Meaningful Movies About Music

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    What movies do you like that speak to the power of (mostly) rock music? Not just rock star lives or filled with cliches, but ones that try to address how music can affect people. It's been a recurring theme for me. Music can evoke a time and a place much more powerfully than any other artistic medium.

    Two of my top choices:





    The movie wasn't about music but it does come up a lot; This scene summarizes it all:

     
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  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Streets of Fire
    That Thing You Do
    Monterey Pop
    TAMI Show
    Woodstock 1&2
    Hard Day's Night
     
  3. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    Not a movie, but a good episode of the tv show Quantum Leap:

    https://www.nbc.com/classic-tv/quantum-leap/video/good-morning-peoria---september-9-1959/n3626
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    “Chubby Checker guest stars as himself in 1959 as Sam (Scott Bakula) becomes a radio DJ who is battling forces determined to remove rock 'n' roll from the airwaves. Also guest stars Patricia Richardson.”
    (The mom from Home Improvement)

    The episode deals with the irony of (possibly one of the greatest generation like a former WWII soldier who once fought to protect freedom who later becomes) a small town mayor who fights a rock-and-roll radio station to take their freedom away.
     
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  4. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

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    The Big Chill. Kevin Klein’s character kissing the album cover scene. Love that movie and it’s soundtrack/s.
     
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Biopics about real artists always rub me the wrong way.
    Well, unless it’s La Bamba, that movie rules!

    My absolute favorite meaningful Rock n’ Roll epic is
    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story


    Actually,
    American Cox: The Unbearably Long Self-Indulgent Director’s Cut is way better than the theatrical version.
     
  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

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    "Oh brother where art thou" from the Coen brothers was a wonderful music-related film. (Although not much "rock-music")
     
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  7. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

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    Yeah, that was on my list, too. Sometimes it's the comedies that say it best, which leads to (of course) that all time classic:

     
  8. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Electromatic

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    On different registry levels, here a few that I, personally enjoy; A Hard Day's Night, Amadeus, Blues Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, La Bamba, Selena, Wayne's World, Woodstock (1970 Doc.)
     
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  9. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    The Blues Brothers' "we're on a mission from God". That's what rock'n'roll always have been.
     
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Mike Nesmith's "Elephant Parts" (I had it in Beta!)
    Blues Bros. 1&2 (tho they're R&B and Blues, not rock, per se)
    Almost any Elvis movie
    The Rutles
    Hail! Hail Rock and Roll!
     
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  11. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Oh and there's Rude Boy, one of my fav:
     
  12. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

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    Not exactly what you want, given that it’s about country music, and not as much about music impacting listeners as it is about a career in music having a negative impact on personal life, but a “positive” impact on songwriting.
     
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  13. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
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    Couldn't see your link in the USA, but here's it is:

     
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  14. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I said "(mostly) rock music," as most people here favor rock, but for the purposes of this thread, any type of music is fine.
     
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  15. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

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    You might have to explain what Betamax was, for our younger members! o_O
     
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  16. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Loved that show .....
     
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  17. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Roadie , starring Maeatloaf
     
  18. afire

    afire Country Gent

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    I remember watching it on TV with my parents when I was a little kid. It was well before I discovered The Beatles for myself, but it always stuck with me, so I guess on some level it must have been meaningful.
     
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  19. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

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    Cool thread
    Hey..i'm from Jersey, they're a shore band...

    I heard the sound track first and saw the movie later, but the music shaped the influence on my playing
     
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