Films inspired by music! (In No Particular Order)

A list of films that are influenced by music including bios, dramas and comedies.
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1.
Almost Famous (2000)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ A semi autoobiographical story of Cameron Crowe's experiences on the road with musicians during his stints at Creem and Rolling Stone magazine. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
2.
Bound for Glory (1976)
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The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer. (147 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ The tale of folk legend Woodie Guthrie as played by David Carradine. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
3.
Elvis (1979 TV Movie)
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Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley. (150 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ A nearly forgotten gem by horror director John Carpenter. The only film that comes close to digging into Elvis Presley with an amazing performance by Kurt Russell. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
4.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
“ Bio pic exploring the teen years of John Lennon (an exceptional Aaron Johnson) and his complicated relationship with his free spirited mother and his journey with The Quarrymen before they became The Beatles. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
5.
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
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The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death. (114 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
“ A remarkable portrait of Buddy Holly played by an unrecognizable Gary Busey. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
6.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
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The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
“ Long before That 70's Show, Richard Linklater gave us an honest, mesmerising trip down the road of 70's youth culture in this amazing film. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
7.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
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Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. (124 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ One of the best examples of how to do a straight up bio pic, this story traces the early hard life of Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spaceck) and follows her on her road to fame and her encounter with her idol Patsy Cline (Beverly D' Angelo) in this inspiring slice of life. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
8.
Alice's Restaurant (1969)
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A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ A great forgotten comedy with Woodie Guthrie's son giving a truely inspired performance. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
9.
Tommy (1975)
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A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ A psychedelic masterpiece by the surreal Ken Russell, that captures the spirit of The Who in their creative prime. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
10.
Purple Rain (1984)
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A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise. (111 mins.)
Director: Albert Magnoli
“ Start the revolution! ” - zombiegorilla99
 
11.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. (118 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ For all intents and purposes a "loosely based" account of a "David Bowie type" character and an "Iggy Pop type" character during the psychedellic glam period circa AndyWarhol. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
12.
Cadillac Records (2008)
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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. (109 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
“ A film that deserves to be seen, is inspired by the formation of the legendary label Chess Records, with a great performance from Adrien Brody. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
13.
I'm Not There. (2007)
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Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work. (135 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ An original conception of the multi layered psyche of Bob Dylan by the underrated Todd haynes, creator of the equally brilliant Velvet Goldmine. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
14.
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
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The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. (108 mins.)
Director: Jim McBride
“ A satiric bio comedy on the life of Jerry Lee Lewis (Dennis Quaid) who gives either a hammy performance or depends on your outlook a true stroke of genius in this fun musical comedy. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
15.
Walk the Line (2005)
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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. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ A tad sugar coated but great performances and the best we have in getting close to the life of Johnny Cash. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
16.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ The best of the films with The Beatles period. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
17.
School of Rock (2003)
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After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. (108 mins.)
“ A great introduction of rock n' roll just for the kids, but the whole family can enjoy. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
18.
High Fidelity (2000)
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Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ The closest to hanging out at an indie record store without leaving your house and a great tribute to pop music in general. For better or worse without this film Jack Black would not be where he is. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
19.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
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Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend. (96 mins.)
Director: Jake Kasdan
“ More than just a spoof of Walk The Line, this is comedy gold, that unfortunately fell under the radar. If this doesn't give you belly laughs I don't know what will. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
20.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
“ A great time capsule that showed the peak of the 60's sub culture with great musical performances helped put together by editor Martin Scorsese. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
21.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
“ Right after the rise of Woodstock came the swift nail in the coffin to the 60's at Altamont with the hauntingly best Rolling Stones performance ever captured on celluloid. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
22.
Performance (1970)
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Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... (105 mins.)
“ A cult classic with Mick Jagger by the great Nicolas Roeg, who also gave us The Man Who fell To Earth with David Bowie. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
23.
The Last Waltz (1978 Documentary)
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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese captured the magic of The Band one last time and it is pure bliss. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
24.
Across the Universe (2007)
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The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (133 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
“ A musical inspired by the music of The Beatles with two great leads and a brilliantly hilarious cameo from Bono of u2 fame. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
25.
Shine a Light (2008 Documentary)
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A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Proof that there's just no stopping the force of The Stones. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
26.
Ray (2004)
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The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ Before Jamie Foxx parodied his own performance with Kanye West and hasn't delivered acting chops like this since. We were all captivated by his transformation into Ray Charles. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
27.
The Doors (1991)
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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. (140 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ By no means a perfect film but very ambitous effort by Oliver Stone to capture the psychedelic point of view of Jim Morrisson (an outstanding Val Kilmer). A must see. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
28.
It Might Get Loud (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White. (98 mins.)
“ A truely magical meeting of three music legends captured like lightning in a bottle. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
29.
Crossroads (1986)
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Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born. (99 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ An interesting take on the folk tale of the crossroads blues inspired by blues legend Robert Johnson directed by the amazing Walter Hill (The Warriors). ” - zombiegorilla99
 
30.
The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2009 Documentary)
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In 2007 the legendary American duo White Stripes toured Canada. Besides playing the usual venues they challenged themselves and played in buses... (93 mins.)
Director: Emmett Malloy
“ A must see for fans of this phenomenal band. ” - zombiegorilla99
 
31.
U2: Rattle and Hum (1988 Documentary)
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A documentary of Irish rock group U2's Fall 1987 tour of North America. (99 mins.)
Director: Phil Joanou
“ See above. ” - zombiegorilla99