Musical Satires/Musicals/Music Biopics

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1. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Music

63 Metascore

Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz, Nat Faxon

Votes: 61,502 | Gross: $18.32M

2. Jackie's Back! (1999 TV Movie)

120 min | Comedy, Music

"Mockumentry" 60's diva Jackie Washington (her ancestors were George Washington's slaves). Jenifer Lewis is our leading lady with an incredible singing voice. Jackie is planning her ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Jenifer Lewis, Tim Curry, T.V. Blake, Tangie Ambrose

Votes: 511

3. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Music

Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis | Stars: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes

Votes: 5,584

4. The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy

23 years after the release of the original Rutles documentary, famous artists, actors, and musicians speak out on how the Rutles influenced them.

Director: Eric Idle | Stars: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar, John Halsey

Votes: 384

5. CB4 (1993)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Music

49 Metascore

A "rapumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4". We soon learn that these three are not what they seem and don't ... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Deezer D, Chris Elliott

Votes: 8,052 | Gross: $17.95M

6. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

91 Metascore

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

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 117,763 | Gross: $0.19M

7. Stonehenge: 'Tis a Magic Place (2009)

7 min | Short, Comedy

Spinal Tap, having put Stonehenge on the map in their legendary song about the world heritage site, pay their first visit to the monument. As if drawn by some primal, magnetic force, Nigel ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer

Votes: 20

9. Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Music

A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

Director: Rusty Cundieff | Stars: Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Rusty Cundieff, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 3,601 | Gross: $0.24M

10. Spinal Tap: The Final Tour (1998 Video)

20 min | Short, Comedy

The band that was profiled in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) makes another final reunion. After all, it's rock'n'roll.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner

Votes: 160

11. A Mighty Wind (2003)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Music

81 Metascore

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer

Votes: 24,024 | Gross: $17.51M

13. Pirate Radio (2009)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Michael Hadley

Votes: 99,908 | Gross: $7.99M

14. What We Do Is Secret (2007)

R | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.

Director: Rodger Grossman | Stars: Shane West, Rick Gonzalez, Bijou Phillips, Noah Segan

Votes: 1,665 | Gross: $0.06M

15. Breaking Glass (1980)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Musical

A rock singer is determined to rise to the top of the profession, letting nothing stand in the way of that goal.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Phil Daniels, Hazel O'Connor, Jon Finch, Jonathan Pryce

Votes: 1,001

16. Times Square (1980)

R | 111 min | Drama, Music

Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York City by its ears.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson, Peter Coffield

Votes: 1,148

17. Blank Generation (1980)

Not Rated | 90 min | Music, Drama

Nada, a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy. Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel | Stars: Carole Bouquet, Richard Hell, Ulli Lommel, Suzanna Love

Votes: 299

18. Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984)

Not Rated | 50 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The rise and fall of an all-girl punk rock band in Hollywood in the 1980s.

Director: David Markey | Stars: Jennifer Schwartz, Hilary Rubens, Janet Housden, Kim Pilkington

Votes: 162

19. The Blank Generation (1976)

55 min | Documentary, Music

The cream of New York new wave/punk filmed live at CBGB's when the scene was just beginning. Includes performances by Patti Smith, Blondie, Television, the Ramones, Talking Heads, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Ivan Král, Amos Poe | Stars: Blondie, Jayne County, Jay Dee Daugherty, Debbie Harry

Votes: 204

20. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

After her mother's death, teenager Corinne Burns forms a punk band with her sister and cousin, despite their lack of musical experience and talent.

Director: Lou Adler | Stars: Peter Donat, Diane Lane, Marin Kanter, Laura Dern

Votes: 2,119

21. Rude Boy (1980)

R | 133 min | Drama, Music

A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England.

Directors: Jack Hazan, David Mingay | Stars: Dave Armstrong, Barry Baker, Terry Barry, Reg Bazell

Votes: 951

22. Urgh! A Music War (1981)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980. The biggest names on the bill are the Police and UB 40 but every performance is a ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Burbidge | Stars: Wall of Voodoo, Stan Ridgway, Marc Moreland, Chas T. Gray

Votes: 664

23. Smithereens (1982)

R | 93 min | Drama, Music

A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Susan Berman, Brad Rijn, Richard Hell, Nada Despotovich

Votes: 1,123

24. Starstruck (1982)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

Young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Joey Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee, Max Cullen

Votes: 807

25. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 583,093 | Gross: $13.09M

26. Lambert & Stamp (2014)

R | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

A documentary that reveals how the unlikely partnership between aspiring filmmakers Christopher Stamp and Kit Lambert produced one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who.

Director: James D. Cooper | Stars: Kit Lambert, Christopher Stamp, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend

Votes: 654 | Gross: $0.18M

27. Begin Again (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld

Votes: 126,219 | Gross: $16.17M

28. Song One (2014)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Music

48 Metascore

A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother's favorite musician.

Director: Kate Barker-Froyland | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Lola Kirke

Votes: 8,351 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Selena (1997)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Jackie Guerra

Votes: 21,799 | Gross: $35.42M

30. Frank (II) (2014)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

75 Metascore

Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Moira Brooker

Votes: 68,415 | Gross: $0.64M

31. Jersey Boys (2014)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza

Votes: 29,441 | Gross: $47.03M

32. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 230,673 | Gross: $32.53M

33. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

R | 104 min | Drama, Music

93 Metascore

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 119,597 | Gross: $13.24M

34. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Music

68 Metascore

When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.

Directors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone | Stars: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 44,552 | Gross: $9.39M



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