Monday, July 07, 2008

Top Twenty Best Films About Music

Just finished watching the jaw-dropping Control, which got me thinking about the best ever films about music. Below is a hastily penned top twenty (entirely subjective, as always). Let me know what you think I've missed in the comments.

1. DiG! (2004)
2. Walk The Line (2005)
3. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
4. Control (2007)
5. Once (2006)
6. Ray (2004)
7. Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of 'Smile' (2004)
8. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
9. 24 Hour Party People (2002)
10. 8 Mile (2002)
11. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)
12. Shine (1996)
13. The Blues Brothers (1980)
14. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)
15. Almost Famous (2000)
16. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
17. High Fidelity (2000)
18. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
19. The Commitments (1991)
20. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

13 comments:

Andrew Owen said...

I can only assume that you forgot "Can't Stop The Music" in error.;-)

hughgarry said...

A useful list indeed. A few in there to check out. For me 'Stop Making Sense', 'Don't look Back', 'Filth and the Fury', 'Saturday Night Fever', 'School of Rock', 'US vs John Lennon' and of course Norman Jay's 'Good Tiimes' would be up there with Moulin Rouge in the top 5. Loved 'Dig' though I never really got 'The Blues Brothers'.

lucky(zac) said...

high school musical is the greatest movie in music world comment from lucky

lucky(zac) said...

high school musical is the greatest movie in music world comment from lucky

Dharma said...

I have some to add
Empire Records
SLC Punk

I suppose neither are just about music but I think they can be considered the same. Similar to the way that I consider High Fidelity about music.

Dharma said...

I have some to add
Empire Records
SLC Punk

I suppose neither are just about music but I think they can be considered the same. Similar to the way that I consider High Fidelity about music.

Ryan said...

I started mentally going through "music movies" in my mind and didn't get too much further than "A" in my alphabetical list... Ever seen, "American Pop? It's pretty fantastic. And you could definitely argue the point that George Lucas' "American Grafitti" is a great music movie as much as a coming-of-age film. Other EXTREMELY NOTABLE Exclusions: Pink Floyd's "The Wall", The Who's "Tommy", and why isn't "Singles" - the worst music movie with the best soundtrack ever.... on this list?

Anonymous said...

what about buddy holly

Sarah M said...
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Sarah M said...

(saw you DID have "Once"...)

How about "That Thing You Do!"

Sarah M said...

I also loved "Dreamgirls." Jennifer Hudson is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Too bad the beatles never had a movie. It could be called a hard days night. I bet that would be considered a great movie about music.

Anonymous said...

what about august rush!!cmon....