Best Music Movies of 1980

1.

The Blues Brothers

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Jake Blues is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best: play music. So they get their old band together, and set out on their way—while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Murphy Dunne, Willie Hall ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1980-06-17
2.

Coal Miner's Daughter

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Beverly D'Angelo, William Sanderson, Phyllis Boyens, Bill Anderson Jr., Foister Dickerson, Malla McCown, Pamela McCown ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1980-03-07
3.

Fame

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Starring: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonia Franceschi, Boyd Gaines, Albert Hague, Tresa Hughes, Steve Inwood, Paul McCrane ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1980-05-16
4.

AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

4.4
8.4/10 IMDB

1. Live Wire 2. Shot Down In Flames 3. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be 4. Sin City 5. Walk All Over You 6. Bad Boy Boogie 7. The Jack 8. Highway To Hell 9. Girls Got Rhythm 10. High Voltage 11. Whole Lotta Rosie 12. Rocker 13. Let There Be Rock AC/DC: Let There Be Rock was filmed on 9 December 1979 at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France, and also contains interviews with members of the band, including lead vocalist Bon Scott, who died two months after filming. The concert film was re-released on a Blu-ray/DVD double pack along with a collector's tin, concert pictures, a souvenir guitar pick, and a 32-page booklet, or just as Blu-ray or DVD individual sets on 7 June 2011. Only 90,000 of the collectors tins were made, and each labeled with a number out of 90,000 on the base of the tin.

Starring: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd ..
Directed by: Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler
Release date: 1980-09-14
5.

Popeye

3.9
5.3/10 IMDB

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with Olive's fiancé, Bluto.

Starring: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Richard Libertini, Donald Moffat, Donovan Scott, Roberta Maxwell, Bill Irwin, Linda Hunt ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1980-12-12
6.

Xanadu

3.9
5.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful muse inspires an artist and his older friend to convert a dilapidated auditorium into a lavish rollerskating club.

Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan, Katie Hanley, Fred McCarren, Renn Woods, Dimitra Arliss, Sandahl Bergman, Lynn Latham ..
Directed by: Robert Greenwald
Release date: 1980-08-08
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Playing for Time
7.

Playing for Time

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

When a Jewish songstress is plucked from the stage and sent to Auschwitz, she and other musicians find themselves assigned to a terrible task—using their talents to soothe fellow prisoners who are sentenced to die in the gas chambers.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams, Christine Baranski, Robin Bartlett, Marisa Berenson, Anna Levine, Verna Bloom, Donna Haley, Lenore Harris ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1980-09-30
Best Music Movies of 1980 : The Bar
8.

The Bar

3.7
7.8/10 IMDB

A Pakistani musical

Starring: Allauddin, Nadeem Baig, Diana Christiana, Ray Martin, Shabnam, Agha Talish ..
Directed by: Nazrul Islam
Release date: 1980-01-11
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Times Square
9.

Times Square

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York by its ears.

Starring: Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson, Peter Coffield, Herbert Berghof, David Margulies, Anna Maria Horsford, J. C. Quinn, Tim Choate, Elizabeth Peña ..
Directed by: Allan Moyle
Release date: 1980-10-17
10.

Heartland Reggae

3.6
8.5/10 IMDB

Reggae documentary of the One Love Peace Concert held in Kingston, Jamaica in 1978. In addition to the music, this film features the return to Jamaica of Bob Marley after a 16-month hiatus following an attempt on his life.

Starring: Dennis Brown, Althea Forrest, Natty Garfield, Marcia Griffiths, Jacob Miller, Ras Lee Morris, Judy Mowatt, Lloyd Parkes, Peter Tosh, Junior Tucker ..
Directed by: James P. Lewis
Release date: 1980-03-04

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