The Best Music Biopics

15 June 2015, 15:40 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29

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We have chosen our shortlist list of the must-see musical biopics in movie history.

With James Brown's career going on film in Get On Up and Sam Cooke's too-short career to be featured on the big screen, we have chosen our list of the must-see musical biopics in movie history.

Great Balls Of Fire (1989)

This is a really interesting film looking at rock and roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. Surrounded by scandal after marrying his 13-year-old cousin, Lewis (played by Dennis Quaid) also had to battle alcoholism throughout his career.

Nowhere Boy (2009)

Nowhere Boy tells the story of John Lennon's teenage years between 1955-1960. Aaron Johnson starred as Lennon and received many plaudits for his performance. He also ended up marrying director Sam Taylor-Wood.

Walk The Line (2005)

Walk The Line tells the story of Johnny Cash – the early years. Joaquin Phoenix does a great job as country legend Cash, with Reese Witherspoon matching him as June Carter. Unlike some biopics, the story doesn’t shy away from Cash’s drug addiction and is, at times, difficult to watch.

What's Love Got To Do With It (1993)

A gripping if controversial film, What’s Love Got To Do With It focusing on Tina Turner career and her inner strength. Whitney Houston was originally offered the role of Tina, but had to decline after becoming pregnant. Angela Bassett puts in a terrific performance though, with Laurence Fishburne playing the Ike.

Ray (2004)

Jamie Foxx puts in an Oscar-winning performance as Ray Charles. 

Get On Up is released in the UK on November 21. Watch the trailer below: