Best Music Biopics of All Time To Make Your Weekend Musical!

Music Biopics
Music Biopics

A new biopic on the life of Aretha Franklin will be released shortly titled Respect. This movie will be joining the elite list of films on women singers released so far. Some of the singers on whom music biopics have been made are Billie Holiday, Tina Turner and Loretta Lynn. So, before watching Respect, we would like to give you some movie titles that you must watch. We are here to provide you with the ten best films in chronological order. These are the biopics of some of the most famous music divas in the history of music.

Best Music Biopics of All Time

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

1.Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
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The star of this fantastic film was Diana Ross, who portrayed the character of Billie Holiday. The film is based on the latter’s life and has been an acclaimed film giving its lead actor her first and only Oscar Nomination. Ross’ co-star was Billy Dee Williams, who played her husband, Louis McKay and Richard Pryor. The magical moment of the film is when Holiday sings the song “Good Morning Heartache” straight into the camera when she’s inebriated and needs a fix for her life. The film is not currently available for streaming, but you can buy the DVD on Amazon Prime for $14.99.

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Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

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The star of this next film was Sissy Spacek, who played Loretta Lynn. The film showcases the latter’s journey from rags to riches, getting married at the age of 15 and ultimately her country musical stardom. Spacek’s co-star was Tommy Lee Jones, who played her husband, Doolittle Lynn. The film got nominated for seven Academy Awards, and its soundtrack hit the Billboard top 40 and also won Album of the Year at CMA Awards. The best part of the film is the film’s closing, where Lynn sings the movie’s title track, describing her long journey from poverty to musical stardom. It’s pretty much the summation of the whole film. You can access this movie on Apple TV, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video or YouTube.

Sweet Dreams (1985)

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The star of this film was Jessica Lange, who portrayed the character of Patsy Cline. The film earned Lagne an Oscar Nomination for her role of Cline, and her co-star was Ed Harris, who portrayed her abusive husband, Charlie Dick. Although the film has been criticized for fictionalizing the singer’s life, its songs are mesmerizing. Some of those songs are “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” The best part of the movie is where Cline sings the title track with a lush string band. You can access this movie on Cinemax as well as Amazon Prime Video.

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Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
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The lead actor in this movie was a Barbie doll who played the character of Karen Carpenter. The film was directed by Todd Haynes, the future Oscar-Nominated director of Carol, Far From Heaven. This was a cult-classic film of its time. The film was shot in just ten days and used Barbie and Ken dolls to showcase the tragic life story of Karen Carpenter and her battle with anorexia. But the film soon went into a lawsuit, and its release got blocked. The best part of the movie was the song titled “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” in a montage that depicts the Vietnam War. Some bootleg copies of the film are available on YouTube.

What’s Love Got to do With It (1993)

What’s Love Got to do With It (1993)
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The star of this next film was Angela Bassett, who played the character of Tina Turner. Bassett’s co-star was Laurence Fishburne, who played her husband and musical partner, Ike Turner. The film earned Bassett the Golden Globe Award for her stellar performance as Turner. The film’s best moment was when the newly single Turner belts out the title track of the movie. You can gain access to this movie on Amazon Prime Video.

Selena (1997)

Selena (1997)
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Selena was a Jennifer Lopez starrer where the singer played the role of the South-Texas born Tejano star, and it became her breakthrough performance earning her a Golden Globe nomination. Selena’s famous songs were “I Could Fall in Love” and “Dreaming of You.” If you want to learn more about the Grammy winner, you can watch Selena: The Series that premiered last year, which tells all about her life that was tragically cut short at the age of 23 when she was murdered by her fan club president Yolanda Saldivar. The movie’s best moment is the song Bidi Bidi Bom Bom that showcases various tour stops and Lopez’s brilliant performance. The film can be watched on Apple TV, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video.

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La Vie en Rose (2007)

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Marion Cotillard played the role of singer Edith Piaf. The movie tells the story of France’s national chanteuse from her childhood living in a brothel to gain wide acclaim around the world finally. However, she was often mocked for her small stature. Cotillard adapted herself perfectly for the role of Piaf and gave a stunning performance. She won the Oscar Best Actress award for her performance in a foreign language. The best part of the movie is when Piaf performs the famous song “Non, Je ne regrette rien” at the Olympia music hall shortly before her death. You can access this movie on Apple TV, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video or YouTube.

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The Runaways (2010)

The Runaways (2010)
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The movie stars Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. The story is set in the 1970s when teenager Joan Jett heads out to form a band of her own with the help of record producer Kim Fowley played by Michael Shannon, and they recruit David Bowie-loving Cherie Currie as frontwoman. They never reach superstardom in the States, but the amount of booze, drugs and in-fighting will keep the audiences hooked to this film for sure. The best part of the movie is when the band tears its way through with their single “Cherry Bomb” and get a Beatlemania-style welcome, and the song hits number one on the charts. This movie can be viewed on Netflix.

Judy (2019)

Judy (2019)
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Renee Zellweger played the titular character of Judy Garland and won her second Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a SAG award and Critics’ Choice Award for her role. The film showcases the last year of Garland’s life in 1968. She dies of accidental overdose the next year at the age of 47. The film’s best moment is the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that makes Garland overcome with emotions, and her audience helps her finish her song. You can watch this film on Hulu.

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The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)
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Andra Day stars as Billie Holiday in this latest music biopic on the latter’s life. Directed by Lee Daniels, the movie showcases the government’s ongoing attempts to stop Holiday from performing an anti-lynching song titled “Strange Fruits.” Day won the Best Actress award for this year’s Golden Globes beating Frances McDormand and Viola Davis for her stellar performance. The film’s best moment is when Holiday sings Strange Fruit decked up in her favourite red lipstick and white gardenia- at a Southern tour stop in defiance of KKK. You can access this film on Hulu.

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