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10 Music Movies Everyone Should See

Actress Kate Hudson celebrates her birthday today (April 19), and when thinking about her acting resume, it's hard not to consider Almost Famous, perhaps the best music movie ever, as her biggest triumph.  

Naturally, there are plenty of other music movies that have moved us over the years and have captured the spirit of rock and roll.  In honor of Hudson's birthday, here are 10 music movies everyone should see.

Almost Famous

Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous is a semi-autobiographical tale about Crowe's time as a young music reporter for Rolling Stone.

Almost Famous - Trailer

Writer and director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock journalist (he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone while still in high school) inspired this coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s.


Three not-so-bright musicians hold a radio station hostage (with plastic guns, no less) in order for their demo to get played on the air.  Surprise!  Wackiness ensues!  Also, it's just a fun and funny movie that features the best cop joke of all time.

Airheads Trailer 1994

Airheads Trailer 1994 Director: Michael Lehmann Starring: Chris Farley, Judd Nelson, Michael McKean, Michael Richards, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler Official Content From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment A struggling rock band breaks into a radio station and holds everyone hostage with water pistols in order to get some 'airplay'.

Sing Street

Based in 1980s Dublin, a teenage boy starts a band to win over a pretty girl. Add in a wise older brother to help guide the musical way, and you have once of the best music movies released in the past decade.

SING STREET - Official US Trailer - The Weinstein Company

Now Playing In Select Theaters! Buy Tix Here: Synopsis: SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The film adaptation of the hit off-Broadway play that eventually made it to Broadway and was a massive success, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows the story of a trans frontwoman on a quest for fame after all of her songs were stolen to launch the career of a former musical partner and boyfriend.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Trailer

After a botched sex-change operation, East German glam rocker Hansel (John Cameron Mitchell) becomes Hedwig and travels across the United States with a stage show, following her ex-boyfriend (and former band mate) and telling her life story. Hedwig's offbeat show slays audiences -- but in diners not clubs.


It's the classic tale of Irish street performer meets classically trained musician and discover electric chemistry.  The film features an incredibly beautiful original soundtrack and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007.

Once (2006) - trailer

Informace o filmu na Drama, Irsko, 2006, 85 min.

Velvet Goldmine

It's like a glam version of Eddie and the Cruisers but way better!  Characters are definitely inspired by David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and the film features the incredible cast of Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette and Eddie Izzard.

Velvet Goldmine Official Trailer #1 - (1998) HD

Velvet Goldmine movie clips: BUY THE MOVIE: Don't miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: CLIP DESCRIPTION: In 1984, British newspaper reporter Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) investigates the career of 1970s glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who was heavily influenced in his early years by American rock singer Curt Wild.

School Of Rock

It's the movie that made you wish your substitute teacher was Jack Black and also a reminder of the power of music education.

School of Rock - Trailer

Jack Black stars as a hell-raising guitarist with delusions of grandeur. Kicked out of his band and desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher and turns a class of fifth grade high-achievers into high-voltage rock and rollers. Joan Cusack portrays the principal of the private school where Black is prepping the kids for a Battle of the Bands.

High Fidelity

Speaking of Jack Black, High Fidelity is the film that pretty much every music lover struggling to find love can relate to.  It's also the film that launched Jack Black's acting career.

"High Fidelity (2000)" Theatrical Trailer

Original theatrical trailer for the 2000 film "High Fidelity." Starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins, Chris Rehmann, Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter, Sara Gilbert. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Directed by Stephen Fears.

The Blues Brothers

An obvious choice for this list, but there has to be at least one obvious pick on this list.  Frankly, if you haven't seen The Blues Brothers, stop reading this list and find a way to watch it.

The Blues Brothers Official Trailer #1 - Dan Aykroyd Movie (1980) HD

Subscribe to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Subscribe to CLASSIC TRAILERS: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: The Blues Brothers Trailer - Directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi Dan Aykroyd James Brown Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles Direct out of jail, Jake Blues and his Brother Elwood are off on a "mission from God" to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up.

The Commitments

This is the third film on this list that's based in Ireland, and while Sing Street and Once are incredible films, they may not have happened without The Commitments, which follows the formation of a soul band in the working class neighborhoods of the northside of Dublin.  (Side note:  Glen Hansard who stars in Once is in The Commitments as lead guitarist "Outspan" Foster.)

THE COMMITMENTS - Trailer ( 1991 )

Trailer for Alan Parker's film

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.