10 movies for the music nerd

From 'Almost Famous' to 'Homecoming'

Considering we’ll be continuing to stay at home for a while, you’re going to want to find some new ways to fill the void without live music in your life. What better way to do that than by watching some music-inspired documentaries, biopics, and fictional flicks?

From hit classics like Almost Famous and High Fidelity to recent hits like Homecoming and A Star Is Born, this list comes packed with some of the best music-based movies to hit the big screen. We’ve got you covered from super chill movies to films that will lift you up, and everything in between. So grab some popcorn and curl up for a marathon of music-packed flicks!

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So, without further adieu, check out our list of 10 movies every music nerd is sure to love.
 

Almost Famous

How could we not include Almost Famous on this list? The Oscar-winning 2000 film was a fictionalized recounting of Cameron Crowe’s memories from when he was writing for Rolling Stone as a teenager in the 70s. It stars major celebrities like Kate Hudson and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the early stages of their career as they are thrown into the arena-sized world of rock music.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Play
This quintessential music film is great for inspiring you to Go Play, especially if you’re one to end up belting out alongside your friends every time you hear Elton John’s classic “Tiny Dancer.”
 

 

Whiplash

2014’s Whiplash, which took home a variety of Academy Awards, follows a drum prodigy’s painful path to perfection. Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) plays the role of an ambitious jazz drummer who hopes to rise to the top of an elite music school with the spurring of the mighty Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) pushing Neiman to find his greatness.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Steady
It takes some serious dedication to become one of the drumming greats – and someone like Andrew knows what it means to buckle down and Go Steady.
 

Homecoming

Homecoming marks a revolution in the traditional concert film, as it presents an intimate and behind-the-scenes look at Beyoncé’s legendary 2018 Coachella performance, which honours America’s historically Black colleges and universities. The entire flick is a delicate balance of candid footage, interviews, and performance shots as it traces the journey of moving past a performance to create a cultural movement.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Elevate
You might choose Go Elevate for a spontaneous living-room dance party as you watch this flick because you’re definitely going to find yourself bopping along to Beyoncé’s greatest hits in all of its pink and yellow bodysuit glory.
 

 

Across The Universe

Beatles fans unite! 2007’s Across The Universe uses songs by The Beatles to weave a story for this music-based tale of romance, war, and the quest for peace. The film follows young British worker, Jude, as he heads to the United States to find his father and ends up befriending Max and his sister Lucy, in addition to a group of eccentric pals.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Easy
Once you dive into the reimagined covers of tracks from The Beatles that weave their way through Across The Universe, you may find yourself wanting to draw a bubble bath, throw on this flick, and just Go Easy.
 

High Fidelity

A classic music flick, High Fidelity is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama that follows John Cusack’s Rob Gordon who owns a failing record store in Chicago. Gordon insists on selling music the old-fashioned way, when suddenly his long-time girlfriend leaves him. The film looks at Gordon’s failed attempts at romance and happiness as he gets launched into the world of adulthood.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Chill
You may want to Go Chill and snuggle up in a blanket and pig out watching this beloved music film, especially if you find yourself bopping along to the soundtrack’s tunes like The Kinks’ “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy.”
 


 

Detroit Rock City

This flick follows a group of rock-loving teens and aspiring musicians as they embark on a journey to see their favourite band, KISS, perform. Hawk, Lex, Trip, and Jam are forced to do whatever it takes to get to the show after Jam’s mother finds the tickets to the event and attempts to prevent them from going. This barrier forces the foursome to encounter problems, humiliation, and violence as they push through on their journey to see the legendary band.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Elevate
Go Elevate is definitely the Go Session mood for Detroit Rock City, as you’ll be amazed by everything this group of friends does to rock out.
 

Yesterday

Our second Beatles entry on this list (but really, can you blame us?) is drastically different from the first. A struggling English songwriter, Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), finds himself with the opportunity of a lifetime when a car accident somehow erases the existence of The Beatles from everyone’s collective memories but his own. Jack finds himself skyrocketing to fame by reintroducing the world to the discography of The Beatles, but this time around crediting himself as the writer.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Steady
We can only imagine you’ve got to Go Steady in order to keep things straight when you’re pretending to be the greatest band of all time.
 

 

The Commitments

This musical comedy-drama, which dropped in 1991, was based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle. The Commitments follows self-proclaimed promoter, Jimmy Rabitte (Robert Arkins), as he organizes an R&B group to fill the genre’s void in his hometown, Dublin. The band gets formed, but ends up being a group of white musicians who hardly have any experience with the genre. As the band rises to fame, the pressure begins to pull at their new friendships while they get ready for a big show.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Play
This rollicking comedic film is all about laughter, friendship, and good tunes, which is exactly what Go Play is all about.
 

Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii

Primarily filmed over the course of four days using the band’s regular touring equipment, this concert documentary film is one to add to the watch list. Having already been interested in moving concerts outside of the standard stadium experience, Pink Floyd partnered with director Adrian Maben, who came up with the idea for the film after losing his passport while visiting the amphitheatre while travelling.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Easy
If watching an incredible musical performance in empty ancient ruins doesn’t have you wanting to Go Easy and unwind, we’re not really sure what will.
 

 

I Am trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco

Wilco were never in a hurry to emerge as one of the pioneering indie rock groups from the Y2K era. Their methodical approach is captured in the 2002 film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco. The documentary-style movie shows the Chicago-based band at the precipice of releasing their legendary album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the final collaboration between founding members Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett. Record label executives were wary of the commercial promise of the project, and left the band adrift in a pre-Spotify world.

Matching the Movie Vibe: Go Chill
Get cozy watching the band record music from their loft in wintery Chicago in this contemplative black & white rock-umentary. Music journalist Greg Kot explains “it’s not a drugs, groupies, celebrity kind-of story at all. This band’s story is the music.”