Best Music Movies of 1976

1.

Bugsy Malone

4.8
6.9/10

A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster dances and sings her way into our hearts.

Starring: Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi, Martin Lev
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1976-06-26
2.

The Song Remains the Same

4.1
7.7/10

The best of Led Zeppelin's legendary 1973 appearances at Madison Square Garden. Interspersed throughout the concert footage are behind-the-scenes moments with the band. The Song Remains the Same is Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden in NYC concert footage colorfully enhanced by sequences which are supposed to reflect each band member's individual fantasies and hallucinations. Includes blistering live renditions of "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love," "The Song Remains the Same," and "Rain Song" among others.

Starring: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Peter Grant
Directed by: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot
Release date: 1976-11-05
3.

The Bette Midler Show: The Depression Tour

3.8
8.3/10
The Bette Midler Show: The Depression Tour
The Bette Midler Show is a HBO Video special of one of Bette Midler's tours entitled 'The Depression Tour', The video is of her show at the Cleveland Music Hall during February 1976. the show features many of Bette's popular songs, such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Friends", "In The Mood", "Hello In There", and "Lullaby of Broadway" As well as dazzling the audience with her spontaneous wit with her 'Wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes' and her special 'The Vicki Eydie Show'
Starring: Bette Midler, Charlotte Crossley, Ula Hedwig, Sharon Redd, Donald York
Directed by: Tom Trbovich
Release date: 1976-06-19
4.

Bound for Glory

3.8
7.3/10

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.

Starring: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, John Lehne
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1976-12-05
5.

That's Entertainment, Part II

3.8
7.4/10

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Release date: 1976-05-17
6.

The Ritz

3.8
6.9/10

On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine can't find him. He arrives at the Ritz, a gay bathhouse.

Starring: Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, F. Murray Abraham, Treat Williams, Jerry Stiller
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1976-08-12
7.

The Slipper and the Rose

3.7
7.0/10
The Slipper and the Rose
In the tiny kingdom of Euphrania, the King and his court are most anxious to get Prince Edward wed. But Edward wants to marry for love. Meanwhile, young Cinderella finds life drastically altered with her father's death as she's forced to be a servant in her own house. But a cheery fairy godmother helps her with her impossible tasks, and even gets her to take an evening out at the King's bride-fin
Starring: Gemma Craven, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Hordern, Edith Evans, Christopher Gable
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1976-03-24
8.

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

3.7
7.5/10
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a Halloween-themed television special starring Paul Lynde broadcast October 29, 1976 on ABC. It featured guest stars Margaret Hamilton in her first reprisal of her role as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Also guest starring are Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf, Tim Conway, Roz Kelly, Florence Henderson, rock band Kiss, Billy Barty as Gallows the Butler, Betty White and, in an unbilled surprise appearance, Donny and Marie Osmond. The special aired only once.
Starring: Paul Lynde, Florence Henderson, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Hayes, Billy Barty
Directed by: Sid Smith
Release date: 1976-10-30
9.

Heartworn Highways

3.5
8.0/10

This film is about the "outlaw" country music movement of the 70s, when artists rejected the glossy, strings filled Nashville sound and made poignant, gritty music. Guy Clark, David Allen Coe, Charlie Daniels and more are featured. Townes Van Zandt really steals the show, though. Out in his ratty trailer he's shown drinking whiskey and shooting bb guns. He sits down in the kitchen and plays some songs for his girlfriend and his elderly black neighbor, Uncle Seymour Washington (whose interactions with Townes are amazing) and plays some of the most amazing music you'll ever hear. There are also some great scenes of a little local ensemble playing in a bar. This is a must-see film for fans of Real Country Music™.

Starring: Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Peggy Brooks, Guy Clark
Directed by: James Szalapski
Release date: 1976-05-01
10.

Sparkle

3.4
7.0/10

Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem who become singers Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs and Sparkle ends up being the one who gets famous. This movie tells about how drugs ruined Sister's relationships and eventually ended her life.

Starring: Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice
Directed by: Sam O'Steen
Release date: 1976-04-07
11.

A Star Is Born

3.4
6.1/10

Drunken, has-been rock star John Norman Howard falls in love with unknown singer, Esther Hoffman, after seeing her perform at a club. He lets her sing a few songs at one of his shows and she becomes the talk of the music industry. Esther's star begins to rise, while John's continues to fall. She tries desperately to get John to sober up and focus on his music, but it may be too late to save him.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark, Paul Mazursky
Directed by: Frank Pierson
Release date: 1976-12-16
12.

Big Banana Feet

3.1
8.4/10
Big Banana Feet
Billy Connolly was, in the 1970s, a sort of Scottish Lenny Bruce, who, with devastating humour, sliced through the hypocrisies he perceived. This 1976 documentary follows the singer-comic during his 1975 Irish tour. Made in a cinema verité fashion, the performer appears to be completely unaware of the presence of the camera in his off-stage and backstage moments.
Starring: Billy Connolly
Directed by: David Peat
Release date: 1976-01-01
13.

Chulas Fronteras

3.0
7.0/10
Chulas Fronteras
A complex, insightful look at the Chicano experience as mirrored in the lives and music of the most acclaimed Norteño musicians of the Texas-Mexican border, including Flaco Jimenez and Lydia Mendoza. Video includes bonus feature, Del Mero Corazon.
Starring: Flaco Jiménez
Directed by: Les Blank
Release date: 1976-12-30
14.

Let My Puppets Come

2.8
5.1/10
Let My Puppets Come
The three chief executives of Creative Concepts Systems & Procedures Brothers Unlimited Inc. of New York are in hot water as their latest venture has been a huge failure, and their Mafia investor, "Mr. Big", wants his $500,000 within 24 hours, or else. So Jimmy, a courier who over hears their plight, suggests they make a porno movie as an easy way of getting back the lost money.
Starring: Luis De Jesus, Gerard Damiano, Penny Nicholls, Al Goldstein, Viju Krem
Directed by: Gerard Damiano
Release date: 1976-02-16
15.

The Blank Generation

2.7
6.4/10
The Blank Generation
The cream of New York new wave/punk filmed live at CBGB's when the scene was just beginning. Includes performances by Patti Smith, Blondie, Television, the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Heartbreakers, the Shirts, Wayne County, the Marbles, the Dolls, Miamis, Harry Toledo, and the Tuff Darts (w/Robert Gordon).
Starring: David Byrne, Jayne County, Jay Dee Daugherty, Chris Frantz, Debbie Harry
Directed by: Ivan Kral, Amos Poe, Ivan Král
Release date: 1976-01-13
16.

Welcome to L.A.

2.5
6.2/10
Welcome to L.A.
The lives and romantic entanglements of a group of young adults who have achieved "overnight" success in Los Angeles.
Starring: Keith Carradine, Sally Kellerman, Geraldine Chaplin, Harvey Keitel, Lauren Hutton
Directed by: Alan Rudolph
Release date: 1976-11-12
17.

The First Nudie Musical

2.1
5.2/10
The First Nudie Musical
The son of famous studio owner is forced to make porno films to keep the bankrupt studio from being made into a shopping center. In an attempt to get back on the high ground he makes a nudie musical. He makes a bet with the debtors who wish to take ownership of the studio, that if they finance the musical and he can't complete it within two weeks, they can foreclose.
Starring: Stephen Nathan, Cindy Williams, Bruce Kimmel, Leslie Ackerman, Alan Abelew
Directed by: Mark Haggard, Bruce Kimmel
Release date: 1976-01-01
18.

Kiss: Live at the Houston Summit

0.0
0/10
Kiss: Live at the Houston Summit
On August 13, 1976 a white-hot KISS came to Houston concert venue The Summit for just their third show in the area. The band at this point was blowing up after releasing the hit LP “Destroyer” and brought a pyrotechnic-heavy rock show with them to thrill fans. Opening with “Detroit Rock City” and closing with “Black Diamond.”
Starring: Paul Stanley, Paul Daniel Frehley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, KISS
Release date: 1976-08-13
19.

Peter Pan

0.0
7.0/10
Peter Pan
Peter Pan is a 1976 musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, produced for television as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, starring Mia Farrow as Peter Pan and Danny Kaye as Captain Hook, and with Sir John Gielgud narrating. Julie Andrews sang one of the songs, "Once Upon a Bedtime", off-camera over the opening credits. It aired on NBC at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 12, 1976, capping off the program's 25th year on the air. The program did not use the score written for the highly successful Mary Martin version which had previously been televised many times on NBC. Instead, it featured 14 new and now forgotten songs, written for the production by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.
Starring: Mia Farrow, Danny Kaye, Paula Kelly, Virginia McKenna, Julie Andrews
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1976-12-12
20.

Pacific Overtures

0.0
9.1/10
Pacific Overtures
Pacific Overtures is a musical written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. The show is set in Japan beginning in 1853 and follows the difficult westernization of Japan, told from the point of view of the Japanese. In particular, the story focuses on the lives of two friends caught in the change. The original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures in 1976 was staged in Kabuki style, with men playing women's parts and set changes made in full view of the audience by black-clad stagehands. It opened to mixed reviews and closed after six months, despite being nominated for ten Tony Awards.Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. The lives of both men are radically changed by the coming of American ships to Japan.
Starring: Mako, Soon-Tek Oh, Yuki Shimoda, Sab Shimono, Isao Sato
Directed by: Marty Pasetta, Harold Prince
Release date: 1976-09-06

Also check Best music movies of 1975.

Check out our top containing the Best Music Movies of 1976. This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.

tmdb