Most Popular Music-Biography Feature Films With At Least 10000 Votes


1. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 601,436 | Gross: $32.57M

2. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 157,827 | Gross: $161.20M

3. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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

6.9
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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: 41,409 | Gross: $27.37M

4. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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93 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporary 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: 320,486 | Gross: $51.97M

5. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 205,458 | Gross: $119.52M

6. All Eyez on Me (2017)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.8
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38 Metascore

Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

Director: Benny Boom | Stars: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Annie Ilonzeh

Votes: 16,553 | Gross: $44.92M

7. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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

7.5
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65 Metascore

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell

Votes: 133,458 | Gross: $83.30M

8. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers

Votes: 14,946 | Gross: $39.10M

9. Notorious (2009)

R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.7
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60 Metascore

The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Momo Dione

Votes: 36,732 | Gross: $36.84M

10. The Doors (1991)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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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: 74,987 | Gross: $35.18M

11. Selena (1997)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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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: 21,536 | Gross: $35.42M

12. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 123,147 | Gross: $75.33M

13. Jersey Boys (2014)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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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: 29,027 | Gross: $47.03M

14. The Runaways (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.6
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65 Metascore

A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director: Floria Sigismondi | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve

Votes: 42,842 | Gross: $3.57M

15. I'm Not There. (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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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: 52,215 | Gross: $4.02M

16. La Vie en Rose (2007)

PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.6
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66 Metascore

Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 74,715 | Gross: $10.30M

17. La Bamba (1987)

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

6.8
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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: 23,977 | Gross: $54.22M

18. Love & Mercy (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Bill Pohlad | Stars: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 30,685 | Gross: $12.55M

19. Nowhere Boy (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall

Votes: 31,909 | Gross: $1.45M

20. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

R | 117 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.2
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45 Metascore

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Omar Benson Miller

Votes: 40,133 | Gross: $30.98M

21. 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: 47,155 | Gross: $35.81M

22. Cadillac Records (2008)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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65 Metascore

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

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

Votes: 17,530 | Gross: $8.20M

23. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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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: 14,561 | Gross: $67.18M

24. 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: 47,377 | Gross: $31.67M

25. Sid and Nancy (1986)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
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76 Metascore

The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop

Votes: 26,245 | Gross: $2.83M

26. Get on Up (2014)

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

6.9
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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: 18,305 | Gross: $30.51M

27. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

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

6.2
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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: 13,971 | Gross: $13.74M

28. Taking Woodstock (2009)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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55 Metascore

A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert, Imelda Staunton

Votes: 26,513 | Gross: $7.44M

29. Control (2007)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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78 Metascore

A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 56,146 | Gross: $0.87M

30. Danny Collins (2015)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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58 Metascore

An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.

Director: Dan Fogelman | Stars: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 26,170 | Gross: $5.35M

31. 24 Hour Party People (2002)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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85 Metascore

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 29,472 | Gross: $1.13M

32. 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: 21,029 | Gross: $9.91M

33. The Sapphires (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens

Votes: 11,649 | Gross: $2.45M

34. One Chance (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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52 Metascore

The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for -- and ultimately winning -- Britain's Got Talent (2007).

Director: David Frankel | Stars: James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney

Votes: 10,058 | Gross: $0.09M

35. Beyond the Sea (2004)

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

6.7
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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: 13,759 | Gross: $6.32M

36. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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90 Metascore

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

Votes: 10,759 | Gross: $6.20M

37. Bird (1988)

R | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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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: 10,067 | Gross: $2.18M

38. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)

R | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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56 Metascore

A famous DJ in the Ibiza club scene finds the alcohol and drug-fueled party that is his life threatened by the progressive loss of his hearing.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Paul Kaye, Beatriz Batarda, Kate Magowan, Mike Wilmot

Votes: 18,015 | Gross: $0.12M

39. De-Lovely (2004)

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

6.6
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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: 10,233 | Gross: $13.34M

40. 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: 12,019 | Gross: $0.35M



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