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1. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.0
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93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 446,640 | Gross: $151.10M

2. Collateral (2004)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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71 Metascore

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 338,705 | Gross: $101.01M

3. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 120,300 | Gross: $3.80M

4. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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71 Metascore

A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 57,512 | Gross: $25.81M

5. Before We Go (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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31 Metascore

Two strangers stuck in Manhattan for the night grow into each other's most trusted confidants when an evening of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.

Director: Chris Evans | Stars: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick, John Cullum

Votes: 46,517 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Signpost to Murder (1964)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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An escapee from an asylum takes refuge in a woman's house; but she has dark secrets of her own.

Director: George Englund | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Stuart Whitman, Edward Mulhare, Alan Napier

Votes: 385

7. Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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53 Metascore

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

Votes: 54,479 | Gross: $91.06M

8. New York, New York (1977)

PG | 155 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.7
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62 Metascore

An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander, Barry Primus

Votes: 16,468 | Gross: $16.40M

9. Bolden (2019)

R | 108 min | Drama

5.5
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50 Metascore

A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

Director: Dan Pritzker | Stars: Gary Carr, Erik LaRay Harvey, Ian McShane, Michael Rooker

Votes: 261

10. Born to Be Blue (2015)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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64 Metascore

A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.

Director: Robert Budreau | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo

Votes: 7,239 | Gross: $0.83M

11. The Russia House (1990)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.1
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An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox

Votes: 13,443 | Gross: $23.00M

12. Dancing on the Edge (2013)

TV-MA | Drama

7.4
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Set in the 1930s, a black Jazz band rises in fame and popularity while becoming entangled in an intricate web of intrigue, mystery & suspense with the elite of London society.

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Joanna Vanderham, Wunmi Mosaku

Votes: 2,357

13. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

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

Votes: 8,812

14. NightMan (1997–1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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After lightning strikes saxophonist Johnny Domino, he finds he is telepathically tuned to the frequency of evil. This gives him an edge for finding the bad guys, and some special classified... See full summary »

Stars: Matt McColm, Earl Holliman, Jayne Heitmeyer, Derek Webster

Votes: 545

15. Murmur of the Heart (1971)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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As France is nearing the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself torn between a rebellious urge to discover love, and the ever-present, almost dominating affection of his beloved mother.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 7,957 | Gross: $1.16M

16. Suburban Girl (2007)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.4
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A Manhattanite book editor finds her take on the game of romance changed after she lures the attention of an influential older man.

Director: Marc Klein | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alec Baldwin, Maggie Grace, James Naughton

Votes: 7,128

17. King of California (2007)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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63 Metascore

An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus

Votes: 21,482 | Gross: $0.26M

18. Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.7
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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: 2,338

19. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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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: 7,369

20. Bernard and Doris (2006)

TV-14 | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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The story of the twilight years of tobacco billionairess Doris Duke and her relationship with her gay butler, to whom she left her entire fortune.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Asher, Don Harvey

Votes: 3,427

21. Phantom Lady (1944)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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A devoted secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Aurora Miranda

Votes: 3,858

22. Non c'è due senza quattro (1984)

99 min | Action, Comedy

7.3
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A jazz musician and a stunt man are the spitting image of two millionaire brothers. They take the job to replace them in Rio de Janeiro when someone plans to assassinate them.

Director: Enzo Barboni | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, April Clough, Harold Bergman

Votes: 8,258

23. Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue (1991)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

4.0
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In 1958 California, a teenage girl goes to work as a prostitute in a high-class brothel after the death of her father.

Director: Zalman King | Stars: Nina Siemaszko, Wendy Hughes, Tom Skerritt, Robert Davi

Votes: 1,360 | Gross: $0.57M

24. The Stone Killer (1973)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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A top New York detective is sent to Los Angeles where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Jack Colvin, Paul Koslo

Votes: 2,475

25. The L-Shaped Room (1962)

126 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix

Votes: 1,575

26. Steppenwolf (1974)

R | 107 min | Drama

6.3
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In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Haines | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clémenti, Carla Romanelli

Votes: 964

27. The Rat Race (1960)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Oakie, Kay Medford

Votes: 974

28. Two Men in Manhattan (1959)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Pierre Grasset, Christiane Eudes, Ginger Hall, Colette Fleury

Votes: 1,344

29. Across the Waters (2016)

94 min | Drama, History, War

6.2
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Fuglene Over Sundet is the gripping tale of the Danish Jews' escape to Sweden in October 1943.

Director: Nicolo Donato | Stars: David Dencik, Danica Curcic, Jakob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro

Votes: 535

30. Excessive Force (1993)

R | 87 min | Action

5.3
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A group of Chicago cops are involved in a raid from which $3,000,000 disappears. The local mob go after them and the body count starts to rise. The new Chief of Police makes it clear to the... See full summary »

Director: Jon Hess | Stars: Thomas Ian Griffith, James Earl Jones, Lance Henriksen, Tony Todd

Votes: 1,067 | Gross: $1.15M

31. All Night Long (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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This movie, based on William Shakespeare's Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period, including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Paul Harris

Votes: 876

32. Too Late Blues (1961)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

6.9
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Ghost is an ideological musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer Jess ... See full summary »

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis

Votes: 996

33. Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.6
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Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 581

34. Three Days to Vegas (2007)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

4.6
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Four grumpy old men go on a road trip from their retired life in Florida to the excitement of Las Vegas in order to stop one of their daughters from marrying the wrong guy.

Director: Charlie Picerni | Stars: Peter Falk, Rip Torn, George Segal, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 262

35. Johnny Staccato (1959– )

24 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.

Stars: John Cassavetes, Eduardo Ciannelli, Dennis Sallas, Frank London

Votes: 171

36. The Man I Love (1947)

96 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music

6.8
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Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Martha Vickers

Votes: 667

37. A Thousand Kisses Deep (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.0
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An unsettling drama that cinematically captures and recreates the psycho-analytic experience.

Director: Dana Lustig | Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Emilia Fox, Dougray Scott, David Warner

Votes: 408

38. The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990 TV Movie)

118 min | Drama

6.3
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A family is torn apart at Christmas when to wife of a couple, trying to adopt a son, is killed in a car accident and the husband, a musician, is deemed unfit to raise a child.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Michael Warren, Sammy Davis Jr., Gilbert Lewis

Votes: 237

39. ¡Vampiros en La Habana! (1985)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

7.0
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A vampire family from Cuba is preparing for a showdown between the USA vampires and the Eastern European vampires. But with the aid of a scientist, they need a type of vaccination where they can live in daylight.

Director: Juan Padrón | Stars: Frank González, Manuel Marín, Irela Bravo, Carlos González

Votes: 1,134

40. Kettle of Fish (2006)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

5.2
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38 Metascore

A lifelong bachelor confronts his intimacy issues when he sublets his apartment to a fetching biologist. His heartsick fish and his wise best buddy are on hand to provide perspective.

Director: Claudia Myers | Stars: Matthew Modine, Gina Gershon, Christy Scott Cashman, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Votes: 609

41. Jack's Place (1992– )

60 min | Drama

6.8
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Jack Evans, a former jazz musician, opens a restaurant where Chelsea is the waitress and Greg is the bartender. Romance is served along with food.

Stars: Hal Linden, Finola Hughes, John Dye, Amanda Peterson

Votes: 32

42. Rendezvous in July (1949)

112 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Hopes and love and ambitions and friendship in a group of young jazz-loving Parisians.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Daniel Gélin, Brigitte Auber, Nicole Courcel, Pierre Trabaud

Votes: 287 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Nightmare (1956)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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A New Orleans musician has a nightmare about killing a man in a strange house but he suspects that it really happened.

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Kevin McCarthy, Connie Russell, Virginia Christine

Votes: 599

44. The Strip (1951)

Passed | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.1
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Drummer Stanley Maxton moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club, but falls in with a gangster and a nightclub dancer and ends up accused of murder.

Director: László Kardos | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Sally Forrest, William Demarest, James Craig

Votes: 519

45. Felix (I) (2013)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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'Billy Elliot with sax meets Buena Vista Social Club in Cape Town, South Africa.' 13-Year-old Felix dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, Zweli, of the famous Bozza Boys ... See full summary »

Director: Roberta Durrant | Stars: Hlayani Junior Mabasa, Linda Sokhulu, Thapelo Mofokeng, Royston Stoffels

Votes: 144

46. Night Owl (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Thriller

4.4
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A pretty female radio DJ and a handsome jazz musician fall in love. Unfortunately, soon both he and his jazz friend start hearing a voice in their heads, an irresistible siren call of a deadly female spirit.

Director: Matthew Patrick | Stars: Jennifer Beals, James Wilder, Louis Ferreira, Allison Hossack

Votes: 117

47. Hidden Crimes (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

4.8
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After her brother is attacked in jail and stays in a coma, Julia has to face her nephew's kidnappers, while trying to figure out what her brother meant with his last letter.

Director: Philippe Gagnon | Stars: Tricia Helfer, Jonathan Scarfe, Kris Holden-Ried, James Gallanders

Votes: 176

48. Almost Blue (1996)

R | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

5.1
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The young jazz saxophonist Morris Poole is at the height of his career. When his wife dies he is almost overcome by grief and blames himself. When after a while he finds a new love, he ends... See full summary »

Director: Keoni Waxman | Stars: Michael Madsen, Lynette Walden, Garrett Morris, Gale Mayron

Votes: 102

49. Mieletön elokuu (2013)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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August Fools is a romantic comedy set against the political background of the Cold War. Elsa (Kati Outinen), a middle-aged hat maker and part-time clairvoyant, is apparently in total ... See full summary »

Director: Taru Mäkelä | Stars: Kati Outinen, Miroslav Etzler, Elena Leeve, Krystof Hádek

Votes: 229

50. Action Family (1986 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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At work, Chris is a hardboiled no-nonsense detective who's investigating a series of brutal murders of jazz musicians. At home, he's a family man straight out of sitcom who has to satisfy every whim of his wife and kids.

Director: Gary Weis | Stars: Chance Bassett, Jimmy Butts, Eyde Byrde, George Ede

Votes: 197



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