Music movies are about music and musicians (like rockumentaries and biopics). Also including movies that are defined by soundtrack. Watch best music movies of all time!
#1 Amadeus 1984
Amadeus. The man. The music. The magic. The madness. The murder. The mystery. The motion picture.
Director: Milos Forman. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Barbara Bryne.
Overview: Amadeus is the story of the last ten years of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life told by Director Milos Forman. The main story is about the conflict between a genius’ need for fun and a society that disgraces that type of thing. A spectacular picture about one of the most gifted composers of all times with memorable acting by Tom Hulce who played Mozart.
Genres: Drama, History, Music. Countries: Austria, Czech Republic. Runtime: 2h 40m. Rated: PG.
#2 The Red Shoes 1948
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. Cast: Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer, Léonide Massine, Robert Helpmann, Albert Bassermann, Esmond Knight, Ludmilla Tchérina, Marius Goring.
Overview: The Powell and Pressburger classic is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. Vicky Page, a young ballerina, becomes torn between her love for composer Julian Craster and artistic devotion to her profession, which is dominated by impresario Lermontov. Winner of two Academy Awards the film is visually one of the most innovative and beautiful works of cinema.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Musical, Romance. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 13m. Rated: NR.
#3 Departures 2008
Director: Yojiro Takita. Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano.
Overview: Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.
Genre: Drama. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 10m. Rated: PG-13.
#4 Autumn Sonata 1978
Director: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk, Marianne Aminoff, Arne Bang-Hansen.
Overview: The story of a celebrated classical pianist who is confronted by her neglected daughter.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: Germany, France, Sweden. Runtime: 1h 39m.
#5 The Burmese Harp 1956
Director: Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Jun Hamamura, Taketoshi Naitô, Shunji Kasuga, Kô Nishimura, Keishichi Nakahara.
Overview: In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Music, War. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 56m.
#6 Black Cat, White Cat 1998
Director: Emir Kusturica. Cast: Bajram Severdzan, Srđan Todorović, Zabit Memedov, Florijan Ajdini, Branka Katić, Ljubica Adzovic, Sabri Sulejmani, Jasar Destani, Predrag Lakovic, Predrag Lakovic.
Overview: Matko is a small time hustler, living by the Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a sister, Afrodita, that he desperately wants to see get married so they strike a deal: Zare is to marry her.
Genre: Comedy. Countries: Germany, France, Romania. Runtime: 2h 3m. Rated: R.
#7 Once 2006
Director: John Carney. Cast: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugo Walsh, Gerard Hendrick, Alaistair Foley, Geoff Minogue, Bill Hodnett, Danuse Ktrestova, Darren Healy, Mal Whyte, Marcella Plunkett.
Overview: The Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. The Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night.
Genres: Drama, Indie, Music, Romance. Country: Ireland. Runtime: 1h 25m. Rated: R.
#8 Almost Famous 2000
Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don't fall for it.
Director: Cameron Crowe. Cast: Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Angarano, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, John Fedevich, Mark Kozelek, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liz Stauber, Jimmy Fallon.
Overview: Almost Famous is an autobiographical inspired film about a 15-year-old who is hired by Rolling Stone magazine to follow and interview a rock band during their tour. A film about growing up, first love, disappointment, and the life of a rock star.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 2m. Rated: R.
#9 The Music Room 1958
Director: Satyajit Ray. Cast: Chhabi Biswas, Padmadevi, Kali Sarkar, Gangapada Basu, Tulsi Lahiri, Pinaki Sengupta, Roshan Kumari, Waheed Khan.
Overview: The Music Room is a famous Bengali film from the great Satyajit Ray from 1958 about a improvised land owner and his love for music.
Genre: Drama. Country: India. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#10 Whisper of the Heart 1995
Director: Yoshifumi Kondô. Cast: Yōko Honna, Kazuo Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Keiju Kobayashi, Yorie Yamashita, Maiko Kayama, Yoshimi Nakajima, Minami Takayama, Mayumi Iizuka, Mai Chiba, Satoru Takahashi, Akiko Sakaguchi, Hiromi Yasuda.
Overview: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets a boy her age whom she finds infuriating, but discovers to her shock that he is her 'Prince of Books'. As she grows closer to him, she realises that he merely read all those books to bring himself closer to her. The boy Seiji aspires to be a violin maker in Italy, and it is his dreams that make Shizuku realise that she has no clear path for her life. Knowing that her strength lies in writing, she tests her talents by writing a story about Baron, a cat statuette belonging to Seiji's grandfather
Genres: Animation, Drama, Family. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: G.
#11 This Is Spinal Tap 1984
Director: Rob Reiner. Cast: Rob Reiner, R.J. Parnell, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Bruno Kirby, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra, David Kaff, Kimberly Stringer, Chazz Dominguez, Shari Hall, Ed Begley Jr., Fran Drescher, Patrick Macnee, Julie Payne.
Overview: This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 mock rockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring members of the fictional heavy-metal/hard rock band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard-rock and heavy-metal bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rockumentaries of the time.
Genres: Comedy, Documentary, Music. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 22m. Rated: R.
#12 Limelight 1952
The masterpiece of laughter and tears from the master of comedy!
Director: Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Sydney Chaplin, Norman Lloyd, Andre Eglevsky, Marjorie Bennett, Melissa Hayden, Wheeler Dryden, Barry Bernard, Stapleton Kent, Mollie Glessing, 'Snub' Pollard, Geraldine Chaplin.
Overview: A fading music hall comedian tries to help a despondent ballet dancer learn to walk and to again feel confident about life.
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 17m. Rated: G.
#13 Farewell My Concubine 1993
Director: Kaige Chen. Cast: Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü, Leslie Cheung.
Overview: The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: China, Hong Kong. Runtime: 2h 51m.
#14 Three Colours: Blue 1993
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Florence Pernel, Charlotte Véry, Hélène Vincent, Philippe Volter.
Overview: Three Colors: Blue is the first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed European composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew free of personal commitments, belongings grief and love. She intends to spiritually commit suicide by withdrawing from the world and live completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heals Julie and irresistably draws her back to the land of the living.
Genres: Drama, Music, Mystery. Countries: France, Poland. Runtime: 1h 40m. Rated: R.
#15 Walk the Line 2005
Love is a burning thing.
Director: James Mangold. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Tyler Hilton, Johnathan Rice, Shooter Jennings, Waylon Payne, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller, Larry Bagby, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Dan Beene, Lucas Till, Victoria Hester.
Overview: A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: PG-13.
#16 Yi Yi 2000
Director: Edward Yang. Cast: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee, Jonathan Chang.
Overview: Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Music, Romance. Countries: Taiwan, Japan. Runtime: 2h 53m.
#17 The Blues Brothers 1980
They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God.
Director: John Landis. Cast: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Murphy Dunne, Willie Hall, Tom Malone, Lou Marini, Matt Murphy, Alan Rubin, Carrie Fisher.
Overview: Jake Blues is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best: play music. So they get their old band together, and set out on their way—while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.
Genres: Music, Comedy, Action, Crime. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 28m. Rated: NR.
#18 Fantasia 1940
Hear the pictures! See the music!
Directors: Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, William Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norm Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen. Cast: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Walt Disney, James MacDonald, Julietta Novis, Paul J. Smith, Corey Burton.
Overview: Fantasia is the adventurous 1940 experiment from Disney. The film sets Disney animated characters to classical music as Mickey Mouse uses his magic wand to set broomsticks dancing in one of the more famous elaborate scenes. The film was groundbreaking in its usage of animation and music and is still considered a masterpiece decades later.
Genres: Fantasy, Animation, Music, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: G.
#19 Cléo from 5 to 7 1962
Director: Agnès Varda. Cast: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray.
Overview: Cléo is a pop singer who wanders around Paris while she awaits her biopsy results in fear she may have cancer. As Cléo readies herself to meet with her doctor at 7 o'clock, she meets with several friends and strangers while trying to grapple with mortality. Sensing indifference from those nearest to her, she finds herself questioning the doll-like image people have of her and is overcome by a feeling of solitude and helplessness. She finally finds some comfort in the company of stranger she meets in a park and with whom she is able to have a sincere conversation.
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Music, Foreign. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 1h 30m.
#20 The Legend of 1900 1998
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore. Cast: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn.
Overview: The story of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of his life. Years later, the ship may be destroyed, and a former band member fears that 1900 may still be aboard, willing to go down with the ship.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Indie, Music. Country: Italy. Runtime: 2h 45m.
#21 Cabaret 1972
Director: Bob Fosse. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson.
Overview: Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and an impish emcee (Joel Grey) sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force.
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: PG.
#22 O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000
They have a plan...but not a clue.
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, Chris Thomas King, Charles Durning, Del Pentecost, Michael Badalucco, J.R. Horne, Brian Reddy, Wayne Duvall, Ed Gale, Ray McKinnon, Daniel von Bargen.
Overview: O’Brother, Where Art Thou? Is a Coen Brother's film roughly based on Homer’s “Odyssey.” Taking place in the deep south in the 1930’s the film tells the story of three escaped prison workers and their journey for a buried treasure. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Musical. Countries: France, United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 43m. Rated: PG-13.
#23 The Ballad of Narayama 1983
Director: Shôhei Imamura. Cast: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejo, Shoichi Ozawa, Fujio Tokita, Sanshô Shinsui, Seiji Kurasaki, Junko Takada, Taiji Tonoyama, Casey Takamine, Nenji Kobayashi, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Akio Yokoyama, Mitsuko Baisho.
Overview: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first she must make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finds a wife.
Genre: Drama. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 10m.
#24 The Visitor 2007
Connection is everything
Director: Thomas McCarthy. Cast: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass, Marian Seldes, Maggie Moore, Richard Kind.
Overview: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Indie, Music. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 44m.
#25 Quai des Orfèvres 1947
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant, Bernard Blier, Suzy Delair, Pierre Larquey, Jeanne Fusier-Gir, Claudine Dupuis, Charles Dullin.
Overview: Jenny Lamour (Delair) wants to succeed in the theatre. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau (Blier), a mild-mannered but jealous man. When he finds out that Jenny has been making eyes at Brignon, a lecherous old businessman, in order to further her career, he loses his temper and threatens Brignon with death. Despite this, Jenny goes to a secret rendezvous at Brignon's apartment, who is murdered the same evening. The criminal investigations are led by Inspector Antoine (Jouvet).
Genres: Crime, Drama. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 46m.
#26 The Double Life of Veronique 1991
Each of us is matched somewhere in the world, by our exact double - someone who shares our thoughts and dreams
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski. Cast: Irène Jacob, Halina Gryglaszewska, Philippe Volter, Guillaume de Tonquédec, Kalina Jędrusik, Aleksander Bardini, Władysław Kowalski, Jerzy Gudejko, Janusz Sterninski, Sandrine Dumas, Louis Ducreux, Claude Duneton, Lorraine Evanoff, Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus, Alain Frérot.
Overview: Veronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with the ups and downs of their individual lives, with Veronique embarking on an unusual romance with Alexandre Fabbri, a puppeteer who may be able to help her with her existential issues.
Genres: Drama, Thriller. Countries: France, Norway, Poland. Runtime: 1h 37m. Rated: R.
#27 Shall We Dance? 1997
Director: Masayuki Suo. Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eri Watanabe, Yu Tokui.
Overview: A bored Japanese accountant sees a beautiful woman in the window of a ballroom dance studio. He secretly starts taking dancing lessons to be near her, and then over time discovers how much he loves ballroom dancing. His wife, meanwhile, has hired a private detective to find out why he has started coming home late smelling of perfume.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: PG.
#28 Ray 2004
The extraordinary life story of Ray Charles. A man who fought harder and went farther than anyone thought possible.
Director: Taylor Hackford. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Harry Lennix, Clifton Powell, Bokeem Woodbine, Aujanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, C.J. Sanders, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff, Larenz Tate, Terrence Howard, David Krumholtz, Wendell Pierce.
Overview: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered couping gospel and country together.
Genres: Drama, Music. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 32m. Rated: PG-13.
#29 Babette's Feast 1987
Director: Gabriel Axel. Cast: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Jarl Kulle, Birgitte Federspiel.
Overview: The guest, a General at the Swedish court, is not related to the sister, but, as a callow young man, was in love with her, but chose his military career over happiness with her. His aunt is a member of the religious community. He is the one who, unknowingly, identifies Babette as the famous chef from Paris' "Cafe Anglais," and provides the catalyst for the enjoyment of the feast.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: Denmark. Runtime: 1h 42m.
#30 Pink Floyd: The Wall 1982
Director: Alan Parker. Cast: Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David, Bob Geldof, Alex McAvoy.
Overview: The life of the fictional rock star 'Pink' is the subject of the visually evocative cult film based upon the music and visions of the group Pink Floyd as portrayed in the album of the same title. Relationships, drug abuse, sex, childhood, WWII and fascism combine in a disturbing mix of episodic live action and lyrical animation drawn by British caricaturist Gerald Scarfe.
Genres: Music, Foreign, Drama. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 35m. Rated: R.
#31 The Chorus 2004
Director: Christophe Barratier. Cast: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Kad Merad, Maxence Perrin, Marie Bunel, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Grégory Gatignol.
Overview: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Musical. Countries: Switzerland, Germany, France. Runtime: 1h 33m.
#32 Nashville 1975
Director: Robert Altman. Cast: David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Timothy Brown, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Robert DoQui, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield, Henry Gibson, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris.
Overview: This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal is a British journalist touring the area. These and other stories come together in a dramatic climax.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 39m.
#33 Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem 2003
Director: Kazuhisa Takenôchi. Cast: Romanthony.
Overview: A sci-fi japanimation House-musical movie collaboration between Daft Punk--and their music--and designer Leiji Matsumoto. During the recording of their DISCOVERY album and using the themes of sci-fi celebrity, decadence and space travel, Daft Punk--with help from Cedric Hervet--wrote the story and inspired seasoned Japanese animators to symbiotically create this stunning space musical.
Genres: Animation, Musical, Science Fiction. Countries: France, Japan. Runtime: 1h 8m.
#34 Control 2007
Director: Anton Corbijn. Cast: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson, James Anthony Pearson, Toby Kebbell, Craig Parkinson, Harry Treadaway, Richard Bremmer.
Overview: Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 1m. Rated: R.
#35 Pinocchio 1940
For anyone who has ever wished upon a star.
Directors: Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen. Cast: Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie, Walter Catlett, Marion Darlington, Frankie Darro.
Overview: Pinocchio is a wooden puppet that longs to be a real boy, is one for the ages -- and among the most magical animated films ever made. Aided by his friend Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio faces many challenges on the way to making his dream come true.
Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 28m. Rated: G.
#36 Joyeux Noël 2005
Director: Christian Carion. Cast: Diane Kruger, Natalie Dessay, Benno Fürmann, Rolando Villazón, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis, Dany Boon, Daniel Brühl, Lucas Belvaux, Alex Ferns, Steven Robertson, Frank Witter, Bernard Le Coq, Ian Richardson, Thomas Schmauser.
Overview: In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood.
Genres: Drama, History, Indie. Countries: Belgium, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Romania. Runtime: 1h 56m.
#37 O Lucky Man! 1973
Director: Lindsay Anderson. Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, Helen Mirren.
Overview: This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone.
Genres: Comedy, Foreign. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 3h 3m.
#38 The Producers 1968
Director: Mel Brooks. Cast: Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel, Kenneth Mars, Lee Meredith, Estelle Winwood, Christopher Hewett, Andréas Voutsinas, Dick Shawn, Renée Taylor.
Overview: Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.
Genres: Comedy, Musical. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 28m.
#39 Unfaithfully Yours 1948
Will somebody "get her" tonite?
Director: Preston Sturges. Cast: Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee, Barbara Lawrence, Kurt Kreuger, Lionel Stander.
Overview: Sir Alfred De Carter suspects his wife of infidelity. While conducting a symphony orchestra, he imagines three different ways of dealing with the situation.
Genres: Comedy, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 45m.
#40 The Red Violin 1999
Director: François Girard. Cast: Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli, Anita Laurenzi, Tommaso Puntelli, Samuele Amighetti, Jean-Luc Bideau, Aldo Brugnini, Christoph Koncz, Clotilde Mollet, Florentín Groll, Johannes Silberschneider, Rainer Egger, Paul Koeker, Wolfgang Böck, Josef Mairginter.
Overview: Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. With this legacy, the violin travels to Austria, England, China, and Canada, leaving both beauty and tragedy in its wake.
Genres: Drama, Indie, Music, Mystery, Romance. Countries: Canada, Italy, United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 11m.
#41 Kolya 1996
Director: Jan Svěrák. Cast: Andrei Chalimon, Zdeněk Svěrák, Libuše Šafránková, Ondřej Vetchý, Stella Zázvorková.
Overview: The Czech Republic Director Jan Sverák tells in this Oscar winning film the story of the disillusioned Prague man named Cellisten Louka, who after a fictitious marriage with a Russian emigrant must suddenly take responsibility for her son. However it’s not long before the communication barrier is broken between the two new family members.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: Czech Republic. Runtime: 1h 45m.
#42 Brother 1997
Director: Aleksey Balabanov. Cast: Sergei Bodrov Jr., Svetlana Pismichenko, Mariya Zhukova, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Irina Rakshina, Sergei Murzin, Igor Shibanov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Andrey Fedortsov.
Overview: Danila goes to his older brother to start a new life in Petersburg. His brother is a gangster and a killer, and he puts Danila into this criminal world asking him to kill someone.
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller, Foreign. Country: Russia. Runtime: 1h 36m.
#43 Shoot the Piano Player 1960
Director: François Truffaut. Cast: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier, Serge Davri, Claude Mansard, Richard Kanayan, Albert Rémy.
Overview: Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, Momo and Ernest. We will discover that Charlie's real name is Edouard Saroyan, once a virtuose who gives up after his wife's suicide. Charlie now has to deal wih Chico, Ernest, Momo, Fido (his youngest brother who lives with him), and Lena...
Genres: Crime, Foreign, Indie, Thriller. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 22m.
#44 Parting Glances 1986
Director: Bill Sherwood. Cast: Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, Steve Buscemi, Adam Nathan.
Overview: Realistic look at urban gay life in the Ronald Reagan era and at the height of the AIDS crisis, many film critics consider it an important movie in the history of gay cinema.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Indie. Runtime: 1h 30m.
#45 A Heart in Winter 1992
Director: Claude Sautet. Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, André Dussollier.
Overview: Stephane and Maxime run a well-respected violin making and repair business. When man-about-town Maxime falls in love with violin virtuoso Camille, Stephane - whose only attachment is a platonic one with a bookshop owner - takes his own interest in this new girl in Maxime's life and in her music-making. Camille gradually becomes attracted to him, but finds his cold lack of response by turns puzzling and irritating. Bit by bit the odd ménage-à-trois becomes set on a collision course.
Country: France. Runtime: 1h 45m.
#46 Billy Elliot 2000
Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.
Director: Stephen Daldry. Cast: Julie Walters, Jamie Bell, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis, Jean Heywood, Stuart Wells, Nicola Blackwell, Janine Birkett.
Overview: A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music. Countries: France, United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 50m. Rated: PG-13.
#47 The Man Without a Past 2002
Director: Aki Kaurismäki. Cast: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Juhani Niemelä, Kaija Pakarinen, Sakari Kuosmanen.
Overview: The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Romance. Country: Finland. Runtime: 1h 37m.
#48 Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001
Director: John Cameron Mitchell. Cast: John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Aronov, Andrea Martin, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski, Rob Campbell.
Overview: A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs.
Genres: Comedy, Indie, Musical. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#49 All That Jazz 1979
Director: Bob Fosse. Cast: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen.
Overview: Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film celebrates show business stripped of glitz or giddy illusions. Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theatre. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him--his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of pills keep him going.
Genres: Drama, Musical. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 3m.
#50 Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman 2003
His sword made him a hero... his courage made him a legend.
Director: Takeshi Kitano. Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ohkusu, Gadarukanaru Taka, Daigorō Tachibana, Yûko Daike, Yui Natsukawa, Ittoku Kishibe, Saburo Ishikura, Akira Emoto.
Overview: Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatôichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatôichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: R.
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