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List Rules Movies on this list must be about music, not just have good music in them.

The films on this list of the best movies about music have been ranked as the best. This list features the best music movies and is compiled from the most popular titles on the subject of music, including both feature films about bands and musicians as well as music documentaries. What are the best films about music? Which music films are the greatest? These films are about the greatest rock bands and musicians, whether fictional or real, and surely have some of the best film soundtracks as well.
 
This list includes titles that have been top box office hits and many of the films featured on this list have are award winners as well. Some of the these films about musicians and music feature (or are based on) true events, while others are completely fictional in nature. A variety of genres are also covered, including drama, comedy, documentary, and romance.
 
The top music movies on this list feature many famous film stars and include films like Walk the Line, Ray, Dazed and Confused, Woodstock, The Doors, American Hardcore, Singles, Almost Famous, and The Blues Brothers. Vote up the best movies about music below or add a film that you think is great but isn't already on the list.
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The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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Departures Ryoko Hirosue, Masahiro Motoki, Kimiko Yo

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Walk the Line Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

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School of Rock Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove

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The Doors Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Kelly Hu

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This Is Spinal Tap Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston

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A Hard Day's Night Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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Mr. Holland's Opus Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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Pink Floyd – The Wall Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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Ray Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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Coal Miner's Daughter Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo

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La Bamba Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Music
The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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The Buddy Holly Story Gary Busey, Buddy Miles, Paul Mooney

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Vitus Bruno Ganz, Teo Gheorghiu, Urs Jucker

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High Fidelity Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black

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The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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That Thing You Do! Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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Woodstock Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pete Townshend

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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Music
Purple Rain Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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Whiplash J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller

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Drumline Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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The Commitments Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy

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Sid and Nancy Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke

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Eddie and the Cruisers Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano

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Jailhouse Rock Kajal Aggarwal, Jayabalan

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Help! Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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The Legend of 1900 Tim Roth, Bill Nunn, Pruitt Taylor Vince

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith

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Rock Star Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Hunter

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Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Amy Adams, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller

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Crossroads Steve Vai, Jami Gertz, Ralph Macchio

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Hairspray Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, John Waters

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Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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Fame is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Music
Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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Crazy Heart Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Airheads Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi

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Rock of Ages Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin

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Once Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Darren Healy

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A Mighty Wind Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

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August Rush Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Music
Jersey Boys John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda