MUSIC, DANCE & MUSICIANS

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1. Copying Beethoven (2006)

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

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: 12,318 | Gross: $0.35M

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2. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

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

Votes: 338,056 | Gross: $51.97M

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3. Amália (2008)

127 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of real-life singing legend Amália Rodrigues who ruled the famous Portuguese acoustic guitar and vocals based music genre called fado.

Director: Carlos Coelho da Silva | Stars: Sandra Barata Belo, Carla Chambel, Ricardo Carriço, José Fidalgo

Votes: 670

4. Bach's Fight for Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | 53 min | Biography, Drama, Family

A young boy helps the rebellious Johann Sebastian Bach fight for his artistic freedom.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Ted Dykstra, Kyle Labine, Ian D. Clark, Rosemary Dunsmore

Votes: 85

5. Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict (2013)

105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This drama documentary for cinema explores the pacifism that was such a powerful influence on composer Benjamin Britten's life and work. The story begins in 1929 at Gresham's School in ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Britten | Stars: John Hurt, Joseph Horovitz, Simon Kinder, Sue Phipps

Votes: 27

7. Beyond the Sea (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

46 Metascore

A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin and specifically his relationship with wife Sandra Dee.

Director: Kevin Spacey | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 14,017 | Gross: $6.32M

8. Bird (1988)

R | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright

Votes: 10,505 | Gross: $2.18M

9. Birth of the Beatles (1979)

104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Stephen MacKenna, Rod Culbertson, John Altman, Ray Ashcroft

Votes: 538

10. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 348,902 | Gross: $216.43M

11. Born to Be Blue (2015)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.

Director: Robert Budreau | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo

Votes: 7,082 | Gross: $0.83M

12. Bound for Glory (1976)

PG | 147 min | Biography, Drama, Music

70 Metascore

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland

Votes: 4,336

13. Bride of the Wind (2001)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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: 571 | Gross: $0.42M

14. Bruno's Blues (2011)

Unrated | 80 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

The life of a talented but irresponsible jazz pianist takes tragic and comedic turns.

Director: Michael Simard | Stars: Mike Allen, Bill Campbell, Bruno Hubert, Daniel Miles Kane

Votes: 7

15. Cadillac Records (2008)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé, Columbus Short

Votes: 18,353 | Gross: $8.20M

16. Callas

Biography, Drama, Music | Pre-production

A biopic about the operatic star, Maria Callas.

Director: Niki Caro | Star: Noomi Rapace

17. Callas Forever (2002)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The last days of legendary opera singer Maria Callas.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright, Jay Rodan

Votes: 1,992 | Gross: $0.45M

18. Casta diva (1954)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

As soon as he graduated from the Naples Conservatory, Vincenzo Bellini meets Maddalena Fumaroli and immediately falls in love with her.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Antonella Lualdi, Nadia Gray, Maurice Ronet, Fausto Tozzi

Votes: 38

19. Casta diva (1935)

87 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Young composer Vincenzo Bellini is still an unknown music student in Napoli when he finds in a maiden's eyes the inspiration for the aria that would become his most beloved one, "Casta Diva".

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Mártha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri, Gualtiero Tumiati, Lamberto Picasso

Votes: 15

20. Cazuza: Time Doesn't Stop (2004)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and times of Cazuza, Brazilian singer/poet/enfant terrible, from his start with rock group "Barão Vermelho", to his death from Aids, in 1990, showing his career, love affairs, and involvement with drugs.

Directors: Walter Carvalho, Sandra Werneck | Stars: Daniel de Oliveira, Marieta Severo, Reginaldo Faria, Andrea Beltrão

Votes: 3,002

21. Cinema Falado (1986)

112 min | Biography, Music

A fragmented style, patchwork of interviews with Caetano Veloso's friends, mixed with conversations, thoughts, scenes of dance and literature excerpts.

Director: Caetano Veloso | Stars: Regina Casé, Hamilton Vaz Pereira, Dedé Veloso, Felipe Murray

Votes: 53

22. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Votes: 15,255 | Gross: $67.18M

23. Coming Through Slaughter

Biography, Drama, Music | Announced

The life story of jazz legend Buddy Bolden, a formative influence on the genre and on greats like Louis Armstrong.

Director: Ben Ross

24. Crazy (II) (2008)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Inspired by the life of Hank Garland, CRAZY is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950's.

Director: Rick Bieber | Stars: Waylon Payne, Ali Larter, Lane Garrison, Scott Michael Campbell

Votes: 561

25. Da Capo (1985)

121 min | Biography, Drama, History

A story of a famous young violinist, loosely based on the life of Heimo Haitto.

Directors: Pirjo Honkasalo, Pekka Lehto | Stars: Atso Almila, Marta Becket, Pirjo Bergström, Virginia Capers

Votes: 42

26. Dalida (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Based on the true story of acclaimed music icon "Dalida" born in Cairo, who gained celebrity in the 50s, singing in French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Italian, playing in awarded ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Azuelos | Stars: Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve, Niels Schneider

Votes: 2,100

27. De-Lovely (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin McNally

Votes: 10,418 | Gross: $13.34M

28. Django (2017)

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

49 Metascore

The story of Django Reinhardt, famous guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943.

Director: Etienne Comar | Stars: Reda Kateb, Cécile de France, Bea Palya, Bimbam Merstein

Votes: 1,103 | Gross: $0.05M

29. Down on Us (1984)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin, and how their message for their generation made them targets of a US government plot.

Director: Larry Buchanan | Stars: Sandy Kenyon, Joe Camp, Toni Sawyer, Steven Tice

Votes: 95

30. Elis (2016)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life of Elis Regina, undoubtedly the greatest Brazilian singer of all time, is told in this biopic film with energetic and pulsating rhythm.

Director: Hugo Prata | Stars: Andréia Horta, Gustavo Machado, Caco Ciocler, Zécarlos Machado

Votes: 1,067

31. England Is Mine (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Music

45 Metascore

A portrait of Morrissey and his early life in 1970s Manchester before he went on to become the lead singer of seminal alternative rock band The Smiths.

Director: Mark Gill | Stars: Jodie Comer, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jack Lowden, Simone Kirby

Votes: 2,408

32. England, My England (1995)

153 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.

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

Votes: 148

33. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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, Caroline Cellier

Votes: 5,881 | Gross: $2.12M

34. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson

Votes: 45,040 | Gross: $27.37M

35. Franz Schubert (1953)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Franz Schubert works for his father as a teacher. But his true passion is writing music like his role model Beethoven.

Director: Walter Kolm-Veltée | Stars: Heinrich Schweiger, Aglaja Schmid, Hans Thimig, Carl Bosse

Votes: 15

36. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)

Not Rated | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.

Director: Joann Sfar | Stars: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones

Votes: 8,974 | Gross: $0.23M

37. Beloved Clara (2008)

107 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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: 246

38. Get on Up (2014)

PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis

Votes: 19,039 | Gross: $30.51M

39. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis.

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 14,423 | Gross: $13.74M

40. Hilary and Jackie (1998)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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: 9,307 | Gross: $4.87M

41. I Saw the Light (2015)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Music

47 Metascore

The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.

Director: Marc Abraham | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Maddie Hasson, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 5,667 | Gross: $1.65M

42. I'm Not There (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 54,076 | Gross: $4.02M

43. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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: 21,703 | Gross: $9.91M

44. Impromptu (1991)

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

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: 4,397 | Gross: $4.08M

45. Interrupted Melody (1955)

Passed | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This movie 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: 808

46. Isadora (1968)

M | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Jason Robards, John Fraser

Votes: 1,981

47. Janis

Biography, Drama, Music | Pre-production

A look at the life of musician Janis Joplin at the height of her success.

Director: Sean Durkin | Star: Michelle Williams

48. Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can

Biography, Drama, Music | Pre-production

One day in the life of Janis Joplin, one of the most charismatic American singers/songwriters.

49. Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.

Director: John Ridley | Stars: André Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga

Votes: 5,730 | Gross: $0.32M

50. Jolson Sings Again (1949)

96 min | Biography, Music