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1. 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: 343,445 | Gross: $51.97M

2. 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: 21,947 | Gross: $9.91M

3. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)

R | 119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

56 Metascore

Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Kounen | Stars: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen, Elena Morozova, Natacha Lindinger

Votes: 5,941 | Gross: $1.72M

4. The Josephine Baker Story (1991 TV Movie)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 1,134

5. The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis

Votes: 7,645 | Gross: $14.36M

6. La Bamba (1987)

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

65 Metascore

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 25,801 | Gross: $54.22M

7. The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Approved | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Kid Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.

Director: Valentine Davies | Stars: Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Barry Truex

Votes: 1,038

8. 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: 19,283 | Gross: $30.51M

9. Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical

76 Metascore

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover

Votes: 65,165 | Gross: $103.37M

10. Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story (1983 TV Movie)

89 min | Biography, Drama, Music

TV movie based on the singer's life, under his mother's thumb, competing with the ghost of one of the most famous singers in C&W music history, and aspiring to rise above it all.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Richard Thomas, Lenora May, Liane Langland, Ann Gillespie

Votes: 251

11. The Doors (1991)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley

Votes: 79,059 | Gross: $35.18M

12. Light of Day (1987)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Music

55 Metascore

A pair of siblings must choose whether to pursue their dream of touring with their rock band or support their family and stay in Cleveland, Ohio.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett, Michael McKean

Votes: 2,354 | Gross: $10.49M

13. 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: 5,732

14. Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story (2000 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

The true life story of famed singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat 'King' Cole. Gripping drama of her struggle with addiction and living in her father's shadow while still maintaining her own celebrity status.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Natalie Cole, Diahann Carroll, James McDaniel, Randy J. Goodwin

Votes: 130

15. Heartbreak Hotel (1988)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

When a teen tries to set up a band at his school, his mother who was a big fan of Elvis Presley gets in a wreck he and his band members decides to kidnap Elvis and have him hooked up with his mother.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: David Keith, Tuesday Weld, Charlie Schlatter, Angela Goethals

Votes: 1,128 | Gross: $5.51M

16. The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,549

17. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake

Votes: 7,384

18. Head (1968)

G | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith

Votes: 5,346

19. Ferry Cross the Mersey (1964)

G | 88 min | Musical

Gerry and Fred Marsden, Les McGuire, and Les "Chad" Chadwick portray themselves in a romp through the early 1960's Liverpool Beat Scene. Art students by day and musicians by night the boy's... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Summers | Stars: Gerry Marsden, Freddie Marsden, Leslie Maguire, Les Chadwick

Votes: 133

20. The Fighting Temptations (2003)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

A New York advertising executive travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance but finds he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can collect.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyoncé, Mike Epps, Nigel Washington

Votes: 6,477 | Gross: $30.24M

21. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Votes: 3,377 | Gross: $9.60M

22. Elvis: The Comeback Special (1968 TV Special)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

After making movies for many years, Elvis Presley makes a comeback tour in 1968.

Director: Steve Binder | Stars: Elvis Presley, Buddy Arett, Barbara Burgess, D.J. Fontana

Votes: 1,334

23. Elvis (2005)

173 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.

Stars: Antonia Bernath, Jack Noseworthy, Robert Patrick, Camryn Manheim

Votes: 3,424

24. Elvis (I) (1979 TV Movie)

150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell, Robert Gray

Votes: 3,158

25. Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Music

Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Director: Denis Sanders | Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge

Votes: 2,166

26. Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (1973 TV Special)

87 min | Documentary, Music

A 1973 concert by Elvis Presley taped at the Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the first program to ever be beamed around the world by satellite.

Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Jerry Scheff, Charlie Hodge

Votes: 1,149

27. Help! (1965)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Sir Ringo Starr finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult, and his fellow members of The Beatles must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 16,147

28. 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: 10,484 | Gross: $13.34M

29. 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: 14,099 | Gross: $6.32M

30. Bird (1988)

R | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The troubled life and career of jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker).

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

Votes: 10,638 | Gross: $2.18M

31. The Competition (1980)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Romance, Music

The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Oliansky | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 1,697 | Gross: $14.29M

32. Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

PG | 119 min | Music, Romance, Drama

Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving, Slim Pickens

Votes: 1,207 | Gross: $17.82M

33. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

96 Metascore

Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 37,471 | Gross: $13.78M

34. 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: 24,542 | Gross: $17.51M

36. Kenny G: An Evening of Rhythm and Romance (2008 TV Special)

Not Rated | 98 min | Music

Kenny G is a Grammy award winning saxophonist with global album sales in excess of 50 million copies. This new concert DVD was filmed in late 2008 at Humphreys By The Bay in San Diego on ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Lucas | Stars: Daniel Bejarano, Robert Damper, Kenny G, Vall Johnson

Votes: 9

37. Music of the Heart (1999)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Music

54 Metascore

Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer, Michael Angarano

Votes: 11,431 | Gross: $14.86M

38. Fame (1980)

R | 134 min | Drama, Music, Musical

58 Metascore

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean

Votes: 18,887 | Gross: $0.00M

39. 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: 54,467 | Gross: $4.02M

40. From the Sky Down (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Music

In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction; this band has endured and thrived. This documentary asks the question why.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 840

41. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: U2: The Joshua Tree (1999)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary examining the production of U2's most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album.

Directors: Philip King, Nuala O'Connor | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 428

42. 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: 15,514 | Gross: $67.18M

43. Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The autobiographical story of the life of country music legend Dottie West.

Director: Bill D'Elia | Stars: Michele Lee, Chet Atkins, David James Elliott, Larry Gatlin

Votes: 154

44. Behind the Candelabra (2013)

TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his young lover, Scott Thorson.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Eric Zuckerman

Votes: 38,374

47. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sis