Movies about musicians

List of the best movies about musicians selected by visitors to our site: Jersey Boys, Behind the Candelabra, The Devil's Violinist, The Conductor, Departures, August Rush, Once, Copying Beethoven, Walk the Line, Allegro.

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Jersey Boys (2014)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.8)
Genredrama, musical, music, biography
CharactersMusicians, Friends
PlotOn real events, Radio, Music
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Fascinating

From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and many more.

Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Mark8 (imdb: 7)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CharactersMusicians, Gay, Pianists, Celebrities, Surgeons
PlotOn real events, Art, Love with age difference, Music
StyleFascinating, Gloomy

Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

The Devil's Violinist (2013)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.1)
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryGermany, Italy
CharactersMusicians, Geniuses
PlotSuccess, Music
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Gloomy

The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.

The Conductor (2012)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 6.4)

The famous conductor (Vladas Bagdonas) goes with his orchestra to Jerusalem to perform the oratorio "St. Matthew Passion." The day before he receives a telegram, stating the suicide of his son, who lived in Israel. Conductor at the time denied the artist's son, believing that he is living right. It's suicide, especially suicide note flip soul maestro's son, forced him to reconsider all their attitudes.

Departures (2008)
Mark6 (imdb: 8.1)
Genredrama, music
PlaceJapan, Asia, Small cities
StyleMakes me think, Atmospheric, Touching, Soulful, Fascinating, Philosophical

Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.

August Rush (2007)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredrama, music
CharactersMusicians, Orphans, Singers
PlotDancing, Love at first sight, Chase, Music, Travel, Adoption
PlaceNew York
StyleTouching, To cry, Inspirational

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Once (2007)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryRepublic of Ireland

A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.

Copying Beethoven (2006)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.8)
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA, Germany, Hungary
CharactersMusicians, Singers, Pianists
PlotObsession, On real events
Time19th century
StyleTouching, Fascinating, Romantic

A fictionalised exploration of Beethoven's life in his final days working on his Ninth Symphony. It is 1824. Beethoven is racing to finish his new symphony. However, it has been years since his last success and he is plagued by deafness, loneliness and personal trauma. A copyist is urgently needed to help the composer. A fictional character is introduced in the form of a young conservatory student and aspiring composer named Anna Holtz. The mercurial Beethoven is skeptical that a woman might become involved in his masterpiece but slowly comes to trust in Anna's assistance and in the end becomes quite fond of her. By the time the piece is performed, her presence in his life is an absolute necessity. Her deep understanding of his work is such that she even corrects mistakes he has made, while her passionate personality opens a door into his private world.

Walk the Line (2005)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 7.8)
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersSingers, Musicians, Guitarists
PlotDivorce, Death, Love, Music, On real events
StyleTouching, Fascinating, To cry

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Allegro (2005)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama

Famous pianist Zetterström returns home to his native Denmark, to give a concert, just to find out that the choices he has made in his life have affected his love life greatly.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime, music
CharactersMusicians, Pianists, Gangsters
StyleAction, Gloomy, Atmospheric, Heavy, Soulful, Fascinating

Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who makes his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, deals. But a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist. He auditions with the help of a beautiful, young virtuoso pianist who cannot speak French - music is their only exchange. But pressures from the ugly world of his day job soon become more than he can handle...

Last Days (2005)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, music, biography
CharactersMusicians, Singers
PlotDepression, Mental disorders, Music, Loneliness
StyleDepressive, Atmospheric, Gloomy

The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.

The Pianist (2002)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 8.5)
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryPoland, France, United Kingdom, Germany
CharactersMusicians, Pianists, Jews
PlotOn real events, War, Survival, Hunger, Music
PlaceGhetto, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleDepressive, Tense

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

The Piano Teacher (2001)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.5)
CountryAustria, France, Germany
CharactersMusicians, Pianists, Teachers
PlotLove with age difference, Seduction, Mental disorders, Music

Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.

La La Land (2016)
Mark8 (imdb: 8)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
CharactersMusicians, Actors, Pianists
PlotLove, Money, Dreams, Fate, Music
TimeNew Year
StyleGood music, Touching, To cry

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Whiplash (2014)
Mark9 (imdb: 8.5)
Genredrama, music
CharactersMusicians, Drummers, Teachers
PlotObsession, Music, Love, Relationship
StyleWorth watching

Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.

Pure (2009)
Markimdb: 6.9
StyleAction, Gloomy

From the producer of Dosage V - Alpine Blocs comes a 35mm bouldering flick about bouldering on planet Earth: PURE. Pure is about 19 extraordinary climbers in six countries on three continents , with no ropes.

You're Not You (2014)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 7.3)
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Disabled people, Terminally ill
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Touching

A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.

Drumline (2002)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.9)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CharactersDrummers, Musicians
PlotRivalry, Music, Hip Hop
StyleExciting, Inspirational

A fish-out-of-water comedy about a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a Southern university, expecting to lead its marching band's drumline to victory. He initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more than talent to reach the top.

All Eyez on Me (2017)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 5.9)
Genredrama, music, biography
CharactersMusicians, Singers, Actors
PlotHip Hop
PlacePrison, USA

All Eyez on Me chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records. Against insurmountable odds, Tupac rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.