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1. Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.5
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76 Metascore

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover

Votes: 65,203 | Gross: $103.37M

2. The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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In New York City, a young man searches for a Master to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the Glow.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney, Julius Carry

Votes: 12,011 | Gross: $25.75M

3. The Temptations (1998)

150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.4
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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.

Stars: Charles Malik Whitfield, D.B. Woodside, Terron Brooks, Christian Payton

Votes: 3,712

4. Hollywood Homicide (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.3
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47 Metascore

Two LAPD detectives who moonlight in other fields investigate the murder of an up-and-coming rap group.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Isaiah Washington, Lena Olin

Votes: 34,602 | Gross: $30.01M

5. The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)

240 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ... See full summary »

Stars: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Angela Bassett, Holly Robinson Peete, Margaret Avery

Votes: 2,933

6. The Bobby DeBarge Story (2019 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama, Music

5.7
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The movie explores the tumultuous life of Bobby DeBarge, the former lead singer of 70's R&B/Funk Band Switch, also the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge. Despite his ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Parr | Stars: Romeo Ballantine, Big Boi, Matt Borlenghi, Maiya Boyd

Votes: 87

7. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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76 Metascore

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Director: Paul Justman | Stars: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Richard 'Pistol' Allen

Votes: 3,202 | Gross: $1.60M

8. Indigo Prophecy (2005 Video Game)

M | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A man is forced to go on the run after he unwillingly becomes involved in a series of supernatural crimes that have haunted New York City.

Director: David Cage | Stars: David Gasman, Paul Bandey, Sharon Mann, Doug Rand

Votes: 2,572

9. Mirroring Michael Jackson (2019)

Documentary, Music | Filming

A documentary film honoring the King of Pop showcasing how Michael Jackson's groundbreaking musical legacy has influenced performers of the past, present and future.

Director: Christopher Broughton | Stars: Michael Jackson, Gabriella Wright, Ola Ray, Gladys Knight

10. Rock 'n' Roll America (2015– )

Documentary, Music

7.6
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Stars: David Morrissey, Don Everly, Tom Jones, Eric Burdon

Votes: 20

11. Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983 TV Special)

130 min | Documentary, Music

8.8
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The 25th Anniversary of Motown Records is celebrated by its past and present stars playing their greatest hits, plus some new ones.

Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Adam Ant, Nick Ashford, Florence Ballard, Renaldo Benson

Votes: 261

12. Trailer: The Movie! (2001)

Not Rated | 9 min | Action, Comedy, Short

7.9
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When two filmmakers discover their blockbuster is really just a bust, they cut together every half-decent shot into a misleading trailer to dupe audiences and save their careers.

Director: Douglas Horn | Stars: Christopher Heltai, Paco Farias, Dan Southworth, Emily English

Votes: 47

13. Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend (1990 TV Movie)

Unrated | Documentary, Music

7.8
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Stars: Anita Baker, Geraldine Burston, Dick Clark, Bill Cosby

Votes: 8

14. Marvin Gaye (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

7.6
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This classic performance was recorded on Marvin Gaye's first European Tour in 1976, and captures the legendary soul singer at his unparalleled best.

Stars: Nick Ashford, Alberta Gay, Marvin Gaye III, Anna Gordy Gaye

Votes: 14

15. My Brother Marvin (2012)

101 min | Documentary

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Much has been written and filmed about the life of Marvin Gaye, much of it speculation & innuendo. Now, for the first time, twenty six years after Marvin was shot by his father, Zeola Gaye tells the untold story of life with her brother.

Director: Bob Blagden | Stars: Job Angus, Larkin Arnold, Gordon Banks, Monique Brown

16. Motown Merry Christmas (1987 TV Special)

60 min | Music

9.2
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Director: Jeff Margolis | Stars: Natalie Cole, Desiree Coleman, Dennis Edwards, Lola Falana

Votes: 31

17. Sing Baby Sing (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary, Music

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Sing Baby Sing is a documentary about the legendary Houston singer Sammie Relford. Sammie has spent his life performing electrified covers of R&B favorites for local audiences while ... See full summary »

Director: Jarred King | Stars: Sammie Relford, Faye Robinson, Jon Deal, Susan Hughes

18. Marvin: The Life Story of Marvin Gaye

Biography, Drama, Music | Announced

The real Marvin Gaye Jr. as only his entire life story can reveal.

19. In Performance at the White House the Motown Sound (2011 TV Special)

TV-PG | 60 min | Music

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"In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound" showcases an evening that honored music from that originated at Motown Records and its on American music. The event was held at the White House and aired on PBS.

Director: Leon Knoles | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana

20. Who Stole the Soul? (2009)

Not Rated | Documentary

5.2
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The story explores the rise in popularity of rhythm and blues music, details the heyday of the R&B movement, and investigates the reasons for its decline amidst various other forms of music, such as rap and hip-hop.

Director: Jesse Felsot | Stars: Derek Barbosa, Bobby Brown, George Clinton, Berry Gordy

Votes: 6

21. The Nation's Favourite Motown Song (2014 TV Movie)

Music

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Directors: John Piper, Sarah Hunt | Star: Pete Waterman

22. Diversity Presents Steal the Show (2017 TV Special)

60 min | Music

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The street dance troupe present a special event offering members of the public the opportunity to join them on stage. Also featuring work place dance-offs, special guests and live music from The Vamps.

Director: Chris Power | Stars: Ashley Banjo, Diversity, Stavros Flatley, Jade Jones

23. Reflections of a Motor City

Music | Announced

A gripping story about the founder of one of the most known record labels in the world.

24. Dreamboy: My Life as a QVC Host and Other Greatest Hits (2008)

24 min | Short

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Dreamboy is a video guide of the author's life as it relates to songs by Diana Ross and The Supremes who inspired the movie DREAMGIRLS. He compares his childhood to Florence Ballard, his ... See full summary »

Director: Dale Guy Madison | Stars: Tina Arnold, Kelly Dobbs, John Hall, Wilton R. Madison II

25. Untitled Motown Christmas Project (TV Movie)

Drama | Announced

Plot is currently being kept under wraps.

26. Marvin

Biography | Announced

Superstar singer Marvin Gaye overcomes personal turmoil, professional tragedy and the mighty Motown machine, to record What's Going On, one of the greatest and most subversive albums in pop music history.

27. Guitarjed's Street Music (2007– )
Episode: Hannah & Pete - I Want You Back (2008)

3 min | Music

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Star: Hannah & Pete

28. Hollywood, Unapologetic! (2016– )
Episode: Hollywood, Unapologetic! "America's Ideological Divide, Hollywood's Echo Chamber, and the New Hollywood Generation" (2017)

Talk-Show

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At this point in time in history, there seems to be a polarization of the American populace. Whether you lean towards one political party or another, one thing holds true: Our citizenry is ... See full summary »

Director: Orlando Delbert | Star: Orlando Delbert

29. Monkey in the Morning (2017– )
Episode: Lazy Sunday Music Edition (2019)

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Ranting Monkey, Dax Orien, Bad Comic Reviews, Poly Dub

30. The Bearstream (2018– )
Episode: Life Lessons from My Attempt at Carpentry (2019)

Comedy, News

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Star: Owen Benjamin

31. The X Factor: Celebrity (2004– )
Episode: Live Show 1 (2006)

Music, Reality-TV

4.7
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Stars: Kate Thornton, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh

Votes: 6

32. Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider's Guide to the Music Business (2018)
Episode: Making a Star (2018)

Documentary, Music

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Director: James Hale | Stars: Emma Banks, Damon Dash, Clive Davis, Perry Farrell

33. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (2008)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Director: Samuel D. Pollard | Star: Jesse L. Martin

Votes: 69

34. Breaking the Band (2018– )
Episode: The Supremes (2018)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

8.1
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An in-depth look at The Supremes.

Director: Steve Webb | Stars: Peter Benjaminson, Mary Wilson

Votes: 9



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