My top 10 movies about music

When it comes to the great passions in my life, music is definitely right up there with film, fashion and food (things that start with F clearly very popular) so movies about music is one of my favourite genres. Here are my top 10:

twenty4_hour_party_people_va_WTetBa_Poster24 Hour Party People (2002)
About: Tony Wilson and Factory Records, the record company that brought the music of Manchester to the world including mega influential bands like Joy Division and The Happy Mondays.
Starring: Steve Coogan, Andy Serkis, John Simm
“Tony Wilson: Factory Records are not actually a company. We are an experiment in human nature. You’re labouring under the misapprehension that we actually have a deal with, er, with our, our bands. That we have any kind of a contract, er, at all, and I’m afraid we, er, we don’t because that’s, er, that’s the sum total of the paperwork to do with Factory Records, deal with, er, their various bands.”

the-story-behind-get-him-to-the-greek-07-420-75Get Him to the Greek (2010)
About: Fictional out of control musician Aldous Snow, who has to be shepherded from England to the Greek Theatre in LA by a young music executive so he can play an anniversary gig.
Starring: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Sean Combs
“Aaron Green: I think I just got raped.
Aldous Snow: [handing him a joint] Only one thing to do.
Aaron Green: [taking a hit] Uh, guys? What is this stuff? My heart’s going really fast.
Aldous Snow: Oh, it’s a bit of this, a bit of that. It’s called a Jeffrey. It’s mostly weed, with a bit of opium as well… ground-up E’s… heroin… Clorox…
Aaron Green: I think I’m having a heart attack.

The-Runaways_group1The Runaways (2010)
About: The rise and fall of all-girl punk band The Runaways and the relationship between guitarist-singer Joan Jett and singer, Cherie Currie.
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon
“Kim Fowley: What in the fuck have you girls been doing over there?
Joan Jett: We’ve been practicing! Like you said.
Kim Fowley: Well, get back to it. You bitches are gonna be bigger than the fucking Beatles!
Joaquin+PhoenixWalk The Line (2005)
About: Country music legend, Johnny Cash and his rise to fame while struggling with drug addiction and winning over June Carter, the love of his life.
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon
“Johnny Cash: Tell me you don’t love me.
June Carter: I don’t love you.
Johnny Cash: [grinning] You’re a liar.
June Carter: I guess you ain’t go no problems then.”

imagesWayne’s World 2 (1993)
About: Inseparable best friends Wayne and Garth attempt to put on a rock festival, while Wayne has to fight to to keep his relationship with his girlfriend alive after she catches the eye of a record producer.
Starring: Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Christopher Walken
“Del Preston: So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o’clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn’t go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head ’round the door, and mentions there’s a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So – we go. And – it’s closed. So there’s me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they’ve got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopowner and his son… that’s a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But, sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.”

famous090201_280x227Almost Famous (2000)
About: Teenage writer William Miller, who follows fictional rock band Stillwater, on their tour while writing about them for Rolling Stone.
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee
“Russell Hammond: And you can tell Rolling Stone magazine that my last words were… I’m on drugs!
[crowd cheers]
William Miller: Russell! I think we should work on those last words!
Russell Hammond: I got it, I got it. Last words – I dig music.
[a few claps]
Russell Hammond: [beat]
Russell Hammond: I’m on drugs!
[crowd cheers]

empire_records_1995_685x3851Empire Records (1995)
About: The misfit employees of a Empire Records stage a rebellion when they discover that their beloved store is going to become part of a chain.
Starring: Anthony La Paglia, Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Rory Cochrane
“Mark: [into television camera] Damn the man. Save the Empire.”

control460Control (2007)
About: Ian Curtis, the front man of iconic rock band, Joy Division, and the circumstances that lead to his tragic suicide at 23.
Starring: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton
“Ian Curtis: I struggle between what I know is right in my own mind, and some warped truthfulness as seen through other people’s eyes who have no heart, and can’t see the difference anyway.”

composing-crazy-heartCrazy Heart (2009)
About: Fictional country musician, Bad Blake, who attempts t turn around his life of addiction when he meets a young journalist.
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal
“Bad Blake: I don’t want to talk about Tony.
Jean Craddock: All right, what do you want to talk about?
Bad Blake: I wanna talk about how bad you make this room look. I never noticed what a dump it was until you came in here.
Bad Blake: . I haven’t seen anybody blush in I don’t know how long.
Jean Craddock: I can’t help it if my capillaries are close to the skin.

airAirheads (1994)
About: A fictional wannabe rock band holds up a radio station in the hope of getting their demo played on air and being offered a recording contract.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi
“Ian: ”The Lone Rangers.” That’s original. How can you pluralise ”The Lone Ranger”?
Chazz: What’s wrong with that?
Ian: Well, there’s three of you. You’re not exactly lone. Shouldn’t you be The Three Rangers?
Chazz: l have no idea what you’re saying right now.”


  1. Peter

    Huh? The Doors… Detroit Rock City….

    1. Abbi

      I’ve never actually seen The Doors. I love Detroit Rock City though. It was in my top 10 teen movies. Probably number 11?

  2. Bronwyn

    Oh my gosh – Airheads – I had forgotten about that movie 🙂 Love it. NIce movies – I think there are a few there I need to get hold of 🙂

    1. Abbi

      I think we went to see Airheads more than once when it came out… probably mostly down to our shared love of Brendan Fraser!

  3. I love Empire Records!!! I really could watch it again and again. I’m still really excited that the guy who plays Mark (Ethan Embry) follows me on Twitter 😀

    1. Abbi

      Empire Records is one of my favourite movies of all time. NOT ON REX MANNING DAY!!! 90’s slacker comedies absolutely rule. And I am well impressed that Ethan Embry follows you!

      1. There is a real Rex Manning Day on 8th April! To be fair, I followed him and he followed me back, but hey, most celebrities don’t! I love the Empire Records soundtrack, it’s one of my favourite CDs, The Clueless (another FAB film!) soundtrack is another of my favourites 😀

  4. Great list! Walk the Line is one of my favorite movies ever. So good. And loved the quote you included from Wayne’s World 2. That is hilarious!

    Loving the new look!

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! My husband and I often end sentences with “I had to beat them to death with their own shoes” when we’re talking to each other. Because we’re weird like that.

      Glad you like the new look. I wanted to get down to something simpler.

      1. LOL! That’s awesome!

        It looks great. Nice choice.

  5. Yes – I like that you often include Wayne’s World in some way in your lists. 😉 Oh I loooove The Doors – you should check that out. But I do love Jim Morrison…. I’ve been meaning to watch Control for ages. Almost Famous & Crazy Heart are excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed The Runaways. I actually watched Nowhere Boy a little while ago & thought that was pretty good as I don’t know much about John Lennon’s young life.

    1. Abbi

      My friend at work actually brought The Doors in for me this morning to watch so I am definitely going to get on it, especially since my brother was moaning that I hadn’t included it. I’ve seen Nowhere Boy and I struggled with it a bit. It’s a fascinating story but I’m not sure I bought Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon.

      1. Oh, yeah – that was weird for me. I didn’t buy him as Lennon AT ALL. But the story was intriguing. (And he seemed better for the part than the kid playing McCartney…)

  6. MIB

    *Cough* This Is Spinal Tap *Cough* 😛

    1. Abbi

      I was waiting for that. My husband was horrified that I didn’t include it but I just didn’t get it the way a lot of other people did.

      1. MIB

        Shake your husband by the hand for me then go stand in the corner. For shame! 😉

        What about The Commitments?

        1. Abbi

          I liked the Commitments but it’s just not one of my personal favourites.

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