10 Great Music Film Biopics You Have To See

9. The Runaways

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Based on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by band member Cherie Currie, The Runaways (2010) is a wonderfully performed and touching biopic about the band of the same name, who formed in California in 1975 and broke up only four years later.

Starring Dakota Fanning as Currie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, the film details the rocky relationship between the two founding members before Currie's departure from the band in '77. It's a flash and nostalgic slice of cinema, perfectly transporting viewers to the '70s music scene and recreating the electric energy of the band's most famous singles, from the much heard "Cherry Bomb" and "Queens of Noise."

Like all biopics, it's been noted by Currie and Jett to have missed out some crucial moments - and even created some scenes that never happened - but is notable for its true-to-life portrayals of the various band members and emotional weight the leading women exude during their various confrontations throughout the film's run.

It's also arguably Stewart's best performance, a role which is perfect for movie-goers still unsure of her acting talent and unable to get over the Twilight franchise.


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