It Seems to Me That Something’s Missing from This List of the 8 Best Movies About the Music Business. But What?

Movies CheatSheet has come up with this list of eight essential movies about the music business. They are:

  1. Almost Famous
  2. This is Spinal Tap
  3. Frank
  4. Love & Mercy
  5. 24 Hour Party People
  6. Inside Llewyn Davis
  7. Nashville
  8. Beyond the Lights

Note that all of them are dramas or comedies that deal with the business of music and aren’t standard biopics or documentaries. That’s an important distinction. It’s a good list, but I’ve got a nagging feeling that some films are missing. Here are some for your consideration.

  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Kill Your Friends
  • High Fidelity (a stretch, but still…)

Anything else?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

12 thoughts on “It Seems to Me That Something’s Missing from This List of the 8 Best Movies About the Music Business. But What?

  • June 20, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    My favourite films about music and the music biz are Almost Famous, That Thing You Do, Light Of Day, Spinal Tap, Eddie & The Cruisers, Ray, Control, The Runaways, The Rose.

  • June 20, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Empire Records.
    24 Hour Party People should be #1. Best documentary is The Filth & The Fury!

  • June 21, 2016 at 2:18 am

    They always forget High Fidelity.

    My faves –
    Begin Again
    Be Cool
    About A Boy
    That Thing you Do

    And how about the comedies –
    Marci X

  • June 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica, The Decline of Western Civilization all 3 parts

  • June 23, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Phantom of the Paradise, previous are doc’s and not what the list require.

  • June 24, 2016 at 11:25 am

    20 Feet From Stardom

  • June 28, 2016 at 5:57 am

    That thing you do, begin again, hard core logo, the commitments…


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