A list of the best blues movies. These are films that focus on the music of the blues. We believe we have them all, but if your favorite blues film isn't on the list of the best blues films, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. The blues began with African Americans in the deep south of the United States (what could they possibly be singing the blues about?). The blues would go on to form the basis of jazz and even rock and roll. Around World War 2, blues began to go more mainstream with the advent of electric blues.
The 60s and 70s would bring us blues-rock. While the blues movie genre is often associated with being depressed, the movies on this list of the best blues films range throughout a number of genres. In fact, the most popular blues movie, "The Blues Brothers", is a comedy. So what is the best blue film ever? Which movies about blues really fire you up and make you want to dance in your seat? Vote on these blues music movies and share this list with your friends!What are the best blues movies of all time? These movies about the blues seek to answer that question.
Directed by: John LandisThe Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from "The Blues... more
Directed by: Walter HillCrossroads is a 1986 musical dramatic feature film inspired by the legend of blues musician Robert Johnson. Starring Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz, the film was written by John Fusco and... more
Directed by: Darnell MartinCadillac Records is a 2008 musical biopic written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the influential... more
Directed by: Craig BrewerBlack Snake Moan is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Craig Brewer, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, and Kim Richards. The plot focuses on a... more
Directed by: Taylor HackfordRay is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced and directed by Taylor Hackford, and stars... more
Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel CoenO Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with John... more
Directed by: Jerry ZaksWho Do You Love is a 2008 film directed by Jerry Zaks.... more
Directed by: Martin RittSounder is a 1972 American drama film directed by Martin Ritt, adapted from the novel by William H. Armstrong. The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the... more
Directed by: John SaylesHoneydripper is a 2007 American musical drama film written and directed by John Sayles.... more
Directed by: John LandisBlues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film that is a sequel to 1980's The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Landis, the film stars... more
Directed by: Liesl TommyRespect is a 2021 American biographical film directed by Liesl Tommy. It follows the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (Jennifer Hudson).... more
Directed by: Dee ReesBessie is a 2015 biographical film directed by Dee Rees. The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah), who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.... more
Directed by: George C. WolfeMa Rainey's Black Bottom is a 2020 American drama film directed by George C. Wolfe, based on the 1982 play by August Wilson. During a recording session, tensions rise between "Mother of the Blues,"... more
Directed by: Lee DanielsThe 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... more
Directed by: Gordon ParksLeadbelly is a 1976 film chronicling the life of folk singer Huddie William Ledbetter. The film was directed by Gordon Parks, and starred Roger E. Mosley in the title role. The film focuses on the... more
Directed by: Spike LeeMo' Better Blues is a 1990 musical comedy-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Spike Lee, who also directed. It follows a period in the life of fictional jazz trumpeter Bleek... more
Directed by: James ErskineBillie is a 2019 documentary film about Billie Holliday directed by James Erskine. Based around interviews recorded on audio cassettes in the 1970s while researching a book on Billie Holiday that was... more
Directed by: Robert BudreauBorn to Be Blue is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Robert Budreau. A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.... more
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Directed by: György SzomjasBald-Dog Rock is a 1981 musical drama film written by István Kardos and György Szomjas and directed by György Szomjas....
Directed by: Jake KasdanWalk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.... more
Directed by: Sidney J. FurieLady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title... more