Welcome back to the weekly Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This week with Trolls: World Tour coming out a week or so ago for you to watch from the comfort of your home, we decided to countdown the Top 10 movies about music. These are movies where music carries the story, or the story is about music. This was a very tough list with some people a little confused about the definition, but this is what we got so let’s get started.
10. The Sound of Music
In at number ten we have a classic film to start off the list in The Sound of Music. A movie where a nanny teaches the children of a wealthy family the joys of music. We know many of these classic songs, including the one that taught us Doe Ray Me. Julie Andrews showed just how great of a babysitter she could be by playing Maria and Mary Poppins in consecutive years. The music is timeless in both and is a great addition to this list.
9. Baby Driver
At number nine we have a film that is completely different from the last in Baby Driver. Here we have an action film where music carries the story. In Baby Driver, our protagonist named Baby has a ringing in his ear so he plays music to drown it out while he drives as a criminal. This is one of the best uses of music ever in a movie where we see the scenes and characters move to the beat of the songs. The level of craftsmanship that went into this is astounding and it is a miracle they pulled it off.
8. La La Land
At number eight we have what is probably the most popular film on this list in La La Land. We all remember La La Land for being the film that won best picture for two minutes before Moonlight took it away. Even though this is a musical, it is about music with Ryan Gosling’s character Sebastian being a Jazz musician who wants to bring jazz back to the public consciousness. This is a modern musical that reinvigorated the genre and has since made them popular again. If you haven’t seen this one, what are you doing?
7. Across the Universe
Number seven is absolutely the weirdest film to make this list in Across the Universe. A film about the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. In reality, this is just a film that got the rights to The Beatles songs and decided to make a film around them. It is just an excuse to milk The Beatles songs for what they are worth and not really have anything interesting to say. Not a fan of this one.
6. Straight Outta Compton
Taking a dramatic turn into another direction, we go to Straight Outta Compton. The film about the formation of the hip-hop group N. W. A. and how they came to be the most iconic figures in the history of the genre. Going into this movie, I was wary of just how real this film would be considering the artists were involved in the production and might sugar coat everything (Like Bohemian Rhapsody). They did the complete opposite and gave us a raw depiction of their struggles trying to make it, coming from a tough upbringing and how it all comes about. This film deserved more attention than it got.
Starting off the top five is a rather surprising choice to see this high in Selena. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good movie, I just think we left off some good films that are better than this. This film is the story of a Latin singer who rose to fame quickly only to have it all tragically end. Jennifer Lopez is wonderful in this role and it solidified her status as an actress to take seriously. I know we all watched this film in Spanish class in high school, so it was always in the conscious and probably why it made the top five.
4. 8 Mile
At number four is yet again another musical biopic in 8 Mile. This genre is the biggest guarantee to be a success just based on what we have on this list. In this film, we follow the life of the rapper Eminem where he plays himself trying to make it from the slums of Detroit to success. This film put the rapper in a new perspective where people understood his anger more and Eminem actually did a wonderful job acting. He even won an Oscar for a song he wrote for the film. This film will never leave the public eye and always be one appreciated by the rap community.
3. A Star is Born (2018)
Coming in at number three is our most recent film to make the list in A Star is Born. This was the fourth time this film has been made and it was the best version. Bradley Cooper directed the hell out of this in his debut as a director and took a pop star in Lady Gaga to Oscar nominee. The film follows the same pattern the previous versions did but did it in a more modern way and made it more accessible. Bradley Cooper was robbed of his first acting Oscar and five years from now, if not sooner, we are going to be so angry that they gave the Oscar to Rami Malek for lip-syncing Queen songs over Cooper who learned to sing and gave the drastically better performance.
At number two we have our second Damien Chazelle film to make the list in his best work Whiplash. This film to me is one of the best films ever made and is already a modern classic. Here we see a young drummer who is abused by his instructor and relishes in it because his only goal is to prove to him, he can be the best. In reality, all he wants to do is receive the approval of the man who has caused him the most pain he has ever felt. J. K. Simmons is haunting in this film as the instructor and gives one of the best performances of all-time as this monster of a man who you understand, even if you hate his actions. This should’ve been number one, but our next film is pretty good also.
1. Almost Famous
Finally, our number one film about music is Cameron Crowe’s classic Almost Famous. The film about a young boy who gets a job as a music reporter and gets to tag along with a band as they go on tour and he has to get the interview with the lead singer, who has problems of his own. This is such an easy movie to love. We can all see ourselves in Will as this kid who just wants to pull off this crazy task and also live the Rockstar lifestyle. He is in a fantasy we all wish we could taste at some point. The music and story are great, and it contains one of the best uses of a song ever in a film where everyone on the bus sings Elton John’s Tiny Dancer right after a large fight. It is certainly worthy of a number one spot.
So, there you have it! Our Top 10 picks for best movies about music. This was such a fun topic to compile as most of these films that fall under this category are good to a classic. There are some great films that just missed this list. What does your list look like? Let us know and we will see you next time with another Top 10.