Classical music movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant classical music movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, melancholic, dramatic and touching films and TV shows about / with classical music, music, death, musician's life, musician, artists and showbiz, storytelling, mentor, dialogue and piano plots mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as classical music: A Late Quartet (2012), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), Mozart in the Jungle (2014), Paganini (1989), Amadeus (1984), The Red Violin (1998), The Pianist (2002), Portrait of a Knight (2018), Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978), Mahler (1974).

List of classical music movies

A Late Quartet (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: classical music, rehearsal, music, aging, desire, intrigue, couples, dishonesty, ego clash, couple relations, rivalry, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, california
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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: music, classical music, school, composer, mentor, teachers and students, follow your dream, dedicated educator, power relations, hopes, apprentice, high school ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: oregon, portland oregon
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Mozart in the Jungle (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 29 min.
Story: In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" and Gelsey Kirkland's "Dancing on my Grave" comes an insider’s look into the secret world of classical musicians. From her debut recital at Carnegie ...
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, romantic, sincere ...
Plot: orchestra, musician's life, backstage, classical music, prodigy, artists and showbiz, hotshot, performance, teacher, sex, ego clash, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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Paganini (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolo Paganini, who set whole Europe of the 19th century into frenzy and through whose personality Kinski offers us an incredibly profound and ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: classical music, ambition, musician's life, music, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, sexual relations, violin, death of protagonist, older man younger woman, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: europe, venice
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Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.
Style: captivating, stylized, inspirational, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: musician's life, prodigy, mozart, envy, emperor, music, obsession, composer, uninhibited rivalry, rise and fall, desire for fame, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1820s, 1780s, 1800s ...
Place: austria, vienna, europe, italy, central europe
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The Red Violin (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, Italy, USA, UK, Austria
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, touching, emotional, enigmatic ...
Plot: monk, musician, monastery, auction, violin, romance, collector, obsessive quest, obsession, classical music, husband wife relationship, orphan ...
Time: 18th century
Place: beijing china, oxford university, shanghai, montreal, vienna
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The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, ghetto, against humanity, nazi, anti semitism, genocide, starvation, atrocity, jewish, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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Portrait of a Knight (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Portrait of a Knight is a musical romance about the way in which historic ideals inform contemporary urban life. Rachel is a young archivist living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. Feeling alone and disconnected from life, she projects her ...
Plot: gallery, painting, classical music, chivalry, portrait, magic, romance, knight, opera
Place: new zealand
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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits. Her husband Raoul seeks to save her by enlisting Stephane, a stranger, to be her lover. Although he listens to Mozart and has every Pocket Book ...
Style: sexual, realistic, humorous, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: pregnancy, classical music, friendship, couples, parents and children, love and romance, romance, love affair, couple relations, crumbling marriage, fall in love, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 19th century
Place: france, paris france, tokyo, japan
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Mahler (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The film begins on a train journey with Gustav Mahler (Robert Powell) and his wife Alma (Georgina Hale) confronting their failing marriage. The story is then recounted in a series of flashbacks (some of which are surrealistic and nightmarish), ...
Style: sincere, stylized, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: train, classical music, crumbling marriage, musician's life, couple relations, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, haunted by the past, family relations, prodigy, introspection, society ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century, 1890s, turn of the century
Place: austria, europe
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The Eye (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Violinist Sydney Wells was accidentally blinded by her sister Helen when she was five years old. She submits to a cornea transplantation, and while recovering from the operation, she realizes that she is seeing dead people.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, twist ending, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, seeing dead people, danger, blindness, eye, woman in danger, ghost, supernatural, fear, supernatural ability, panic attack, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: mexico
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Copying Beethoven (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A fictionalised exploration of Beethoven's life in his final days working on his Ninth Symphony. It is 1824. Beethoven is racing to finish his new symphony. However, it has been years since his last success and he is plagued by deafness, ...
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: performance, artist, musician, dying, singer, pianist, classical music, composer, mute or deaf, romance, musician's life, contests and competitions ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: europe, austria, germany
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The Devil's Violinist (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric, factual ...
Plot: rise to the top, musician's life, violinist, womanizer, music, rising to stardom, ambition, deal with the devil, female nudity, success, composer, glory ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy
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The Perfection (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte seeks out Elizabeth, the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.
Style: disturbing, enigmatic, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: musician, envy, amputation, homosexuality, cello, female musician, amputee, revenge, child rape, rivalry, female friendship, illness ...
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The Concert (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: France, Italy, Romania, Belgium
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A former world-famous conductor of the Bolshoï orchestra, known as "The Maëstro", Andreï Filipov had seen his career publicly broken by Leonid Brezhnev for hiring Jewish musicians and now works cleaning the concert hall where he once ...
Style: touching, captivating, uplifting, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: russian, communism, concert, orchestra, music, redemption, classical music, obsession, fish out of water, hidden identity, parents and children, musician's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, russia, paris france, israel
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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who makes his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, deals. But a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist. He auditions with the help of a beautiful, young virtuoso ...
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: pianist, audition, debt, piano, concert, going straight, gangsters, classical music, crime, crimes, parents and children, teachers and students ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, china, paris france
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The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, teachers and students, music, boarding school life, teacher, singer, childhood, musician, friendship, school, boss, friends ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, england
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Quartet (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: elderly, retired, opera, retirement home life, aging, reconciliation, retirement home, rehearsal, concert, musician, music, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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Nodame Cantabile: The Movie I (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Following the success of the popular Japanese romantic comedy drama, NODAME CANTABILE: THE MOVIE hits the big screen! Hiroshi Tamaki and Juri Ueno reprise in their roles and continue their love for music and their pursuit for their ambitions. Chiaki ...
Style: feel good, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: couple relations, artists and showbiz, love and romance, musician's life, performer's life, lifestyle, youth, rivalry, underdog, romance, blind ambition, music ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
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Your Lie in April (2016)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Arima Kousei won numerous piano competitions while under the strict watch of his mother. He was known as the human metronome during that time. Since the death of his mother, Kousei has been unable to hear the sound of his piano. He then meets ...
Plot: classical music, music, piano, school uniform, pianist, mini skirt, legs, violin, violinist, leg, japanese girl, girl wearing a miniskirt ...
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The Wisdom Tree (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Three very different people — a quantum physicist, a neuroscientist (Sheetal Sheth), and an FBI agent — find themselves drawn into a spiraling mystery. Confronted with a mysterious car accident, the three must interpret clues that defy common ...
Style: spiritual
Plot: classical music, consciousness, parallel universe, spirituality
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The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The early 1960s: In preparation for his Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish boy, Max Glick (Noam Zylberman) from a small Manitoba community with an overbearing family tries to navigate his coming-of-age with his family's condescension and bigotry using his ...
Plot: rabbi, winter, classical music, religious differences, prairie, judaism, small town, mayor, religious leader, father son relationship, handshake, christmas tree ...
Time: 1950s
Place: canada, mine
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4 Minutes (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jenny is young. Her life is over. She killed someone. And she would do it again. When an 80-year-old piano teacher discovers the girl’s secret, her brutality and her dreams, she decides to transform her pupil into the musical wunderkind she once ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: prison, women's prison, prison life, piano, teachers and students, hopes, prodigy, pianist, golden years, musician's life, gays and lesbians, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany
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Shall We Kiss? (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride, and they spend the evening talking, laughing and getting along famously. At the end of the night, Emilie declines Gabriel's offer of "a kiss without consequences". Emilie ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sexual, touching, realistic
Plot: infidelity, kiss, sexual relations, couples, family relations, dishonesty, love affair, love and romance, romance, couple relations, love of one's life, love at first sight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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The Violin Teacher (2015)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Brazil
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The movie tells the story of Laerte (Lázaro Ramos), a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the OSESP Orchestra is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school at Heliopolis. His path is full of difficulties, but ...
Plot: music teacher, brazilian, classical music, teacher, chase, kiss, audition, piano, riot, favela, playing violin, phone ringing ...
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The Nutcracker (American Ballet Theatre) (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Nutcracker is Mikhail Baryshnikov's breathtaking and critcally acclaimed Emmy nominated production. The thisspectacular performance is danced by the magnificent team of Baryshnikov, one of the greatest classical dancers of the century, and ...
Plot: christmas, ballet, music, dance performance, classical music, christmas eve, toy, celebration, reality vs fantasy, dream, magic, snow ...
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Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.
Style: emotional, sentimental, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prodigy, cellist, concert, career, music, rivalry, relationship vs career, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, unfulfillment, musician's life, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england
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Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
Style: realistic, serious, enigmatic, non-linear, melancholic ...
Plot: music, obsession, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, social misfits, artists and showbiz, ambition, human nature, mentally unstable, misfit, showbiz ...
Place: canada
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Fantasia 2000 (1999)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Blending lively music and brilliant animation, this sequel to the original 'Fantasia' restores 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and adds seven new shorts.
Style: stylized, serious, offbeat, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: disney, mouse, pianist, apprentice, rescue, music, elephant, family, orchestra, buddies, dreams, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 1990s
Place: europe, new york, usa, italy, grand central station manhattan new york city
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Immortal Beloved (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was. Not easy as Beethoven has had ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: pianist, secretary, letter, investigation, deafness, uncle nephew relationship, music, artists and showbiz, musician's life, obsessive quest, historical character, couple relations ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s
Place: austria, europe, hungary
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