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1. Dearly Beloved (1995)

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Director: Jeff Mazzola | Stars: Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Lorraine Mazzola, Michael Badalucco

Votes: 5

2. Eroica (2003 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, Music

7.6
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On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Peter Hanson, Jack Davenport, Leo Bill, Ian Hart

Votes: 446

3. Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Music, Romance

6.1
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The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton

Votes: 965

Johann Strauss I (1804-1849) Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)

4. The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 846

Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)

5. New Wine (1941)

87 min | Drama

5.9
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Biography of composer Franz Schubert

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Alan Curtis, Ilona Massey, Billy Gilbert, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 15

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

6. The Great Mr. Handel (1942)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Rank's G.H.W. Productions Ltd.

Director: Norman Walker | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan, Malcolm Keen, Michael Shepley

Votes: 57

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

7. A Song to Remember (1945)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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Biography of Frederic Chopin.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde, Nina Foch

Votes: 1,008

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

8. Song of Love (1947)

119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.8
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Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker, Henry Daniell

Votes: 789

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

9. The Great Caruso (1951)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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This highly fictionalized film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna

Votes: 1,011

Enrico Caruso (1873-1921)

10. Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)

90 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

7.3
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A film biography of the composer John Philip Sousa, from his early days in the Marine Corps Band through the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 682

John Philip Sousa (1854–1932)

11. So This Is Love (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Biography, Music, Musical

6.4
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Biopic of opera star Grace Moore, who was killed in a plane crash in 1947.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Merv Griffin, Joan Weldon, Walter Abel

Votes: 141

Grace Moore (1898-1947)

12. Interrupted Melody (1955)

Passed | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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The film chronicles Australian-born opera star Marjorie Lawrence's success, her battle with polio, and her eventual career comeback.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 742

Marjorie Lawrence (1907-1979)

13. Song Without End (1960)

Not Rated | 141 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.0
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The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

Directors: Charles Vidor, George Cukor | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Capucine, Geneviève Page, Patricia Morison

Votes: 491

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

14. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

94 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli

Votes: 892

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

15. Song of Norway (1970)

G | 138 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

3.9
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Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Florence Henderson, Toralv Maurstad, Christina Schollin, Frank Porretta

Votes: 353

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

16. The Music Lovers (1970)

R | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian, Christopher Gable

Votes: 1,949

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

17. Mahler (1974)

PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 1,854

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

18. Lisztomania (1975)

R | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

6.6
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Composer and pianist Franz Liszt attempts to overcome his hedonistic lifestyle while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, Ringo Starr

Votes: 1,768

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

19. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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93 Metascore

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

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 302,946 | Gross: $51.97M

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Antonio Salieri (1750–1825)

20. Spring Symphony (1983)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Music

6.2
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Director: Peter Schamoni | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Herbert Grönemeyer, Rolf Hoppe, Anja-Christine Preussler

Votes: 267

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

21. Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

7.0
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In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 4,099 | Gross: $4.08M

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

22. Tous les matins du monde (1991)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.6
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It's late 17th century. The viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into... See full summary »

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Anne Brochet, Guillaume Depardieu

Votes: 5,496 | Gross: $3.09M

Marin Marais (1656-1728)

23. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Colm Feore, Derek Keurvorst, Katya Ladan, Devon Anderson

Votes: 3,237 | Gross: $1.57M

Glenn Gould (1932-1982)

24. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 20,272 | Gross: $9.91M

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

25. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 5,470 | Gross: $2.12M

Farinelli (1705-1782)

26. Bruckners Entscheidung (1995)

80 min | Biography, Music

6.4
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Director: Jan Schmidt-Garre | Stars: Joachim Bauer, Markus Ertelthalner, Joachim Kaiser, Michael Ponti

Votes: 10

Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) Richard Wagner (1813-1833)

27. Voices (1995)

R | 93 min | Drama

6.4
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A story about real life early 20th century British composer and music critic Philip Arnold Heseltine.

Director: Malcolm Clarke | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Tushka Bergen, Allan Corduner, Hilton McRae

Votes: 203

Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

28. Shine (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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87 Metascore

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 45,900 | Gross: $35.81M

David Helfgott (1947--)

29. Hilary and Jackie (1998)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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78 Metascore

The tragic story of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, James Frain, David Morrissey

Votes: 9,008 | Gross: $4.87M

Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987)

30. Bride of the Wind (2001)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.7
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35 Metascore

This movie is a biopic of Alma Mahler, the wife of composer Gustav Mahler (as well as Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel), and the mistress of Oskar Kokoschka.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Sarah Wynter, Vincent Perez, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Verhoeven

Votes: 542 | Gross: $0.42M

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

31. Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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59 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode, Ralph Riach

Votes: 11,730 | Gross: $0.35M

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

32. The Soloist (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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61 Metascore

A newspaper journalist discovers a homeless musical genius and tries to improve his situation.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander

Votes: 46,159 | Gross: $31.67M

Nathaniel Ayers (1951--)

33. Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

Unrated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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68 Metascore

The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Lena Stolze

Votes: 904 | Gross: $0.43M

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

34. L'enfant prodige (2010)

101 min | Drama

6.5
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On the keyboard, the young hands fly rapidly and the melody rises. For the child, nothing is easier; he hears the sounds in his head. These hands belong to 6 years old André Mathieu. He won... See full summary »

Director: Luc Dionne | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Benoît Brière, Marc Béland, Patrice Coquereau

Votes: 173

André Mathieu (1929-1968)

35. Beethoven Lives Upstairs (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 51 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.4
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A young boy learns to appreciate the music of his upstairs boarder, Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Neil Munro, Illya Woloshyn, Fiona Reid, Paul Soles

Votes: 397

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

36. Young Chopin (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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A story of the formative years in Chopin's life between 1825 and 1831, a time of social unrest throughout Europe, of rising nationalism, and of cries for reform. Chopin, an outstanding ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Ford | Stars: Czeslaw Wollejko, Zbigniew Lobodzinski, Józef Nieweglowski, Jerzy Duszynski

Votes: 33

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

37. Chopin. Pragnienie milosci (2002)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Music

5.0
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The biography of world famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.

Director: Jerzy Antczak | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Danuta Stenka, Sara Muldner, Jadwiga Baranska

Votes: 531

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

38. La note bleue (1991)

135 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.4
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the film covers the last few days of fragile Chopin's professional life.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Marie-France Pisier, Janusz Olejniczak, Sophie Marceau, Féodor Atkine

Votes: 300

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

39. Eroica (2003 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, Music

7.6
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On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Peter Hanson, Jack Davenport, Leo Bill, Ian Hart

Votes: 446

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

40. Das Dreimäderlhaus (1958)

102 min | Romance, Drama

6.8
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Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Rudolf Schock, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth

Votes: 72

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

41. The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936)

116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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Lyrical biography of the classical composer, depicted as a romantical hero, an accursed artist.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt, Jean-Louis Barrault

Votes: 208

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

42. Io, Don Giovanni (2009)

127 min | Drama, History, Music

7.0
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A drama based on the life of 18th century Italian lyricist Lorenzo da Ponte, who collaborated with Mozart on his "Don Giovanni" opera.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Tobias Moretti, Eulàlia Ramon, Sergi Roca, Anna Saura Ramón

Votes: 491

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

43. Vergeßt Mozart (1985)

92 min | Mystery

6.8
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In the dead of night, a few hours after Mozart's death, the usual suspects (Konstanze, Salieri, van Swieten, etc.) are summoned to Mozart's room by Count Pergen, head of the secret police, ... See full summary »

Director: Miloslav Luther | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Max Tidof, Wolfgang Preiss, Catarina Raacke

Votes: 63

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

44. Motsart i Salieri (1962)

47 min | Drama, History

7.9
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Director: Vladimir Gorikker | Stars: Pyotr Glebov, Sergei Lemeshev, Aleksandr Pirogov, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy

Votes: 24

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Antonio Salieri (1750–1825)

45. My Name Is Bach (2003)

97 min | Biography, Drama

5.8
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Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is introduced to King Frederick II of Prussia in 1747. The aging composer and the young monarch clash and a battle of egos ensues.

Director: Dominique de Rivaz | Stars: Vadim Glowna, Jürgen Vogel, Karoline Herfurth, Anatole Taubman

Votes: 265

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

46. Il était une fois Jean-Sébastien Bach (2003)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

4.8
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J.S. BACH: THE MUSIC, THE LIFE, THE LEGEND is a dramatic look at the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, a man who dedicated his life to the service of music.

Director: Jean-Louis Guillermou | Stars: Christian Vadim, Elena Lenina, Frédérique Bel, Jean Rochefort

Votes: 71

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

47. Tchaikovsky (1970)

Not Rated | 157 min | Biography, Drama

6.6
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The life and work of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky is shown through his relationship with aristocratic art connoisseur Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck.

Director: Igor Talankin | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Antonina Shuranova, Kirill Lavrov, Vladislav Strzhelchik

Votes: 322

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

48. Liszt's Rhapsody (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 49 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.2
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A dashing Franz Liszt appears to have it all - talent, success, wealth and adoring fans. Yet when he takes on a young street musician as a violin student, his own fork is transformed.

Director: Richard Mozer | Stars: Geordie Johnson, Drew Jurecka, Peter Keleghan, Ida Carnevali

Votes: 45

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

49. Wahnfried (1986)

112 min | Drama, Musical

6.3
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Richard's Wagner and his wife Cosima.

Director: Peter Patzak | Stars: Otto Sander, Tatja Seibt, Fabienne Babe, Peter Matic

Votes: 35

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

50. Magic Fire (1956)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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The life and career of German composer Richard Wagner.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Rita Gam, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 92

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

51. Paganini (1989)

81 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.5
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Klaus Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolò Paganini, who set all of nineteenth-century Europe into a frenzy and through ... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Kinski | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Debora Caprioglio, Nikolai Kinski, Dalila Di Lazzaro

Votes: 804

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

52. The Magic Bow (1946)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Musical, Romance

6.0
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Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Stewart Granger, Phyllis Calvert, Jean Kent, Dennis Price

Votes: 140

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

53. La symphonie fantastique (1942)

90 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Renée Saint-Cyr, Lise Delamare, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jules Berry

Votes: 95

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

54. Puccini (1953)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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Produced in Italy in breathtaking Technicolor, this biographical story of Puccini (played by L'avventura's Gabriele Ferzetti) spans his creative life from early student days to the height ... See full summary »

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Märta Torén, Nadia Gray, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 35

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

55. Puccini (1984 TV Movie)

113 min | Biography, Drama

5.9
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In Torre del Lago, by Lake Massaciuccoli, Puccini is writing "The Girl of the Golden West" when his wife Elvira accuses him of a dalliance with their maid, Doria Manfredi, a young women ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Robert Stephens, Virginia McKenna, Judith Howarth, Robert Urquhart

Votes: 16

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

56. Mahler on the Couch (2010)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud.

Directors: Felix O. Adlon, Percy Adlon | Stars: Johannes Silberschneider, Barbara Romaner, Karl Markovics, Friedrich Mücke

Votes: 317

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

57. The Temptation of Franz Schubert (1997 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

6.9
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The darker side of the composer is explored when he stays in the hospital for syphilis.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Simon Russell Beale, Jason Flemyng, Emilia Fox, Richard Van Allan

Votes: 27

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

58. Vivaldi (II)

120 min | Biography, Drama, History | Announced

A biography of Antonio Vivaldi's early life, when the young priest became the music teacher at a school for the illegitimate daughters of Venice's courtesans.

Director: Boris Damast | Stars: Claire Foy, Alfred Molina, Sebastian Koch

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

59. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Song of Summer (1968)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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Traces last 5 years of the life of Frederick Delius through the eyes of a young composer called Eric Fenby.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Max Adrian, Maureen Pryor, Christopher Gable, David Collings

Votes: 301

Frederick Delius (1862–1934)

60. The Strauss Family (1972– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

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A seven-part mini-series produced in England about Vienna's Strauss family in the 19th-century. Members of the London Symphony Orchestra provided the music.

Stars: Stuart Wilson, Anne Stallybrass, Barbara Ferris, Christopher Benjamin

Votes: 79

Johann Strauss I (1804-1849) Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)

61. Verdi (1982– )

70 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.1
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Stars: Ronald Pickup, Carla Fracci, Giampiero Albertini, Omero Antonutti

Votes: 197

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

62. Wagner (1981– )

300 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, László Gálffi, John Gielgud

Votes: 387

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

63. Honour, Profit & Pleasure (1985 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Director: Anna Ambrose | Stars: Simon Callow, Alan Devlin, Jean Rigby, Christopher Benjamin

Votes: 18

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

64. God Rot Tunbridge Wells! (1985 TV Movie)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Shortly before death, George Fredrick Handel (1685-1759), old, blind, portly, sometimes raging and usually reflective, narrates a look back over his life. As he tells his story, his music ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Trevor Howard, Dave Griffiths, Christopher Bramwell, Ranald Neilson

Votes: 21

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

65. Mit meinen heißen Tränen (1986– )

285 min | Biography, Drama

8.3
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Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Traugott Buhre, Maja Komorowska

Votes: 90

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

66. Testimony (1988)

Not Rated | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The story of the great Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Sherry Baines, Magdalen Asquith, Mark Asquith

Votes: 208

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

67. England, My England (1995)

153 min | History

7.0
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Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Simon Callow, Michael Ball, Rebecca Front, Lucy Speed

Votes: 134

Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695)

68. Sibelius (2003)

120 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The life story of Jean Sibelius, a Finnish composer.

Director: Timo Koivusalo | Stars: Martti Suosalo, Heikki Nousiainen, Miina Turunen, Seela Sella

Votes: 636

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

69. Antonio Vivaldi, un prince à Venise (2006)

95 min | Drama

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The life of Antonio Vivaldi, the great Italian composer and musician of the 17th century.

Director: Jean-Louis Guillermou | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Michel Serrault, Annette Schreiber, Michel Galabru

Votes: 87

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

70. Tchaikovsky: 'The Creation of Genius' (2007 TV Movie)

Drama

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Conductor Charles Hazlewood journeys to Russia in search of clues to uncover secrets to the enigmatic & masterful composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - (played by Ed Stoppard) - whose life has been heavily shrouded in mystery.

Director: Matthew Whiteman | Stars: Alice Glover, William Mannering, Sam Marks, Ed Stoppard

Votes: 73

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

71. Geliebte Clara (2008)

107 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.6
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A look at the lives of 19th-century composers Clara and Robert Schumann.

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Pascal Greggory, Malik Zidi, Aline Annessy

Votes: 227

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

72. Beethoven (2005– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.3
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A dramatized documentary on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Stars: Paul Rhys, Charles Hazlewood, David Bamber, Casper Harvey

Votes: 176

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

73. Villa-Lobos - Uma Vida de Paixão (2000)

132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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The film tells the story of an intuitive, adventurous man who loved his country and being Brazilian. This man fought to be loyal to himself. His music is a transparent portrait of his ... See full summary »

Director: Zelito Viana | Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Marcos Palmeira, André Ricardo, Letícia Spiller

Votes: 239

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)

74. Eroica (1949)

95 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Director: Walter Kolm-Veltée | Stars: Ewald Balser, Marianne Schönauer, Judith Holzmeister, Oskar Werner

Votes: 27

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

75. Xinghai (2009)

Biography

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Biographical treatment of the youth of Macau musician Xian Xinghai, composer of "Yellow River Cantata," focusing on the financial hardships and efforts of Xian's mother to support the development of her son's musical talents.

Directors: Qiankuan Li, Guiyun Xiao | Stars: Vivian Hsu, Jiahang Su, Kun Chen, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 19

Xian Xinghai (1905-1945)

76. Liszt Ferenc (1982– )

Biography, Drama, History

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The brilliant Austrian-Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt was a superstar. He was touring in Europe and giving piano recitals before European royalty and aristocracy. Overwhelming public ... See full summary »

Stars: Gabriella Marschek, Iván Darvas, Géza Hegedüs D., Christiane Gabrielle Violet

Votes: 27

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

77. Johann Sebastian Bach (1985– )

Biography, Drama, Music

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Stars: Ulrich Thein, Franziska Troegner, Rosemarie Bärhold, Yvetta Kornová

Votes: 56

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

78. Nicolo Paganini (1982– )

256 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Biopic about Niccolo Paganini. He receives training from his father in early childhood. The best teachers of Parma are unable to give him more, so Paganini turns to a daily 15 hours of ... See full summary »

Stars: Albert Filozov, Donatas Banionis, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Vladimir Samoylov

Votes: 105

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

79. Szerelmi álmok - Liszt (1970)

G | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Pianist and composer Liszt was giving performances all over Europe and made his famous concert tour to St. Petersburg, Russia. Liszt's brilliant piano playing impressed the Russian royalty ... See full summary »

Director: Márton Keleti | Stars: Imre Sinkovits, Ariadna Shengelaia, Sándor Pécsi, Igor Dmitriev

Votes: 159

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

80. Strauss: The King of 3/4 Time (1995 TV Movie)

48 min | Biography, Drama, Family

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Johann Strauss Jr. is pressure to outdo himself with each new composition. When he meets Nicholas, a humble young stable boy, they embark on a remarkable collaboration

Director: Kit Hood | Stars: Michael Riley, Derek Senft, Kate Trotter, Jill Frappier

Votes: 31

Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)

81. Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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71 Metascore

A reimagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang, and a musical prodigy in her own right.

Director: René Féret | Stars: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau

Votes: 1,332 | Gross: $0.71M

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Maria Anna Mozart (1751–1829)

82. The Mozart Story (1948)

91 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Story of the life and work of famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Directors: Karl Hartl, Frank Wisbar | Stars: Hans Holt, Winnie Markus, Wilton Graff, Irene von Meyendorff

Votes: 15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

83. Rossini! Rossini! (1991)

155 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.9
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Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Jacqueline Bisset, Sergio Castellitto, Sabine Azéma

Votes: 37

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)

84. Rossini (1942)

99 min | Biography, Musical

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The famous composer's life and his career. His love story with Isabella Colbran, the soprano who was to become his wife and the singer in all his operas up to the unfortunate day she lost ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bonnard | Stars: Nino Besozzi, Paola Barbara, Camillo Pilotto, Armando Falconi

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)

85. The Life and Music of Giuseppe Verdi (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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The great Italian opera composer recalls his eventful life on his deathbed: his childhood in Busseto, his studies in Milan, his first opera "Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio", the death of ... See full summary »

Director: Raffaello Matarazzo | Stars: Pierre Cressoy, Anna Maria Ferrero, Gaby André, Sandro Ruffini

Votes: 57

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

86. The Life of Giuseppe Verdi (1938)

110 min | Drama

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Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Fosco Giachetti, Gaby Morlay, Germana Paolieri, Camillo Pilotto

Votes: 8

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

87. Mozart - Ich hätte München Ehre gemacht (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

5.3
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Director: Bernd Fischerauer | Stars: Xaver Hutter, Alexander Held, Maximilian Brückner, Marcus Anton

Votes: 49

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

88. Passion (1999)

102 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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The complicated relationship between Percy Grainger, famous Australian-born early 20th century folk musician, and his abusive unstable mother that lead to his interest in S&M, instability and failed relationships with women.

Director: Peter Duncan | Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Barbara Hershey, Emily Woof, Claudia Karvan

Votes: 211

Percy Grainger (1882–1961)

89. The Eternal Waltz (1954)

97 min | Biography, Drama

5.9
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Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Bernhard Wicki, Hilde Krahl, Annemarie Düringer, Friedl Loor

Votes: 20

Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)

90. Melodie immortali - Mascagni (1952)

96 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.8
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Director: Giacomo Gentilomo | Stars: Pierre Cressoy, Carla Del Poggio, Nerio Bernardi, Enzo Biliotti

Votes: 16

Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945)

91. Le violon de Rothschild (1996)

101 min | Biography, Music

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1938: Shostakovich encourages his pupil Fleischmann to write an opera based on the Chekhov story 'Rothschild's violin'. Fleischmann is killed during the siege of Leningrad. Shostakovich ... See full summary »

Director: Edgardo Cozarinsky | Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Dainius Kazlauskas, Tõnu Kark, Tarmo Männard

Votes: 36

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

92. Rimskiy-Korsakov (1953)

88 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Directors: Gennadiy Kazanskiy, Grigoriy Roshal | Stars: Grigori Belov, Nikolay Cherkasov, Aleksandr Borisov, Liliya Gritsenko

Votes: 22

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)

93. Wagner (1981– )

300 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, László Gálffi, John Gielgud

Votes: 387

94. The Music Lovers (1970)

R | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian, Christopher Gable

Votes: 1,949

95. Tchaikovsky: 'The Creation of Genius' (2007 TV Movie)

Drama

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Conductor Charles Hazlewood journeys to Russia in search of clues to uncover secrets to the enigmatic & masterful composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - (played by Ed Stoppard) - whose life has been heavily shrouded in mystery.

Director: Matthew Whiteman | Stars: Alice Glover, William Mannering, Sam Marks, Ed Stoppard

Votes: 73

96. A Song to Remember (1945)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Biography of Frederic Chopin.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde, Nina Foch

Votes: 1,008

97. Bride of the Wind (2001)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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35 Metascore

This movie is a biopic of Alma Mahler, the wife of composer Gustav Mahler (as well as Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel), and the mistress of Oskar Kokoschka.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Sarah Wynter, Vincent Perez, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Verhoeven

Votes: 542 | Gross: $0.42M

98. Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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59 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode, Ralph Riach

Votes: 11,730 | Gross: $0.35M

99. The Great Mr. Handel (1942)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Rank's G.H.W. Productions Ltd.

Director: Norman Walker | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan, Malcolm Keen, Michael Shepley

Votes: 57

100. Honour, Profit & Pleasure (1985 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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Director: Anna Ambrose | Stars: Simon Callow, Alan Devlin, Jean Rigby, Christopher Benjamin

Votes: 18