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The Best Blues Movies

Updated October 2, 2019 428 votes 278 voters 48.8k views10 items

List RulesOnly movies featuring blues music in a major way.

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.
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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    The Blues Brothers

    Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Crossroads is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    Crossroads

    Steve Vai, Jami Gertz

    Released1986

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Crossroads is a 1986 musical dramatic feature film inspired by the legend of blues musician... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Cadillac Records is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    Cadillac Records

    Beyoncé Knowles, Elvis Presley

    Released2008

    Directed byDarnell Martin

    Cadillac Records is a 2008 musical biopic written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    George Clooney, John Goodman

    Released2000

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Black Snake Moan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    Black Snake Moan

    Justin Timberlake, Christina Ricci

    Released2006

    Directed byCraig Brewer

    Black Snake Moan is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Craig Brewer, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lady Sings the Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    Lady Sings the Blues

    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor

    Released1972

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Blues Brothers 2000 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    Blues Brothers 2000

    Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film that is a sequel to 1980's The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Who Do You Love? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Movies
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    Who Do You Love?

    David Oyelowo, Megalyn Echikunwoke

    Released2008

    Directed byJerry Zaks

    Who Do You Love is a 2008 film directed by Jerry Zaks.amazon buy button
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    Sounder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Movies
    Sounder is a young adult novel by William H. Armstrong. It is the story of an African-American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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