1. Walk The Line (2005)
Johnny Cash develops a passion for music as a young man growing up in the Great Depression in Arkansas. He eventually leaves his small town and joins the military in Germany. While there, he purchases his first guitar, begins writing music, and pops the question to Vivian in front of her family and friends. His wife and daughter had moved to Tennessee where he worked as a salesman to provide for the family. He meets a man who encourages him to pursue his goals, and the two go on to record a song together.
Afterwards, while on tour to promote his music, he runs into the already well-known and stunning June Carter. They develop an unspoken bond as they travel with June, the boys, and Jerry Lee Lewis on longer tours. But he was a drug addict when June left the tour due to his behavior.
While his marriage was falling apart, he ran into June years later at an awards show and forced her to join them on tour again, promising to support her two children as well as herself and her own needs if she went along. June and John’s romance deepens during the tour, and John’s marriage to his first wife comes to an end. June learns about the drugs and assists him in getting clean.
John was able to stop using drugs because of his true love and care for her. He then proposes to her in front of a crowd at a concert.
2. Love & Mercy (2014)
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is the band’s creative driving force, but he paid dearly for it. This is especially evident during his prime artistic years in the 1960s, when his inner demons and obsessions with pleasing his abusive father drove him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. While still under Dr. Landy’s stifling control in the 1980s, Brian meets and falls head over heels in love with Melinda Ledbetter.
As their romance develops, she becomes increasingly alarmed by Brian’s crippling submission to the abusive psychotherapist. It’s time for her to stand up for what she believes in, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness.
3. Ray (2004)
The life and times of music legend Ray Charles. It is told from the viewpoint of a middle-aged man with recollections of events from his childhood and adolescence. We see how he rose from being a pianist in a touring band to writing and producing music for other artists before becoming a star. Include his drug use and the ramifications on his professional and personal life.
4. La Vie En Rose (2007)
A non-chronological look at the life of Edith Piaf, the Little Sparrow (1915-1963). In addition to her mother, her father is a circus performer, and her paternal grandmother is a madam, all of whom have struggled with alcoholism. Every one of them is her home during her formative years. In her twenties, she’s a street performer discovered by a club owner who is later assassinated, coached by a musician who takes her to concert halls, and then quickly became famous.
Alcohol and heartache are constant companions. One of her most famous songs, “Non, je ne regrette rien,” is a far cry from the truth. Her tragic love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the lyrics. Due to the narrative’s back and forth nature, it suggests that there are patterns of memory and association present in the story.
5. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Musician Dewey Cox had a rollercoaster career, and his songs would have a profound impact on a nation.
The rock and roll spiral of Cox includes sleeping with 411 women, marrying three times, having 36 children (including a chimp), appearing on his own 70s TV show, making friends with everyone from Elvis to the Beatles, and experimenting with every drug under the sun before becoming a national icon and falling in love with Darlene, his longtime backup singer.
6. Searching For Sugar Man (2012)
There were only two well-received but uncommercial albums by Detroit folk singer Sixto Rodriguez in the early 1970s. Rodriguez had no idea that his career had taken off in South Africa, where he would go on to become a pop music icon and an inspiration to future generations of musicians.
After years of hearing that their hero had committed suicide, a small group of dedicated fans set out to discover the truth about their hero’s demise. They discover in their quest far more than they could have imagined, while a construction worker in Detroit discovers that his long-forgotten artistic dreams have come true after all, in a strangely heartwarming story.
7. Nowhere Boy (2009)
John Lennon’s childhood and teenage years, from 1944 to 1960, their relationship with his mother Julia and aunt Mimi (the two dominant women in his early life), their first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, and the birth of The Beatles are all explored in this book.
8. I’m Not There (2007)
As an actor, a folk singer, a troubadour energized by electricity, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie—these are all Bob Dylan incarnations. Make their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, and marriage and infidelity more memorable by using Dylan’s music as a background track. Recreate the look and feel of vintage black-and-and-white documentaries from the 1960s. Put them both in a position where they must choose between becoming someone else or remaining the same. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott’s grandson, Jack, discovers Jesus, while handsome Robbie falls in love with Claire before abandoning her.
Woody, a foster kid who ran away, sings as he hobos across the country; Billy, who wakes up in a valley next to a six-lane highway; and Rimbaud. Jude, who gets booed when he goes electric at Newport, is on the outs with the media, the pundits, and the crowd. He’s not going to be given a classification.
9. The Doors (1991)
Although Oliver Stone’s film is an homage to the Doors, it serves as a biography of the “Electric Poet” and late singer Jim Morrison. From his days as a Los Angeles film student to his untimely death in Paris, France at the age of 27, the film follows Morrison’s life.
A standout performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison’s long-lost twin brother, but also sounds like him, is featured in the film, which includes a lot of Val Kilmer singing. Even the surviving Doors members, according to legend, couldn’t tell the difference between Kilmer’s and Morrison’s original vocals.
10. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
It was the 1960’s in New Rochelle. Frank Abagnale Jr., a high school student, looks up to his troubled father. In the wake of his parents’ divorce, Frank packs his bags and heads to New York City, vowing to make up for his father’s losses and bring his family back together. Later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he is extradited, tried, and convicted of passing over $4,000,000 in bad checks.
Since then, he’s gone undercover as everything from a Pan Am flight attendant to a pediatrician to a lawyer. Carl Hanratty, a stoic FBI agent, has been after him since almost the beginning of his criminal career. What begins as a game of cat and mouse transforms into a father-son relationship.
11. Dreamgirls (2006)
Early 1960s in Detroit. In the mid-1980s car salesman Curtis Taylor Jr. makes a foray into the music industry with lofty ambitions. The Dreamettes, a group of young women he signs, land a gig opening for R&B singer James “Thunder” Davis. Early on, he sets up his own record label and gets his feet wet in the music business.
The Dreamettes become the Dreams when Early…flames out, but not before Curtis demotes their hefty big-voiced lead singer Effie White and puts the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front of the stage as the Dreamettes. Later, he fires Effie and throws her into poverty while elevating Deena and the Dreams to fame and fortune. When will Curtis be able to leave, and what about Effie?
12. Crazy Heart (2009)
Broken-down country music singer Bad Blake has been married far too many times, been on the road for a long time, and has had a few too many drinks. A journalist named Jean discovers the real man behind Bad’s musician persona, and this leads Bad to seek salvation with Jean.
13. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
Addict gang biker Sam Childers is released from prison in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and discovers that his wife Lynn, who used to be a stripper, has become a Christian.
They pick up a stranger who threatens Donnie with a pocketknife; however, Sam re…acts, and the stranger is humiliated. After the incident, Lynn and Sam’s mother, Daisy, persuade Sam to join their church, and Sam is baptized as a result. Sam lands a steady job in the building trades.
A preacher from Africa inspires him to travel to the continent, and he does just that. It’s no secret that Sam frequently travels to northern and southern Uganda and South Sudan to help the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) build an orphanage for their abused children (LRA). As a result, he becomes a legend known as The Machine Gun Preacher for his willingness to fight whenever it’s necessary.
14. The Runaways (2010)
Joan Larkin, a teenage girl from the San Fernando Valley, transforms into Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to start a punk rock band with only other girls. Her manager Kim Fowley takes an interest in the project and pairs her up with a drummer before searching for a front woman. He discovers Cherie Currie, then 15, who is the ideal jailbait…image for his purposes and who also happens to be a singer by chance. The Runaways are completed by two more members.
To promote the album, Fowley arranges a tour, signs the band to Mercury Records, and takes them to Japanese audiences. Fowley sows the seeds of discord from the start, making Cherie the focus of publicity, which leads to her becoming drugged up on drugs and vodka and giving rise to jealousies. What will become of Joan and Cherie if no one is watching?
15. The Soloist (2009)
For Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, a recent bike accident had left his face disfigured, but he was still desperate for story ideas in 2005. He then meets Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill street musician with extraordinary talent, despite his half-broken instruments. Nathaniel Ayers is a character in his own right.
Lopez is moved by Ayers’ story and wants to do more to help him and the rest of the city’s poor, so he writes a series of acclaimed articles about him. The good intentions of Lopez, on the other hand, collide with the harsh realities of Ayers’ inner demons and the broader social injustices that face the homeless population as a whole
Whatever the case may be, Lopez and Ayers will have to overcome their deepest fears and frustrations if they are to have any hope of a better future.
16. Sid And Nancy (1986)
Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols’ bassist, and his lover Nancy Spungen are the subject of a disturbing biopic. After the Sex Pistols’ tragic US tour, Vicious tries to launch a solo career while still addicted to heroin. Sid is arrested for Nancy’s murder after she is found stabbed to death one morning.