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Top Music Films

This list contains films that qualify in the "music" genre rather than the "musical" genre as defined by the Internet Movie Database.

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 This Is Spinal Tap 1984 Rob Reiner 85
2 Nashville 1975 Robert Altman 108
3 The Red Shoes 1948 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 149
4 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman 162
5 Fantasia 1940 James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, and Paul Satterfield 239
6 American Graffiti 1973 George Lucas 283
7 Three Colors: Blue 1993 Krzysztof Kieslowski 294
8 A Night at the Opera 1935 Sam Wood 299
9 The Blues Brothers 1980 John Landis 316
10 The Piano 1993 Jane Campion 358
11 Dirty Dancing 1987 Emile Ardolino 393
12 Saturday Night Fever 1977 John Badham 412
13 Almost Famous 2000 Cameron Crowe 427
14 All That Jazz 1979 Bob Fosse 454
15 The Blue Angel 1930 Josef von Sternberg 496
16 Koyaanisqatsi 1982 Godfrey Reggio 564
17 Dumbo 1941 Ben Sharpsteen 605
18 Dont Look Back 1967 D.A. Pennebaker 608
19 Stop Making Sense 1984 Jonathan Demme 617
20 Farewell My Concubine 1993 Kaige Chen 625
21 The Jazz Singer 1927 Alan Crosland 631
22 Cleo from 5 to 7 1962 Agnčs Varda 642
23 High Fidelity 2000 Stephen Frears 651
24 Gimme Shelter 1970 Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin 677
25 O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 Joel Coen 683
26 Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 John Cameron Mitchell 724
27 The Last Waltz 1978 Martin Scorsese 741
28 Woodstock 1970 Michael Wadleigh 762
29 The Full Monty 1997 Peter Cattaneo 771
30 Babette's Feast 1987 Gabriel Axel 772
31 The Color of Pomegranates 1969 Sergei Parajanov 827
32 Topsy-Turvy 1999 Mike Leigh 846
33 Billy Elliot 2000 Stephen Daldry 847
34 I Am Cuba 1964 Mikheil Kalatozishvili 893
35 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wolfgang Reitherman 901
36 Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988 Terence Davies 919
37 The Double Life of Veronique 1991 Krzysztof Kieslowski 992
38 Ray 2004 Taylor Hackford 1045
39 Limelight 1952 Charles Chaplin 1052
40 The Music Room 1958 Satyajit Ray 1110
41 Scorpio Rising 1964 Kenneth Anger 1128
42 Once 2007 John Carney 1147
43 The Piano Teacher 2001 Michael Haneke 1162
44 The School of Rock 2003 Richard Linklater 1165
45 The Wedding Singer 1998 Frank Coraci 1212
46 Wayne's World 1992 Penelope Spheeris 1257
47 24 Hour Party People 2002 Michael Winterbottom 1263
48 Victor/Victoria 1982 Blake Edwards 1264
49 Sid and Nancy 1986 Alex Cox 1344
50 Peter Pan 1953 Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske 1364
51 Walk the Line 2005 James Mangold 1366
52 Buena Vista Social Club 1999 Wim Wenders 1394
53 The Harder They Come 1972 Perry Henzell 1397
54 Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors 1965 Sergei Parajanov 1410
55 Hairspray 1988 John Waters 1415
56 Black Orpheus 1959 Marcel Camus 1443
57 Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 Michael Apted 1453
58 The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2005 Jacques Audiard 1477
59 The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 Steven Kloves 1525
60 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970 Russ Meyer 1527
61 Autumn Sonata 1978 Ingmar Bergman 1529
62 The Commitments 1991 Alan Parker 1540
63 Phantom of the Paradise 1974 Brian De Palma 1597
64 The Burmese Harp 1956 Kon Ichikawa 1623
65 Whiplash 2014 Damien Chazelle 1625
66 DiG! 2004 Ondi Timoner 1681
67 Perfect Blue 1997 Satoshi Kon 1690
68 Purple Rain 1984 Albert Magnoli 1708
69 Shine 1996 Scott Hicks 1715
70 Fame 1980 Alan Parker 1756
71 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 1994 Stephan Elliott 1791
72 Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story 1988 Todd Haynes 1796
73 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989 Stephen Herek 1806
74 Flashdance 1983 Adrian Lyne 1827
75 Velvet Goldmine 1998 Todd Haynes 1837
76 Tarzan 1999 Kevin Lima and Chris Buck 1842
77 Unfaithfully Yours 1948 Preston Sturges 1844
78 Tender Mercies 1983 Bruce Beresford 1863
79 Beaches 1988 Garry Marshall 1877
80 O Lucky Man! 1973 Lindsay Anderson 1881
81 What's Love Got to Do with It 1993 Brian Gibson 1906
82 Freaky Friday 2003 Mark Waters 1914
83 8 Mile 2002 Curtis Hanson 1931
84 Kolya 1996 Jan Sverák 1938
85 The Girl Can't Help It 1956 Frank Tashlin 1974
86 La Vie en rose 2007 Olivier Dahan 2035
87 Quadrophenia 1979 Franc Roddam 2040
88 Going My Way 1944 Leo McCarey 2045
89 Madonna: Truth or Dare 1991 Alex Keshishian 2046
90 Whisper of the Heart 1995 Yoshifumi Kondo 2052
91 Yellow Earth 1984 Kaige Chen 2102
92 Anvil! The Story of Anvil 2008 Sacha Gervasi 2108
93 Control 2007 Anton Corbijn 2128
94 Truly, Madly, Deeply 1990 Anthony Minghella 2156
95 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky 2166
96 The Doors 1991 Oliver Stone 2183
97 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T 1953 Roy Rowland 2194
98 Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 Allan Arkush 2282
99 The Decline of Western Civilization 1981 Penelope Spheeris 2310
100 The Decline of Western Civilization II, The Metal Years 1988 Penelope Spheeris 2314
101 Wild Style 1983 Charlie Ahearn 2317
102 Monterey Pop 1968 D.A. Pennebaker 2357
103 New York, New York 1977 Martin Scorsese 2366
104 Grace of My Heart 1996 Allison Anders 2378
105 Dreamgirls 2006 Bill Condon 2407
106 Zatôichi 2003 Takeshi Kitano 2408
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