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The Best Movies About Music

Updated January 7, 2021 41.2k votes 4.7k voters 293.7k views191 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies on this list that are about music, not just have good music in them.

The films on this list of the best music movies have been ranked by fans like you. This list features the best movies about music 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, singers, 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 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 A Star Is Born and The Blues Brothers. Vote up the best movies about music below and see which one makes it to the top of the list.

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  • Rock Star26
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    Rock Star

    Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Herek

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  • Pitch Perfect27
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

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  • The Runaways28
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    The Runaways

    Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning

    Released2010

    Directed byFloria Sigismondi

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  • That Thing You Do!29
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    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Hanks

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  • Coal Miner's Daughter30
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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Apted

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  • Eddie and the Cruisers31
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    Eddie and the Cruisers

    Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byMartin Davidson

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    Fame

    Debbie Allen, Irene Cara

    Released1980

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Help!

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1965

    Directed byRichard Lester

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  • White Christmas34
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    Great Balls of Fire!

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1989

    Directed byJim McBride

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    What's Love Got to Do with It

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1993

    Directed byBrian Gibson

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  • Straight Outta Compton37
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    Straight Outta Compton

    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins

    Released2015

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • Detroit Rock City38
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    Detroit Rock City

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Edward Furlong

    Released1999

    Directed byAdam Rifkin

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  • The Phantom of the Opera39
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler

    Released2004

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • The Song Remains the Same40
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    The Song Remains the Same

    Jimmy Page, John Bonham

    Released1976

    Directed byPeter Clifton, Joe Massot

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    Sid and Nancy

    Courtney Love, Gary Oldman

    Released1986

    Directed byAlex Cox

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  • Woodstock42
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    Woodstock

    Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin

    Released1970

    Directed byMichael Wadleigh

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    Jailhouse Rock

    Kajal Aggarwal, Jayabalan

    Released2014

    Directed byR. T. Neason

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  • Hairspray44
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    Hairspray

    Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Waters

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  • Vox Lux45
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    Vox Lux

    Natalie Portman, Jude Law

    Released2018

    Directed byBrady Corbet

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  • Airheads46
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    Airheads

    Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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  • Let It Be47
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    Let It Be

    Paul McCartney, George Harrison

    Released1970

    Directed byMichael Lindsay-Hogg

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  • The Last Waltz48
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    The Last Waltz

    Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters

    Released1978

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Cabaret49
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    Cabaret

    Liza Minnelli, Michael York

    Released1972

    Directed byBob Fosse

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  • Crossroads50
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    Crossroads

    Steve Vai, Jami Gertz

    Released1986

    Directed byWalter Hill

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