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The Best Movies About Singing 

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Updated November 5, 2019 5.1k votes 993 voters 75.4k views 63 items

List Rules Films that focus on singers or singing. No documentaries.

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

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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The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
harleyquinnfoothills added Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

Released: 2017

Directed by: Michael Gracey

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey. American showman P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) becomes the founder of the circus that became the ...more

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#166 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #499 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #22 of 97 The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked

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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron

Released: 2006

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

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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Pitch Perfect 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
AllisonGrace12 added Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins, Ester Dean

Released: 2015

Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American music and comedy film written by Kay Cannon.

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Siersha 2 added Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

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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Every Song in The Sound of Music, Ranked by Singability #1 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

Released: 2002

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

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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High School Musical 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

High School Musical 2 is an American musical film directed by Kenny Ortega. High school student Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) stresses over getting a job, with the price of college expenses looming on ...more

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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

Released: 2005

Directed by: James Mangold

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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Selena is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie, Edward James Olmos

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gregory Nava

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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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Tom Islava added Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper. A movie star (Cooper) helps a young singer/actress (Stefani Germanotta) find fame, even as age and ...more

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Coyote Ugly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Tyra Banks, John Goodman, Maria Bello

Released: 2000

Directed by: David McNally

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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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Batya King added Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Linklater

School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

Released: 2001

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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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#41 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #303 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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August Rush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kirsten Sheridan

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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Camp Rock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
SravikaLinga added Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matthew Diamond

Camp Rock is a 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Matthew Diamond and starring Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Martin, Maria Canals-Barrera, Daniel Fathers, and Alyson Stoner. It is ...more

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Landis

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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#39 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #43 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #99 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bill Condon

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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The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Siersha 2 added Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Luis Valdez

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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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Siersha 2 added Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds

Released: 1992

Directed by: Mick Jackson

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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Ray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

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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Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo

Released: 1980

Directed by: Michael Apted

Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music legendary singer Loretta Lynn. It stars Sissy Spacek as Loretta, a role that earned her the Academy Award ...more

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

Released: 2000

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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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Camp Rock 2: The Final J... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Singing
SravikaLinga added Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas

Released: 2010

Directed by: Paul Hoen

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is a 2010 Disney Channel Original Movie and the sequel to the 2008 film Camp Rock. It stars Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Martin, Maria Canals-Barrera, Daniel ...more

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