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Best movies about music

Most great films therefore have a story which is both engaging and which functions in presenting an insight, or truth, about the human experience. Great films are a product of their time. They often represent a moment or period in a particular place in history and have a definite cultural impact.

We can debate the elements that make a great movie until the end of time, but there are a few elements we can't ignore. So before we dig in, please understand that the key ingredients that make a movie “good” are when the acting, directing, writing, cinematography, and overall production value all come together to tell one cohesive, entertaining, and impactful story. In essence, a good movie uses all these tools of filmmaking to tell a compelling story that makes you feel. Here's the first of several lists bout the "Best" movies to enjoy. More to come.

Get on Up

Get on up tells the decorated saga of the life of James Brown as he traverses his personal struggles while making a monumental impression in the world of music. The movie brutally tells how the charismatic singer become a global superstar, cementing himself as an icon. Both the good and the bad of the man and legend are put on full display for the audience to experience through the enthralling performance by the late great Chadwick Boseman. Boseman was litterally electrifying in the stage performances and captivating in the acting protrayal of the "hardest workiung man in show business."

The story bounces from different time periods in Brown's life and uses the musical milestones as a market for meaningful events. From the Vietnam War to the birth of funk and the subseqquent disco era, to his final days, the story hit the mark. If you haven’t seen Get on up, it’s a journey we would consider a must watch.


Whiplash is about a gifted drummer studying under a vindictive mentor who will stop at nothing to bring out the highest potential in his students, even if it means destroying them. JK Simmons and Miles Teller are abundant with conflict and tension in this psychological drama featuring music as the backdrop. With an incredible score and masterful use of audio mixing and engineering, Whiplash create an experience around the entirety of the music process, even when what should be enjoyable becomes volatile and toxic. Check out whiplash and see why Simmons won an Academy for best supporting role for the film.

Bohemian Rhapsody

When you hear “Queen'' many people imagine the iconic band playing one of their soaring ballads to a wave of clamoring onlookers. In this incredible biopic on the formation and rise to stardom of rock-opera legends Queen, we follow Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek) and the other founding members as they carve out their way in music. Eventually propelling into the stratosphere and becoming one of the most recognized acts of all time. Of course not without it’s turbulence though, the trials and tribulations of the band and their disputes and eventual reunions make for a heart felt story chock full of your favorite tunes by the band. This biopic is one of our favorites ever and won a range of awards after its release.

Straight Outta Compton

Hip-Hop simply would not be what it is today if it weren’t for rap superstars, NWA. In “Straight outta Compton” we witness the chronicling of the group breaking out in the late 80’s and paving their own distinct paths during the 90’s and beyond. Documenting a previously incomplete story of revolutionary artists. Spawning a whole generation of gangsta rap music to come it’s captivating to watch O’shea Jackson play his father as Ice Cube and other masterfully casted actors that fill out the rest of the roster as Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Eazy E and some notable others of that era. Find out why F&@$ the police is still a rebel outcry against unjust authority and how rap was never the same after NWA touched the mics.

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Article by CC Lesesne

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