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The Best Movies About Music

Updated March 31, 2021 40.3k votes 4.8k voters 294.6k views195 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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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

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    #375 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#340 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Whiplash

    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

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    #5 of 75 The Best Blumhouse Productions Movies#13 of 18 18 Movies With 'Happy Endings' That Were Actually Unspeakably Tragic

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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

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    #34 of 54 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins#202 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

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    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

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    Behind The Scenes Details From Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Movie#250 of 356 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

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    La Bamba

    Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano

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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

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    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger

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    Purple Rain

    Prince, Apollonia Kotero

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    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

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    High Fidelity

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen

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    The Buddy Holly Story

    Gary Busey, Buddy Miles

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    #64 of 124 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals#13 of 127 The Best Oscar-Winning Scores

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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

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    #47 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#9 of 109 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

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    #73 of 122 Great Movies That Place In The '60s#31 of 50 The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made

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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

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    #56 of 781 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#79 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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    A Hard Day's Night

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

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    #12 of 102 The 100+ Best Movies Streaming On The Criterion Channel#21 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s

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    Flashdance

    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving

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    Vitus

    Bruno Ganz, Teo Gheorghiu