Movies With Memorable Music

These are mainly contemporary movies in which music plays a significant role and/or is performed by characters in the film. So while there are many awesome musicals (like Wizard of Oz), most will not appear on this list. You probably already know those anyway.
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1.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
2.
Once (2007)
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A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
 
3.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
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A transsexual punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. (95 mins.)
 
4.
The Piano (1993)
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A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. (121 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
5.
The Sapphires (2012)
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It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. (103 mins.)
Director: Wayne Blair
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Chicago (2002)
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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. (113 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
8.
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 it on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
9.
Magnolia (1999)
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An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
 
10.
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
11.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
 
12.
Newsies (1992)
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A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business. (121 mins.)
Director: Kenny Ortega
 
13.
Labyrinth (1986)
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A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
 
14.
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. (124 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
15.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
16.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
17.
8 Mile (2002)
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A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
18.
Pirate Radio (2009)
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A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
 
19.
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
 
20.
Crazy Heart (2009)
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A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. (112 mins.)
Director: Scott Cooper
 
21.
August Rush (2007)
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A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. (114 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
The Chorus (2004)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. (97 mins.)
 
24.
Footloose (1984)
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A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (107 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
25.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
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Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
26.
Empire Records (1995)
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The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain. (90 mins.)
Director: Allan Moyle
 
27.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
28.
Drive (2011)
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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
 
29.
Cosi (1996)
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Lewis is a young Sydney amateur theater director at his first experience: he is offered a job with a... (100 mins.)
Director: Mark Joffe
 
30.
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day... (106 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
 
31.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
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A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
 
32.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
 
33.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
 
34.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. (97 mins.)
Director: Gil Junger
 
35.
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
 
36.
Whiplash (2014)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
 
37.
Love & Mercy (2014)
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In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. (121 mins.)
Director: Bill Pohlad