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List Rules Movies that revolve around music, including biopics, but not music documentaries or concert films

A list of all the best music movies ever made, ranked by movie fans. This music movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more, but is currently ordered by popularity. Rank the best items on the list to see them get to the top. This list of music films also contains music movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Re-rank this page as your own by re-ordering the items, then you can share it on Tumblr,Twitter or Facebook. These are the top films about music in that each and every one on this list either focuses or deals with the concept of music, most often as a central theme. Don't like 'Parkway Drive: The DVD' or 'Xanadu'? Give them a thumbs down. If there are any movies about music you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list cover the most famous music movies of all time.What makes for a truly great musical movie? Clearly it's the fact that great music is the central theme. Ever single one of the items listed here could easily be included on any list of the greatest soundtracks of all time. Among them: 'The Blues Brothers,' 'This is Spinal Tap,' 'Almost Famous' and 'High Fidelity.' Films are listed below along with release information. Director information on these music movies is included when available. Films about music include photos if you click on the name of the film and movie trailers are also included, when available. Enjoy checking out these films, many of which are some of the best movies of all time.Whether you're watching these music movies on DVD, Blu-ray or on Netflix instant streaming, this is a list of good music movies for a wide variety of occasions. So from the latest to simply the greatest music movies, here is the full music movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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Lee Kirby added 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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#55 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #70 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #43 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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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 #3 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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PeteBoyle 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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Stick It To The Man With The Best 'School of Rock' Quotes #160 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #150 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

Released: 1939

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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Strange Things You Definitely Didn't Know About 'The Wizard of Oz' #5 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Lee Kirby added 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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#349 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #349 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Lee Kirby added Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

Released: 1984

Directed by: Miloš Forman

Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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#198 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #247 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Lee Kirby added Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston

Released: 1984

Directed by: Rob Reiner

This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional ...more

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Behind The Scenes Of 'This Is Spinal Tap,' The Fake Documentary That Was Actually All Too Real #288 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #199 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Lee Kirby added 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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Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

Released: 1961

Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

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The Behind-The-Scenes Of 'West Side Story' Was Plagued With More Hatred Than The Movie Itself #10 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Lee Kirby added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1964

Directed by: Richard Lester

A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the ...more

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#175 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #67 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #1,369 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Lee Kirby added 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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#12 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #103 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Starslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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brooklynjoe added John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Badham

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a ...more

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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Saturday Night Fever' #1,311 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Movies Set in Brooklyn

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PeteBoyle added John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adam Shankman

Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more

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Every Song in Hairspray, Ranked by Singability #28 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #742 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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WarrenMitchell added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1968

Directed by: George Dunning

Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United ...more

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#146 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #242 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #59 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Lee Kirby added Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tom Hanks

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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#225 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #100 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #1,147 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Huston

Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more

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#41 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #106 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #188 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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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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#47 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #298 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Lee Kirby added Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress ...more

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#8 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #172 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #69 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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SpaceGoatJr added Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan Parker

Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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Behind The Scenes Details From Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Movie #241 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #354 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever

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Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Greenwald

Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and directed by Robert Greenwald. The title is a reference to the nightclub in the ...more

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#240 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #180 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #318 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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Lee Kirby added 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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Every Song in Dreamgirls, Ranked by Singability #164 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Music Movies
Kyle Townsend added Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen Frears

High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack and Iben Hjejle. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick ...more

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#901 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #40 of 347 Movies with the Best Soundtracks #330 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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David E. Miller added Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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Every Song in Singin' in the Rain, Ranked by Singability #1 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #530 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Chris Mesa added George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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#193 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #192 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #87 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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David E. Miller added 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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#17 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #19 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever