Most Similar Movies to Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

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Bird (1988)

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright
Duration: 2h 41mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

In 1939 Kansas City, Missouri, young alto saxophone player Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker) performs at the Reno Club.
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Ray (2004)

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell
Duration: 2h 32mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

Ray is a 2004 American biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles.
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Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

Starring: Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Larenz Tate
Duration: 1h 56mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

Lymon was 13 years old when the teenage group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers erupted from radios and jukeboxes with their 1956 hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" and appeared in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock (1956).
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The Five Heartbeats (1991)

Starring: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry Lennix
Duration: 2h 1mins
Genres: Drama, Music

Donald "Duck" Matthews, Anthony "Choirboy" Stone, J. T. Matthews, Terrence "Dresser" Williams, and Eddie King Jr. perform at a Battle of the Bands contest as The Heartbeats.
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The Rose (1979)

Starring: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton
Duration: 2h 5mins
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance

In late 1969, Mary Rose Foster is a famous rock and roll diva known as "The Rose. " In spite of her success, her personal life is lonely and exhausting.
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Cadillac Records (2008)

Starring: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé, Columbus Short
Duration: 1h 49mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

In 1947 in Chicago, a Jewish immigrant from Poland and bar owner Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) hires a blues combo, including guitarist Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) and harmonica player Little Walter (Columbus Short).
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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

Starring: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé
Duration: 1h 51mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge is a television film directed by Martha Coolidge.
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What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

Starring: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers
Duration: 1h 58mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

Born and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, Anna Mae Bullock grows up in an unhappy family with her parents leaving and abandoning her at a young age.
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Selena (1997)

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Jackie Guerra
Duration: 2h 7mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

In 1961, a young Abraham Quintanilla and his band "The Dinos" are rejected by a racist white restaurant owner for an audition in Texas.
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Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

Starring: Richard Pryor, Debbie Allen, Art Evans, Fay Hauser
Duration: 1h 37mins
Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling is a 1986 American biographical comedy-drama film directed, produced by and starring Richard Pryor, who also wrote the screenplay with Paul Mooney and Rocco Urbisci.
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Walk the Line (2005)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick
Duration: 2h 16mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

In 1968, as an audience of inmates at Folsom State Prison cheer for Johnny Cash, he waits backstage near a table saw, reminding him of his early life.
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Bessie (2015)

Starring: Queen Latifah, Kamryn Johnson, Rikki McKinney, Alan T. Coleman
Duration: 1h 55mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

Bessie is an HBO TV film about the American blues singer Bessie Smith, and focuses on her transformation as a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues".
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'round Midnight (1986)

Starring: Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Sandra Reaves-Phillips
Duration: 2h 13mins
Genres: Drama, Music

Round Midnight is a 1986 American-French musical drama film directed by Bertrand Tavernier and written by Tavernier and David Rayfiel.
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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

Starring: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis
Duration: 1h 54mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

Buddy Holly, a teenager from Lubbock, Texas, emerges into the world of rock and roll with friends and bandmates, drummer Jesse Charles and bass player Ray Bob Simmons, forming a trio known as The Crickets.
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Nina (2016)

Starring: Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Kevin Mambo, Ronald Guttman
Duration: 1h 30mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

In 1988 Nina Simone is financially unsound, mentally unstable and an alcoholic. Her 1960s heyday is far behind her.
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Sid and Nancy (1986)

Starring: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop
Duration: 1h 52mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

On 12 October 1978, police are summoned to the Hotel Chelsea in New York City, where they find Nancy Spungen, dead.
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Frances (1982)

Starring: Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley, Bart Burns
Duration: 2h 20mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Romance

Born in Seattle, Washington, Frances Elena Farmer is a rebel from a young age, winning $100 in 1931 from The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for a high school essay called God Dies.
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Crazy (2008)

Starring: Waylon Payne, Ali Larter, Lane Garrison, Scott Michael Campbell
Duration: 1h 46mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s.
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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak
Duration: 2h 4mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 American biographical musical film directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay written by Tom Rickman.
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Get on Up (2014)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis
Duration: 2h 19mins
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music

The film uses a nonlinear narrative, following James Brown's stream of consciousness as he recalls events from his life in an asynchronous manner, occasionally breaking the fourth wall to address the audience.
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