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5 Movies like Get on Up: I Feel It in My Soul

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Dale Barham itcherMovies like ‘Get on Up’, ‘Miles Ahead’ and ‘Ray’ all depict the life and times of the very best musicians soul, blues and jazz have to offer. Their protagonists are the embodiment of the word “cool” and their paths to fame are, quite simply, the stuff of legend.

If you don’t believe me, check out the films for yourself! ~ Dale Barham

Movies Similar to ‘Get on Up’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.

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UNDERRATED

‘Miles Ahead’ (Don Cheadle, 2016)

Directing and starring in your own movie is never easy. Directing and starring as Miles Davis in your own movie is a different beast entirely!

Luckily, Don Cheadle is a filmmaker of the highest quality who manages to produce a tremendous performance in his fantastically stylish insight into the life of jazz musician, Miles Davis.

Watch as he leads a fight against the record companies to gain access to his recorded sessions and stage a comeback, doing it all with flair and endless amounts of cool.

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Miles Davis is a protagonist unlike any other.

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MUST-SEE

‘Ray’ (Taylor Hackford, 2004)

Jamie Foxx gives a career-best performance in this riveting biopic about legendary R ‘n’ B singer Ray Charles.

Hackford does a phenomenal job balancing the weightier aspects of his life with the joyous nature of many of his songs, highlighting the problems that plagued not only Charles but society as well, alongside his tremendous contribution to American music.

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You won't want this movie to hit the road... Jack! 

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UNKNOWN

‘Bird’ (Clint Eastwood, 1988)

Clint Eastwood translates his love for jazz to the big screen with this movie about jazz legend Charlie Parker.

Forest Whitaker takes on the title role in this movie like ‘Get on Up’, playing it with all the cool and tragedy you’d expect from a jazz man with a drug problem.

If you’re a fan of the music and get a kick out of things like improvised solos and backstage insights, this is the definitive jazz movie for you!

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This is jazz at its finest. 

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UNEXPECTED

‘The Blues Brothers’ (John Landis, 1980)

Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi bring their beloved Blues Brothers act to the big screen in style, telling a cross-country story about how the two brothers set out to save their orphanage.

Of course, they only know one way to make money and that’s by playing music, so they set about getting their band together, bumping into a few famous faces along the way.

Expect to see the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and even James Brown tearing up the screen!

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All your favourite blues performers rolled into one... how can you not love this movie? 

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If You Like ‘Get on Up’, You Will Like

‘Lady Sing the Blues’ (Sidney J. Furie, 1972)

Diana Ross announced herself as an actress as well as a musician with her sterling portrayal of blues legend, Billie Holiday, in this hugely underrated biopic.

Not only does the movie focus on her endurable talent, it also lingers on the personal problems with her manager and partner, as well as her battle with drug addiction.

With Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor also turning up, this is one picture you don’t want to miss.

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A tragic and unflinching look at one of music's greatest daughters.

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Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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