Actress Kate Hudson celebrates her birthday today (April 19), and when thinking about her acting resume, it’s hard not to consider Almost Famous, perhaps the best music movie ever, as her biggest triumph.
Naturally, there are plenty of other music movies that have moved us over the years and have captured the spirit of rock and roll. In honor of Hudson’s birthday, here are 10 music movies everyone should see.
Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous is a semi-autobiographical tale about Crowe’s time as a young music reporter for Rolling Stone.
Three not-so-bright musicians hold a radio station hostage (with plastic guns, no less) in order for their demo to get played on the air. Surprise! Wackiness ensues! Also, it’s just a fun and funny movie that features the best cop joke of all time.
Based in 1980s Dublin, a teenage boy starts a band to win over a pretty girl. Add in a wise older brother to help guide the musical way, and you have once of the best music movies released in the past decade.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The film adaptation of the hit off-Broadway play that eventually made it to Broadway and was a massive success, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows the story of a trans frontwoman on a quest for fame after all of her songs were stolen to launch the career of a former musical partner and boyfriend.
It’s the classic tale of Irish street performer meets classically trained musician and discover electric chemistry. The film features an incredibly beautiful original soundtrack and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007.
It’s like a glam version of Eddie and the Cruisers but way better! Characters are definitely inspired by David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and the film features the incredible cast of Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette and Eddie Izzard.
School Of Rock
It’s the movie that made you wish your substitute teacher was Jack Black and also a reminder of the power of music education.
Speaking of Jack Black, High Fidelity is the film that pretty much every music lover struggling to find love can relate to. It’s also the film that launched Jack Black’s acting career.
The Blues Brothers
An obvious choice for this list, but there has to be at least one obvious pick on this list. Frankly, if you haven’t seen The Blues Brothers, stop reading this list and find a way to watch it.
This is the third film on this list that’s based in Ireland, and while Sing Street and Once are incredible films, they may not have happened without The Commitments, which follows the formation of a soul band in the working class neighborhoods of the northside of Dublin. (Side note: Glen Hansard who stars in Once is in The Commitments as lead guitarist “Outspan” Foster.)
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.