Composers & lyricists

by holyspacemonkey | created - 17 May 2014 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

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1. Night Song (1947)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance, Music

When a beautiful socialite falls in love with an embittered composer who is blind, she feigns blindness herself in order to get closer to him.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Dana Andrews, Merle Oberon, Ethel Barrymore, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 374

2. City for Conquest (1940)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco | Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,004

3. Song of Love (1947)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker, Henry Daniell

Votes: 851

4. The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 979

5. Fiesta (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

When a matador leaves town to focus on his music, his twin sister takes on his identity in the bullfighting ring.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Esther Williams, Akim Tamiroff, Ricardo Montalban, John Carroll

Votes: 423

6. 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: 358

7. 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: 22,200 | Gross: $9.91M

8. 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: 179

9. 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: 1,161

10. 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: 44

11. 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: Láng Lang

Votes: 30

12. 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: 4,499 | Gross: $4.08M

13. The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1965)

PG | 111 min | Drama, Romance

An English mother leaves husband and two children to follow her Italian lover to a lakeside villa. Her children follow her, intent in breaking up her affair.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Rossano Brazzi, Richard Todd, Phyllis Calvert

Votes: 219

14. I'll Get By (1950)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Updated version of "Tin Pan Alley" concerns two songwriters and their romantic entanglements with the pretty pair of sisters helping them plug their songs.

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: June Haver, William Lundigan, Gloria DeHaven, Dennis Day

Votes: 99

15. A Song Is Born (1948)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

With her gangster boyfriend under investigation by the police, a nightclub singer hides out in a musical research institution staffed by bachelor professors - one of whom begins to fall for her.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey

Votes: 1,957

16. 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: 256

17. Young Toscanini (1988)

109 min | Biography, Drama

A fanciful biopic of legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini as a very young man.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophie Ward, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 208

18. The Nitwits (1935)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

A would-be songwriter and a would-be inventor run a cigar stand and get mixed up in the murder of a song publisher.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Betty Grable, Hale Hamilton

Votes: 319

19. On Your Toes (1939)

Approved | 94 min | Music, Comedy

A young hoofer quits vaudeville to become a composer and hooks up with a Russian ballet troupe.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Vera Zorina, Eddie Albert, Alan Hale, Frank McHugh

Votes: 181

20. Louise (1939)

83 min | Musical

Louise, a young seamstress, has fallen in love with Julien, her neighbor, a composer who lives a Bohemian life with his friends, artists like him. Her over-possessive working class parents ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Grace Moore, Georges Thill, André Pernet, Suzanne Desprès

Votes: 48

21. The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936)

116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Lyrical biography of the classical composer, depicted as a romantical hero, an accursed artist.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt, Jean-Louis Barrault

Votes: 230

22. The Tenth Symphony (1918)

80 min | Drama

Composer Enrid Damor knows nothing of the past life of his new wife Eve Dinant : she lived as a debauchee with an adventurer, Fred Ryce. Fred Ryce meets Damor's daughter, Claire, and tries ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Séverin-Mars, Jean Toulout, Emmy Lynn, André Lefaur

Votes: 121

23. Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)

Not Rated | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the country and western singer Hank Williams.

Director: Gene Nelson | Stars: George Hamilton, Susan Oliver, Red Buttons, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 653

24. Puccini (1953)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Produced in Italy in breathtaking Technicolor, this biographical story of Puccini (played by L'avventura's Gabriele Ferzetti) spans his creative life from early student days to the height ... See full summary »

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Märta Torén, Nadia Gray, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 46

25. The Constant Nymph (1943)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The daughter of a musical mentor is hopelessly in love with her cousin's husband, a handsome composer.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Brenda Marshall, Alexis Smith

Votes: 1,132

26. Deep in My Heart (1954)

Approved | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

Biographic movie about the American composer Sigmund Romberg.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: José Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon

Votes: 685

27. Naughty But Nice (1939)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Musical

Professor Hardwick teaches at Winfield College and detests the new swing music that is the craze. He has written a rhapsody which he takes to New York to be published. Staying with his Aunt... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell, Gale Page, Helen Broderick

Votes: 262

28. Naughty But Nice (1939)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Musical

Professor Hardwick teaches at Winfield College and detests the new swing music that is the craze. He has written a rhapsody which he takes to New York to be published. Staying with his Aunt... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell, Gale Page, Helen Broderick

Votes: 262

29. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 6,909 | Gross: $4.80M

30. Bound for Glory (1976)

PG | 147 min | Biography, Drama, Music

70 Metascore

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland

Votes: 4,472

31. Always in My Heart (1942)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Musical

After many years, MacKenzie Scott is pardoned from prison, but his wife is already involved with another man. Nevertheless, he travels incognito to his family's town. There he befriends his... See full summary »

Director: Jo Graham | Stars: Kay Francis, Walter Huston, Gloria Warren, Patti Hale

Votes: 360

32. Leadbelly (1976)

PG | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Roger E. Mosley, Paul Benjamin, Madge Sinclair, James Brodhead

Votes: 450

33. Rhythm in the Clouds (1937)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Struggling songwriter Judy Walker talks her way into the apartment of a famous composer, and finds that he's on vacation. Homeless and without any money, she decides to stay at his place ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Patricia Ellis, Warren Hull, William Newell, Richard Carle

Votes: 140

34. The Uninvited (1944)

Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner

Votes: 9,201

35. Nocturne (1946)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston, Joseph Pevney

Votes: 1,215

36. I Dream Too Much (1935)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Musical

Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Lily Pons, Henry Fonda, Eric Blore, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 384

37. I Dream Too Much (1935)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Musical

Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Lily Pons, Henry Fonda, Eric Blore, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 384

38. Magic Fire (1955)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Drama

The life and career of German composer Richard Wagner.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Rita Gam, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 112

39. Glamour (1934)

Approved | 74 min | Drama, Romance

A married chorus girl falls in love with a composer.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Paul Lukas, Constance Cummings, Phillip Reed, Joseph Cawthorn

Votes: 34

40. Break of Hearts (1935)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Romance

Franz Roberti is a famous orchestra conductor who has a number of girlfriends. While talking with his old music teacher, Professor Thalma, he meets Constance, an aspiring music composer. ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Moeller | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Charles Boyer, John Beal, Jean Hersholt

Votes: 420

41. The Glass Mountain (1949)

99 min | Drama

An aspiring composer, in the British Air Force for WWII, is downed in Italy and rescued by an Italian girl. He returns home to his wife, inspired to write an opera and aware that he's fallen in love with his rescuer.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Dulcie Gray, Michael Denison, Valentina Cortese, Sebastian Shaw

Votes: 193

42. Adam's Rib (1949)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell

Votes: 18,463

43. Grace of My Heart (1996)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break... See full summary »

Director: Allison Anders | Stars: Illeana Douglas, John Turturro, Sissy Boyd, Christina Pickles

Votes: 3,428 | Gross: $0.62M

44. Scott Joplin (1977 TV Movie)

PG | 96 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Clifton Davis, Margaret Avery, Eubie Blake

Votes: 213

45. The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

Approved | 91 min | Biography, Music, Musical

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Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Allan Jones, Mary Martin, Walter Connolly, Lee Bowman

Votes: 57 | Gross: $0.30M