Biography, Musical (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Greatest Showman (2017)

9 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.7
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48 Metascore

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Votes: 183,212 | Gross: $174.34M

2. Rocketman (2019)

Biography, Drama, Fantasy | Post-production

A musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell

3. The Sound of Music (1965)

Unrated | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

8.0
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63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 177,883 | Gross: $163.21M

4. Jersey Boys (2014)

6 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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54 Metascore

The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza

Votes: 29,751 | Gross: $47.03M

5. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

AL | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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87 Metascore

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Votes: 14,879 | Gross: $67.18M

6. Funny Girl (1968)

AL | 151 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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89 Metascore

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis

Votes: 16,169 | Gross: $0.22M

7. The King and I (1956)

AL | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.5
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72 Metascore

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson

Votes: 21,745 | Gross: $21.30M

8. Judy (2019)

Biography, Drama, Musical | Post-production

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Finn Wittrock

9. Evita (1996)

AL | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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45 Metascore

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 31,820 | Gross: $50.05M

10. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000 Video)

75 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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A prophet who has the ability to interpret dreams is sold into slavery in Egypt, where people learn of his gifts.

Directors: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez | Stars: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd, Maureen McGovern

Votes: 9,128

11. Beyond the Sea (2004)

12 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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46 Metascore

A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin and specifically his relationship with wife Sandra Dee.

Director: Kevin Spacey | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 13,896 | Gross: $6.32M

12. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

AL | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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90 Metascore

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

Votes: 10,911 | Gross: $6.20M

13. Sweet Dreams (1985)

115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
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65 Metascore

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon

Votes: 3,737 | Gross: $9.09M

14. Gypsy (1962)

Approved | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace

Votes: 4,934 | Gross: $13.01M

15. Can't Stop the Music (1980)

AL | 124 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

4.5
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A pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.

Director: Nancy Walker | Stars: Ray Simpson, David Hodo, Felipe Rose, Randy Jones

Votes: 3,301 | Gross: $2.00M

16. Blinded by the Light (2019)

Biography, Comedy, Drama | Post-production

In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Aaron Phagura

17. Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

14 | 132 min | Biography, Musical

6.5
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Biography of songwriter, Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern. Unable to find immediate success in the USA, Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva.

Directors: Richard Whorf, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney | Stars: Robert Walker, Van Heflin, Lucille Bremer, June Allyson

Votes: 1,833 | Gross: $6.72M

18. De-Lovely (2004)

MG6 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.6
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53 Metascore

Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin McNally

Votes: 10,324 | Gross: $13.34M

19. The Sound of Music Live! (2013 TV Movie)

180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

5.8
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A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Directors: Rob Ashford, Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti, Christian Borle

Votes: 3,412

20. Funny Lady (1975)

AL | 136 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 4,427 | Gross: $40.06M

21. Lisztomania (1975)

16 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

6.6
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Composer and pianist Franz Liszt attempts to overcome his hedonistic lifestyle while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, Ringo Starr

Votes: 1,972

22. Alferd Packer: The Musical (1993)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

7.2
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The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Stephen Blackpool, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 11,058

23. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.7
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The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 12,688 | Gross: $11.80M

24. Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

107 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

7.0
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77 Metascore

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 3,890 | Gross: $8.00M

25. Paris Song (2018)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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Based on a true story, a small-town Kazakh singer, Amre Kashaubayev, journeys to Paris to compete in an international singing competition at the 1925 Paris Expo. Along the way he befriends American songwriter George Gershwin, thus forming a beautiful and unlikely friendship.

Director: Jeff Vespa | Stars: Ben Aldridge, Philip Brodie, Maksims Busels, Abbie Cornish

Votes: 35

26. Star! (1968)

176 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig, Daniel Massey

Votes: 1,791 | Gross: $4.00M

27. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001– )

170 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.

Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 1,888

28. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

176 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.8
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The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Votes: 6,226

29. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

AL | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

6.9
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The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 3,045

30. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

128 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

6.8
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A poor, uneducated mountain girl leaves her cabin in search of respect, a wealthy husband, and a better life in this fictionalized biopic of Margaret "Molly" Brown, who survived the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 3,006 | Gross: $13.17M

31. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake

Votes: 7,160

32. The Devil's Violinist (2013)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.1
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38 Metascore

19th Century violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini incurs the wrath of his diabolical manager while preparing for his debut performance in London, and falling for the daughter of an English impresario.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: David Garrett, Jared Harris, Joely Richardson, Christian McKay

Votes: 2,875

33. Gypsy (1993 TV Movie)

153 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, this made-for-TV movie-previously a Broadway smash and a 1962 film-depicts the life and times of a stripper and her domineering mother.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,483

34. Ana e Vitória (2018)

Biography, Comedy, Music

6.8
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Two girls have a chance encounter and instantly befriend. While trying to find themselves, they decide to pursue music together.

Director: Matheus Souza | Stars: Ana Caetano, Vitória Falcão, Clarissa Müller, Thati Lopes

Votes: 313

35. Thirsty (2016)

97 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

8.3
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Bullied girly-boy Scott Townsend grows into revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington fighting obstacles along the way only to discover what he really wants is self-acceptance.

Director: Margo Pelletier | Stars: Scott Townsend, Deirdre Lovejoy, Cole Canzano, Jonny Beauchamp

Votes: 41

36. Dag en nacht (1946)

128 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.2
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A fictionalized biopic of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley, Ginny Simms

Votes: 2,405

37. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

135 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

6.4
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The story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and three of their stories...

Directors: Henry Levin, George Pal | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Karlheinz Böhm, Walter Slezak

Votes: 1,311 | Gross: $14.17M

38. Words and Music (1948)

120 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

6.5
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Fictionalized story of the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, June Allyson, Perry Como

Votes: 1,049

39. Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

135 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.1
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George Gershwin is a driven composer whose need to succeed destroys his relationship with singer Julie Adams and socialite Christine Gilbert.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Robert Alda, Joan Leslie, Alexis Smith, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,104

40. With a Song in My Heart (1952)

117 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.0
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After landing a job singing on the radio, Jane Froman marries musical accompanist Don Ross. Under Don's management, Jane rises to stardom and is invited to perform for the troops during ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 1,085

41. Daffodils (2019)

Biography, Drama, Musical | Post-production

A bittersweet love story told with beautiful re-imaginings of iconic New Zealand songs.

Director: David Stubbs | Stars: Rose McIver, Mark Mitchinson, Tandi Wright, Phoenix Connolly

42. Tick, Tick... Boom

Biography, Musical | Announced

The movie will be based on the autobiographical musical by playwright Jonathan Larson. It's the story of an aspiring composer in New York City who is worried he made the wrong career choice.

Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda

43. Three Little Words (1950)

102 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

7.0
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The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby is told loosely and lightheartedly.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,396 | Gross: $2.80M

44. The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)

95 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

6.8
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A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Jittlov | Stars: Mike Jittlov, Richard Kaye, Paige Moore, Deven Chierighino

Votes: 1,817

45. Deep in My Heart (1954)

132 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

6.5
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Biographic movie about the American composer Sigmund Romberg.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: José Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon

Votes: 641

46. Barnum! (1986 TV Movie)

113 min | Biography, Musical

7.4
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Barnum the musical traces Phineas Taylor Barnum's career from 1835 to 1881 when he joined James A. Bailey to form the circus which was called The Greatest Show on Earth. Barnum is a ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Coe, Terry Hughes | Stars: Michael Crawford, Eileen Battye, Michael Heath, Christina Collier

Votes: 186

47. Annamayya (1997)

150 min | Biography, History, Musical

8.1
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A cinematic version of the life of famous Indian saint-poet, Annamayya.

Director: K. Raghavendra Rao | Stars: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Suman, Bhanupriya, Mohan Babu

Votes: 1,415

48. Mansfield 66/67 (2017)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, Musical

5.9
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54 Metascore

MANSFIELD 66/67 is about the last two years of movie goddess Jayne Mansfield's life, and the rumours swirling around her untimely death.

Directors: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes | Stars: Ann Magnuson, Richmond Arquette, Kenneth Anger, A.J. Benza

Votes: 155 | Gross: $0.02M

49. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

115 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.6
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Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon, David Brian

Votes: 1,109

50. Song of Norway (1970)

138 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

3.9
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Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Florence Henderson, Toralv Maurstad, Christina Schollin, Frank Porretta

Votes: 371


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