Biopic movies seem to be all the rage in Hollywood right now. From the recent award-winning success of Bohemian Rhapsody to the upcoming film Rocketman, audiences everywhere are seeking entertainment in the stories of their favorite musicians. These four music biopic movies are incredibly moving and will have you dancing in your seat with their impressive soundtracks.
Jennifer Lopez’s breakout performance as Selena Quintanilla-Perez received high praise from critics and audiences and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. This film, released just two years after the Tejano singer’s untimely murder, follows the singer’s record-breaking success as she expertly navigated both the Mexican and American music scene. This 1997 biopic brought the story of the famous Mexican musician to new audiences across the world.
Ray Charles dazzled audiences with his gift as a pianist and songwriter, despite losing his vision at the age of seven. Similarly, Jamie Foxx enthralled audiences with his portrayal of the musician in the 2004 biopic Ray, a performance that won Foxx an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. This film does take a few creative liberties but ultimately stays true to the life and memory of Ray Charles.
Walk the Line
Perhaps one of the more famous music biopic movies, Walk the Line explores the often-tumultuous relationship between Johnny Cash and June Carter. With Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in the leading roles, this film follows Johnny Cash’s rise to fame and struggles with drug addiction. Witherspoon’s performance as June Carter received critical acclaim and even earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical under the same name, Jersey Boys follows the pop band The Four Seasons and takes place over the course of 40 years. Formed under the original name The Four Lovers, this film follows the band from their inception, through their break up, and to their eventual reconciliation—their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring classic songs like “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” this film is a musical masterpiece that gives audiences a deeper look inside one of the most well-known groups of all time.