Top 5 Music Biopics

The whole world was watching their every step, hungry to get a glimpse into their lives. These are some of the best biopics with impeccable acting and thrilling storylines: 

Love & Mercy (2014) - Brian Wilson of “Beach Boys”

For the fans of "the Beach Boys", this biographical drama depicts the life of Brian Wilson, one of the founders of the infamous rock band from the early 70-s. Paul Dano and John Cusack tell a story of a brilliant lyricist and musician and his struggle through substance abuse and depression. Beautifully composed, it depicts accurately the fragility of a character under the pressure of fame.

I’m Not There (2007)

This film shows the complexity and depth of Bob Dylan’s character through a number of different actors, both male and female, playing the legendary singer. A very intricate plot featuring an array of some of Hollywood’s most talented actors: Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw, all contributing to the many edges of the talented musician.

Control (2007)

The audience gets a peek into the emotional and dark life of the lead singer of Britain’s one of the most iconic bands of all time, Ian Curtis. The black-and-white movie adds intensity and drama, to what feels like can be genuine footage from the 70-s, but outstanding acting of Sam Riley, adds colour to the mysterious singer. The movie focuses on the struggle between love and lust, talent and the burden of worldwide exposure, that lead to the tragedy of a decade.

La Vie en Rose (2007)- Edith Piaf

This biopic combines the impeccable acting of Marion Cotillard and iconic songs by the renowned Edith Piaf. It shows her struggles through extreme poverty in the younger years and her rise to fame and the limelight through Edith Piaf’s unique sounds and determination. La Vie En Rose takes the viewer on a journey through rough waters of the singers up-bringing and a fountain of exposure and popularity in the later years as the whole world was mesmerised her signature voice, crowned “the voice of France”.


Straight Outta Compton (2015)- N.W.A.

Straight Outta Compton named after one of the most controversial albums of the 80-s  by  N.W.A. It addresses not only the life of the hip-hop group but their morals and what they stood for, their significance in the social revolution in the USA. The uncensored lyrics were so brutally honest that their music was banned numerous radio stations. The rebellious group had, what seemed like the whole world against them, but a single spark was enough to start a firestorm across the whole country.

Text by DARINA MOSYAGINA