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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 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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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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Lee Kirby added This Is Spinal Tap Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston 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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PeteBoyle added School of Rock Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove 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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Lee Kirby added Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan 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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Lee Kirby added 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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Lee Kirby added 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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Lee Kirby added 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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West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin 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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Lee Kirby added A Hard Day's Night Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison 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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Lee Kirby added The Wedding Singer Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi 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

Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Lee Kirby added 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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PeteBoyle added Hairspray John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes 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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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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SpaceGoatJr added Pink Floyd – The Wall Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley 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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brooklynjoe added Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more

The Best Scary Movies Based on True Stories

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Annie Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo 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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Xanadu Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard 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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WarrenMitchell added Yellow Submarine Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison 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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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Music Movies
Kyle Townsend added High Fidelity Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black 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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Lee Kirby added 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

The Catchiest Songs Ever Sung on The Simpsons

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David E. Miller added 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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Rock Star is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Music Movies
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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Lee Kirby added 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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Lee Kirby added The Runaways Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Tatum O'Neal The Runaways is a 2010 American drama film about the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name written and directed by Floria Sigismondi. It is based on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a ...more

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PatrickTK021 added 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

The Greatest Hollywood Comebacks of All Time

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David E. Miller added Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno 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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Kerry Wycoff Bingham added Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Lee Kirby added 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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MarandaWise added Rock of Ages Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin Rock of Ages is a 2012 American romantic musical comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. The film is an adaptation of the 2006 rock jukebox Broadway musical of the same name by Chris D'Arienzo. ...more

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brooklynjoe added Bye Bye Birdie Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. The screenplay was written by Michael Stewart and Irving ...more

Incredible Ways Gene Kelly Changed Movie Musicals Forever

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Chris Mesa added O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter 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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PatrickTK021 added 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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sk8erhorse added Hair Beverly DAngelo, Nell Carter, Charlotte Rae Hair is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama and film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical of the same name about a Vietnam war draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on ...more

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coolhand added 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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David E. Miller added My Fair Lady Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About

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Richard Dumas added The Music Man Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more

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Rock 'n' Roll High School Clint Howard, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov Rock 'n' Roll High School is a 1979 musical comedy film produced by Roger Corman, directed by Allan Arkush, and starring P. J. Soles, Vince Van Patten, and Clint Howard. The film featured the ...more

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a 1978 American jukebox musical film. Its soundtrack, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, features new versions of songs originally written and ...more

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LanaYoshii 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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Lee Kirby added 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

Every Song in The Lion King, Ranked by Singability

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Lee Kirby added The Boat That Rocked Gemma Arterton, January Jones, Emma Thompson The Boat That Rocked is a 2009 British comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis, with pirate radio in the United Kingdom during the 1960s as its setting. The film has an ensemble cast ...more

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Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Music Movies
pigonthewing added Streets of Fire Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane, Kathy Griffin Streets of Fire is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. It was described in previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable". It is ...more

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Scott Vanwesterhuyzen added Empire Records Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire Empire Records is a 1995 American coming-of-age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course of one exceptional day. The employees try to stop the store from being sold to ...more

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Lee Kirby added Taking Woodstock Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Emile Hirsch Taking Woodstock is a 2009 American comedy-drama film about the Woodstock Festival of 1969, directed by Ang Lee. The screenplay by James Schamus is based on the memoir Taking Woodstock: A True ...more

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PeteBoyle added Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

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Lee Kirby added Shine Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave Shine is a 1996 Australian biographical drama film based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Lynn ...more

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Tangy Tiger 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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Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more