Best Music Movies of 1980


The Blues Brothers

7.9/10 IMDB

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts his old band back togther to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

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: 1980-06-16

Coal Miner's Daughter

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


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

AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

8.3/10 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: 1980-09-01


5.3/10 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


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
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Lynda Carter's Special

Lynda Carter's Special

8.3/10 IMDB

Lynda Carter's first musical TV special.

Starring: Lynda Carter, Kenny Rogers, Leo Sayer, Richard Rizzo ..
Directed by: Stan Harris
Release date: 1980-01-12
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Third World

Third World

8.5/10 IMDB

Starring: Stephen Coore, Richard Daley ..
Directed by: Jérôme Laperrousaz
Release date: 1980-05-28
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Baryshnikov on Broadway

Baryshnikov on Broadway

8.4/10 IMDB

Mikhail Baryshnikov and his guests perform numbers from over a dozen renowned Broadway musicals including Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Can-Can, The King and I, Cabaret, Where's Charley, Hello Dolly, Ain't Misbehavin', Guys and Dolls, The Boyfriend, Kiss Me Kate and A Chorus Line.

Starring: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Liza Minnelli, Nell Carter, Obba Babatundé, Linda Harmon ..
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1980-04-24
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Playing for Time

Playing for Time

7.3/10 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 Thomson, Verna Bloom, Donna Haley, Lenore Harris ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1980-09-30
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Heartland Reggae

Heartland Reggae

8.4/10 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

Breaking Glass

6.8/10 IMDB

Breaking Glass is the story of punk singer Kate and her meteoric rise to stardom. Starting out in the rock pubs of London, Kate, assisted by her manager Danny, becomes a huge star overnight. Once at the top the pressure is immense as Kate's band are squeezed out and she is left to cope alone in the spotlight.

Starring: Hazel O'Connor, Phil Daniels, Jon Finch, Jonathan Pryce, Peter-Hugo Daly, Mark Wingett, Gary Tibbs, Charles Wegner, Mark Wing-Davey, Hugh Thomas ..
Directed by: Brian Gibson
Release date: 1980-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Linda Ronstadt in Concert

Linda Ronstadt in Concert

8.9/10 IMDB

Linda Ronstadt recorded live on 8/24/80 at the Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA during her "Mad Love Live" tour. Broadcast on HBO.

Starring: Linda Ronstadt ..
Release date: 1980-08-24

Star Wars: Music by John Williams

8.7/10 IMDB

BBC documentary. Witness John Williams composing the legendary score for The Empire Strikes Back and conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

Starring: John Williams, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Irvin Kershner, Gary Kurtz, Ben Burtt, Antony Horder ..
Release date: 1980-05-18

Times Square

6.6/10 IMDB

When a 13-year-old girl befriends a defiant antisocial child of the streets, the mismatched runaways set off to the Big Apple to find their own adventure.

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

Forbidden Zone

6.6/10 IMDB

A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and it is up to the Hercules family and friend Squeezit Henderson to rescue her.

Starring: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Virginia Rose, Gene Cunningham, Phil Gordon, Danny Elfman, Joe Spinell ..
Directed by: Richard Elfman
Release date: 1980-03-15

The Competition

6.7/10 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

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

6.3/10 IMDB

A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose (arguable) position is that the Sex Pistols in particular and punk rock in general were an elaborate scam perpetrated by him in order to make "a million pounds."

Starring: Malcolm McLaren, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Sid Vicious, John Lydon, Helen Wellington-Lloyd, Ronald Biggs, Liz Fraser, Jess Conrad, Mary Millington ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1980-09-11
Best Music Movies of 1980 : The Kinks - One for the Road

The Kinks - One for the Road

7.9/10 IMDB

One for the Road is a live concert video by the rock band "The Kinks". It was released in conjunction with a live album of the same name. Many of the bands classic songs are featured, including "You really got me", "Lola" and "Celluloid Heroes"

Starring: Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory, Ian Gibbons, Jim Rodford ..
Release date: 1980-01-01


8.0/10 IMDB

Paul McCartney and Wings in concert, 1976. Thirty songs are performed, spanning McCartney's career with Wings (prior to Rockshow) and The Beatles.

Starring: Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCullouch, Joe English ..
Directed by: Paul McCartney, Jack Priestley
Release date: 1980-11-26

The Idolmaker

6.9/10 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, Tovah Feldshuh, John Aprea ..
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 1980-11-14

Honeysuckle Rose

6.3/10 IMDB

Buck Bonham is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.

Starring: Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving, Slim Pickens, Joey Floyd, Charles Levin, Mickey Rooney Jr., Lane Smith, Emmylou Harris, Robert Shaw ..
Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg
Release date: 1980-07-18
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light

8.5/10 IMDB

Joni Mitchell's 1970s and '80s forays into jazzier territory may have distressed her folkie faithful, but they also resulted in some uncompromising, challenging, and, yes, entertaining music. Witness this 73-minute document from her '79 tour, which finds her backed by her greatest band ever. Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns-Hejira-Mingus period is heavily favored; there are two tunes from Court and Spark, but nothing earlier. It's not perfect--the film clips edited into the live tracks (at Mitchell's direction) are an annoying distraction (Rebel Without a Cause? Huh?). But by the time Mitchell, Mays, and vocal group the Persuasions finish a spine-tingling version of the title song, you'll have witnessed something special--and historic, as this was the only time this stellar crew toured together. --Sam Graham

Starring: Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Don Alias, Michael Brecker, The Persuasions, Toller Cranston ..
Directed by: Joni Mitchell
Release date: 1980-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Rude Boy

Rude Boy

6.4/10 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

Biceps of Steel

7.7/10 IMDB

The film depicts a 'super roadie' who fights evil orange jumpsuit-wearing bouncers stopping a rock and roll crowd from having a good time. He then falls foul of an evil wench who seduces and cuts his hair in order to take away his strength.

Starring: Barry Reeve, Mary Tempest, Bruce Dickinson, Chris Aylmer, Barry Purkis, Paul Samson ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1980-06-26

The Jazz Singer

5.8/10 IMDB

Jess Robin dreams of a career in popular music, but his father, Cantor Rabinovitch, forbids it, insisting Jess live as a traditional Jew and inherit his position at the synagogue. With the help of friend and professional musician Bubba, Jess gets a chance to go to Los Angeles and have famous singer Keith Lennox record one of his songs. Defying both his father and his wife, Jess leaves New York to pursue his dreams.

Starring: Neil Diamond, Laurence Olivier, Lucie Arnaz, Catlin Adams, Franklyn Ajaye, Paul Nicholas, Sully Boyar, Mike Kellin, James Booth, Rod Gist ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1980-12-17
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Word, Sound and Power

Word, Sound and Power

7.6/10 IMDB

Music lovers fascinated by the ideas, experiences, and emotions that serve as the foundation of Jamaican reggae are invited to explore the history of the legendary Soul Syndicate - a collection of talented musicians who provided backup instrumentation for such acclaimed artists as Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Mayals, Burning Spear, and Bob Marley and the Wailers among others.

Directed by: Jeremiah Stein
Release date: 1980-01-01

Divine Madness

7.0/10 IMDB

Divine Madness is a 1980 concert film directed by Michael Ritchie, and featuring Bette Midler during her 1979 concert at Pasadena's Civic Auditorium. The 94-minute film features Midler's stand-up comedy routines as well as 16 songs, including "Big Noise From Winnetka," "Paradise," "Shiver Me Timbers," "Fire Down Below," "Stay With Me," "My Mother’s Eyes," "Chapel of Love/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Do You Want to Dance," "You Can’t Always Get What You Want/I Shall Be Released", "The E-Street Shuffle/Summer (The First Time)/"Leader of the Pack" and "The Rose".

Starring: Bette Midler, Jocelyn Brown, Ula Hedwig, Diva Gray, Irving Sudrow, Tony Berg, Jon Bonine, Joey Carbone, Randy Kerber ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1980-09-26


5.2/10 IMDB

A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous traveling rock-and-roll show.

Starring: Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Art Carney, Gailard Sartain, Rhonda Bates, Don Cornelius, Sonny Carl Davis, Joe Spano, Alice Cooper, Roy Orbison ..
Directed by: Alan Rudolph
Release date: 1980-06-13
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave

Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave

7.4/10 IMDB

This is a lonely New Year's Eve for Hank Williams as he spends it en route to a huge New Years Day concert in Ohio. Hank Williams died that night on the road. A fictional biography is shown in flashback.

Starring: Sneezy Waters, Dixie Seatle, Dixie Seatle, Sean McCann, Jackie Washington, Denise Fergusson, Philip Craig ..
Directed by: David Acomba
Release date: 1980-12-30
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

7.2/10 IMDB

Robert Mugge filmed jazz great Sun Ra on location in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. between 1978 and 1980. The resulting 60-minute film includes multiple public and private performances, poetry readings, a band rehearsal, interviews, and extensive improvisations. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored for the best possible viewing experience.

Starring: Sun Ra, June Tyson, Danny Thompson, Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Eloe Omoe, James Jacson ..
Directed by: Robert Mugge
Release date: 1980-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Headin' for Broadway

Headin' for Broadway

7.2/10 IMDB

In this musical, four young hopefuls from different parts of the country head to New York for a shot at Broadway stardom.

Starring: Rex Smith, Terri Treas, Vivian Reed, Paul Carafotes, Gary Gendell, Benjamin Rayson, Dick Boccelli, Anthony Cafiso, Vera Lockwood, Lisa Goodman ..
Directed by: Joseph Brooks
Release date: 1980-05-01
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Debt Begins at 20

Debt Begins at 20

7.0/10 IMDB

With music by The Cardboards, The Shakes, Hans Brinker and The Dykes. By combining semi-fictionalized and documentary material, this film is as definitive a record of the Pittsburgh punk scene during its nascent underground as anyone could hope for. Beroes' band footage is radical departure from the gimmickry of stereotyped rock band documentary in its use of pans and slow dollys, capturing small glimpses of the musicians at work that a 'PR' film would have avoided at all costs. The cinematography demands a reconsideration of the rock band documentary's hoary technical vocabulary. From the time this film was made changes have already taken place in Pittsburgh punk-dom as the bands have moved from an insular salon society to more 'legitimate' venues. Some say things are better than ever, others mourn the passing of Pittsburgh punk's innocence. Beroes in Debt Begins at 20 has produced not only entertainment, but also a small and very precious time capsule.

Directed by: Stephanie Beroes
Release date: 1980-01-13
Best Music Movies of 1980 : The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

7.9/10 IMDB

This Pirates of Penzance is primarily a historical document, part of the Broadway Theater Archive television series. It presents, with some inevitable, tiny technical shortcomings, a live 1980 performance in Central Park, not the 1983 movie of the same name that also starred Linda Ronstadt and Kevin Kline. Those who remember that film, which had the benefit of retakes and editing, a lavish production budget, and the spaciousness of a Hollywood studio, may find this video less polished. On its own terms, it is nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable.

Starring: Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, Patricia Routledge, Tony Azito, George Rose ..
Directed by: Joshua White, Wilford Leach
Release date: 1980-06-01


7.4/10 IMDB

Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.

Starring: John Lydon, Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen, Stiv Bators, Billy Idol, Joe Strummer, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock, Topper Headon ..
Directed by: Lech Kowalski
Release date: 1980-09-12
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Asphalt Night

Asphalt Night

7.1/10 IMDB

This low-budget drama details the unlikely friendship between a smart-aleck seventeen-year-old punk and a thirty-year-old rock 'n roll musician in search of songwriting inspiration. Angel (Gerd Heinemann) heads out to the streets of Berlin in his drag-racer to revitalize his flagging creativity. He is desperately trying for a new song that refuses to surface. He meets scrappy Johnny (Thomas Davis) on the streets and saves him from everyone he tends to alienate: cops, motorcycle gangs, and passers-by. Johnny has his guitar with him and is the first to break Angel's deadlock. A tune he plucks out is just the beginning that Angel was looking for. The rest of the song lies out there somewhere and the two head into Berlin's night spots to find it.

Starring: Gerd Udo Heinemann, Thomas Davis, Monika Rack, Gabriele Helene Ruthmann ..
Directed by: Peter Fratzscher
Release date: 1980-10-15
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Die Laughing

Die Laughing

4.7/10 IMDB

A San Francisco cab driver find himself in possession of a monkey that is carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. He finds himself framed for a murder and chased…

Starring: Robby Benson, Linda Grovenor, Charles Durning, Elsa Lanchester, Bud Cort, Rita Taggart, Marty Zagon, Larry Hankin, Peter Coyote, Charles Fleischer ..
Directed by: Jeff Werner
Release date: 1980-04-01
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Punk and Its Aftershocks

Punk and Its Aftershocks

6.4/10 IMDB

Documentary about the pedigrees of punk featuring The Boomtown Rats, Sex Pistols, Pretenders, The Clash, The Jam, Madness, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, The Specials, Secret Affair, and many ...

Starring: Pauline Black, Wolfgang Büld, David Cairns, Martin Chambers, Mark Coalfield, Stewart Copeland, Jerry Dammers, Neol Davies, Lynval Golding, Terry Hall ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Büld
Release date: 1980-05-10
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Nijinsky


6.6/10 IMDB

The film suggests Nijinsky was driven into madness by both his consuming ambition and self-enforced heterosexuality, the latter prompted by his romantic involvement with Romola de Pulszky, a society girl who joins impresario Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes specifically to seduce Nijinsky. After a series of misunderstandings with Diaghilev, who is both his domineering mentor and possessive lover, Nijinsky succumbs to Romola's charms and marries her, after which his gradual decline from artistic moodiness to complete lunacy begins.

Starring: Alan Bates, George de la Peña, Leslie Browne, Carla Fracci, Ronald Pickup, Ronald Lacey, Jeremy Irons, Vernon Dobtcheff, Janet Suzman, Colin Blakely ..
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Release date: 1980-03-20
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Mickey Mouse Disco

Mickey Mouse Disco

6.0/10 IMDB

A clip-show music video for the album of the same name and vintage. Includes 5 songs from the album ("Mousetrap", "Disco Mickey Mouse", "Watch Out For Goofy", "Macho Duck", "Welcome To Rio").

Directed by: David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, Jack Kinney, Charles A. Nichols, Jack King, Riley Thomson, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1980-06-25

Can't Stop the Music

4.2/10 IMDB

A loose biography of seminal disco hit-makers The Village People and their composer Jacques Morali.

Starring: Alex Briley, David Hodo, Glenn Hughes, Randy Jones, Felipe Rose, Ray Simpson, Valerie Perrine, Caitlyn Jenner, Steve Guttenberg, Tammy Grimes ..
Directed by: Nancy Walker
Release date: 1980-06-20
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Hurray for Betty Boop

Hurray for Betty Boop

5.7/10 IMDB

Betty Boop runs for president in a loose storyline assembled from Fleischer cartoons redrawn by Korean animators.

Starring: Victoria D'Orazi, Tom Smothers, David Somerville, Dave Swanson, Danny Bravin, Tom Murphy, Tony Pope, Marcel Durham, Bud Groskopf, Hadria Shepard ..
Directed by: Dan Dalton
Release date: 1980-11-21

The Apple

4.3/10 IMDB

In the glitzy, glittering futuristic world of 1994, music is king -- and the man who controls it is all-powerful malicious mogul Mr. Boogalow. Now he has his eye on two fresh-faced young singers, Alphie and Bibi, who score a hit at his WorldVision Song Festival and fall under the irresistible spell of fame, money, and temptation.

Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart, Grace Kennedy, Allan Love, Vladek Sheybal, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, George S. Clinton, Francesca Poston, Derek Deadman, Günther Notthoff ..
Directed by: Menahem Golan
Release date: 1980-11-21
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Jackie McLean on Mars

Jackie McLean on Mars

7.5/10 IMDB

Jackie McLean is a true jazz master and one of the few true authorities of the bebop era still in business, but at the time of this film his main gig was teaching at Hartford. Hartford seems to have had a low-profile and low-budget jazz department, and the same goes for this film, which clocks in at just over half an hour, and barely scratches the surface of the subject matter. Still, what is here is engaging and a surprisingly candid portrait. McLean is shown practicing in his apartment and - briefly - playing with his quintet, but most of the running time is spent at Hartford in the classroom - and what classes they must have been. McLean's stream-of-consciousness lectures run from Sun Ra to JFK's assassination to how he learned Giant Steps, and the students try their best to keep up. A fascinating glimpse into the mind of a jazz musician.

Starring: Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw ..
Directed by: Kenneth Levis
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Blank Generation

Blank Generation

4.7/10 IMDB

Nada, a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy. Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and must decide whether to continue with it, or return to her lover, a fellow journalist trying to track down the elusive Andy Warhol.

Starring: Carole Bouquet, Richard Hell, Ulli Lommel, Suzanna Love, Howard Grant, Ben Weiner, Andy Warhol, Robert Madero, Marky Ramone, Carole Bouquet ..
Directed by: Ulli Lommel
Release date: 1980-10-02

Those Lips, Those Eyes

6.4/10 IMDB

A small-town star helps a young apprentice land the girl of his dreams.

Starring: Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, Tom Hulce, Jerry Stiller, Herbert Berghof, Kevin McCarthy, Joseph Maher, George Morfogen, Marshall Colt, Anthony Mannino ..
Directed by: Michael Pressman
Release date: 1980-08-15
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Toyah


9.1/10 IMDB

Documentary following English musician and actress Toyah Willcox for over half a year, capturing band rehearsals, studio recording sessions, play rehearsals and in her home, the famous Mayhem warehouse in Battersea, London.

Starring: Toyah Willcox ..
Directed by: Graham Moore
Release date: 1980-12-18
Best Music Movies of 1980 : An Evening with Liza Minnelli

An Evening with Liza Minnelli

8.9/10 IMDB

Liza Minnelli in concert at the New Orleans Theatre of the Performing Arts. This show was a combination of the two performances Minnelli did on November 24, 1979. Highlights include Minnelli singing "How Long Has This Been Going On?," "It's a Miracle," "True Love," "The Man I Love," "Some People," an old English folk ballad, and "Come in From the Rain". Liza also sings two songs from her recent Tony winning Broadway show "The Act" - a song and dance number called "Arthur in the Afternoon," with Roger Minami and the show-stopping "City Lights" with Minami and dancer Obba Babatunde. Another highlight is a medley of New York songs sung by Minnelli which culminates in one of signature songs "Theme from New York, New York". The evening concludes with Minnelli singing performing a scene from "Cabaret"; and singing "Cabaret," "Harvest Moon," and "The World Goes Round."

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Obba Babatundé, Roger Minami, Fred Ebb ..
Directed by: Marty Callner
Release date: 1980-03-09
Best Music Movies of 1980 : Seaside Woman

Seaside Woman

6.5/10 IMDB

Animated video to accompany the record of the same name, released under the pseudonym of Suzy and the Red Stripes, but in reality Wings' with Linda on lead vocals.

Directed by: Oscar Grillo
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1980 : A Special Lady

A Special Lady

8.3/10 IMDB

Recorded and broadcast by British TV (Thames Television) in 1980 with special guests Robert Goulet and Richard Clayderman

Starring: Shirley Bassey, Robert Goulet, Richard Clayderman ..
Release date: 1980-07-01

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