Our Favorite Movies & Documentaries About Music

It’s true, music really makes the world go round! Music has become a way of life and keeps things running, We have melodies in  TV commercials, billboard hits on the radio ,music videos all over YouTube, and don’t forget musicals, television shows, waiting rooms and even in our elevators.

Of course, it can be said that the best music really comes from our favorite movies and documentaries. Spanning over many decades, highlighting memories and making lasting imprints on history, movies and documentaries about music will forever be an American favorite. Come check out our list of favorites below! Who knows, you may discover a favorite of tour very own!


 RENT is a beloved musical about young people trying to make it through some pretty tough times. It comes loaded with catchy music. You may already be familiar with Seasons of Love. Another incredible song to come from this musical is La Vie Boheme which is guaranteed to get you up and dancing!


This movie starring John Travolta (in his younger days!) has long been loved by many. The music is catchy and entertaining for all audiences. Summer Nights  transports you to the time of young love and an endless summer. You’re The One That I Want showcases the incredible voice of Olivia Newton John and will definitely stay stuck in your head for a few days.


This groundbreaking documentary reveals the life of Amy Winehouse. Although she is now deceased, the tell all shows the audience what it was really like for the conflicted star. Though this is a sad story, one can experience along the wa the jaw dropping gift that she had to show the world: her voice.

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Richard Dreyfuss takes on the role of a man named Glen Holland. This true story is quite remarkable. It was Mr.Holland’s life goal to compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. This inspiring movie will move you and inspire you. Mr. Holland does achieve his goal, with his  final Opus.

August Rush

This heart warming movie tells the story of a young orphan with an incredible talent for music. Starring Robin Williams, this story reaches right into your heart, and remains there. This movie is not one to miss. The soundtrack is truly a magical experience. Check out the details here, and consider giving  it a watch right away!

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Who doesn’t love watching those adorable chipmunks do their thing? This movie is packed full with music and dance that will warm the heart. Featuring the iconic songs The Chipmunk Song, Christmas Don’t Be Late and many other original melodies, this movie is a must watch!

8 Mile

This movie follows the true story of rapper Marshall Mathers AKA Eminem. Featuring original music from the rap star such as Lose Yourself and Time of My life ft Macy Gray, this is a story that reels you in. 8 Mile definitely belongs on this list as one of the greats. Well done Mr. Mathers!


This movie takes us back to the year 1984. A young man from Chicago moves to a small town where music and dancing has been banned! Follow the journey of this rebel teen as he sings and dances his way into the hearts of everyone! Some of the popular songs from the soundtrack are the infectious song Footloose by Kenny Loggins and Dancing in the Sheets.

Louie Bluie

This documentary takes place in 1985. Covering the career of the infamous blues musician Howard ‘Louie Bluie’ Armstrong.  We promise, this story will stay with you for a long time. We encourage you to see the magic for yourself. Follow this link for more information.


Movies and documentaries can really  bring people from all walks of life, together. There are so many wonderful movies out there for you to discover. Every decade has its own list of biopics. Just chose one, and go from there. If you love music, and you love movies, consider adding more musicals and documentaries to your summer movie marathons. For a complete list of documentaries follow this link. We really hope that you will find a new favorite or two!

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