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10 Great Music Film Biopics You Have To See

"I'm going to create the greatest album ever."

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Since the release of Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) and Rocketman (2019), it seems there's been a resurgence in the popularity of the music biopic. Often feel good movies with some emotional twists thrown in for good measure, or a moving tribute to a fallen icon, music biopics are almost always full of great performances of real life people, and the best ones offer a fresh take on a pop culture icon who audiences are likely to only know for their music.

The following movies are all biopics, but not all are about terribly successful musicians. Some focus on the icons who changed music forever, others on the artists better known for their lifestyles than their work. One is a breath of fresh air to the genre, giving audiences a look into the life of a man who history seems to have forgotten.

All sport fantastic performances, moving character interactions, immortal soundtracks, and compelling stories about music's most popular figures. A few are mostly happy, fun biopics which focus on the lighter aspect of the people they're portraying, whilst the vast majority have no issue with digging deep into the lives of their subjects.

Whether gritty and honest, uplifting and wholesome, or unique and eye-opening, here are 10 great music biopics you just have to watch.

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