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1. 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: 18,661 | Gross: $8.20M

2. The Defiant Ones (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, Verna Griffin

Votes: 9,449

3. 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: 22,786 | Gross: $35.42M

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

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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: 15,867 | Gross: $39.10M

5. The Temptations (1998)

150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.

Stars: Charles Malik Whitfield, D.B. Woodside, Terron Brooks, Christian Payton

Votes: 3,712

6. The Sapphires (2012)

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

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: 12,318 | Gross: $2.45M

7. Nina (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

27 Metascore

The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

Director: Cynthia Mort | Stars: Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Kevin Mambo, Ronald Guttman

Votes: 2,295

8. Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Larenz Tate

Votes: 3,431 | Gross: $12.41M

9. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 167,965 | Gross: $161.20M

10. Ray (I) (2004)

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

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: 129,444 | Gross: $75.33M

11. The Soloist (2009)

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

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: 49,394 | Gross: $31.67M

12. 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: 25,816 | Gross: $54.22M

13. Notorious (2009)

R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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: 38,733 | Gross: $36.84M

14. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

R | 117 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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: 41,951 | Gross: $30.98M

15. 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

16. 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: 19,291 | Gross: $30.51M

17. Whitney (2018)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Whitney Houston, Ellen White, Michael Houston, Cissy Houston

Votes: 5,219 | Gross: $3.03M

18. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 44,781 | Gross: $8.41M

19. 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: 5,834 | Gross: $0.32M

20. 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: 3,427

21. Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (2016 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life story of R&B singer-songwriter and producer, Toni Braxton.

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Lex Scott Davis, Debbi Morgan, Skye P. Marshall, Tiffany Hines

Votes: 511

22. The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants to Live Forever (2016 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, Music

A dramatization of the final years of the music world's most famous AIDS casualty, Freddie Mercury, which includes interviews with the people who knew him.

Stars: Laura Lamb, Rietta Austin, John Blunt, Paul Gambaccini

Votes: 226

23. Britney Ever After (2017 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A chronicle of the life and career of singer Britney Spears, from humble beginnings on the Mickey Mouse Club to mega stardom, a heavily publicized fall from grace, and a monumental comeback.

Director: Leslie Libman | Stars: Natasha Bassett, Nathan Keyes, Nicole Oliver, Matthew Harrison

Votes: 888

24. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018)

96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

70 Metascore

Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

Director: Steve Loveridge | Stars: M.I.A., Madonna, Bill Maher, Nicki Minaj

Votes: 1,366 | Gross: $0.23M

25. Bessie (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Khandi Alexander, Michael Kenneth Williams, Tika Sumpter, Queen Latifah

Votes: 3,657

26. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,500

27. El cantante (2006)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

46 Metascore

The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

Director: Leon Ichaso | Stars: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez

Votes: 4,500 | Gross: $7.56M

28. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of music and video star Aaliyah, whose life ended tragically in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas.

Director: Bradley Walsh | Stars: Alexandra Shipp, Morgan Kelly, Elise Neal, Christopher Jacot

Votes: 1,261

29. CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013 TV Movie)

105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of Legendary hip hop/r&b/pop trio TLC.

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Keke Palmer, Rochelle Aytes, Evan Ross, Donny Boaz

Votes: 2,043

30. Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 4,259 | Gross: $3.75M

31. Biggie and Tupac (2002)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

63 Metascore

Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole

Votes: 4,378 | Gross: $0.09M

32. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

66 Metascore

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain, Bill Bellamy

Votes: 8,722 | Gross: $7.71M

33. 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 sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 3,055

34. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 12,646 | Gross: $1.41M

35. George Michael: Freedom (2017 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A frank and honest account of George Michael's professional life and career, made by the man himself with various artists adding to the narrative.

Directors: David Austin, George Michael, Philip Smith | Stars: Emmanuelle Alt, David Austin, Tony Bennett, Jellybean Benítez

Votes: 1,131

36. Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (2015– )

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

SINATRA: All or Nothing at All is an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, ... See full summary »

Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Pete Hamill, Phil Kuntz, John Lahr

Votes: 1,515

37. Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark (2014)

TV-14 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Imagine what it would feel like to be the only black television star in Hollywood at a time when the Ku Klux Klan acted out violently against black people, when America groaned under the ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Brewer | Stars: Nat 'King' Cole, Tony Bennett, Ralph Carmichael, Johnny Mathis

Votes: 446

38. Little Richard (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of Little Richard Penniman, from his poor Southern upbringing to dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a black singer in the 1950s, to his born-again phase and brief "retirement" from rock and roll.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Leon, Jenifer Lewis, Carl Lumbly, Tamala Jones

Votes: 651

39. Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016)

85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Combining footage from interviews with the late great David Bowie and contributions from those who knew him personally, this documentary celebrates the illustrious life of one of the greatest artists to ever grace the stage.

Director: Sonia Anderson | Stars: David Bowie, Angie Bowie, Breege Collins, Mary Finnigan

Votes: 979

40. Madonna: Innocence Lost (1994 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The early years of the entertainer's career are chronicled.

Director: Bradford May | Stars: Terumi Matthews, Wendie Malick, Jeff Yagher, Diana Leblanc

Votes: 437

41. Bloed, Zweet & Tranen (2015)

111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The turbulent life story of the most famous folk singer the Netherlands has ever known: André Hazes.

Director: Diederick Koopal | Stars: Martijn Fischer, Hadewych Minis, Fedja van Huêt, Matheu Hinzen

Votes: 1,461

42. Paulo Coelho's Best Story (2014)

Not Rated | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

30 Metascore

A chronicle of Paulo Coelho's rise from his troubled life to become one of the most influential writers in Brazilian history.

Director: Daniel Augusto | Stars: Júlio Andrade, Ravel Andrade, Fabiana Gugli, Fabiula Nascimento

Votes: 495

43. Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

TV-14 | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, History

72 Metascore

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty ... See full summary »

Director: One9 | Stars: Nas, Cornel West, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz

Votes: 2,565 | Gross: $0.11M

44. Prince: Last Year of a Legend (2018 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A chronicle of key events from the final 12 months of Prince's life, including the Rally 4 Peace concert, a secret White House gig for the Obamas and his solo Piano and Microphone tour. Featuring interviews with friends and musicians.

Director: Adrian Sibley | Stars: Zawe Ashton, Eryn Allen Kane, Van Jones, CeeLo Green

Votes: 6

45. B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds.

Director: Jon Brewer | Stars: Morgan Freeman, B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Albert King

Votes: 579

46. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

73 Metascore

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.

Director: Susanne Rostock | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway

Votes: 416 | Gross: $0.05M

47. Wu-Tang Saga (2010 Video)

130 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Wu-Tang Saga is the story of the music super group the Wu-Tang Clan told by Cappadonna, chronicling over 9 concerts, a trip to Shaolin aka Staten Island, photoshoots, and the 5 percent ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Mack | Stars: Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, The GZA, Inspectah Deck

Votes: 16

48. The Amazing Nina Simone (2015)

110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

With musical proclamations like 'Mississippi Goddam' and an iconic style, Nina Simone was both loved and feared throughout the 1960s for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Today, Nina ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff L. Lieberman | Stars: Eric Burdon, Leopoldo Fleming, Martha Flowers, Nikki Giovanni

Votes: 53

49. Spice Girls: 20 Years of Spice (2016)

82 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4