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The Best Movies About Music

Updated July 6, 2020 43.0k votes 4.7k voters 293.0k views195 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Whiplash

    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

    Released2014

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    La Bamba

    Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano

    Released1987

    Directed byLuis Valdez

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    The Doors is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Green Book is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Farrelly

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    8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger

    Released2002

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Purple Rain

    Prince, Apollonia Kotero

    Released1984

    Directed byAlbert Magnoli

    Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    High Fidelity

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Frears

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    The Buddy Holly Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    The Buddy Holly Story

    Gary Busey, Buddy Miles

    Released1978

    Directed bySteve Rash

    The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film which tells the life story of rock musician... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

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    A Hard Day's Night is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    A Hard Day's Night

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard Lester

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    Tenacious D in The Pick of Des is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Released2006

    Directed byLiam Lynch

    Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a 2006 American musical comedy film about comedy rock... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Flashdance

    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving

    Released1983

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Music
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

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