In the wake of news about a series adaptation of High Fidelity and a stage musical adaptation of Almost Famous, music movies have been heavily on the brain.
Considering that, we’ve assembled a list of ten other music movies that everyone should see.
Loosely inspired by Tim “Ripper” Owens who replaced Rob Halford in Judas Priest after he left the band in 1991, Rock Star has an inherent cheese-factor, but it’s undeniably entertaining with a stellar soundtrack to boot.
Three not-so-bright musicians hold a radio station hostage (with plastic guns, no less) in order for their demo to get played on the air. Surprise! Wackiness ensues! Also, it’s just a fun and funny movie that features the best cop joke of all time.
Based in 1980s Dublin, a teenage boy starts a band to win over a pretty girl. Add in a wise older brother to help guide the musical way, and you have one of the best music movies released in the past decade.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The film adaptation of the hit off-Broadway play that eventually made it to Broadway and was a massive success, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows the story of a trans frontwoman on a quest for fame after all of her songs were stolen to launch the career of a former musical partner and boyfriend.
It’s the classic tale of Irish street performer meets classically trained musician and discover electric chemistry. The film features an incredibly beautiful original soundtrack and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007.
It’s like a glam version of Eddie and the Cruisers but way better! Characters are definitely inspired by David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and the film features the incredible cast of Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette and Eddie Izzard.
School Of Rock
It’s the movie that made you wish your substitute teacher was Jack Black and also a reminder of the power of music education.
A band of misfits at an independent record store that’s dealing with drama AND trying to prevent the store from being bought by a major corporate chain AND the soundtrack is incredible? Damn the man, indeed!
The Blues Brothers
An obvious choice for this list, but there has to be at least one obvious pick on this list. Frankly, if you haven’t seen The Blues Brothers, stop reading this list and find a way to watch it.
This is the third film on this list that’s based in Ireland, and while Sing Street and Once are incredible films, they may not have happened without The Commitments, which follows the formation of a soul band in the working class neighborhoods of the northside of Dublin. (Side note: Glen Hansard who stars in Once is in The Commitments as lead guitarist “Outspan” Foster.)
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.