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.
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.
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.