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1. Tous les matins du monde (1991)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Monsieur de Sainte Colombe, fierce and somber man, grand master of the viola da gamba and professor of Marin Marais, prestigious musician in the court of Louis XIV.

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Anne Brochet, Guillaume Depardieu

Votes: 6,334 | Gross: $3.09M

2. The Child Prodigy (2010)

101 min | Drama

On the keyboard, the young hands fly rapidly and the melody rises. For the child, nothing is easier; he hears the sounds in his head. These hands belong to 6 years old André Mathieu. He won... See full summary »

Director: Luc Dionne | Stars: Patrick Drolet, Marc Labrèche, Macha Grenon, Karine Vanasse

Votes: 191

3. The Soloist (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

61 Metascore

A newspaper journalist discovers a homeless musical genius and tries to improve his situation.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander

Votes: 50,563 | Gross: $31.67M

4. Hilary and Jackie (1998)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The tragic story of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, James Frain, David Morrissey

Votes: 9,549 | Gross: $4.87M

5. Shine (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 50,275 | Gross: $35.81M

6. Voices (1995)

R | 93 min | Drama

A story about real life early 20th century British composer and music critic Philip Arnold Heseltine.

Director: Malcolm Clarke | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Tushka Bergen, Allan Corduner, Hilton McRae

Votes: 206

7. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of castrato opera singer Carlo Broschi, who enthralled 18th century European audiences under his stage name Farinelli, comes to life in this drama of high notes and even higher passions.

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier

Votes: 6,161 | Gross: $2.12M

8. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Colm Feore, Derek Keurvorst, Katya Ladan, Devon Anderson

Votes: 3,480 | Gross: $1.57M

9. Interrupted Melody (1955)

Passed | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This movie chronicles Australian-born opera star Marjorie Lawrence's success, her battle with polio, and her eventual career comeback.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 885

10. So This Is Love (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Biography, Music, Musical

Biopic of opera star Grace Moore, who was killed in a plane crash in 1947.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Merv Griffin, Joan Weldon, Walter Abel

Votes: 174

11. The Great Caruso (1951)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna

Votes: 1,146

12. La Vie de Bohème (1992)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms, Kari Väänänen

Votes: 4,838

13. Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Romance

A portrait, mostly chronological, of composer, cellist, and vocalist Arthur Russell (1951-1992). His parents, friends and colleagues such as Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, his long-time ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wolf | Stars: Bob Blank, Ernie Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

Votes: 530

14. Cutting Edge (1990–2017)
Episode: A Boy Called Alex (2008)


Alex is a boy who suffers from a severe form of Cystic fibrosis. He is also a gifted composer and musician. While suffering from the disease he undertakes the tough challenge of conducting Bach's Magnificat at Eton.

Director: Stephen Walker | Stars: Alex Stobbs, Stephen Walker

Votes: 12

15. Deception (1946)

Approved | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, John Abbott

Votes: 2,933

16. The Red Violin (1998)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

57 Metascore

A red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 31,095 | Gross: $9.47M

17. The Turandot Project (2000)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

In May of 1997, Zubin Mehta conducts and Zhang Yimou directs Puccini's "Turnadot" in Florence. A year later, they stage nine performances in Beijing. This documentary focuses on the China ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Miller | Stars: Zubin Mehta, Carlo Allemano, Lando Bartolini, Giovanna Casolla

Votes: 121 | Gross: $0.03M

18. Ariadne auf Naxos (2001 TV Movie)

138 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Deborah Polaski, Natalie Dessay, Jon Villars, Susan Graham

Votes: 8

19. The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin (1997)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary on how composer Dmitri Shostakovich used his Fourth to Ninth Symphony as a silent protest against the crimes of Stalin.

Director: Larry Weinstein | Stars: Valery Gergiev, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Flora Litvinova, Graham Haley

Votes: 117

20. Wolfgang (1997)

14 min | Short

A composer with a straining birth name is caught between his mother fixation and his need to father his own ambitions.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Stig Hoffmeyer, Frits Helmuth, Vera Gebuhr, Søren Sætter-Lassen

Votes: 177

21. The Full Monteverdi (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Six couples meet in a restaurant. Over the course of the meal and the following morning, they break up, leaving six abandoned lovers. Sung throughout to Claudio Monteverdi's compete fourth book of madrigals.

Director: John La Bouchardiere | Stars: Matthew Brook, Mark Denham, Samantha E. Hunt, Carys Lane

Votes: 34

22. Casta diva (1935)

87 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Young composer Vincenzo Bellini is still an unknown music student in Napoli when he finds in a maiden's eyes the inspiration for the aria that would become his most beloved one, "Casta Diva".

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Mártha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri, Gualtiero Tumiati, Lamberto Picasso

Votes: 16

23. The Clap (2005)

12 min | Short, Comedy

An obsessive classical concertgoer (Steve Furst from the Orange ads and Little Britain) wants to be the first clapper at the end of every symphony and sonata. But when he inflicts the clap ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Lindsey | Stars: David Bamber, Sebastian Brennan, Miranda Colchester, Steve Furst

Votes: 59

24. The Touch (1992)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Music

Henry Kesdi is a silenced classical composer and a survivor of the Holocaust. He is coaxed out from retirement by an inspired musicologist, Stefan, who convinces him to compose a complex ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Max von Sydow, Lothaire Bluteau, Sarah Miles, Sofie Gråbøl

Votes: 247

25. Deux (1989)

113 min | Drama, Romance

The manager of a contemporary music composer falls in love with the real estate agent with whom he is looking for a house in Paris. But both have been used to living an independent life: ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Maruschka Detmers, Michelle Goddet, Philippe Leroy

Votes: 186

26. A Crazy Composer (1906)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A composer alone in his music room has a better imagination while asleep than awake.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 250

27. House of Ricordi (1954)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the Ricordi family, the most prestigious music publishers in all of Italy.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Roland Alexandre, Myriam Bru, Elisa Cegani, Andrea Checchi

Votes: 76

28. Composer Meets Quartet (1987 Video)

28 min | Documentary, Short, Music

An insight into the work by composer and pianist Herman D. Koppel with the American Cantilena Quartet before the first performance of his piano quartet 'opus 114' in 1986. The film is shot ... See full summary »

Director: Jørgen Leth | Stars: Frank Glazer, Knud W. Jensen, Herman D. Koppel, Edna Michell

Votes: 6

30. Khachaturian Piano Concerto (1998 TV Special)


Music-video performance of the Armenian composer's powerful composition, featuring award-winning pianist Dora Serviarian-Kuhn.

Director: Peter Rosen | Star: Dora Serviarian-Kuhn

31. Chasing Tchaikovsky (2007)


Boris is a driven businessman, who has achieved a great deal of success in the time he has been in America. He is forced to, go back to his Russian roots, to keep his fortune in tact. The ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Lalazarian | Stars: Art Aroustamian, Boyd Banks, Corinne Blanchon, Michael Patrick Breen

Votes: 25

32. A Song for Martin (2001)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Music, Romance

72 Metascore

Swedish composer/conductor Martin and concertmaster Barbara fall in love. After their divorces, they're happily married. While composing an opera, Martin is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It slowly changes him.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Sven Wollter, Viveka Seldahl, Reine Brynolfsson, Linda Källgren

Votes: 1,059 | Gross: $0.03M

33. Villa-Lobos por uma Soprano (2011)

40 min | Documentary

Soprano Stela Brandão is one of the most avid promoters of Brazilian classical music. Through her passion for Heitor Villa-Lobos, she brings intimate and poetic reflections on the work of ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Goulart | Star: Stela Brandão

34. The Curse of the Gothic Symphony (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

A group of brave and committed musicians take on an 80 year curse in an attempt to stage one of the longest, largest and most technically difficult symphonies ever composed.

Director: Randall Wood | Stars: John Curro, Veronica Fury, Eugene Gilfedder, Kimberley Pitt

Votes: 25

36. Martha Argerich, conversation nocturne (2003)

72 min | Documentary, Music

The director Georges Gachot has a delightful and stylish gab with the great Argentinean pianist Martha Argerich entwined with wonderful excerpts of her presentations and rehearsals. Along ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Gachot | Star: Martha Argerich

Votes: 33

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