Entertainment

The Best Movies About Music  

Ranker Film
Originally by
46.8k votes 4.3k voters 286.6k views 205 items

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.

list ordered by
back to page 1
26
Ranker Video
PaulCollins added John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon
Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a ...more

More Saturday Night Fever

#3 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #23 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Movies Set in Brooklyn

27
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Music
BelindaMcdonnell added Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin
Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase ...more

More Purple Rain

#49 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #42 of 3,646 The Greatest Albums of All-Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

28
Ranker Video
Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue
Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

More Moulin Rouge!

#138 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #30 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

29
Ranker Video
jobas a added Ryoko Hirosue, Masahiro Motoki, Kimiko Yo
Departures is a 2008 Japanese drama film directed by Yōjirō Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryōko Hirosue, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Loosely based on Coffinman, a memoir by Shinmon Aoki, the ...more

More Departures

#555 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #170 of 241 The Most Inspirational Movies Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

30
Ranker Video
jobas a added Bruno Ganz, Teo Gheorghiu, Urs Jucker
Vitus is a drama film written and directed by Fredi M. Murer. It was released on February 2, 2006, in Switzerland. It stars real-life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu, Bruno Ganz, Julika Jenkins, and ...more
31
Ranker Video
Riot18 added Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano
Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by the director and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P.F. Kluge. It was marketed with ...more
32
Ranker Video
Riot18 added Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke
Sid and Nancy is a 1986 British biopic directed by Alex Cox. The film portrays the life of Sid Vicious, and his relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Despite failing to recoup its ...more

More Sid and Nancy

#264 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #406 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #307 of 319 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

33
Ranker Video
but chickens double d added Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri
Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and the presentation of some sequences in ...more

More Flashdance

#62 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #177 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

34
Ranker Video
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pete Townshend
Woodstock is a 1970 American documentary of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York. Entertainment Weekly called this film the ...more

More Woodstock

#147 of 591 The Best '70s Moviesfeaturing Inside Jimi Hendrix’s Legendary And Controversial National Anthem Performance At Woodstock '69listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

35
Ranker Video
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Green Book is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. A bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) at a New York nightclub takes a job as a pianist's (Mahershala Ali) chauffeur during a tour in the ...more

More Green Book

#79 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Moviesfeaturing Who Was Don Shirley, The Virtuosic Pianist At The Center Of 'Green Book'?listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

36
Ranker Video
Countermoon added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John ...more

More Help!

#15 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #118 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #230 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

37
Ranker Video
chainsawmidget added Kajal Aggarwal, Jayabalan
Jilla is a 2014 Tamil action-masala film written and directed by R. T. Neason. It stars Mohanlal, Vijay and Kajal Aggarwal. The film, produced by R. B. Choudary, will have music composed by D. ...more
38
Ranker Video
Riot18 added Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey
A Mighty Wind is a 2003 American mockumentary comedy-drama film about a folk music reunion concert in which three folk bands reunite for a television performance for the first time in decades. ...more

More A Mighty Wind

#304 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #441 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #605 of 992 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

39
The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Music
LanaYoshii added Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver
The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more

More The Phantom of the Opera

#315 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #15 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #561 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

40
Ranker Video
NickMerchant added Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Darren Healy
Once is a 2007 Irish musical film written and directed by John Carney. Set in Dublin, Ireland, the naturalistic drama stars musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. ...more

More Once

#78 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #165 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

41
Ranker Video
AndyRoberts added Emmanuelle Chriqui, Edward Furlong, Gene Simmons
Detroit Rock City is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Adam Rifkin and written by Carl V. Dupré. It tells of four teenage boys in a KISS cover band who try to see their idols in ...more

More Detroit Rock City

#91 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #226 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #513 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

42
Ranker Video
Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
August Rush is a 2007 drama film directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle, James V. Hart, and Paul Castro, and produced by Richard Barton Lewis. Deciding to run away to New York ...more

More August Rush

#190 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #93 of 231 The Best Movies for Women #11 of 33 The Best Movies for New Parents to Watch

43
Ranker Video
charlesminorversion1 added Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, John Waters
Hairspray is a 1988 American romantic musical comedy film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, ...more

More Hairspray

#103 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #140 of 440 The Funniest '80s Movies #142 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

44
Ranker Video
looksharp added Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy
The Commitments is a 1991 comedy-drama film directed by Alan Parker. A film adaptation of Roddy Doyle's novel of the same name, the film tells a story of working class Dubliners who form a soul ...more
45
Ranker Video
jbeuscher01 added Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones
Drumline is a 2002 American drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a fictional story about a historically black college and university marching band, was written by Tina ...more

More Drumline

#222 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #88 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #27 of 33 The Most Inspirational Black Movies

46
Fame is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Music
LanaYoshii added Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly
Fame is a 1980 American musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva and directed by Alan Parker. Its screenplay is by Christopher Gore, its choreography by Louis Falco and musical ...more

More Fame

#70 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #378 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

47
Ranker Video
The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group the Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as ...more

More The Last Waltz

#182 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #16 of 396 The Greatest Documentaries of All Time #17 of 37 The Best Martin Scorsese Movies

48
Ranker Video
lostshadow added Steve Vai, Jami Gertz, Ralph Macchio
Crossroads is a 1986 musical dramatic feature film inspired by the legend of blues musician Robert Johnson. Starring Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz, the film was written by John Fusco ...more

More Crossroads

#114 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #62 of 119 The Best College Movies Ever #112 of 314 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s

49
Ranker Video
looksharp added Tim Roth, Bill Nunn, Pruitt Taylor Vince
The Legend of 1900 is a 1998 Italian drama film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Mélanie Thierry. It was Tornatore's first English-language ...more
50
Ranker Video
LeighLeeThoms added Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of Crenshaw High School choir instructor Iris Stevenson, and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Bill ...more

More Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

#137 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #193 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #80 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs