Music business movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant music business movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, melancholic, clever, harsh, feel good and entertaining films and TV shows about / with music business, music, runaway, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, musician, artists and showbiz, catastrophe and rock and roll plots mostly in Music, Drama and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as music business: Vinyl (2016), Be Cool (2005), American Pop (1981), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Kill Your Friends (2015), Spike Island (2012), La Bamba (1987), Cadillac Records (2008), Almost Famous (2000), Josie and the Pussycats (2001).

List of music business movies

Vinyl (2016)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in 1970s New York, Vinyl is a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop. The show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, who is trying to save his company and his ...
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: showbiz, music, historical character, music business, ambition, blackmail, mafia, disco, drugs/alcohol, rock band, murder, racism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: new york, usa, las vegas
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Be Cool (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music exec on the way.
Style: clever, semi serious, humorous, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: widow, music business, musician's life, cons and scams, crimes, crime, gangsters, russian mafia, recording studio, nightclub, pawnshop, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles
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American Pop (1981)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: American Pop is an American animated film that tells the story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music.
Style: captivating, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, adult animation ...
Plot: music, jazz, songwriter, jazz band, music hall, music business, love and romance, musician's life, family relations, ambition, artists and showbiz, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1940s, 1930s, 40s ...
Place: usa, russia, new york, europe, san francisco ...
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24 Hour Party People (2002)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.
Style: witty, humorous, sincere, stylized, clever ...
Plot: nightclub, musician, clubbing, party, ambition, businessman, lifestyle, success, music band, life changing experience, artists and showbiz, rise and fall ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: england, europe, manchester, northern england, london
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Kill Your Friends (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the late 1990s, a drug-addled nihilist resorts to murder to climb the ladder of the London music industry.
Style: rough, disturbing, suspense, tense, dark humor
Plot: killer, murder, music industry, music business, psychopath, secret, ambition, criminal, criminal as protagonist, plan gone wrong, rivalry, lie ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1981, year 1983, year 1996 ...
Place: austin texas, europe, new york, london, england
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Spike Island (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Teenage musicians travel to England's Spike Island in the hope of attending an outdoor performance by their favorite band, the Stone Roses.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: ambition, music band, teenage life, follow your dream, teenage love, friendship, artists and showbiz, youth, hopes, love and romance, music business, band ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, manchester, liverpool
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La Bamba (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, audition, music business, musician, music industry, rock star, interracial relations, family relations, star, concert ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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Cadillac Records (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, music, blues, success, showbiz, rock and roll, lifestyle, ambition, fame, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, poland
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Almost Famous (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater – fronted by lead guitar ...
Style: feel good, realistic, sentimental, captivating, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, musician's life, rock, on the road, music, journalism, musician, music band, fame, aspiring writer, innocence lost, stewardess ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, phoenix arizona, new york, san francisco ...
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Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Josie, Melody and Val are three small-town girl musicians determined to take their rock band out of their garage and straight to the top, while remaining true to their look, style and sound. They get a record deal which brings fame and fortune but ...
Style: humorous, feel good, witty, not serious, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: conspiracy, music, friendship, fame, secret, music band, lifestyle, musician's life, desire for fame, ambition, showbiz, megalomaniac ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york
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Laurel Canyon (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up ...
Style: psychological, serious, sentimental, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: infidelity, intern, culture clash, fish out of water, couple relations, love and romance, human nature, disorder, couples, estrangement, rock, music business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Rock the Kasbah (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Music, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A washed-up music producer finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, artists and showbiz, hopes, singer, music business, arms dealer, teenage girl, singing, american abroad, tv show, television show, scandal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, middle east, california, usa
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Brown Sugar (2002)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sidney is a writer who's just left her L.A. Times music review gig to edit New York hip-hop magazine XXL. Dre is an executive with a hip-hop record company based in New York. They've known each other since they met as children, when both ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, touching, intense ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: hip hop, friendship, infidelity, romance, looking for love, fall in love, music, black romance, couples, music business, love triangle, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, san francisco
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Crazy Heart (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son. But can he leave behind an ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: musician, alcohol abuse, country music, journalist, loneliness, singer, redemption, financial problem, hopes, alcoholic, musician's life, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, nashville tennessee, new mexico, houston texas ...
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Brothers of the Head (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the 1970s a music promoter plucks Siamese twins from obscurity and grooms them into a freakish rock'n'roll act. A dark tale of sex, strangeness and rock music.
Style: semi serious, touching, realistic, humorous, witty ...
Plot: family relations, twins, music band, human nature, showbiz, friends, love and romance, siblings relations, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rise to the top, perversion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, usa, los angeles, europe, london
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Vinyl (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Based on true events. When a new record by an old band is turned down by ageist record companies, the veteran punk band assemble a group of youngsters to stand in for them, and fool the music industry.
Style: not serious, realistic, humorous, suspense, biting
Plot: reunion, music band, satire, showbiz, friends, youth, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, hidden identity, shallowness, rock, music business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
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Pitch Perfect (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: College student Beca knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing ...
Style: feel good, realistic, humorous, semi serious, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: music band, youth, young woman, friends, female protagonist, follow your dream, competition, lifestyle, rivalry, student, college life, student life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, california
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8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, gloomy, lyrical, tense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: hip hop, underdog, follow your dream, street gang, music, musician's life, white rapper, urban ghetto life, human spirit, contests and competitions, racial slur, success ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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Ride or Die (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A slick private eye (Duane Martin) set out to investigate the death of a young rapper, only to find himself knee-deep in drugs, guns, and double crosses. Vivica A. Fox and real-life rappers Jadakiss and Sticky Fingaz co-star.
Style: realistic, semi serious, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, private detective, buddies, deadly, murder, rivalry, hitman, musician's life, gangsters, vengeance, music business, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA, China
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar Conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He'll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The ...
Style: satirical, funny, absurd, stylized, idiotic ...
Plot: pop star, celebrity, musician, concert, parody, fame, music video, music business, music, storytelling, dumb, stereotypes ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: california
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Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: The Leningrad Cowboys, a group of Finnish musicians, and their manager, travel to America seeking fame and fortune. As they cross the country, trying to get to a wedding in Mexico, they are followed by the village idiot, who wishes to join the band.
Style: road movie, humorous, funny, satirical, light ...
Plot: music band, music, family relations, americana, career, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, dream, rock band, wedding, long lost relative, band ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, finland, mexico, united states, russia ...
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Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 68 min.
Story: A sci-fi anime House-musical movie collaboration between Daft Punk--and their music--and designer Leiji Matsumoto. During the recording of their DISCOVERY album and using the themes of sci-fi celebrity, decadence and space travel, Daft Punk--with ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, atmospheric, lyrical, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music band, space travel, music, adventure, musician's life, rising to stardom, lifestyle, heroic mission, benign alien, escapades, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
Place: tokyo, japan
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Rhinestone (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a big-time country singer brags that she can turn anybody in to a country-singin' star, she's out to prove she can live up to her talk when she recruits a cab-driver as a country singer. He's scheduled to sing at a big-time NYC ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, entertaining, inspirational ...
Plot: fish out of water, romance, against the odds, odd couple, love and romance, teaching the ways of the world, artists and showbiz, musician's life, nightclub, italian american, music business, happy ending ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, lifestyle, human nature, teenage life, couple relations, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
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Across the Universe (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing ...
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, lyrical, intense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: anti war, freedom, protest, vietnam war, hippie, cultural difference, friendship, fan, political unrest, music, counterculture, romance ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: new york, liverpool, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
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Walk the Line (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, emotional, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, country music, music, marriage, accident, musician, couple relations, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, divorce, performer's life ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, memphis, germany, tennessee, arkansas ...
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The Harder They Come (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ivanhoe Martin arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a ...
Style: exciting, rough, road movie, tense, serious ...
Plot: reggae, music, marijuana, folk hero, crime, crimes, culture clash, fish out of water, disorder, drug dealing, life is a bitch, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: jamaica, west indies, new jersey
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The Doors (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, factual, surreal ...
Plot: music band, singer, drug abuse, musician, hallucination, hippie, fame, star, mentally unstable, nervous breakdown, party, lsd ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1971, 1940s ...
Place: california, usa, new york, san francisco, venice beach california ...
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Fame (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An updated version of the 1980 musical, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, emotional, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: high school, music, teacher, high school life, showbiz, youth, teenage life, follow your dream, desire for fame, dream come true, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: The story of the rise and fall of the Pre-Fab Four.
Style: humorous, not serious, light, absurd, witty ...
Plot: parody, music, musician's life, rising to stardom, media, music band, partners, buddies, celebrity culture, journalism, lifestyle, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: england, europe, germany
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