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The Best Music Movies

Updated April 23, 2021 8.7k votes 799 voters 16.7k views144 items

List RulesMovies 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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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin
    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring...  more

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  • 2

    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
    The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise...  more

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  • 3

    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black
    School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike...  more

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  • 4

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton
    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and...  more

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  • 5

    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix
    Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based...  more

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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher
    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and...  more

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon
    Amadeus is a 1984 American period biographical drama film directed by Miloš Forman and adapted...  more

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  • 8

    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson
    Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring...  more

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  • 9

    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher
    Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John...  more

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  • 10

    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof
    Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was...  more

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  • 11


    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer
    Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical...  more

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  • 12

    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno
    West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and...  more

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  • 13


    Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly
    Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and...  more

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  • 14


    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx
    Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray...  more

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  • 15

    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
    The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which...  more

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  • 16


    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters
    Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same...  more

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  • 17

    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks
    That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and...  more

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  • 18

    Moulin Rouge!

    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne
    Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced,...  more

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  • 19

    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly
    Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley...  more

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    The Wedding Singer

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler
    The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank...  more

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  • 22


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon
    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren...  more

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  • 23

    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison
    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical...  more

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  • 24

    Bye Bye Birdie

    Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke
    Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation...  more
  • 25

    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
    Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the...  more

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