In this first feature-length talkie (and first musical), the main character, played by Al Jolson, must choose between a jazz career and his traditional Jewish father; unfortunately, the ending includes the famous black-faced rendition of "Mammy."
1920s black tap dancer (Gregory Hines) and white cornetist (Richard Gere) struggle for success while dealing with bootlegging mobsters; includes good recreations of some of the famous Cotton Club performances (Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, dancers, etc.).
Ray is a 2004 biographical film focusing on thirty years of the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was directed by Taylor Hackford and starred Jamie Foxx in the title role; Foxx received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.