films The Best Movies About Singing  

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List Rules Films about singers and singing. Vote up the best singing movies.

Filmgoers absolutely love movies about singers, whether fictional or based on real events. Is there anything better than a great movie about music and singing? Some of the most popular movies these days feature singing and dancing. What are the best movies about singing? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list all have glorious singing in them. Many have been top box office hits that have inspired viewers and given them an intimate look at the tragic lives of different famous singers, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. Other movies featured here are completely fictional and discuss various topics, from being a famous rock star to forming a band and spending an entire lifetime trying to make it big.
 
This list features the best singing movies including, Almost Famous, High School Musical, Crazy Heart, Ray, Walk the Line, Dreamgirls, The Blues Brothers, Across the Universe, Pitch Perfect, The Doors, August Rush, and 8 Mile. Vote up the best films about singing below or add one you love to sing along with that isn't already on the list.

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Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more

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Walk the Line Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, ...more

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Coyote Ugly Tyra Banks, John Goodman, Maria Bello Coyote Ugly is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama based on the actual Coyote Ugly Saloon, set in New York City. The film stars Piper Perabo and Adam Garcia. It was directed by David McNally, produced ...more

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Moulin Rouge! 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

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8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy 8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger. The film ...more

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Dreamgirls Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road ...more

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Selena Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie, Edward James Olmos Selena is a 1997 American biographical musical drama film about the life and career of the late Tejano music star Selena, a recording artist well known in the Mexican-American and Hispanic ...more

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High School Musical Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more

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Chicago Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy crime film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. ...more

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The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more

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Ray Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced and directed by Taylor Hackford, and ...more

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La Bamba Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...more

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High School Musical 2 Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale The kids from East Side High are back in High School Musical 2! Check out these exclusive podcasts for interviews with all your favorite stars and inside information on this summer's hottest

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August Rush 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

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The Doors Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Kelly Hu The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which emphasizes the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. It was directed by Oliver Stone, and stars Val ...more

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Across the Universe Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios’ Across the Universe is a groundbreaking movie musical, springing from the imagination of renowned writer-director Julie ...more

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Woodstock 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

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What’s Love Got to Do With It

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That Thing You Do! Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and co-starring Tom Hanks. Set in the summer of 1964, the movie tells the story of the quick rise and fall ...more

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The Buddy Holly Story Gary Busey, Buddy Miles, Paul Mooney The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film which tells the life story of rock musician Buddy Holly. It features an Academy Award-winning musical score, adapted by Joe Renzetti and ...more

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Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Co... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Siersha 2 added Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors Gerald McRaney, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Ricky Schroder

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Siersha 2 added The Phantom of the Opera 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

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Crazy Heart Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal "Crazy Heart stars Jeff Bridges as an aging country music legend wrestling with his loss of fame at the hands of younger protégé. Struggling to make ends meet playing one ...more

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Siersha 2 added Little Voice Ewan McGregor, Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent Little Voice is a 1998 British musical written and directed by Mark Herman and made in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The screenplay is based on Jim Cartwright’s play The Rise and Fall of Little

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Siersha 2 added The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Siersha 2 added The Bodyguard Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds The Bodyguard is a 1992 American romantic thriller film directed by Mick Jackson, written by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Costner stars as a former Secret ...more

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Rock Star Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Hunter Rock Star is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. It tells the story of Chris "Izzy" Cole, a tribute ...more

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Siersha 2 added Cadillac Records Beyoncé Knowles, Elvis Presley, Emmanuelle Chriqui Cadillac Records is a 2008 musical biopic written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the ...more

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Siersha 2 added The Chorus Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin, Didier Flamand The Chorus is a 2004 French drama film directed by Christophe Barratier. Co-written by Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval, it is an adaptation of the 1945 film A Cage of Nightingales, which in ...more

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Siersha 2 added The Commitments 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

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Siersha 2 added A Chorus Line Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers, Khandi Alexander A Chorus Line is a 1985 American musical film directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Michael Douglas. The screenplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the Tony Award-winning book of the 1975 ...more

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Siersha 2 added Look at Me Agnès Jaoui, Michèle Moretti, Jean-Pierre Bacri Look at Me is a 2004 drama film directed by Agnès Jaoui. The movie won "Best Screenplay" award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The movie features a clip from the 1948 film

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Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Siersha 2 added Florence Foster Jenkins Rebecca Ferguson, Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant

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Siersha 2 added Songcatcher Emmy Rossum, Aidan Quinn, Janet McTeer Songcatcher is a 2000 drama film directed by Maggie Greenwald. It is about a musicologist researching and collecting Appalachian folk music in the mountains of western North Carolina. Although ...more

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punksnotdead added Liquid Sky Anne Carlisle, Jack Adalist, Bob Brady Liquid Sky is an independent American science fiction film. It debuted at the Montreal Film festival in August 1982 and was well received at several film festivals thereafter. It was produced ...more

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Country Strong Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw Country Strong is a 2010 drama film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester. The film, about an emotionally unstable country music star who attempts to ...more

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The Last Waltz 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

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Siersha 2 added Once 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

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Sing Street is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Siersha 2 added Sing Street Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy

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Siersha 2 added Jersey Boys Christopher Walken, Francesca Eastwood, Steve Schirripa Jersey Boys is a 2014 American biographical musical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name. The film tells the story of the musical group ...more

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Siersha 2 added The Jazz Singer Laurence Olivier, Neil Diamond, Ernie Hudson The Jazz Singer is a 1980 American drama film and a remake of the 1927 classic The Jazz Singer, released by EMI Films. It starred Neil Diamond, Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz and was ...more

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Siersha 2 added Sweet Dreams Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Ed Harris Sweet Dreams is a 1985 biographical film which tells the life story of country music singer Patsy Cline. The film was written by Robert Getchell and directed by Karel Reisz. It stars Jessica ...more

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Siersha 2 added La Vie en rose Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner La Vie en Rose released in France as La Môme, is a 2007 French and Canadian biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf co-written, and directed by Olivier ...more

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Siersha 2 added A Mighty Wind 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

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Siersha 2 added Fame 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

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Singles Paul Giamatti, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell Singles is a 1992 American romantic comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe. The film stars Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, and Matt Dillon.

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punksnotdead added Cha Cha Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich Cha Cha is a 1979 Dutch film written by Herman Brood and directed by Herbert Curiel. It stars Herman Brood, Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich and Les Chappell. Released on December 13, 1979, the film is a ...more

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punksnotdead added Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Naomie Harris, Ray Winstone, Andy Serkis Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a 2010 biographical film about English new wave musician Ian Dury, starring Andy Serkis as Dury. The film follows Dury's rise to fame and documents his ...more