Movies use a lot of music – to provide background drama, for sound effects, to indicate the passage of time, and to play up emotions. Also, every movie always has a musical score. This is usually an instrumental piece that is played either during the opening credits or the closing billboard. Sometimes, the musical score is played during the most climactic scenes of the movie. However, music hogs the spotlight in movies that talk about music. And there are a lot of them, both old and new titles.
Here is a list of the three best movies about music that we have come to love over the years:
1. That Thing You Do! (1996)
Starring Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Jonathan Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, and Tom Hanks, the film is about the one-hit wonder band called “The Wonders”. They were discovered by a talent manager after winning a talent show where they played an original composition called “That Thing You Do”. Hanks, who also wrote and directed the movie, is the recording company representative that offers the band the band a contract. A feel-good film with a lot of good music and some dancing.
2. Almost Famous (2000)
Gives audiences an idea of what happens when a rock band goes on tour. A groupie witnesses what takes place inside the van, backstage, during breaks, and every little thing in between – including a meltdown because of LSD. Reasons for watching: the music, the story, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
3. High Fidelity (2000)
John Cusack plays Rob Gordon, a music nerd, in this film by Stephen Frears. Gordon spends most of his time at Championship Vinyl, a record store. His biggest problem is understanding why none of his relationships have worked out. With a lot of record store scenes, DJs, band music, and mixtapes (plus that famous scene where Cusack has a big cassette recorder on his shoulder), this is a must-watch for music fans.
There are many more music movies that have made an impact on moviegoers over the years. So, we’re adding a couple more here. These are the runners-up: “School of Rock” with Jack Black (2003), “The Last Waltz” (1978, with appearances by music greats, Can Morrison, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton, among others), and Academy Award winner “Amadeus” (1984).