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20 best movies like Ray (2004)

List of the best movies like Ray (2004): Get on Up, Cadillac Records, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Nina, Control, Selena, La Bamba, Jimi: All Is by My Side, The Glenn Miller Story, Walk the Line.

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Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:19
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Friendship
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Heartbreaking, Serious

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersMusicians, Artists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Success
PlaceChicago
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration03:28
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Singers, Stars
PlotMusic, Friendship, Success, Music group
PlaceEngland
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Director Martin Scorsese profiles former Beatle George Harrison in this reverent portrait that mixes interviews and archival footage, featuring commentary from the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:35
CharactersMusicians, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceFrance, USA
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Australia, Japan, France
Duration02:02
CharactersMusicians, Journalists, Punks, Singers
PlotMusic, Friendship, Depression, Success
StyleAtmospheric, Touching

Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersArtists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceTexas
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham, realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for her guitarist, Chris Perez, who draws the ire of her father. Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersTeens, Cinderella, Musicians
PlotOn real events, Music, Death
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, USA
Duration01:56
CharactersMusicians, Guitarists
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceEngland, London, New York
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersMusicians
PlotOn real events, Music, Music group
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Serious

A vibrant tribute to one of America's legendary bandleaders, charting Glenn Miller's rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940s.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:16
CharactersMusicians, Guitarists, Artists, Singers
PlotLove, On real events, Music, Death, Divorce
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersMusicians, Artists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Death, Success, Hip Hop
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Serious

NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Follow his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectations - redefining our notion of "The American Dream."

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryFrance
Duration02:15
CharactersMusicians, Jews, Models, Artists, Singers
PlotMusic, Success, Seduction
PlaceFrance, Beach
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryItaly
CharactersBlind, Pianists, Singers
PlotLove, On real events, Music
StyleSoulful, By books

Born with a serious eye condition that eventually leads to his blindness, Bocelli nevertheless rises above the challenges, driven by great ambitions towards his passion. The silent pursuit of his daily mission continues.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersMusicians, Writers, Fathers, Pianists
PlotMusic, Money, Friendship, Death
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleFascinating, Touching, Serious

The daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany witnesses her beloved father's struggle -- and failure -- to kick his heroin habit.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, western, music, biography
CountryGermany, Canada, USA, France
Duration02:15
CharactersMusicians, Jews, Journalists, Hippies, Rockers
PlotTravel, Music, Success, Divorce
StylePhilosophical, Makes me think, Serious

Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA, France
Duration02:20
CharactersMusicians, Hippies, Artists, Singers, Stars
PlotDrug addict, Music group
PlaceParty, USA
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersMusicians
PlotMusic, Loneliness
StyleRomantic, Soulful, By books, Gloomy, Touching

Legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard teaches young Rick Martin everything he knows about playing, so Rick becomes a star musician, but a troubled marriage and the desire to play pure jazz instead of commercial swing songs cause him problems.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Musicians, Guitarists, Managers
PlotMusic, Uprising, Music group
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Serious

Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the Runaways -- the now-legendary group that paved the way for future generations of female rockers. Under the Svengalilike influence of impresario Kim Fowley, the band becomes a huge success.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, musical, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:05
CharactersTeens, Disabled people, Losers, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events, Music, Obsession, Mental disorders
PlaceVenice, New York
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy, Touching

From Paris to Venice to Broadway to Hollywood, the lives of Cole Porter and his wife, Linda were never less than glamorous and wildly unconventional. And though Cole's thirst for life strained their marriage, Linda never stopped being his muse, inspiring some of the greatest sons of the twentieth century.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersDJs, Friends, Artists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceTexas
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A film about the life and career of the early rock and roll star.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:41
CharactersFriends
PlotOn real events, Music
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Touching

Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.

Markimdb: 3.1
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersMusicians, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music
StyleSerious

The story of R&B singer and actress Aaliyah; namely, the highs and lows of her career, her romantic pursuits, and the events leading up to her death in 2001 at the age of 22.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:28
CharactersMusicians, Womanizers
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Music
PlaceEgypt, France, Casino
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Serious

A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from his childhood in Egypt through his success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
CharactersMusicians, Twins
PlotMusic, Death, Adoption
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, To cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

During the Great Depression, identical twins are separated at birth. One, Drexel Hemsley becomes a wildly successful '50s rock star, while the other, Ryan Wade, struggles to balance his passion for music and pleasing his parents, who want him to become a preacher. Finally, Ryan rebels against his parents' wishes and launches his own music career -- performing the hits of Drexel Hemsley. Ryan later learns the truth about Drexel when their fates tragically collide.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersMusicians, Celebrities, Singers, Stars
PlotMusic
StyleFascinating, Serious

This documentary offers a deeply intimate look at extraordinary teenager Billie Eilish. Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler follows her journey on the road, onstage, and at home with her family as the writing and recording of her debut album changes her life.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:14
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Artists
PlotOn real events, Music, Radio, Debts, Music group
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Serious

From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and many more.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryItaly
Duration02:00
CharactersGeniuses, Musicians, Friends, Child Prodigies, Pianists
PlotMusic, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceShips, Ocean
TimeNew Year, World War II
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The story of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of his life. Years later, the ship may be destroyed, and a former band member fears that 1900 may still be aboard, willing to go down with the ship.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersBikers, Musicians, Friends, Singers
PlotLove, Music, Love triangle
PlaceTexas
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Soon after the rising young singer-songwriter Beau Williams gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star Kelly Canter, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager James and featuring a beauty queen-turned-singer Chiles Stanton. Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersMusicians, Pianists
PlotMusic, Music group
PlaceUSA
StyleTense, Good music

Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersGangsters, Musicians, Rappers, Friends, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events, Travel, Music, Art, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, USA, Night Clubs, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Serious

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.





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