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The Blues in Film
Some Major Movies featuring the Blues


• Sounder (1972)

• the Blues Brothers (1980 and 1998)

• Crossroads (Walter Hill) (1986): A film about a "deal with the devil", with a soundtrack by Ry Cooder and a guitar duel between Ralph Machhio and Steve Vai.

• The Blues, a Musical Journey (2003): Martin Scorsese produced seven documentaries about the blues:

• Feel Like Going Home (Martin Scorsese): about the African origins of the Blues

• The Soul of a Man (Wim Wenders): about Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J.B. Lenoir

• The Road to Memphis (Richard Pearce) : focuses on B.B. King's contributions

• Warming by the Devil's Fire (Charles Burnett): fiction on a blues-based theme

• Godfathers and Sons (Marc Levin) : about Chicago blues and hip-hop

• Red, White & Blues (Mike Figgis) : About British blues-influenced music (e.g., Tom Jones, Van Morrison)

• Piano Blues (Clint Eastwood): Focuses on blues pianists such as Ray Charles and Dr. John

• Ray (2004) Ray Charles Bio Pic

• Black Snake Moan (2007) Samuel L Jackson





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