25 Must-See Music Movies

25 Must-See Music Movies

This is a list of twenty-five must-see movies in the genre of music if you are a fan of these kind of movies.

8 Mile

Release Date 2002
Rating : 6.9 Production Companies: Imagine Entertainment / Mikona Productions GmbH & Co. KG / Director: Eva Z. Cabrera / Eric Heffron / Stars: Eminem  /  Mekhi Phifer  /  Brittany Murphy

Summary: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of success in hip hop. With his pal Future and the three one third in place, all he has to do is not choke.

Almost Famous

Release Date 2000
Rating : 7.4 Production Companies: Columbia Pictures / Vinyl Films / Director: Cameron Crowe / Kate Hudson / Stars: Kate Hudson  /  Billy Crudup  /  Frances McDormand

Summary: Almost Famous is an autobiographical inspired film about a 15-year-old who is hired by Rolling Stone magazine to follow and interview a rock band during their tour. A film about growing up, first love, disappointment, and the life of a rock star.


Release Date 1984
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Warner Bros. / Director: Miloš Forman / Anne Gyory / Stars: F. Murray Abraham  /  Tom Hulce  /  Elizabeth Berridge

Summary: 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.

The Blues Brothers

Release Date 1980
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Director: Steven Spielberg / Dan Aykroyd / Stars: Dan Aykroyd  /  John Belushi  /  James Brown

Summary: 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 they're on their way, while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.


Release Date 2002
Rating : 7 Production Companies: Miramax Films / Producers Circle / Director: Rob Marshall / Tyler Delben / Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones  /  Renée Zellweger  /  Queen Latifah

Summary: Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Dirty Dancing

Release Date 1987
Rating : 7.2 Production Companies: Great American Films Limited Partnership / Vestron Pictures / Director: Emile Ardolino / Lonny Price / Stars: Jennifer Grey  /  Patrick Swayze  /  Jerry Orbach

Summary: Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer – and unexpectedly falling in love.


Release Date 2006
Rating : 6.6 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks SKG / Director: Bill Condon / Kerry Lyn McKissick / Stars: Jamie Foxx  /  Beyoncé Knowles  /  Eddie Murphy

Summary: Three young women – Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson – dream of becoming pop stars and they get their wish when they're chosen to be backup singers for the legendary James 'Thunder' Early.


Release Date 2015
Rating : 5.9 Production Companies: Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH / Director: Karoline Herfurth / Michael Herbig / Stars: Hannah Herzsprung  /  Elyas M’Barek  /  Iris Berben

Summary: Parallel love stories of three young women in Berlin: Hannah - an unhappy attorney who sexually demeans herself in order to get at least some love and romance, Leni who runs a coffee shop and has just been ditched by her long term boyfriend, and Vivienne who ends up falling in love with a puppy-eyed pasta designer with 21 dogs.


Release Date 1978
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO) / Director: Joyce King / Randal Kleiser / Stars: John Travolta  /  Olivia Newton-John  /  Stockard Channing

Summary: Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?

High Fidelity

Release Date 2000
Rating : 7.1 Production Companies: Buena Vista / Touchstone Pictures / Director: Stephen Frears / Tim Robbins / Stars: John Cusack  /  Iben Hjejle  /  Todd Louiso

Summary: When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to find out why they left, he keeps up his efforts to win Laura back.

The Last Waltz

Release Date 1978
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Director: Martin Scorsese / Ringo Starr / Stars: Robbie Robertson  /  Rick Danko  /  Levon Helm

Summary: Martin Scorsese's rockumentary intertwines footage from "The Band's" incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and other rock legends.

La Bamba

Release Date 1987
Rating : 6.8 Production Companies: Columbia Pictures Corporation / Director: Kerry Lyn McKissick / Lou Diamond Phillips / Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips  /  Danielle von Zerneck  /  Elizabeth Peña

Summary: Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

La La Land

Release Date 2016
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Marc Platt Productions / Gilbert Films / Director: John Hindman / Damien Chazelle / Stars: Ryan Gosling  /  Emma Stone  /  John Legend

Summary: Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Pink Floyd: The Wall

Release Date 1982
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Director: Alan Parker / Bob Hoskins / Stars: Christine Hargreaves  /  James Laurenson  /  Eleanor David

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

Purple Rain

Release Date 1984
Rating : 6.6 Production Companies: Director: Prince / Albert Magnoli / Stars: Clarence Williams III  /  Prince  /  Jerome Benton

Summary: A young man with a talent for music meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Release Date 1975
Rating : 7.4 Production Companies: 20th Century Fox / Director: Jim Sharman / Stars: Tim Curry  /  Susan Sarandon  /  Barry Bostwick

Summary: Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named 'Rocky'.

Saturday Night Fever

Release Date 1977
Rating : 6.6 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO) / Director: John Badham / Stars: John Travolta  /  Karen Lynn Gorney  /  Barry Miller

Summary: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited Tony struts his stuff amidst flashing lights and sweaty, undulating bodies. Tony's class aspirations are mirrored in his relationship with his dance partner, a secretary eager to move into the glamorous world of Manhattan.

School of Rock

Release Date 2003
Rating : 6.8 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Director: Frank Whaley / Julie Oppenheimer / Stars: Jack Black  /  Joan Cusack  /  Mike White

Summary: Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fifth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' roll. The school's hard-nosed principal is rightly suspicious of Finn's activities. But Finn's roommate remains in the dark about what he's doing.


Release Date 2016
Rating : 6.9 Production Companies: Universal Pictures / Fuji Television Network / Director: Edgar Wright / Scarlett Johansson / Stars: Matthew McConaughey  /  Reese Witherspoon  /  Seth MacFarlane

Summary: A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.

Singin' in the Rain

Release Date 1952
Rating : 8 Production Companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Director: Stanley Donen / Gene Kelly / Stars: Gene Kelly  /  Donald O'Connor  /  Debbie Reynolds

Summary: In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

The Sound of Music

Release Date 1965
Rating : 7.5 Production Companies: Robert Wise Productions / Argyle Enterprises / Director: Robert Wise / Ridgeway Callow / Stars: Julie Andrews  /  Christopher Plummer  /  Eleanor Parker

Summary: Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.

This Is Spinal Tap

Release Date 1984
Rating : 7.7 Production Companies: Spinal Tap Prod. / Director: Rob Reiner / Christopher Guest / Stars: Christopher Guest  /  Michael McKean  /  Harry Shearer

Summary: "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.

Walk the Line

Release Date 2005
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Director: Stephen P. Dunn / Nicholas Mastandrea / Stars: Joaquin Phoenix  /  Reese Witherspoon  /  Ginnifer Goodwin

Summary: 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.

West Side Story

Release Date 1961
Rating : 7.2 Production Companies: United Artists / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Director: Gus Trikonis / Robert Wise / Stars: Natalie Wood  /  Richard Beymer  /  Russ Tamblyn

Summary: In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.


Release Date 2014
Rating : 8.3 Production Companies: Bold Films / Blumhouse Productions / Director: Damien Chazelle / Nicolas Duchemin Harvard / Stars: Miles Teller  /  J.K. Simmons  /  Melissa Benoist

Summary: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.