Across the Universe (2007)
Across the Universe follows the life of a young Brit who moves to America during the 1960s. He gets caught up in the political turmoil – revolution, war- and battles his way through love. If you don’t like the Beatles, then you probably wouldn’t spend your Friday night watching this film as all the songs belong to the iconic band. But who doesn’t like the Beatles? Isn’t that a crime?
8 Mile (2002)
This is a biopic of Detroit rapper Eminem showing his struggle to reach fame. You see the determination of a young man trying to fight his way to the life he wants. He freezes in rap battles and he gets his ass kicked, but at the end, he owns the stage. You also see him puke in a toilet. Mom’s spaghetti.
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Another great movie about rap music, Straight Outta Compton, tells the journey of N.W.A and how they influenced hip-hop in the late 1980’s, showing their provocative lyrics, hustle and testosterone. It gives a great background of how five young men joined to create one of the most controversial groups of all time, while also giving a peak into their internal struggles as a group. You get some of the N.W.A classics and some of the solo tracks of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E.
You want to see the prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? If you’re a classical music lover, then you won’t be disappointed by the sweet melodies throughout the film. The story is told through the eyes of composer Antonio Salieri. He recants his relationship with Mozart while sitting in an insane asylum.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
A newly engaged couple’s car breaks down in a deserted area, leaving them to knock on the door of the Dr. Frank-N-Furter residence. This cult classic is bizarre and filled with catchy tunes which are truly enjoyable during Halloween. This. Movie. Is. A. Must. See.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
This black comedy is set in 1961 and follows the week in the life of folk singer Llewyn Davis, who is struggling to become a successful musician. It’s funny, it’s dark, and it’s real. Plus, the folk songs will make you swoon.
Walk The Line (2005)
You don’t have to love country music to appreciate the greatness of Johnny Cash. Battling drug addiction, love and the music industry, Cash turns every emotion into songs of truth. But don’t be fooled, this film isn’t just dedicated to country music; it also incorporates rock and blues.
The father of blues, Ray Charles, was a legend for combining rhythm and emotion. His life story was nothing short of emotional. Ray shows the life of the singer, starting from his childhood and into his years of drug addiction, success and ways with the ladies.
A biographical film of the late singer, Selena, shows her rise to fame before she was murdered by the president of her fan club. The music moves you and Selena’s charm captivates you throughout the film. It may be a definite tear jerker, but it is a great film that shines on Selena and Latin music.
Hustle & Flow (2005)
In a plot you don’t see every day, a Memphis pimp going through a midlife crisis tries to become a successful hip-hop recording artist. This movie makes you reevaluate the main character and also gets you into hip-hop music. You know it’s hard out here for a pimp…