Music-Related

by holyspacemonkey | created - 22 Mar 2013 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Not definitive—all of my lists are works in progress! And music may not be the MAIN focus of these productions, but it’s at least explored or featured substantially enough to prompt me to add to the list.

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1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb

Votes: 5,585 | Gross: $20.38M

2. Pennies from Heaven (1981)

R | 108 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, Vernel Bagneris

Votes: 4,852 | Gross: $9.18M

3. And the Band Played On (1993 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama, History

The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic, and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Patrick Bauchau, Nathalie Baye

Votes: 8,804

4. Sister Act (1992)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

51 Metascore

When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena

Votes: 79,592 | Gross: $139.61M

5. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Showgirl Deloris Van Cartier returns as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of Catholic students whose run-down school is slated for closure.

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 44,840 | Gross: $57.32M

6. Quartet (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean (Dame Maggie Smith), an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Director: Dustin Hoffman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay

Votes: 18,096 | Gross: $18.39M

7. The Concert (2009)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by ... See full summary »

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Aleksey Guskov, Mélanie Laurent, Dmitriy Nazarov, François Berléand

Votes: 16,707 | Gross: $0.66M

8. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

70 Metascore

In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Woody Allen, Ben Duncan

Votes: 30,673 | Gross: $4.20M

9. Amazing Grace (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai

Votes: 23,029 | Gross: $21.21M

10. ABBA: The Movie (1977)

G | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

An incompetent radio DJ tries to get an interview with the Swedish pop group during their famous week-long 1977 tour of Australia.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog

Votes: 2,839

11. 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: 821

12. The Night We Called It a Day (2003)

R | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the true events surrounding Frank Sinatra's tour of Australia. When Sinatra calls a local reporter a "two-bit hooker", every union in the country black-bans the star until he issues an apology.

Director: Paul Goldman | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Melanie Griffith, Portia de Rossi, Joel Edgerton

Votes: 847

13. The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Music

A woman tries to reunite the swing band she played with during World War II.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron, Olympia Dukakis

Votes: 1,337

14. Hunky Dory (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

46 Metascore

In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Minnie Driver, Kristian Gwilliam, Adam Byard, Aled Pugh

Votes: 1,061 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Mahler on the Couch (2010)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud.

Directors: Felix O. Adlon, Percy Adlon | Stars: Johannes Silberschneider, Barbara Romaner, Karl Markovics, Friedrich Mücke

Votes: 352

16. When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress. Unhappily married to a woman who suffers from mental ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Barbara O'Neil, Onslow Stevens

Votes: 345

17. Broadway Serenade (1939)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Lew Ayres, Ian Hunter, Frank Morgan

Votes: 177

18. The Last Song (2010)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

33 Metascore

A rebellious girl is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect.

Director: Julie Anne Robinson | Stars: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Coleman

Votes: 75,796 | Gross: $62.95M

19. Golden Boy (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 1,609

20. They Shall Have Music (1939)

Passed | 102 min | Music, Drama, Family

A boy runs away from home and ends up at a music school for poor children. When the school suffers hard times, he enlists the aid of violinist Heifetz to save the day.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, Andrea Leeds, Gene Reynolds

Votes: 373

21. Carnegie Hall (1947)

Approved | 144 min | Music, Drama

A mother (Marsha Hunt) wants her son (William Prince) to grow up to be a pianist good enough to play at Carnegie Hall but, when grown, the son prefers to play with Vaughan Monroe's ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Marsha Hunt, William Prince, Frank McHugh, Martha O'Driscoll

Votes: 249

22. A Song to Remember (1945)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Biography of Frederic Chopin.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde, Nina Foch

Votes: 1,110

23. Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 2,637

24. 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: 1,537

25. The Gene Krupa Story (1959)

101 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa. Since his youth, all Gene ever wanted to do is play the drums and make music. This is something his parents would not approve of- they want ... See full summary »

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Sal Mineo, Susan Kohner, James Darren, Susan Oliver

Votes: 521

26. Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Music

In 1927, a Kansas City, Missouri cornet player and his band perform nightly at a seedy speakeasy until a racketeer tries to extort them in exchange for protection.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Janet Leigh, Edmond O'Brien, Peggy Lee

Votes: 964

27. 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.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,324

28. Genghis Blues (1999)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

San Francisco bluesman and composer, Paul Peña makes a musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva.

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Richard Feynman, B.B. King, Kongar-ol Ondar, Paul Pena

Votes: 1,237 | Gross: $0.32M

29. La Bohème (II) (2009)

4 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Part of a series of opera shorts by different directors. Herzog combines O Soave Fanciulla ("Oh you vision of beauty" from Puccini's La Boheme) with images of harsh life in Africa.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Peter Auty, Mary Plazas

Votes: 175

30. The Transformation of the World Into Music (1996 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Music

This film was prepared as a introduction to a series of opera broadcasts on German television. It depicts the behind-the-scenes maneuverings in preparation for the annual opera festival in ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Norbert Balatsch, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Dieter Dorn

Votes: 63

31. Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Works, legend and murders of Carlo Gesualdo, a notorious Italian composer and murderer from the 16th century.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Pasquale D'Onofrio, Salvatore Catorano, Angelo Carrabs, Milva

Votes: 623

32. Fela

Biography | Announced

A chronicle of the life of Fela Kuti, the Nigerian musician and political force who invented Afro-beat music and introduced it to the world.

Director: Andrew Dosunmu | Star: Chiwetel Ejiofor

33. The Procedure (I) (2007)

4 min | Short, Comedy

Cristopher is under a lot of stress at work and decides to undergo a surgical procedure that makes you listen to your favorite song all the time.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Spencer Kayden

Votes: 191

34. Hairspray (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

77 Metascore

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry

Votes: 18,657 | Gross: $6.67M

35. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

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

49 Metascore

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: 14,511 | Gross: $13.74M

36. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 169,250 | Gross: $57.23M

37. 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: 25,530 | Gross: $54.22M

38. 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: 21,833 | Gross: $9.91M

39. Young Chopin (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

A story of the formative years in Chopin's life between 1825 and 1831, a time of social unrest throughout Europe, of rising nationalism, and of cries for reform. Chopin, an outstanding ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Ford | Stars: Czeslaw Wollejko, Zbigniew Lobodzinski, Józef Nieweglowski, Jerzy Duszynski

Votes: 40

40. Chopin Saved My Life (2012 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Chopin's Ballade Number One is an extraordinary piece of piano music. This moving film tells the story of how the Ballade has transformed the lives of two young pianists.

Director: James Kent | Star: Lang Lang

Votes: 30

41. Nocturnes (1988)

9 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Francois Aubry | Stars: Martin Foster, Hugh Grant

Votes: 41

42. 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: 4,420 | Gross: $4.08M

43. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang

Votes: 8,735

44. Crossroads (1986)

R | 99 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton

Votes: 12,966 | Gross: $5.84M

45. Peter & the Wolf (2006)

G | 32 min | Animation, Short, Family

An animated retelling set to Prokofiev's suite. Peter is a slight lad, solitary, locked out of the woods by his protective grandfather, his only friend a duck. In town, he's bullied. When a... See full summary »

Director: Suzie Templeton

Votes: 3,646

46. Art Carney Meets Peter and the Wolf (1958 TV Movie)

60 min

A human, played by Art Carney, makes friends with a forest full of talking animals (played by the Bil Baird Marionettes). Together, they must decide what to do about the troublemaking wolf.... See full summary »

Directors: Dick Feldman, Burt Shevelove | Stars: Art Carney, The Baird Puppets, Bil Baird, Cora Baird

Votes: 10