Best Music Movies of 1987

1.

Dirty Dancing

6.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer—and unexpectedly falling in love.

Starring: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop, Lonny Price, Max Cantor, Charles 'Honi' Coles ..
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Release date: 1987-08-21
2.

Radio Days

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

The Narrator tells us how the radio influenced his childhood in the days before TV. In the New York City of the late 1930s to the New Year's Eve 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the narrator's experiences with contemporary anecdotes and urban legends of the radio stars.

Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Larry David, Todd Field, Seth Green, Michael Tucker, Julie Kavner, Danny Aiello, Tony Roberts ..
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1987-01-30
3.

La Bamba

5.1
6.9/10 IMDB

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Danielle von Zerneck, Elizabeth Peña, Rosanna DeSoto, Esai Morales, Joe Pantoliano, Rick Dees, Marshall Crenshaw, Brian Setzer, Daniel Valdez ..
Directed by: Luis Valdez
Release date: 1987-07-24
4.

The Brave Little Toaster

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

A group of dated appliances find themselves stranded in a summer home that their family had just sold decide to, a la The Incredible Journey, seek their young 8 year old "master". A children's film which on the surface is a frivolous fantasy, but with a dark subtext of abandonment, obsolescence, and loneliness.

Starring: Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Phil Hartman, Deanna Oliver, Timothy E. Day, Thurl Ravenscroft, Joe Ranft, Judy Toll, Wayne Kaatz, Colette Savage ..
Directed by: Jerry Rees
Release date: 1987-07-09
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Metallica: Cliff 'Em All
5.

Metallica: Cliff 'Em All

4.2
8.5/10 IMDB

Originally released as "The $19.98 Home Vid: Cliff 'Em All," Metallica's first video is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff shot for TV that was never used, but we've held onto, home footage, personal fotos and us drunk. But most important, it's really a look back at the 3-1/2 years that Cliff was with us and includes his best bass solos and the home footage and pix that we feel best capture his unique personality and style." 1987.

Starring: Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Lars Ulrich ..
Directed by: Doug Freel, Jean Pellerin
Release date: 1987-11-17
6.

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

St. Louis, 1986. For Chuck Berry's 60th, Keith Richards assembles a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself and long-time Berry pianist, Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his classic rock songs. His abilities as a composer, lyricist, singer, musician and entertainer are on display and, in behind-the-scenes interviews, are discussed by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springstein, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and others. There's even a rarity for Berry—a rehearsal. Archival footage from the early 1950s and a duet with John Lennon round out this portrait of a master.

Starring: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Ingrid Berry, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley, Don Everly, Phil Everly, Etta James, Johnnie Johnson ..
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 1987-10-09
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Bad
7.

Bad

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

For the first short film for one of five consecutive record-breaking No. 1 hits from "Bad," Michael Jackson and director Martin Scorsese created an epic 18-minute tale of urban and racial challenges in the 1980s. "Bad" was named the second greatest of Michael's short films by Rolling Stone in 2014.

Starring: Michael Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Jaime Perry ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1987-08-31
8.

A Muppet Family Christmas

3.9
8.1/10 IMDB

In this one-hour Christmas special, Fozzie Bear surprises his mother Emily on Christmas Eve by bringing the entire Muppet gang to her farm to celebrate the holidays. Doc and his dog Sprocket, who had planned a quiet Christmas, end up joining the Muppets in their holiday activities and preparations.The Sesame Street regulars, including Big Bird, Bert, Ernie and others, join the festivities, but to Kermit's dismay, the only one missing is Miss Piggy, who has been caught in a snowstorm.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire, David Rudman, Caroll Spinney, Gerard Parkes ..
Directed by: Peter Harris, Eric Till
Release date: 1987-12-16
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet The Videos
9.

Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet The Videos

3.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Slippery When Wet: The Videos features all the videos from Bon Jovi's breakthrough third album, Slippery When Wet, together with interviews and backstage footage.

Starring: Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, Tico Torres ..
Release date: 1987-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Heartbeat
10.

Heartbeat

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A surrealistic journey into the experiences and reflections of a documentary filmmaker as he evaluates the people and places that have made up his life. Alternatively, a 65 minute feature made up of songs from Don Johnson's record of the same name.

Starring: Don Johnson, Paul Shaffer, Giancarlo Esposito, Lori Singer, Sandahl Bergman, David Carradine, Willie Nelson, Luis Guzmán, Dweezil Zappa, Angela Alvarado ..
Directed by: John Nicolella
Release date: 1987-05-10

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