The recent release of movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which tells the story of British rock band Queen, got us thinking about other great music films we’ve watched over the years. After going down memory lane, we decided to hand-pick five of them for our list of best music movies of all time.
If you like music and movies, you’ll love these movies. Let’s check them out.
School of Rock
This might be a controversial way to start our list of best music movies of all time, but we believe many of you will agree that School of Rock is one great movie. It features Jack Black as struggling musician Dewey Finn who accidentally lands a job as a substitute teacher in a prestigious school. After realizing his students are talented musicians, he decides to form a band with them and enter the Battle of the Bands competition.
That Thing You Do!
Written and directed by two-times Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! is set in the 1960s and tells the story of rise and fall of a fictional pop-rock band the Wonders. Although not a big hit in the box office, the movie received critical acclaim and gained a cult following over the years.
Released in 2004, Ray follows the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles and his path from a Chitlin’ Circuit performer to a Grammy Award-winning musician. For his role in the movie, Jamie Foxx won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Walk the Line
Walk the Line is biographical drama which focuses on the life and career of one of the greatest country musicians of all time, Johnny Cash. The movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role, follows Cash’s early life, including his romance with American singer June Carter, and his rise to fame on the country music scene. The movie received five Academy Award nominations, winning one of them.
This is Spinal Tap
This is Spinal Tap deservedly sits at the top of our list of best music movies of all time. Released in 1984, this mockumentary follows a fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap on their tour across the United States. Since its release, the movie gained a cult following and was even selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” movie. But wait, there is more. The actors that played the fictional band in the movie ended up forming a real band and have released three studio albums.