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The Best Movies About Music

Updated January 22, 2021 39.7k votes 4.8k voters 294.1k views192 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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  • Walk the Line1
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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • Whiplash2
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    Whiplash

    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

    Released2014

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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  • Almost Famous3
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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  • The Blues Brothers4
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody5
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Behind The Scenes Of The Movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody'#292 of 356 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

  • Amadeus6
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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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  • Pink Floyd – The Wall7
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Parker

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  • A Star Is Born8
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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

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  • This Is Spinal Tap9
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • La Bamba10
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    La Bamba

    Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano

    Released1987

    Directed byLuis Valdez

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  • Ray11
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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  • School of Rock12
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • The Doors13
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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • The Sound of Music14
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • Purple Rain15
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    Purple Rain

    Prince, Apollonia Kotero

    Released1984

    Directed byAlbert Magnoli

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  • 8 Mile16
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    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger

    Released2002

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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  • Green Book17
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    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Farrelly

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  • High Fidelity18
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    High Fidelity

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Frears

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  • The Buddy Holly Story19
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    The Buddy Holly Story

    Gary Busey, Buddy Miles

    Released1978

    Directed bySteve Rash

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  • Saturday Night Fever20
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • Mr. Holland's Opus21
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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

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  • Footloose22
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • Flashdance23
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    Flashdance

    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving

    Released1983

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • A Hard Day's Night24
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    A Hard Day's Night

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard Lester

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  • That Thing You Do!25
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    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Hanks

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