1964 was the first year people tried to convert the popularity of The Beatles into box office success. A Hard Days Night was an attempt by United Artists to cash in on the four lads from Liverpool and their “Mersey sound” before the bubble burst.
As the decade wore on and Beatlemania refused to become a passing fad the band were given several more star vehicles. The last of these was 1970s Let It Be, which won an Oscar for its soundtrack.
Documenting the band’s breakup and capturing their final live performance from a Savile Row rooftop, there was an air of finality to Let It Be. With no more Beatles, there would no more Beatle movies, right?
Wrong. There was plenty of juice left in one of music’s most remarkable back catalogues. Whether capitalising on baby boomer nostalgia or appealing to a whole new generation of fans, The Beatles remain a money-making machine. One that film makers have been happy to benefit from over the years.
The films on this list range from your classic jukebox musical to films that are altogether weirder but each of them relies on the enduring quality and popularity of Beatlemusic.
Chris Chopping is a writer, podcaster and stand up comedian. He’s 34 and still dreaming of a Diamond Dallas Page style later-life entry into the wrestling business. Eats too many carbs for that though. Follow him @MrChrisChopping on Twitter.