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Music Movies


Here’s our alphabetical list of must-see movies for music enthusiasts. Not just musicals, but movies about music. Click through for plot summaries and ratings. And by all means, consider adding these to your collection.


The Benny Goodman Story

Blues Brothers

Bye Bye Birdie

The Cabin in the Sky

The Competition

Copying Beethoven

The Fabulous Dorseys

The Glen Miller Story

Gustav Mahler: To Live, I Will Die

A Hard Day’s Night

Harmony Lane


Mr. Holland’s Opus

I Dream of Jeanie

Immortal Beloved


It Might Get Loud

The Jazz Singer

The Last Waltz


The Music Lovers

Orchestra Wives

Phantom of the Opera

The Red Violin


Rhapsody in Blue

Rock of Ages

Singin’ in the Rain

Swanee River

This is Spinal Tap

What the Universe Tells Me

Young Man with a Horn

Don’t see your favorite music movie listed here? Comment below to let us know what’s missing and why you think it’s a must-see.

3 Comments to “Music Movies”

  1. Robert says:

    As I was doing research for my MA class, I came across this about Stephen Foster. I thought you would like to add it to your list.

    Three Hollywood movies have been made of Foster’s life: Harmony Lane (1935) with Douglass Montgomery, Swanee River (1939) with Don Ameche, and I Dream of Jeanie (1952), with Bill Shirley. The 1939 production was one of Twentieth Century Fox’s more ambitious efforts, filmed in Technicolor. The other two were low-budget affairs made by B-movie studios, but the 1952 film was in color.

  2. There is a movie about Mahler called Mahler (I believe that is the name…I could be wrong). It is a little weird but very interesting.

  3. Robert says:

    Yes John you are correct. “Mahler” was a Ken Russell film from 1974. It is not very accurate.

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