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The Best Music Movies

Updated January 22, 2021 8.9k votes 794 voters 16.6k views142 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.

  • The Blues Brothers1

    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin


    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring...  more
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  • The Sound of Music2

    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer


    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise...  more
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  • The Wizard of Oz3

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton


    Directed byMervyn 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...  more
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  • School of Rock4

    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black


    Directed byRichard Linklater

    School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike...  more
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  • Walk the Line5

    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix


    Directed byJames Mangold

    Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based...  more
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  • Amadeus6


    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon


    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Amadeus is a 1984 American period biographical drama film directed by Miloš Forman and adapted...  more
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  • This Is Spinal Tap7

    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher


    Directed byRob Reiner

    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and...  more
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  • Almost Famous8

    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson


    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring...  more
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  • Saturday Night Fever9

    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher


    Directed byJohn Badham

    Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John...  more
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  • Hairspray10


    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer


    Directed byAdam Shankman

    Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical...  more
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  • Pink Floyd – The Wall11

    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof


    Directed byAlan Parker

    Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was...  more
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  • Xanadu12


    Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly


    Directed byRobert Greenwald

    Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and...  more
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  • West Side Story13

    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno


    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and...  more
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  • Ray14


    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx


    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray...  more
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  • Moulin Rouge!15

    Moulin Rouge!

    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne


    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced,...  more
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  • Annie16


    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters


    Directed byJohn Huston

    Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same...  more
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  • Singin' in the Rain17

    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly


    Directed byStanley Donen, 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 Doors18

    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer


    Directed byOliver Stone

    The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which...  more
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  • That Thing You Do!19

    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks


    Directed byTom Hanks

    That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and...  more
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  • Grease20


    Adrian Zmed, Maxwell Caulfield

    Directed byPatricia Birch, Randal Kleiser

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  • Footloose21


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon


    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren...  more
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  • The Wedding Singer22

    The Wedding Singer

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler


    Directed byFrank Coraci

    The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank...  more
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  • My Fair Lady23

    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison


    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical...  more
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  • The Lion King24

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons


    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more
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  • Mamma Mia!25

    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep


    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the...  more
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