Best Music Movies of 1984

1.

Amadeus

6.7
8.3/10

The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival, Antonio Salieri—now confined to an insane asylum.

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1984-09-06
2.

Stop Making Sense

5.4
8.6/10

A concert film documenting Talking Heads at the height of their popularity, on tour for their 1983 album "Speaking in Tongues." The band takes the stage one by one and is joined by a cadre of guest musicians for a career-spanning and cinematic performance that features creative choreography and visuals.

Starring: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Steven Scales
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1984-11-16
3.

The Cotton Club

4.9
6.5/10

The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.

Starring: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1984-12-14
4.

Purple Rain

4.8
6.6/10

A young man with a talent for music meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs.

Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III
Directed by: Albert Magnoli
Release date: 1984-07-27
5.

Beat Street

3.6
6.5/10

An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.

Starring: Guy Davis, Rae Dawn Chong, Saundra Santiago, Doug E. Fresh, Mary Alice
Directed by: Stan Lathan
Release date: 1984-06-08
6.

Genesis - The MAMA Tour

3.4
8.8/10
Genesis - The MAMA Tour
Genesis Live - The Mama Tour is a 1985 home video featuring footage from a Genesis concert in February 1984. It was filmed at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, and directed by Jim Yukich.
Starring: Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Daryl Stuermer, Chester Thompson
Directed by: James Yukich
Release date: 1984-02-26
7.

Electric Dreams

3.4
6.4/10

Miles buys himself a state-of-the-art computer that starts expressing thoughts and emotions after a having champagne spilled down on him. Things start getting out of hand when both Miles and Edgar, how the computer calls himself, fall in love with Madeline, an attractive neighbour.

Starring: Lenny Von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Maxwell Caulfield, Bud Cort, Don Fellows
Directed by: Steve Barron
Release date: 1984-07-20
8.

Dire Straits: Alchemy Live

3.3
9.0/10

Taken from the band's Love Over Gold tour, this video captures Dire Straits just months before international superstardom was thrust on them through the success of Brothers in Arms. The set featured the cream of the four previous albums, as well as the B-side to "Twisting By the Pool," "Two Younger Lovers." Strangely, all the tracks are played in a profoundly Love Over Gold style; that is, long and drawn-out songs, incomprehensibly extended guitar solos, obligatory fast and slow sections, and an extremely serious, yet mysterious mood. Mark Knopfler and new recruit Terry Williams steal the show through their highly impressive guitar and drum playing, respectively. The classic "Sultans of Swing" guitar solo, was never better performed than on Alchemy, while Williams proves himself capable by his amazingly fast and always interesting drumming. The fine track list and musically impressive band make for what is one of the best live releases from the decade. (Ben Davies, All Music Guide)

Starring: Mark Knopfler, Alan Clark, Mel Collins, John Illsley, Hal Lindes
Directed by: Peter Sinclair
Release date: 1984-06-17
9.

Breakin'

3.3
5.8/10

A struggling young dancer joins forces with two breakdancers and together they become a street sensation.

Starring: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Ben Lokey, Christopher McDonald
Directed by: Joel Silberg
Release date: 1984-01-10
10.

Be Somebody… or Be Somebody's Fool!

3.0
7.9/10
Be Somebody… or Be Somebody's Fool!
Educational video where Mr. T attempts to instill good values (honor thy mother, don't give in to peer pressure, etc.) to kids through rapping and breakdancing, among other things.
Starring: Mr. T, Stacey Ferguson
Directed by: Jeff Margolis
Release date: 1984-01-01
11.

Just The Way You Are

2.8
6.0/10

Susan is a professional flautist who has been handicapped since childhood and is forced to wear a leg brace to get around. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she accepts the offer to travel to Europe on a concert tour. While in Paris, she comes up with an idea to disguise her leg by putting it in a cast and travel on her own to the French Alps to be treated without pity. Not looking to find romance, Susan however has become the interest of Peter, a news photographer. They soon fall in love and Susan is forced to decide if she should tell Peter the truth about herself.

Starring: Kristy McNichol, Michael Ontkean, Robert Carradine, Alexandra Paul, Lance Guest
Directed by: Édouard Molinaro
Release date: 1984-11-16
12.

Return to Waterloo

2.8
7.0/10
Return to Waterloo
A man taking the train to work one morning is overcome by melancholy memories and morbid fantasies.
Starring: Kenneth Colley, Tim Roth, Claire Parker, Sue Vanner, Ray Davies
Directed by: Ray Davies
Release date: 1984-11-01
13.

Give My Regards to Broad Street

2.7
5.3/10

Having written the music and screenplay for this film, Paul McCartney also plays himself in the leading role. When the mastertape of McCartney's latest album is misplaced, he must discover its whereabouts in less than 24 hours or else risk losing his recording company to the lowlife Mr. Rath (John Bennett). McCartney performs three new songs, along with classic Beatles' tunes. Co-starring are former Beatles mate Ringo Starr as the drummer in Paul's band, Ringo's real-life wife Barbara Bach, McCartney's then wife Linda and Tracy Ullman.

Starring: Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Linda McCartney
Directed by: Peter Webb
Release date: 1984-11-28
14.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

2.7
5.1/10
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
The dance crew from "Breakin'" bands together to save a community center from a greedy developer bent on building a shopping center in its place.
Starring: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Harry Caesar, Susie Coelho
Directed by: Sam Firstenberg
Release date: 1984-12-21
15.

Voyage of the Rock Aliens

2.3
5.5/10
Voyage of the Rock Aliens
Aliens land in the mythical town of "Speelburgh, U.S.A" searching for the source of rock & roll. What they find is a gang of teenagers, led by Dee Dee (the inimitable Pia Zadora) and Frankie, along with Frankie's posse/rock band, the Pack. The leader of the aliens takes a shine to Dee Dee and all sorts of trouble breaks out.
Starring: Pia Zadora, Craig Sheffer, Ruth Gordon, Tom Nolan, Michael Berryman
Directed by: James Fargo
Release date: 1984-03-09
16.

Rocktober Blood

2.1
4.9/10
Rocktober Blood
A crazed rock singer returns from the dead to murder members of his former band.
Starring: Tray Loren, Ben Sebastian, Mark Durbin, Richie King, Perry Morris
Directed by: Beverly Sebastian
Release date: 1984-01-01
17.

Bette Midler: Art or Bust

1.9
8.8/10
Bette Midler: Art or Bust
The Divine Miss M is featured in a concert filmed at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, at the culmination of her most recent cross-country tour which was known as "De Tour". This live recording was a combination of footage from both September 10 and 11, 1983. Set against a Renaissance art background and outfitted in a rainbow array of costumes, Midler sings and performs her uninhibited stage antics.
Starring: Bette Midler, Jenifer Lewis, Siobbhan O'Carroll, Helena Springs, Bobby Martin
Directed by: Thomas Schlamme
Release date: 1984-08-18
18.

King Crimson: The Noise (Live at Frejus)

1.9
8.3/10
King Crimson: The Noise (Live at Frejus)
A concert by King Crimson recorded at the Arena Frejus, France on August 27th, 1982. Track Listing: Waiting Man, Matte Kudasai, The Sheltering Sky, Neil and Jack and Me, Indiscipline, Heartbeat, Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part II and more.
Starring: Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, King Crimson
Release date: 1984-06-23
19.

The Police: Synchronicity Concert

1.8
8.1/10
The Police: Synchronicity Concert
Synchronicity tour by the Police, recorded in Atlanta, GA, Nov. 1983.
Starring: Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers
Release date: 1984-08-07
20.

Azura

1.8
7.4/10
Azura
A boy from a wealthy family is always socializing with the wrong group of friends. He is very mischief and always involved in gang fights. One day he met a girl and falls in love with her. The girl, Azura, later changed the boy's character and he became a good and well mannered boy. He proposed to Azura but thier marriage was objected by his parents because Azura comes from a poor family. Despite of his parents objection, he marries Azura and leaves behind all his family's wealth. He works as a laborer to support Azura. Everything was perfect until one day Azura is found to be pregnant. Her husband suspects that the baby she is carrying does'nt belong to him. Misunderstanding then arise between them...
Starring: Jamal Abdillah, Ogy Ahmad Daud, Maria Arshad, M.Rajoli, A. Galak
Directed by: Deddy M. Borhan
Release date: 1984-12-13

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