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The Complete Music Biopics List

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Biographical Movies

People who added this item 302  Average listal rating (201 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.8 
1. La Bamba (1987)

Lou Diamond Philips As Ritchie Valens

The drama is based on the real life events that affected the lives of rock star Ritchie Valens, his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig and the rest of their families.

People who added this item 726  Average listal rating (371 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
2. Sid & Nancy (1986)

Gary Oldman & Chloe Webb As Sid & Nancy

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder.
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People who added this item 167  Average listal rating (95 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.7 
3. Beyond the Sea (2004)

Kevin Spacey As Bobby Darin

A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin specifically, and his relationship with his wife Sandra Dee.
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People who added this item 1049  Average listal rating (629 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.2 
4. The Doors (1991)

Val Kilmer As Iconic Frontman Jim Morrison

The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
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People who added this item 1106  Average listal rating (680 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.8 
5. Ray (2004)

Jamie Foxx Received An Academy Award For His Performance As Ray Charles

The life and career of the legendary popular music pianist, Ray Charles.

People who added this item 2658  Average listal rating (1647 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
6. Walk the Line (2005)

Johnny Cash Played By Joaquin Phoenix

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.
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People who added this item 825  Average listal rating (473 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
7. Control (2007)

Joy Division's Ian Curtis Portrayed By Sam Riley

A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

People who added this item 1217  Average listal rating (602 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
8. I'm Not There (2007)

The Late Heath Ledger As Robbie Clark (Bob Dylan)

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

People who added this item 419  Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
9. Nowhere Boy (2009)

A Young John Lennon Played By Aaron Johnson

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles.
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People who added this item 833  Average listal rating (462 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
10. The Runaways (2010)

Fanning & Stewart As Cherie Currie & Joan Jett

A coming-of-age biopic about '70s teenage band The Runaways.

People who added this item 135  Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
11. Bird (1988)
The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

People who added this item 84  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.7 
12. Backbeat (1994)
A pre-fame Beatles head for the seedy clubs of Hamburg in search of success. The band meet up with a group of trendy German beatniks, one of whom bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe falls in love with. Whilst best friend John Lennon can only watch, Sutcliffe has to choose between rock 'n roll and a new life in Germany...

People who added this item 199  Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
13. Cadillac Records (2008)
In this tale of sex, violence, race, and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, "Cadillac Records" follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

People who added this item 47  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.4 
14. Elvis (2005)
A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.(TV Miniseries).

People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
15. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
A biography of Ian Dury who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founder of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.

People who added this item 921  Average listal rating (492 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
16. La Vie en Rose (2007)
The life story of singer Édith Piaf.

People who added this item 148  Average listal rating (100 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.6 
17. Notorious (2009)
The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

People who added this item 38  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.5 
18. What We Do Is Secret (2007)
A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.

People who added this item 216  Average listal rating (136 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.2 
19. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned him the scorn and condemnation of the public.

People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (37 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 7.2 
20. The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
A film about the life and career of the early rock and roll star.

People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
21. Bound for Glory (1976)
This film is an excellent biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, and discovered the suffering and strength of America's working class.

People who added this item 2020  Average listal rating (1240 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.4 
22. Amadeus (1984)
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

People who added this item 284  Average listal rating (164 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
23. Immortal Beloved (1994)
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven.

People who added this item 26  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
24. Elvis (1979)
Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.(TV Movie).

People who added this item 490  Average listal rating (252 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
25. 24 Hour Party People (2002)
In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 3.4 
26. Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004)
Chronicles the rise and fall of pop king Michael Jackson.(TV Movie).

People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 6.6 
27. Birth of the Beatles (1979)
The film focuses on the early history of 1960s rock band The Beatles.

People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.2 
28. Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1998)
The motion picture is a biographical film of the brief but intense life of R&B/Rock & Roll singer Frankie Lymon, who was part of the R&B group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers for one year. Moreover, the film highlights the three women in his life.

People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.5 
29. Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (2001)
A dramatization of the early years of the hard rock band, Def Leppard, the group faces both success and personal tragedies such as drummer, Rick Allen losing his arm in a car accident and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol addiction.(TV Movie).

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
30. Take Me Home: The John Denver Story (2000)
John Denver started his career in music as a guitar strumming folkie who got his first big break as a member of The Chad Mitchell Trio in the early 1960s; with the dawn of the 1970s, as John Denver he became one of the biggest and most recognizable figures in popular music, and this made-for-TV drama examines his life and career both on and off-stage.(TV Movie).

People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
31. Sweet Dreams (1985)
Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.

People who added this item 105  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
32. Hilary and Jackie (1998)
The tragic story of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.

People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.1 
33. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

People who added this item 68  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
34. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
The biography of the Bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944, with a lot of his arangements, partly in an authentic cast.

People who added this item 23  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.3 
35. El Cantante (2006)
The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

People who added this item 414  Average listal rating (244 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
36. Selena (1997)
The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas born tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

People who added this item 32  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.9 
37. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.(TV Movie).

People who added this item 162  Average listal rating (91 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
38. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame

People who added this item 16  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
39. The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From there they become the now famous Jackson 5. But along the way their success brings trouble and turmoil.(TV Miniseries).

People who added this item 137  Average listal rating (87 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
40. What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)
A film about the singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.

People who added this item 60  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.5 
41. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 6.8 
42. The Gene Krupa Story (1959)
The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa.

People who added this item 417  Average listal rating (229 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
43. Shine (1996)
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.5 
44. Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Light bio-pic of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, featuring renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists.

People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 6.5 
45. Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
The story of the country and western singer Hank Williams.

People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0  IMDB Rating
46. Leadbelly (1976)
The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted.

People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.7 
47. Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000)
"Meat Loaf" Aday is an overgrown Texas youngster, the son of a gentle woman dying of cancer and an alcoholic, abusive father. Tormented by his father and schoolmates over his size, he strikes out on his own after his mother's death, in an impossible task to prove himself to the world and to himself.(TV Movie).

People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 4.5 
48. Madonna: Innocence Lost (1994)
The early years of the entertainer's career are chronicled.(TV Movie).

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 2.5  IMDB Rating 5.3 
49. Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story (2001)
The film is a biopic which chronicles the meteoric rise and precipitous fall of the rap singer.(TV Movie).

People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
50. The Karen Carpenter Story (1989)
Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulemia.


 

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