Movies About Music and Musicians

When Dear Old Dad took me to see The Blues Brothers I told him about halfway into the movie, “That’s what I’m going to do!” The movie convinced me that making music could be fun.

Here are, in no particular order, a few more of my favorite movies about music and musicians.  Add your favorite in the comments.

Frank (2014) R

Frank is a musician who wears a giant papier-mâché head. His band is called the Soronprfbs. Things get a little weird beyond that.

Leadbelly 1976 PG

The Story of Huddie Ledbetter is so sad that it is hard to comprehend. This film directed by Gordon Parks manages to cover a lot of Leadbelly’s life offering a glimpse of his unbreakable spirit.

“The movie is one of the best biographies of a musician I’ve ever seen, and one of the most direct.” ~Roger Ebert.

The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash (1978) TV Movie

Eric Idle and Lorne Michaels invented the mockumentary with this comedy about a adventures of a fictitious band called The Rutles.

A Face in the Crowd (1957) NR

Andy Griffith is terrifying as “Lonesome” Larry Rhodes, a down on his luck drifter who manages to sing his way to the top while strumming his mamma guitar.

What is your favorite movie about music and musicians?