15 Powerful Dramas Like 'A Jazzman's Blues'

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Looking for the best movies like A Jazzman's Blues? From Hollywood classics to new films, this list of movies similar to A Jazzman's Blues feature stories of Black oppression. The original Detroit and The Color Purple are great examples of movies that fans of A Jazzman's Blues love because they both explore challenges that Black people faced in the U.S. These powerful and moving films about racism really show how evil it is and how it affects everyone involved. Not all of these movies are historical dramas either, there are quite a few that tell contemporary stories. But which of these recommendations is the best next-watch for fans of A Jazzman's Blues?

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  • Fences
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    Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.
    • Actors: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Denzel Washington
  • Passing
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    In 1920s New York City, a Black woman finds her world upended when her life becomes intertwined with a former childhood friend who's passing as white.
    • Actors: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Rebecca Hall
  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday
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    The United States vs. Billie Holiday is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Lee Daniels, based on the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari. Billie Holiday (Andra Day) is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes).
    • Actors: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Garrett Hedlund
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Lee Daniels

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  • Judas and the Black Messiah
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    Judas and the Black Messiah is a 2021 American biographical drama film directed by Shaka King. William O'Neal is a petty criminal in the 1960s who agrees to work as an informant for the FBI in order to take down Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton.
    • Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Shaka King

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