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15 Movies Every Music Fan Should Watch 🍿

Written by: Carlyn Warren

Just because you're a music fan doesn't mean you have to spend every minute of your life listening to it. That's where movies come in. If you're looking for something to watch (and sing along with) during winter break, we've got you covered. We've picked 15 movies that any music fan should see at least once in their lifetime—some of them are about musicians, some are about the fans behind them—but all are guaranteed to make you feel like a rock star for two hours straight! 👩‍🎤

1. Yesterday (2019)

Yesterday is a film about a struggling musician who becomes the only person in the world who remembers The Beatles after a mysterious global blackout. As he skyrockets to fame performing their music, he must navigate complicated relationships and ethical dilemmas while also reconnecting with an old friend. The film features an impressive soundtrack of Beatles hits and a talented cast including Himesh Patel, Lily James, and Ed Sheeran. You can rent or buy it on Amazon Prime. ☀️

2. Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman is a biographical musical film that tells the story of Elton John's rise to fame and features moving and emotional music that really makes you feel like you're in the moment with Elton John. It also features recreations of many of Elton’s iconic outfits, which he simply wouldn’t be the same without. The film features a mix of classic Elton John hits and original songs written for the movie. With a stellar cast led by Taron Egerton as John and Bryce Dallas Howard as his wife, Rocketman is a must-see for any fan of Elton John or just a good old-fashioned musical biopic! Rent or buy it on Amazon Prime here. 🎹

3. Almost Famous (2000)

Almost Famous is a coming-of-age film about a teen music journalist who gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired by Rolling Stone to cover an up-and-coming rock band. As he travels with the band on their tour, he struggles to balance his responsibilities as a journalist with his desire to fit in and be a part of the music scene. The film has been praised for its authentic portrayal of the 1970s rock scene. You can watch it with your Paramount+ subscription. ✌️

4. Love, Lizzo (2022)

Love, Lizzo is the HBO max documentary starring the Grammy-winning singer, Lizzo. There are many things to love about Lizzo: her positive and uplifting lyrics, her message of self-love and self-care, and her confidence on stage and off. She talks about her childhood, her struggles with self-image, and how she learned that you don't have to be defined by your challenges or your mistakes. Her honesty and willingness to share with the world what she’s going through—and what so many of us are going through—is refreshingly brave. Watch her incredible story here. 🤎

5. Camp Rock (2008)

Watch Camp Rock for a fun throw-back film! This is a fun Disney Channel Original Movie about coming-of-age, music, and summer camp. It follows Mitchie (Demi Lovato) as she gets the chance to attend a summer camp for aspiring musicians and songwriters and her favorite band just so happens to be at the camp as guest counselors. This is basically our favorite fanfiction story in a film and an iconic classic. If you've ever wanted to rock out with the Jonas Brothers or Demi Lovato, this movie is for you! Watch it on Disney+. 🥁

6. La La Land (2016)

This modern-day musical takes you on an adventure through Los Angeles. The story follows Sebastian and Mia, who meet in a coffee shop and quickly fall in love with each other. They both dream of being artists who play music and dance on the big screen. The film shows the process of cinematography while also still having an interesting storyline. We recommend it to anyone who likes musicals or is interested in the process of movies being made! You can watch it with your Amazon Prime subscription. 🎥

7. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical film about the iconic rock band Queen and their legendary frontman Freddie Mercury. With electrifying performances and a raucous soundtrack, the film brings the magic of Queen to life on the big screen. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just looking for a rockin' good time, Bohemian Rhapsody is sure to have you singing along and feeling the power of rock and roll! You can watch it on Hulu or rent it on Amazon prime. 🎸

8. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022)

In theaters this Friday, December 23rd, I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a biopic about the life of icon Whitney Houston. The movie follows her life from her rise to fame to her marriage to singer Bobby Brown, and how music helped her cope with tragedy in her life. This is the perfect film to see with family or friends during winter break and will surely have you dancing for days! Grab tickets to see it in theaters here. 🪩