The Best Prince Movies

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List of the best Prince movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Prince's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Prince movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Prince movies will be at the top of the list. Prince has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Prince movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this, then use this list of the most entertaining Prince films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Prince role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Prince performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

From Under the Cherry Moon to Graffiti Bridge, this list answers the questions, "What are the best Prince movies?" and "What are the greatest Prince roles of all time?" Start voting!

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  • Purple Rain
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    477 VOTES

    Emerging as a cinematic phenomenon that perfectly captured the 1980s zeitgeist, this iconic film showcased Prince's unparalleled ability to blend music, fashion, and drama into an unforgettable experience. With its groundbreaking soundtrack that included hits like "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy", the movie garnered both commercial success and critical acclaim, ultimately earning Prince an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. His electrifying performance, channeling vulnerability and raw talent in equal measure, solidified his reputation as a singular artist whose influence would endure for generations to come.

    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Albert Magnoli
    477 votes

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  • Under the Cherry Moon
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    Exemplifying Prince's unique ability to take creative risks, this stylish and visually arresting film saw the musician's debut as a director while delivering a standout performance as a charming gigolo named Christopher Tracy. Shot in black and white on the dazzling French Riviera, the movie's stunning cinematography and eclectic, jazz-infused soundtrack added to its allure, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics. Nevertheless, Prince's dedicated fans and lovers of unconventional cinema continue to praise his bold artistic vision and memorable acting chops displayed throughout the film.

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  • Graffiti Bridge
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    283 VOTES

    As a spiritual sequel to Purple Rain, this ambitious project showcased Prince's growth as a filmmaker, with its stronger focus on narrative and character development. Set against the backdrop of a war between two musical gangs, the movie featured an impressive ensemble cast, including Morris Day and The Time, propelling the story with their dynamic performances and infectious energy. The powerful soundtrack, featuring tracks like "Thieves in the Temple" and "New Power Generation," demonstrated once again why Prince reigned supreme when it came to merging compelling storytelling with unforgettable music.

    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Prince
    283 votes
  • Distinguished as one of the most significant concert films of the late 20th century, this cinematic gem allowed audiences worldwide to witness the magnetic stage presence and unparalleled musicianship that defined Prince as a live performer. Masterfully edited and visually captivating, the movie offered an intimate glimpse into the innovative mind of an artist at the peak of his creative powers, juxtaposing raw concert footage with surreal and evocative vignettes. Critics lauded it as a groundbreaking achievement in music cinematography, forever immortalizing the dazzling performances that captivated fans and left an indelible mark on popular culture.

    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Prince, Albert Magnoli
    59 votes