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1. Wagner (1981– )

300 min | Biography, Drama, History

A huge panorama of Richard Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria, to the final ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, László Gálffi, John Gielgud

Votes: 431

2. Verdi (1982– )

Not Rated | 70 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Giuseppe Verdi was born in 1813 and lived until 1901, his life spanning nearly a century of political turmoil and considerable personal turmoil. This 1982 biographical television miniseries... See full summary »

Stars: Ronald Pickup, Carla Fracci, Giampiero Albertini, Omero Antonutti

Votes: 239

3. Eroica (2003 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, History, Music

On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Peter Hanson, Jack Davenport, Leo Bill, Ian Hart

Votes: 529

4. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 358,321 | Gross: $51.97M

5. Mahler (1974)

PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 2,252

6. Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 4,577 | Gross: $4.08M


8. Vivaldi, the Red Priest (2009)

120 min | Biography, Musical

The life of Antonio Vivaldi, called "the red priest", his relationship with the world and the Church, his spiritual battles, his love for a woman.

Director: Liana Marabini | Stars: Steven Cree, Clemency Burton-Hill, James Jagger, Tiffany Mulheron

Votes: 29

9. Lisztomania (1975)

R | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

Composer and pianist Franz Liszt (Roger Daltrey) attempts to overcome his hedonistic life-style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas).

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, Ringo Starr

Votes: 2,175

10. The Music Lovers (1971)

R | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian, Christopher Gable

Votes: 2,276 | Gross: $0.20M


11. 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

12. Mozart's Sister (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A reimagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang, and a musical prodigy in her own right.

Director: René Féret | Stars: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau

Votes: 1,422 | Gross: $0.71M

13. Vision (2009)

Unrated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Lena Stolze

Votes: 1,029 | Gross: $0.43M

Hildegard von Bingen

14. My Name Is Bach (2003)

97 min | Biography, Drama

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is introduced to King Frederick II of Prussia in 1747. The aging composer and the young monarch clash and a battle of egos ensues.

Director: Dominique de Rivaz | Stars: Vadim Glowna, Jürgen Vogel, Karoline Herfurth, Anatole Taubman

Votes: 292

15. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 22,641 | Gross: $9.91M


16. Beethoven (2005– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A dramatized documentary on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Stars: Paul Rhys, Charles Hazlewood, David Bamber, Casper Harvey

Votes: 220

17. Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

59 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode, Ralph Riach

Votes: 12,781 | Gross: $0.35M

18. Vivaldi (II)

120 min | Biography, Drama, History | Announced

A biography of Antonio Vivaldi's early life, when the young priest became the music teacher at a school for the illegitimate daughters of Venice's courtesans.

Director: Boris Damast

19. Sibelius (2003)

120 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life story of Jean Sibelius, a Finnish composer.

Director: Timo Koivusalo | Stars: Martti Suosalo, Heikki Nousiainen, Miina Turunen, Seela Sella

Votes: 679

21. Bach (I)

History | Announced

J.S. Bach, orphaned at 10, widowed at 35, 20 children, regarded as the world's greatest composer, challenged the conventions of church, state and society by expressing personal tragedy and hardship with passion, joy and conviction.

Director: Carlos Saura

22. Magic Fire (1955)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Drama

The life and career of German composer Richard Wagner.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Rita Gam, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 125

23. The Life of Richard Wagner (1913)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of the great German composer, from his childhood through his great triumphs in orchestral and operatic music.

Directors: Carl Froelich, William Wauer | Stars: Giuseppe Becce, Olga Engl, Manny Ziener, Ernst Reicher

Votes: 87

24. New Wine (1941)

87 min | Drama

Biography of composer Franz Schubert

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Alan Curtis, Ilona Massey, Billy Gilbert, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 19

Franz Schubert

25. The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936)

116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Lyrical biography of the classical composer, depicted as a romantical hero, an accursed artist.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt, Jean-Louis Barrault

Votes: 237


26. Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Music, Romance

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton

Votes: 1,229

Johann Strauss the elder and younger

27. The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 1,005

Johann Strauß II

28. La symphonie fantastique (1942)

90 min | Biography, Drama

Biographical romance about the great composer Hector Berlioz, someone whom the French, during their WWII occupation by the Nazis, could look back proudly on.

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Renée Saint-Cyr, Lise Delamare, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jules Berry

Votes: 104


29. The Great Mr. Handel (1942)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Rank's G.H.W. Productions Ltd.

Director: Norman Walker | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan, Malcolm Keen, Michael Shepley

Votes: 72


30. Beethoven Lives Upstairs (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 51 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A young boy learns to appreciate the music of his upstairs boarder, Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Neil Munro, Illya Woloshyn, Fiona Reid, Paul Soles

Votes: 430


31. A Song to Remember (1945)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Biography of Frederic Chopin.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde, Nina Foch

Votes: 1,184

Frederic Chopin

32. The Magic Bow (1946)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Musical, Romance

Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Stewart Granger, Phyllis Calvert, Jean Kent, Dennis Price

Votes: 166


33. Song of Love (1947)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker, Henry Daniell

Votes: 892

Robert Schumann

34. Young Chopin (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

A story of the formative years in Chopin's life between 1825 and 1831, a time of social unrest throughout Europe, of rising nationalism, and of cries for reform. Chopin, an outstanding ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Ford | Stars: Czeslaw Wollejko, Zbigniew Lobodzinski, Józef Nieweglowski, Jerzy Duszynski

Votes: 44


35. Puccini (1953)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Produced in Italy in breathtaking Technicolor, this biographical story of Puccini (played by L'avventura's Gabriele Ferzetti) spans his creative life from early student days to the height ... See full summary »

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Märta Torén, Nadia Gray, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 49

36. Das Dreimäderlhaus (1958)

102 min | Romance, Drama

The young composer Franz Schubert tries to gain a foothold in Vienna.

Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Rudolf Schock, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth

Votes: 82

Franz Schubert

37. Song Without End (1960)

Not Rated | 141 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Sir Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

Directors: Charles Vidor, George Cukor | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Capucine, Geneviève Page, Patricia Morison

Votes: 601

Franz Liszt

38. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Song of Summer (1968)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Traces last 5 years of the life of Frederick Delius through the eyes of a young composer called Eric Fenby.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Max Adrian, Maureen Pryor, Christopher Gable, David Collings

Votes: 327

39. Monitor (1958– )
Episode: Elgar (1962)

55 min | Documentary

A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Huw Wheldon, Peter Brett, Rowena Gregory, George McGrath

Votes: 219

40. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

94 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli

Votes: 1,279 | Gross: $0.02M

41. Tchaikovsky (1970)

Not Rated | 157 min | Biography, Drama

The life and work of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky is shown through his relationship with aristocratic art connoisseur Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck.

Director: Igor Talankin | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Antonina Shuranova, Kirill Lavrov, Vladislav Strzhelchik

Votes: 383

42. Song of Norway (1970)

G | 138 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Florence Henderson, Toralv Maurstad, Christina Schollin, Frank Porretta

Votes: 394 | Gross: $3.72M


43. The Strauss Family (1972)

60 min | Drama, Romance

A seven-part mini-series produced in England about Vienna's Strauss family in the 19th-century. Members of the London Symphony Orchestra provided the music.

Stars: Stuart Wilson, Anne Stallybrass, Barbara Ferris, Christopher Benjamin

Votes: 92

44. Spring Symphony (1983)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Music

Chronicles the illustrious 19th-century love affair between composer Robert Schumann and pianist Claire Weick.

Director: Peter Schamoni | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Herbert Grönemeyer, Rolf Hoppe, Anja-Christine Preussler

Votes: 288


45. Puccini (1984 TV Movie)

113 min | Biography, Drama

In Torre del Lago, by Lake Massaciuccoli, Puccini is writing "The Girl of the Golden West" when his wife Elvira accuses him of a dalliance with their maid, Doria Manfredi, a young women ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Robert Stephens, Virginia McKenna, Judith Howarth, Robert Urquhart

Votes: 22

46. Vergeßt Mozart (1985)

92 min | Mystery

In the dead of night, a few hours after Mozart's death, the usual suspects (Konstanze, Salieri, van Swieten, etc.) are summoned to Mozart's room by Count Pergen, head of the secret police, ... See full summary »

Director: Miloslav Luther | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Max Tidof, Wolfgang Preiss, Catarina Raacke

Votes: 73

47. God Rot Tunbridge Wells! (1985 TV Movie)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Shortly before death, George Fredrick Handel (1685-1759), old, blind, portly, sometimes raging and usually reflective, narrates a look back over his life. As he tells his story, his music ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Trevor Howard, Dave Griffiths, Christopher Bramwell, Ranald Neilson

Votes: 25


48. Wahnfried (1986)

112 min | Drama, Musical

Richard's Wagner and his wife Cosima.

Director: Peter Patzak | Stars: Otto Sander, Tatja Seibt, Fabienne Babe, Peter Matic

Votes: 36


49. La note bleue (1991)

135 min | Drama, Music, Romance

the film covers the last few days of fragile Chopin's professional life.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Marie-France Pisier, Janusz Olejniczak, Sophie Marceau, Noëmi Nadelmann

Votes: 423

Frédéric Chopin

50. Bizet's Dream (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Music, Drama, Family

A 12 year old Parisian girl takes piano lessons from composer Georges Bizet and becomes captivated by his story of the gypsy Carmen.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Maurice Godin, Brittany Madgett, Catherine Barroll, Yseult Lendvai

Votes: 43

51. England, My England (1995)

153 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Simon Callow, Michael Ball, Rebecca Front, Lucy Speed

Votes: 153


52. Bruckners Entscheidung (1995)

80 min | Biography, Music