The Top 5 Ranked Music Biopic Movies!

With so many biopic movies out there nowadays, we thought to take a look at each music based biopic so far and see how each blend of music and film has been ranked by audiences and critics.

The Pianist

In this big screen telling of the autobiography The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945, we see Adrien Brody take his acting to the next level as Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Jewish pianist struggling for survival amidst the ruins of Warsaw, Poland during World War 2. It’s this heart wrenching performance that leads The Pianist to a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.5 star rating on IMDb.



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A movie exploring themes of jealousy, hedonism, and murder sounds interesting enough. However, a movie with all those themes centered around arguably the greatest musician who ever lived? Now that is a movie. Amadeus is not only about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his music but the fierce rivalry between him and fellow musician Antonio Salieri that culminates in a well deserved 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and an IMDb score of 8.4 stars. 

Straight Out of Compton


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Parental advisory is most definitely advised for this one. Following the birth and destruction of one of rap’s pioneering groups, Straight Outta Compton is any rap fan’s go to movie. Featuring master class portrayals of artists like Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube (played by his own son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.) Straight Outta Compton is more than deserving of an 89% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.8 star score on IMDb.



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Our first dive into the post-punk genre of music, Control is about so much more than the sounds of England’s youth in the 70’s. It’s about one man’s journey through affairs, stardom, and a debilitating case of epilepsy that makes Ian Curtis’s tragic story be heard and seen by audiences worldwide, paving the way to an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6 star rating on IMDb.

Coal Miner’s Daughter


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Though country music may not be everybody’s favorite, one cannot deny the magnetic pull of Loretta Lynn’s voice as we watch her go from a poor rural area of Kentucky to hypnotizing the entire nation. From being married at 13 to having four kids by the time she was 18, Lynn seemed to have always known that the life people had chosen for her was not the life she was going to live. Her inspirational story proudly features an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes  and 7.5 stars on IMDb.

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Michael Coppola is a digital media student, an intern for AfterBuzz, and most importantly a kid who loves shows and movies more than anything.