Music lovers simply can’t resist musical dramas! Classical music fans can relate to movies about music, especially films from the 90s’. If you are one of the classic music movie enthusiasts, then Mega Media Xchange has the perfect movie watch-list for you.
Here are the 13 best classic movies about music for music lovers that you can’t miss.
1. Walk the Line – 2005
Directed by James Mangold, this biographical musical drama highlights the biography of Johnny Cash, who tours with his love, June Carter, in search of a successful music career. Drunk on his rising fame, enmities, and addiction, Cash went on a torturous journey until he was cleansed with the power of love by June. The movie offers timeless songs that will stay with you.
2. The Pianist – 2002
The biographical war film directed by Roman Polanski brings up the story of a famous Jewish-Polish pianist who went through hell during World War II. Amidst the chaos and fire, the film portrayed a brilliant musical performance that kept the audience surprised, emotional, and inspired. This film has a balanced classical taste of music to keep you touched.
3. A Star is Born – 2018
This film portrays a country-rock singer who is struggling with his alcohol addiction and failing in his career to be a successful musician. Later, he fights hard to make a young musician climb to fame to be what he could not. This classic movie stars two acting giants; Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. The music here is a combination of contemporary but will also appeal to classical country-rock music lovers.
4. Whiplash – 2014
Directed by Damien Chazelle, this film takes you to the life of a jazz drummer who wants to be the best in the world. He goes through a tough training process that drives him to practice with more force than he can bear. The musical score and the rhythm of drumming are perfect for classical music lovers.
5. Unplugged – 1999
This documentary film explains how musicians get together and perform without any soundcheck or amplification, just their instruments and their voices. The film also gives a glimpse into their stage performances and how they create their music with no technological assistance. It is interesting to watch musicians perform on a live stage with only their passion.
6. The Doors – 1991
Directed by Oliver Stone, this film was based on Jim Morrison’s life in the 1960s at the height of his career, when he was performing on stage as a singer-songwriter with his titular band.. This movie highlights his struggle between fame and drug addiction during his career as a musician in Los Angeles. This is another classic movie with great songs that will leave an impression after watching it.
7. High Fidelity – 2000
Directed by Stephen Frears, this film showcases a young record store owner who lives in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. He is obsessed with music and tries to be the best in his field. This movie has great songs that will make you feel nostalgic about your own life.
8. Straight Outta Compton- 2015
This film is based on the rise and fall of the rap group N.W.A. The film was directed by F. Gary Gray, who also worked with the director in The Italian Job (2003). The story shows how they started as a rap group in Los Angeles with their love for music, drugs, and women. This is a great musical drama that will keep you coming back for more.
9. The Commitments – 1991
This film is directed by Alan Parker and stars Roddy Doyle’s novel as the inspiration for this story. The story shows how the Irish musician, Jimmy Rabbitte and his fellow musicians, Simon Le Bon and Davey Arthur try to attract more people to their pub in Dublin. This is an excellent movie to watch, with sweet songs.
10. Almost Famous – 2000
This film is based on the memoir by Cameron Crowe, who was a music journalist in the 1970s and 1980s. This movie is about a 15-year-old boy who attends his first rock concert with his father. The story shows how he becomes obsessed with the music and goes to every concert he can. This is a great film for music lovers, especially classic rock songs from bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Pink Floyd.
11. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 2001
This film is directed by John Cameron Mitchell and stars Neil Patrick Harris, who also starred in the Broadway version of this musical. The story is about a transgender performer who decides to retake the stage after being banished from the music scene. This movie will make you cry with sadness and joy at the same time.
12. Amy – 2015
Directed by Asif Kapadia, this film is about the life of the English musician and singer Amy Winehouse. This movie is an emotional rollercoaster, especially when you see how she struggled with drugs and alcohol in her music career.
13. School of Rock (2003)
This film is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Jack Black as a substitute teacher who takes his students on a rock ‘n’ roll adventure. Jack was kicked out of his band before joining as a substitute teacher, but he never let go of his passion. Everything about this movie makes it a special one among music lovers.
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