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Top 10 must-watch music films of all time

Rahima Khan, in Community news
Sep 04, 2023 | 6 min read

Get ready to embark on a mesmerizing journey through the world of sound and storytelling. Our spotlight today shines on the most enchanting and iconic music films that have taken the cinema world by storm. 

So, tune in as we unveil the top 10 must-watch music films of all time! 🎵🎬

1. La La Land (2016): 

La la land movie cover

Source: TV Insider

It is a modern musical that weaves together romance, dreams, and jazz. The chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will make your heart dance. This music film shined bright with 6 Academy Awards, 7 Golden Globes, and numerous other accolades and surely deserves to hold the first spot on our list. 

2. Whiplash (2014): 

Whiplash music movie cover Green book movie cover as part of top 10 music films

Source: IMDb

Its an intense and exhilarating experience with “Whiplash.” This gripping music film explores the relationship between a determined young drummer and his unrelenting music instructor. With 3 Academy Awards and a Golden Globe, this intense tale shows the lengths to which one might go in the pursuit of musical excellence.

3. The Sound of Music (1965): 

The sound of music movie cover

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

From the hills of Austria to the corners of our hearts, “The Sound of Music” remains a timeless classic. Join Maria and the Von Trapp family in a symphony of love, hope, and resilience that will make you hum along to every note. With its relaxed melody and sweet lyrics “do re Mi” from this music film is a delight to watch.

4. Amadeus (1984): 

Amadeus movie cover

Source: IMDb

Immerse yourself in the world of classical music with “Amadeus,” a stunning portrayal of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This masterpiece music film delves deep into the rivalries and complexities of artistic genius and boasts 8 Academy Awards.

5. The Pianist (2002): 

The pianist movie cover

Source: IMDb

A heart-wrenching tale set during World War II, this music film revolves around a Jewish pianist’s struggle for survival. Adrien Brody’s poignant performance is accentuated by Chopin’s music. The testament to survival and the power of music displayed in this movie led it to earn 3 Academy Awards.

6. Walk the Line (2005): 

Walk the line movie cover

Source: Filmaffinity

A moving and incredible journey of Johnny Cash is depicted in “Walk the Line”, a music film that has moved hearts. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon deliver amazing performances that bring the tumultuous love story of Cash and June Carter to life.

7. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018): 

Bohemian Rhapsody movie cover

Source: IMDb

An amazing portrayal of the life and times of Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of Queen, is represented in this music film. Through the highs and lows, music remains the undying force.

8. Weird: The AI Yankovic Story (2022): 

Weird: The AI Yankovic Story movie cover

Source: IMDb

A more unconventional pick, this music film offers an interesting display of the satirical musician’s life and his parodic performance of popular songs.

9. Green Book (2018): 

Green book movie cover as part of top 10 music films

Source: Universal Pictures

While it’s a film rooted in racial discrimination, music is the background that drives the narrative. Winning 3 Academy Awards and 3 Golden Globes, music and friendship blend in this heartfelt tale of breaking barriers in the American South.

10. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022): 

I wanna dance with somebody music films

Source: The Movie Database

Whitney Houston’s voice could move mountains. This music film sheds light on the life of one of the greatest vocalists of our time, her struggles, triumphs, and the music that made her an icon.

Wrapping up

Let these captivating music films and their melodies resonate in your heart and their stories inspire your soul. A curated collection of the finest music films that have graced the silver screen.

They are an undeniable connection between music and cinema, proving that sometimes, the most powerful stories are the ones that are told through melodies and lyrics. They offer a unique and unforgettable cinematic experience.

These top 10 music films will surely strike a chord within you. So, let the magic of cinema and music blend in a memorable symphony of emotions. Enjoy!


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