Movies About Music & Musicians (Fictional or Real Life)by celso-rlx | created - 25 Feb 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
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1. The Art of Listening (2016)
The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener's ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist's voice.
3. Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990 TV Movie)
50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music
The performer of Twin Peaks theme Julee Cruise's experimental concert film, which opens with a short intro where a man breaks up with his girl over the phone, which devastates her. The concert is set in her nightmarish subconscious mind.
4. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music
Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.
Votes: 3,210 | Gross: $1.60M
Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, Music
Explores the music scene in Greenwich Village, New York in the 60's and early 70's. The film highlights some of the finest singer/songwriters of the day.
Votes: 267 | Gross: $0.02M
8. Ray (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 130,100 | Gross: $75.33M
14. Let's Get Lost (1988)
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's ... See full summary »
15. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Sphere Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.
Votes: 921 | Gross: $0.52M
Birth name: Thelonious Sphere Monk Born: October 10, 1917 Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S. Died: February 17, 1982 (aged 64), Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
17. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
Votes: 11,567 | Gross: $4.95M
18. Of Mind and Music (2014)
PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Music
A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.
Votes: 308 | Gross: $0.02M
19. 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.
21. Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968 (1968)
58 min | Documentary, Music
A close-up of bass player and composer Charlie Mingus as he and his five-year-old daughter await eviction by the City of New York.
22. Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog (1998)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Nine years in the making, CHARLES MINGUS - Triumph of the Underdog is the first comprehensive documentary about jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. A lucid involving ... See full summary »
24. Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music
Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational ... See full summary »
25. A Great Day in Harlem (1994)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music
Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958, for a piece in Esquire magazine. Just about every jazz musician at the time ... See full summary »
Votes: 396 | Gross: $0.53M
27. Lackawanna Blues (2005 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music
In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.
28. Habana Blues (2005)
115 min | Drama, Music
Two cuban friends play in a blues band in La Habana. When a spanish music producer offers them a contract to record an album and to build a career in Europe, they will have to decide ... See full summary »
29. Paris Blues (1961)
Approved | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance
During the 1960s, two American expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in love with two American tourist girls.
Blues / Jazz Music: Fictional characters
30. 'Round Midnight (1986)
R | 133 min | Drama, Music
A troubled, but talented musician flees the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris.
Votes: 4,363 | Gross: $3.27M
Jazz Music: Fictional characters
31. Crossroads (1986)
R | 99 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.
Votes: 13,197 | Gross: $5.84M
Willie Brown Genres: Delta blues country blues Born August 6, 1900. Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S. Died December 30, 1952 (aged 52). Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
32. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.
Votes: 20,649 | Gross: $18.10M
33. Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
A famous jazz saxophonist whose life is forever changed after he is accidentally shot.
Jazz Music: Fictional characters
34. Whiplash (2014)
R | 106 min | Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 644,727 | Gross: $13.09M
Jazz Music: Fictional characters
35. Beyond the Sea (2004)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 14,144 | Gross: $6.32M
Bobby Darin Born May 14, 1936 East Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S. Died December 20, 1973 (aged 37). Los Angeles, California, U.S.
36. Jersey Boys (2014)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 31,066 | Gross: $47.03M
37. This Is Elvis (1981)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Music
The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.
Votes: 1,058 | Gross: $2.03M
38. Nowhere Boy (2009)
R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 33,443 | Gross: $1.45M
39. Jimi Hendrix (1973)
R | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
This documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix's untimely death. At the time it was an example of how a visual biography should be done, but some of the information in it needs ... See full summary »
40. American Hot Wax (1978)
PG | 91 min | Drama, History, Music
The story of Alan Freed, the pioneering disc jockey who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.
41. Rock Around the Clock (1956)
Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Orchestra manager Steve Hollis realizes that big-band music is dead. People want something new, but what? On their way to New York, Steve and his companion Corny, stop at a motel in a small... See full summary »
Votes: 954 | Gross: $4.00M
43. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)
PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music
A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.
Votes: 2,451 | Gross: $0.80M
Not Rated | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music