.96M



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