Movies about pianists

List of the best movies about pianists selected by visitors to our site: Secret Love Affair, The Pianist, Andhadhun, Grand Piano, Rocketman, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, La La Land, Those People, Families, The Snow White Murder Case.

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Secret Love Affair (2014)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersMusicians, Pianists

Despite being married and having a fulfilling career as a sophisticated arts foundation director, something is missing in Oh Hye Won's life. When she meets twenty-something Lee Seon Jae, Hye Won's appetite for passion is awakened, and she soon falls for the impoverished piano prodigy. Though they risk everything, Hye Won and Seon Jae can't help but embark on an affair that threatens to destroy both their lives. Based on the 2005 Japanese film Tokyo Tower, this romance aches with the desperate struggle between love and reality.

The Pianist (2002)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryPoland, France, United Kingdom, Germany
CharactersJews, Musicians, Pianists
PlotOn real events, War, Survival, Hunger, Music
PlaceGhetto, Concentration camp, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleDepressive, Tense, Heartbreaking

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.

Andhadhun (2018)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genrethriller, comedy, melodrama, crime
CharactersKillers, Singers, Blind, Musicians, Rabbits
PlotLove, Abduction, Death, Funeral, Cheating
StyleLight, Fascinating, Black humor

A series of mysterious events changes the life of a blind pianist who now must report a crime that was actually never witnessed by him.

Grand Piano (2013)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, detective, music
CountrySpain, USA

Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.

Rocketman (2019)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, musical, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Canada
CharactersSingers, Musicians, Celebrities, Pianists
PlotDancing, On real events, Drug addict, Music
PlaceEngland, Night Clubs, Los Angeles
StyleVivid, Inspirational

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, western, detective
CharactersDogs, Indians, Horses, Angels, Singers
PlotBank robbery, Dancing, Gambling, Money, Weapon
PlaceWild West, Small cities, USA
StyleNetflix, Fancy, Not for everyone, Short Story, Light

Vignettes weaving together the stories of six individuals in the old West at the end of the Civil War. Following the tales of a sharp-shooting songster, a wannabe bank robber, two weary traveling performers, a lone gold prospector, a woman traveling the West to an uncertain future, and a motley crew of strangers undertaking a carriage ride.

La La Land (2016)
Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
CharactersMusicians, Actors, Pianists
PlotLove, Fate, Money, Dreams, Music
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Touching, Good music, Sad ones

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.

Those People (2015)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersArtists, Pianists, Gay
PlotObsession, Friendship, Love, Funeral
PlaceCemetery, Prison
TimeNew Year
StyleAction, Depressive

On Manhattan's gilded Upper East Side, a young gay painter is torn between an obsession with his infamous best friend and a promising new romance with an older foreign pianist.

Families (2015)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, drama
PlotInheritance, Double life
PlaceFrance, London

Jérôme Varenne, a French financier, lives and works in Shanghai with Chen-Li, his life and business partner. One day, during a short stay in Paris, while paying a call to his mother, he is very displeased to learn from her and his hated brother, that the family house in Ambray is going to be sold. Jerome decides to go to the town where he grew up to see what is going on. Little does he know how eventful his escapade will be. Little does he know that it will change his life from soup to nuts...

The Snow White Murder Case (2014)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, detective
PlotSocial Media, Mystery
StyleAction, Tense, Fascinating

Beautiful Noriko Miki works at a cosmetic company. One day, Noriko is murdered. People begin to suspect her co-worker Miki Shirono might have killed her. Television begins to cover her story. A TV show interviews Miki Shirono's colleagues, family, people from her hometown. Rumors turn into fear. Is she a wicked a woman?

Low Down (2014)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, music, biography
CharactersMusicians, Writers, Pianists, Fathers
PlotDeath, Money, Music, Friendship
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTouching, Serious, Fascinating

The daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany witnesses her beloved father's struggle -- and failure -- to kick his heroin habit.

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

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

Chico & Rita (2010)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, cartoon, music
CountrySpain, United Kingdom
CharactersLosers, Pianists, Artists
PlotSuccess, Music, Passion
PlaceNew York
StyleFascinating, Serious

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Tomorrow at Dawn (2009)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, adventure

Mathieu, a piano virtuoso, goes home to help his brother Paul to take care of their sick mother. Paul is into reenacting old battles, dressing up and getting into character, even dueling if necessary. Mathieu gets involved in this world and play becomes real.

Troubled Water (2008)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, music
CountryNorway, Sweden, Germany
CharactersPriests, Pianists, Single mothers
StyleSoulful, Serious

A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He finds work as a church organist and develops a rewarding relationship with a priest and her young son. However, his caring for the boy catches the attention of his old victim's mother, bringing to the surface her bad memories and unanswered questions. This draws them both into troubled waters, having to learn when to hold on and when to let go.

Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Markimdb: 7.5
CountryJapan, Netherlands, Hong Kong
CharactersPianists, Housewives, Thieves
PlotUprising, Double life, Life, Family life
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleTouching, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

Ryûhei Sasaki is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He recently lost his job due to outsourcing, but is determined to find another position, all while supporting an old friend who is also out of work. But when Megumi accidentally finds out Ryûhei's secret and doesn't tell him, her trust in him, and their marriage, suffers.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime, music
CharactersGangsters, Musicians, Pianists
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Soulful, Action, Heavy

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...

Unleashed (2005)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, United Kingdom, USA
CharactersBlind, Musicians, Friends, Pianists, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Slavery, Friendship
StyleExciting, For men, Heavy, Serious

Raised as a slave, Danny is used to fighting for his survival. In fact, his "master," Bart, thinks of him as a pet and goes as far as leashing him with a collar so they can make money in fight clubs, where Danny is the main contender. When Bart's crew is in a car accident, Danny escapes and meets a blind, kindhearted piano tuner who takes him in and uses music to free the fighter's long-buried heart.

Ray (2004)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, music, biography
CharactersSingers, Blind, Musicians, Businessmen, Geniuses
StyleFascinating, To cry, Soulful

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered couping gospel and country together.

Beyond the Sea (2004)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, musical, music, biography
CountryGermany, United Kingdom
PlotOn real events, Music, Elections
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to tell the tale of his remarkable life. Kevin Spacey did his own singing for Beyond the Sea, recreating Bobby Darin's vocal style with uncanny accuracy.