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Power Rankings: Movies about Music

We recently covered the Best Musicals, but if you aren't in a singing mood and want more focus on the people behind the music, we have you covered. These are the Best Movies about Music.


Title: A Star is Born

Release Date: October 5, 2018


Plot: A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.


Title: That Thing You Do!

Release Date: October 4, 1996


Plot: A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.


Title: Mr. Holland's Opus

Release Date: January 19, 1996


Plot: A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.


Title: Whiplash

Release Date: October 15, 2014


Plot: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.


Title: The Doors

Release Date: March 1, 1991


Plot: The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.


Title: This is Spinal Tap

Release Date: March 2, 1984


Plot: Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.


Title: Walk the Line

Release Date: November 18, 2005


Plot: 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.


Title: Amadeus

Release Date: September 19, 1984


Plot: The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.


Title: The Blues Brothers

Release Date: June 20, 1980


Plot: Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.


Title: Almost Famous

Release Date: September 22, 2000


Plot: A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

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