Highest-Rated Movies about 'Pop Music', Sort by Popularity

All You Need Is Cash (1978), The Sparks Brothers (2021), The T.A.M.I. Show (1964), Masculine-Feminine (1966), Pulp (2014), After the Screaming Stops (2018), Beyond the Sea (2004), Bye Bye Birdie (1963) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Pop Music movies.

#1. All You Need Is Cash (1978)

Storyline: This seminal mockumentary satirizes the career of the Beatles via a fictional pop group called the Rutles. Commonly known as the "Pre-Fab Four," Barry Wom, Dirk McQuickly, Stig O'Hara and Ron Nasty are a gang of mop-topped goofballs from Liverpool, England, whose songs bewitch the entire world. But between hits like "Cheese and Onions" and "Doubleback Alley," the group ultimately implodes, leading to a bitter public breakup.

Plot Keywords: rock star, manager, girlfriend, artist, creative, hilarious, witty ...

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#2. The Sparks Brothers (2021)

Storyline: Growing up in the '60s, Los Angeles brothers Ron and Russell got by on a heavy diet of popcorn matinees and pop music until the spotlight of school talent shows illuminated their way on a musical journey as the Sparks and spawned 25 studio albums. Edgar Wright's vision brings five decades of invention to life through animations and interviews, digging deeply into the band's rich, career-spanning archival.—Sundance Film Festival

Plot Keywords: fan, musician, brother, celebrity, music lover, eccentric, fascinating ...

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#3. The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)

Storyline: Chuck Berry opens the show and performs "Johnny B Goode" and his 1955 hit "Maybelline". He is then joined by "Gerry and The Pacemakers" who do their updated British version of the song. and a medley of their hits. "Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas perform "Little Children " and "Bad To Me". Detroits' Motown is represented as "Diana Ross and The Supremes " sing "Baby Love" , by "Smokey Robinson and The Miracles" who sing "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" and by Marvin Gaye who sings " Hitchhike". NYCs Lesley Gore sings "It's My Party" and "You Don't Own Me",a million seller several years before "women's lib" The 'early surfer' hosts, Jan and Dean sing "The Little Old Lady From Passedena". "The Beach Boys" sing " I Get Around". James Brown, making his first nationally televised appearance, performs his standards "Out Of Sight", "Prisoner Of Love", "Night Train" and "Please Please Please", with cape. The Rolling Stones , in their first major venue, close the show performing "Time Is On My Side", "It's All Over Now", ' Around and Around ", and are joined by a festive cast who dance to Mick Jagger's rendition of "I'm Alright".—[email protected]

Plot Keywords: teenager, musician, singer, rock star, james brown, chuck berry, confident ...

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#4. Masculine-Feminine (1966)

Storyline: Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and disillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers ('the children of Marx and Coca Cola', as the credits announce) and their social and emotional politics.—D.Giddings <[email protected]>

Plot Keywords: aspiring writer, singer, roommate, researcher, beauty queen, cool, hedonistic ...

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#5. Pulp (2014)

Storyline: PULP find fame on the world stage in the 1990's with anthems including 'Common People' and 'Disco 2000'. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality - & car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band's personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. PULP is a music-film like no other - by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.—Anonymous

Plot Keywords: singer, musician, fan, friend, interviewee, group member, creative ...

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#6. After the Screaming Stops (2018)

Storyline: In the 1980s, "Bros" were one of the biggest bands in the world - for 15 minutes. Having sold out stadiums around the world, they were the youngest to this day to play Wembley and their "Push" album went to Number 1 in over 20 countries, selling 10 million copies worldwide. The rise and fall of Bros was meteoric. This film charts twins Matt and Luke Goss's reunion 28 years on, having hardly spoken and not played together since their split. With an incredibly fractured relationship and only 3 weeks to go until sell-out gigs at The O2 London, will they be able to put their history aside and come together as brothers to play the show of their lives? A raw and emotional look into the aftermath of fame and the re-connection between two twins torn apart by their past.

Plot Keywords: pop star, musician, interviewee, wife, fan, band member, amusing ...

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#7. Beyond the Sea (2004)

Storyline: The life of crooner/actor Bobby Darin is presented as part fact, part fiction and much fantasy. It is framed around a biopic being filmed about and starring Darin as himself, with he being surrounded by many of his lifelong entourage from the Bronx. In that fantasy, the young actor portraying him as a child in the biopic emerges as his true younger self, questioning, knowing all, if his adult self wants the biopic to be all sugar and roses, as is the want of his manager, Steve Blauner, or if he wants to tell the truth. Regardless, what is presented of his life includes: his sickly childhood - where he was not expected to survive past his teens - with his vaudevillian mother, Polly Cassotto, his musical mentor, and his much older sister, Nina Cassotto, both who ultimately lived vicariously through his fame; his early singing career where the ultimate goal was not to rival but surpass the fame of Frank Sinatra; the meeting of who would become his wife, already famous actress Sandra Dee ...

Plot Keywords: singer, actress, manager, grandmother, father figure, fascinating, touching ...

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#8. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Storyline: Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60's ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and song writer Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss a high school girl goodbye. Albert's mother will do anything to break him up with Rosie. Kim and Hugo, the high school steadies, live in Sweet Apple, Ohio where most of the action takes place.—Lisa Grable <[email protected]>

Plot Keywords: singer, songwriter, secretary, fan, father, mother, campy ...

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#9. Music and Lyrics (2007)

Storyline: Cheery Alex Fletcher lives comfortably in Manhattan off the residuals from his 80's pop success and reprising his hits at school reunions, theme parks, and state fairs. But those gigs are declining, so he jumps at the chance to write a song and record it with reigning teen idol Cora Corman. Trouble is, he's good at melodies but needs a lyricist and has less than a week to finish. Enter Sophie Fisher, subbing for a friend who waters Alex's plants; she's a pretty good poet, quick witted, and could do it, if she'd agree. But there's some sort of shadow over her head that Alex may not be able to charm his way past. And what if they do get a song written, what then?

Plot Keywords: singer, songwriter, friend, doorman, teen idol, professor, dreamy ...

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#10. ABBA: The Movie (1978)

Storyline: Movie detailing ABBA's mega-successful tour of Australia during mid-1977. While it mostly contains back-stage footage and as well as ABBA's famous songs such as "Dancing Queen", "Tiger", "Name Of The Game" and "Eagle" among others sung filmed during their concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, it has the sub-plot of young country and western radio disc-jockey, Ashley, whose boss orders him to have a deep interview with ABBA and the problems he has trying to reach them as he forgets his press pass and ABBA's main bodyguard, (Tom Oliver) is determined to stop him...—Lee Horton <[email protected]>

Plot Keywords: dj, bodyguard, singer, musician, manager, amusing, lighthearted ...

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#11. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

Storyline: From the rain of Japan, through threats of arrest for 'public indecency' in Canada, and a birthday tribute to her father in Detroit, this documentary follows Madonna on her 1990 'Blond Ambition' concert tour. Filmed in black and white, with the concert pieces in glittering MTV color, it is an intimate look at the work of the music performer, from a prayer circle with the dancers before each performance to bed games with the dance troupe afterwards.—Bruce Cameron <[email protected]>

Plot Keywords: madonna, friend, father, dancer, boyfriend, playful, frenetic ...

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#12. The Bodyguard (1992)

Storyline: A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home.

Plot Keywords: singer, bodyguard, manager, stalker, roadie, sister, emotional ...

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#13. A Star Is Born (1976)

Storyline: Talented rock star John Norman Howard has seen his career begin to decline. Too many years of concerts and managers and life on the road have made him cynical and the monotony has taken its toll. Then he meets the innocent, pure and very talented singer Esther Hoffman. As one of his songs in the movie says "I'm gonna take you girl, I'm gonna show you how." And he does. He shows Esther the way to stardom while forsaking his own career. As they fall in love, her success only makes his decline even more apparent.—A. Lloyd Adams [[email protected]]

Plot Keywords: rock star, singer, fan, radio personality, manager, melodramatic, emotional ...

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#14. Trolls World Tour (2020)

Storyline: Poppy and Branch discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder. A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb, aided by her father King Thrash, wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends, set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who's looking to upstage them all.

Plot Keywords: troll, tribal leader, queen, king, charming, confident, cool ...

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#15. Grace Unplugged (2013)

Storyline: Grace Unplugged is an Inspirational movie starring Amanda "AJ" Michalka as 18 year old Christian singer/songwriter, Grace Rose Trey. Beautiful, highly talented and restless, Grace is so far undiscovered outside church. She performs there each Sunday with her gifted father Johnny, the praise music director at Freedom Community Chapel, a small town Alabama church. A former rock star, Johnny Trey charted a Billboard number one single 20 years before. When the hits stopped coming he crash landed hard, a one hit wonder. Johnny found Christ and a new life for his family, far from the Hollywood Hills. One day without warning, Grace leaves for Los Angeles. She has landed a record deal with the help of Johnny's ruthless former manager and producer Frank "Mossy" Mostin. Mossy sees in Grace a potential pop superstar - the next Katy Perry. Cutting off contact with her parents, Grace seems prepared to walk away from her Christian faith and music to achieve her long-suppressed fantasy of Hollywood super stardom. Will the experience cause her to reject her faith, or rediscover it?—Chris Zarpas

Plot Keywords: singer, daughter, father, pop star, mother, pastor, inspiring ...

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