9 Movies About Music & Soundtracks You’ll Want Stuck in Your Head
For some, music has the power to take a movie from good to great. Whether it’s a film with a stellar soundtrack (did someone say Tarzan*?) or a biopic loaded with tracks by your favorite artist — movies with great music just hit differently.
Check out some of our favorite music biopics, Hulu Original movies about music, and movie soundtracks streaming now.
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Movies About Musicians
You may know Judy Garland from her famous leading roles as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz or Esther in the original A Star Is Born (1954), but the actress and singer’s successful career spanned more than four decades. Renee Zellweger is Judy in this 2019 portrait of her life and legacy.
American singer-songwriter Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana), affectionately known as the “High Priestess of Soul,” captivated audiences with her hit songs like “A Single Woman” and “I Loves You Porgy.” Experience her music as the soundtrack to her story.
Rocketman tells the story of one of the most successful solo artists in history: Sir Elton John.
The 2019 film, which received Golden Globe® Awards for Best Performance by an Actor (Taron Egerton) and Best Original Song, as well as an Oscar® for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, follows Sir Elton’s rise to stardom, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to becoming a rock music icon.
The Last Waltz
From Oscar® and Golden Globe® Award-winning director Martin Scorsese comes The Last Waltz, a must-see for fans of the influential rock band, The Band. The documentary captures The Band’s farewell concert on Thanksgiving Day 1976, with some of the most acclaimed musicians of the ’60s and ’70s in attendance.
For super-fans, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is also available on Hulu.
Watch: The Last Waltz
Hulu Original Movies About Music
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday is considered one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time, best known for her raspy renditions of “All of Me,” “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” and the song that shook America, “Strange Fruit.”
Andra Day’s stunning portrayal of Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday scored her a Golden Globe® Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and a Best Original Song – Motion Picture nomination for the song “Tigress & Tweed.”
Experience the glitz, glamour, and music of the ’30s and ’40s, while learning about the life and legacy of Billie Holiday.
The Ultimate Playlist of Noise
Marcus (Keean Johnson) is the “resident playlist doctor” at his high school. If you need more of a visual, he’s the guy who walks around wearing — not one — but two pairs of headphones.
His world gets turned upside down when he learns that he must undergo brain surgery that will render him deaf. The Ultimate Playlist of Noise follows his journey across the country to record his favorite sounds and come to terms with his new reality.
Okay, you caught us. High Fidelity technically isn’t a movie — but it is based on one. You may remember the romantic comedy of the same name.*
Music is the lifeblood of this Hulu Original series, which puts an entirely new spin on Rob Brooks (Zoë Kravitz) as the record store owner revisits past relationships through music and pop culture. Trust us on this, the music is on point.
Watch: High Fidelity
*High Fidelity (2000) requires Hulu with HBO Max® add-on subscription.
Best Movie Soundtracks
What if we told you that Joker (2019) cleaned house during the 2020 awards season for its original music?
The suspenseful crime-drama, which won an Oscar® and a Golden Globe® for its original score (written by Hildur Guðnadóttir), captures the uprising of the criminal mastermind who went toe-to-toe with Batman in The Dark Knight.
*Joker (2019) requires Hulu with HBO Max® add-on subscription.
Music has the power to amplify adrenaline, which was exactly the case in the award-winning war drama, 1917 (2019).
The film, which took home Oscar® and Golden Globe® Awards for its original score (written by Thomas Newman), follows two World War I soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), on a mission to prevent a deadly attack.
*1917 (2019) requires SHOWTIME® on Hulu add-on subscription.
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