5 Must See Movies About Music

Movies and music play a big part in our culture, so it makes sense that the two come together in these great movies about music. And it's not just in documentaries or films about live performances; it's in some of the best-loved fictional films of all time. Here are a few popular films with music as a theme:

This Is Spinal Tap
The 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap follows the fictional band Spinal Tap as they embark on a comeback tour. Watch as the musicians who once played to sold out arenas fight, argue, and struggle through creative differences while trying to keep their careers going in this hilarious ode to playing in a band.

High Fidelity
Nick Hornby's book set in London is made into the Chicago-based High Fidelity. John Cusack plays the lead working in a record store, making mix tapes to suit every situation, and obsessing about music.

The Blues Brothers
Jack and Elwood may not be the best of singers but they do try. Music is at the forefront of The Blues Brothers, a comedy about two brothers trying to raise money through their blues band. The cameos by famous singers like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, and James Brown make it a classic music film. 

That Thing You Do!
1960s fictional musical act The Wonders try to make it big after their first hit song in That Thing You Do! The film is full of catchy pop tunes, screaming fans, and a sense of melancholy as the glitz and glam of fame fade away.

Almost Famous
Cameron Crowe takes us on a journey in Almost Famous as we follow a band who wants to be big and an aspiring Rolling Stone writer on the road to fame.

What Are Your Favorite Chick Flicks?

Next time you’re looking to have an entertaining at-home evening with gal pals or just some relaxing me-time, why not indulge in the delicious fun of a good chick flick? Here are five of the best classic chick flicks of all time, hugely popular through the ages not just with female audiences but also with countless male viewers as well:
 
The Women
This 1939 film classic directed by George Cukor explores female friendship in all of its many nuances. The story follows a circle of friends whose allegiances become strained when one of them discovers that her husband has been cheating with another woman. The intelligent script and sharp dialogue show the characters at their witty best, and the dazzling cast of actresses (including Rosalind Russell and Joan Fontaine) really brings the material to life.
 
When Harry Met Sally
No list of classic chick flicks would be complete with this 1989 Rob Reiner movie starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. The story follows the friendship of Harry and Sally through the years as they both navigate relationships and a series of romantic ups and downs. Both Ryan’s and Crystal’s performances are full of charm and the movie possesses some unforgettable (and downright hilarious) individual scenes that are sure to stay in your mind long after the last credits roll.
 
Sabrina
This 1954 Billy Wilder gem is a must-see film in the chick flick genre, definitely a forerunner of many of the female-oriented films that followed. Audrey Hepburn stars as Sabrina, the daughter of a chauffeur who works for the uber wealthy Larrabee family. She pines in unrequited love for one of the Larrabee son but a series of unexpected developments (including a trip to Paris during which she matures into a sophisticated beauty) puts her in the path of the other Larrabee son, and romantic possibilities bloom. 
 
Thelma and Louise
This 1991 chick flick mega pick stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as Thelma and Louise, two friends who take a road trip together. Their plan is just to have some fun and gal pal bonding-time (and also escape certain aspects of their difficult romantic lives) but the trip takes a turn when Louise ends up shooting a man in order to protect Thelma. The women go on the lam, running from the law and having reckless adventures – all of it leading toward a startling and unforgettable climax that you won’t see coming. 
 
Imitation of Life
This 1959 Douglas Sirk classic tells the story of an aspiring actress (played by Lana Turner) as she ambitiously makes a career for herself. Based on the popular Fannie Hurst novel, the movie explores issues of single motherhood, race, and feminism, with Turner’s single-mother character rising to theatrical fame while sharing a roommate situation with a black woman who is also a single mother. The movie offers a brilliant look at female ambition and explores important issues.

Four Off-The-Beaten-Track Film Classics You Should See

If you’re looking to enjoy a classic film, why not go for an out-of-the-ordinary choice rather than one of the traditional classics? Here are four ununusal film choices certain to satisfy your appetite for greatness and novelty:
 
The Big Clock
This unique film noir classic, directed in 1948 by James Farrow, tells the story of a crime-magazine editor sent on a mission to obtain the identity of a murderer. The film features stunning cinematography and masterfully combines a number of different tones, ranging from serious to mystical to funny. 
 
Bottle Rocket
This charming film was made in 1996 by Wes Anderson, featuring Owen and Luke Wilson as aspiring criminals planning a complicated book-store robbery scheme. Their plan leads them down a path of unexpected twists and turns. The movie features a host of quirky and unforgettable characters and dramatic situations that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
 
Brazil
This 1985 Terry Gilliam film has Orwellian undertones in its exploration of a British dystopia. The movies follow the story of a civil servant who falls in the love with a mysterious and elusive girl, while all around him the world is run by impossibly complicated government systems that enmesh even the most basic human activities in bureaucratic tangles. 
 
Eraserhead
This film, made in 1977 by David Lynch, is perfect for you if you’re in a broody frame of mind. The film tells a surreal, non-linear, and somewhat inscrutable story about an anxious young man struggling to come to terms with a troubled romantic relationship and the birth of his first child. Eraserhead is set in a highly industrialized and possibly post-apocalyptic world where machines are constantly working, spewing smoke, and making noise, adding to the young man’s anxiety. The movie features haunting and indelible imagery from start to finish.