Best Music Movies

Departures

Departures

Departures
IMDb: 8.1
130 min

Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.

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Control

Control

Control
IMDb: 7.7
121 min

Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band\'s first American tour in 1980.

Genre: Best Music, Drama
The Visitor

The Visitor

The Visitor
IMDb: 7.6
104 min

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Once

Once

Once
IMDb: 7.8
85 min

A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.

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Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel
IMDb: 7.7
116 min

In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man\'s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood.

Genre: Best Music
Walk The Line

Walk The Line

Walk The Line
IMDb: 7.8
136 min

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash\'s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Ray

Ray

Ray
IMDb: 7.7
152 min

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered couping gospel and country together.

Genre: Best Music
The Chorus

The Chorus

The Chorus
IMDb: 7.9
96

Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.

Genre: Best Music, Drama
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
IMDb: 7.5
111 min

Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatôichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who\'ve come to avenge their parents\' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo\'s henchmen are soon after Zatôichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

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Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
IMDb: 7.8
68

Four talented alien musicians are kidnapped by a record producer who disguises them as humans. Shep, a space pilot in love with bass player Stella, follows them to Earth. Reprogrammed to forget their real identities and renamed The Crescendolls, the group quickly becomes a huge success playing soulless corporate pop. At a concert, Shep manages to free all the musicians except Stella, and the band sets out to rediscover who they really are -- and to rescue Stella.

The Man Without a Past

The Man Without a Past

The Man Without a Past
IMDb: 7.7
97 min

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki\'s \"Finland\" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
IMDb: 7.7
95 min

Hansel Schmidt, is a young East German boy, born and raised during the Cold War in communist East Berlin. In his 20s, he meets Luther Robinson, an older American soldier, who falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry, which will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the West. But, in order to marry, Hansel must undergo a sex-change. However, the procedure does not go perfectly and Hansel becomes not a trans woman, but a \'genderqueer\', Hedwig. Back in the USA, on their first wedding anniversary, Luther leaves Hedwig for another man. On that same day the news headlines were of the fall of the Berlin Wall and freedom. Hedwig tours the US with her rock band and relates her life story while following her ex-boyfriend/band-mate Tommy Speck (to whom she gives the stage name \"Tommy Gnosis\"), who stole her songs and rose to fame.

Yi Yi

Yi Yi

Yi Yi
IMDb: 8.1
173 min

Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life\'s meaning as they live through everyday quandaries.

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Genre: Best Music
Almost Famous

Almost Famous

Almost Famous
IMDb: 7.9
122 min

In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller\'s unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and lead singer Jeff Bebe William. A semi-autobiographical film based on director Cameron Crowe\'s time as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone.

Genre: Best Music
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
IMDb: 7.7
106 min

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer\'s \'Odyssey\'.

Genre: Best Music
Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot
IMDb: 7.7
110 min

Set against the background of the 1984 Miner\'s Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family\'s set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes!

Genre: Best Music
The Legend of 1900

The Legend of 1900

The Legend of 1900
IMDb: 8.1
170

The story of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of his life. Years later, the ship may be destroyed, and a former band member fears that 1900 may still be aboard, willing to go down with the ship.

The Red Violin

The Red Violin

The Red Violin
IMDb: 7.6
131 min

Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. With this legacy, the violin travels to Austria, England, China, and Canada, leaving both beauty and tragedy in its wake.

Black Cat, White Cat

Black Cat, White Cat

Black Cat, White Cat
IMDb: 8.1
127 min

Matko is a small time hustler, living by the Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a sister, Afrodita, that he desperately wants to see get married so they strike a deal: Zare is to marry her.

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Genre: Best Music
Brother

Brother

Brother
IMDb: 8.0
96

Danila goes to his older brother to start a new life in Petersburg. His brother is a gangster and a killer, and he puts Danila into this criminal world asking him to kill someone.

Kolya

Kolya

Kolya
IMDb: 7.8
105

After a fictitious marriage with a Russian emigrant, Cellisten Louka, a Czech man, must suddenly take responsibility for her son. However, it’s not long before the communication barrier is broken between the two new family members.

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?
IMDb: 7.6
136 min

A bored Japanese accountant sees a beautiful woman in the window of a ballroom dance studio. He secretly starts taking dancing lessons to be near her, and then over time discovers how much he loves ballroom dancing. His wife, meanwhile, has hired a private detective to find out why he has started coming home late smelling of perfume.

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Genre: Best Music
Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart
IMDb: 7.9
111 min

Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: \'Seiji Amasawa\'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets a boy her age whom she finds infuriating, but discovers to her shock that he is her \'Prince of Books\'. As she grows closer to him, she realises that he merely read all those books to bring himself closer to her. The boy Seiji aspires to be a violin maker in Italy, and it is his dreams that make Shizuku realise that she has no clear path for her life. Knowing that her strength lies in writing, she tests her talents by writing a story about Baron, a cat statuette belonging to Seiji\'s grandfather

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Farewell My Concubine

Farewell My Concubine

Farewell My Concubine
IMDb: 8.1
166

Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian, Doutzi becomes jealous, the beginnings of the acting duo's explosive breakup and tragic fall take root.

Three Colours: Blue

Three Colours: Blue

Three Colours: Blue
IMDb: 7.9
98 min

Julie is haunted by her grief after living through a tragic auto wreck that claimed the life of her composer husband and young daughter. Her initial reaction is to withdraw from her relationships, lock herself in her apartment and suppress her pain. But avoiding human interactions on the bustling streets of Paris proves impossible, and she eventually meets up with Olivier, an old friend who harbors a secret love for her, and who could draw her back to reality.

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Genre: Best Music
A Heart in Winter

A Heart in Winter

A Heart in Winter
IMDb: 7.6
105

Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.

The Double Life of Veronique

The Double Life of Veronique

The Double Life of Veronique
IMDb: 7.8
98 min

Véronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Véronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with the ups and downs of their individual lives, with Véronique embarking on an unusual romance with Alexandre Fabbri, a puppeteer who may be able to help her with her existential issues.

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Genre: Best Music
Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast
IMDb: 7.8
102

A French housekeeper with a mysterious past brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late 19th century Denmark.

Parting Glances

Parting Glances

Parting Glances
IMDb: 7.1
90 min

Michael and Robert, two gay men living in Brooklyn, spend their last day together before Robert leaves for Africa on work assignment. Michael still has feelings for his friend Nick, who has AIDS.

Amadeus

Amadeus

Amadeus
IMDb: 8.3
160 min

The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival, Antonio Salieri—now confined to an insane asylum.

This is Spinal Tap

This is Spinal Tap

This is Spinal Tap
IMDb: 7.9
82 min

\"This Is Spinal Tap\" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.

Genre: Best Music
The Ballad of Narayama

The Ballad of Narayama

The Ballad of Narayama
IMDb: 7.9
130

In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first she must make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finds a wife.

Pink Floyd The Wall

Pink Floyd The Wall

Pink Floyd The Wall
IMDb: 8.1
95 min

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

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Genre: Best Music
The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers
IMDb: 7.9
133 min

Jake Blues is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood on a \'mission from God\' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best: play music. So they get their old band together, and set out on their way—while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

All That Jazz

All That Jazz

All That Jazz
IMDb: 7.9
123 min

Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him - his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of pills keep him going.

Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata
IMDb: 8.3
90 min

After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional night, the pair reopen the wounds of the past. Charlotte gets another shock when she finds out that her mentally impaired daughter, Helena, is out of the asylum and living with Eva.

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Nashville

Nashville

Nashville
IMDb: 7.7
160 min

This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal is a British journalist touring the area. These and other stories come together in a dramatic climax.

Genre: Best Music
O Lucky Man!

O Lucky Man!

O Lucky Man!
IMDb: 7.8
183

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe.

Cabaret

Cabaret

Cabaret
IMDb: 7.8
124 min

Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles and an impish emcee sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force.

The Producers

The Producers

The Producers
IMDb: 7.6
88 min

Broadway producer, Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom plan to make money by charming little old ladies to invest in a production many times over what it will actually cost, and then put on a sure-fire flop, so nobody will ask for their money back – and what can be a more certain flop than a tasteless musical celebrating Hitler.

Cléo from 5 to 7

Cléo from 5 to 7

Cléo from 5 to 7
IMDb: 8.0
90 min

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.

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Shoot the Piano Player

Shoot the Piano Player

Shoot the Piano Player
IMDb: 7.5
85

Charlie is a former classical pianist who has changed his name and now plays jazz in a grimy Paris bar. When Charlie's brothers, Richard and Chico, surface and ask for Charlie's help while on the run from gangsters they have scammed, he aids their escape. Soon Charlie and Lena, a waitress at the same bar, face trouble when the gangsters arrive, looking for his brothers.

The Burmese Harp

The Burmese Harp

The Burmese Harp
IMDb: 8.1
116

In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Limelight

Limelight

Limelight
IMDb: 8.1
137 min

A fading music hall comedian tries to help a despondent ballet dancer learn to walk and to again feel confident about life.

Unfaithfully Yours

Unfaithfully Yours

Unfaithfully Yours
IMDb: 7.6
105

Before he left for a brief European visit, symphony conductor Sir Alfred De Carter casually asked his staid brother-in-law August to look out for his young wife, Daphne, during his absence. August has hired a private detective to keep tabs on her. But when the private eye's report suggests Daphne might have been canoodling with his secretary, Sir Alfred begins to imagine how he might take his revenge.

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes
IMDb: 8.1
133 min

In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

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Goldsmiths’ Quay

Goldsmiths’ Quay

Goldsmiths’ Quay
IMDb: 7.8
110

Jenny Lamour sings in a music hall in postwar Paris, accompanied by her husband, Maurice Martineau, on piano. When Martineau notices his wife flirting with an older businessman named Georges Brignon, he follows her to Brignon's house with the intent to kill him. At the house, Brignon is found murdered -- but by someone else. Inspector Antoine conducts an investigation that implicates Martineau, whose planned alibi comes loose.

Fantasia

Fantasia

Fantasia
IMDb: 7.8
124 min

Walt Disney\'s timeless masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound! See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Pinocchio
IMDb: 7.4
88 min

Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must prove he\'s worthy as he sets off on an adventure with his whistling sidekick and conscience, Jiminy Cricket.