Best Music Movies of 1980

1.

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
2.

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
3.

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
4.

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 : The Bar
5.

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

The Competition

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her teacher, Greta, or will she condemn Paul to obscurity?

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick, Sam Wanamaker, Joseph Cali, Ty Henderson, Vicki Kriegler, Bea Silvern, Philip Sterling, Gloria Stroock ..
Directed by: Joel Oliansky
Release date: 1980-12-03
9.

The Idolmaker

3.4
7.0/10 IMDB

Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

Starring: Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano, Paul Land, JoJo D'Amore, Maureen McCormick, Olympia Dukakis, Jimmy Carter ..
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 1980-11-14
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Rude Boy
10.

Rude Boy

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Rude Boy is a semi-documentary, part character study, part 'rockumentary', featuring a British punk band, The Clash. The script includes the story of a fictional fan juxtposed with actual public events of the day, including political demonstrations and Clash concerts.

Starring: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Jimmy Pursey, Ray Gange, Paul Simonon, The Clash ..
Directed by: Jack Hazan, David Mingay
Release date: 1980-07-25

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