Best Music Movies of 1987

1.

Dirty Dancing

5.9
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

5.3
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.

The Brave Little Toaster

5.0
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". 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
4.

La Bamba

5.0
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
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Bad
5.

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 ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1987-08-31
6.

Sign 'o' The Times

4.0
8.1/10 IMDB

In 1987, to capitalize on his growing success in Europe, Prince toured extensively to promote the album of the same name and sales increased accordingly. However, the United States remained resistant to his latest album, and sales began to drop; it was at this point that Prince decided to film a live concert promoting the new material, for eventual distribution to theaters in America. Featuring the band that accompanied Prince on his 1987 Sign o' the Times Tour, including dancer Cat Glover, keyboardist Boni Boyer, bassist Levi Seacer, Jr., guitarist Miko Weaver, drummer Sheila E. and former member of The Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink, the film sees the group perform live on stage (although "U Got the Look" is represented by its promotional music video).

Starring: Prince, Sheila E., Levi Seacer Jr., Miko Weaver, Dr. Fink, Boni Boyer, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Cat Glover, Wally Safford ..
Directed by: Prince
Release date: 1987-11-20
7.

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 : Heartbeat
8.

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
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Genesis - Live at Wembley Stadium
9.

Genesis - Live at Wembley Stadium

3.6
8.1/10 IMDB

Tracklisting: 1. Mama - 2. Abacab - 3. Domino Part 1 - 4. Domino Part 2 - 5. That's All - 6. Brazilian - 7. Land of Confusion - 8. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - 9. Throwing It All Away - 10. Home by the Sea - 11. Invisible Touch - 12. Drum Duet - 13. Los Endos - 14. Medley: Turn It On Again / Everybody Needs Somebody / I Can't Get No Satisfaction / Reach Out and I'll Be There / You've Lost that Loving Feeling / Pinball Wizard / In the Midnight Hour / Turn It On Again - 15. Do The Neurotic

Starring: Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Daryl Stuermer, Chester Thompson ..
Directed by: James Yukich
Release date: 1987-07-03
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Kiss Exposed
10.

Kiss Exposed

3.3
7.1/10 IMDB

Ah, the '80s! A time of hair bands and their ludicrous MTV videos filled with spandex-clad band members and skimpily clad bimbos. Kiss: Exposed returns us to that forgettable era, as Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons show how to desperately try to remain cock rock's elder statesmen. This 1987 compilation serves up several now-hilarious video clips from Kiss's '80s "unmasked" period, including "Tears Are Falling," "Heaven's on Fire," "Lick It Up," and "I Love It Loud." (Count the fires burning in these classic video relics of days gone by!) Also on hand are Stanley and Simmons themselves, looking properly embarrassed as they act out rock's biggest fantasy: lounging by the pool with a bevy of (mostly) bare beauties. The saving grace is the generous selection of vintage live performances: hearing the band do "Strutter," "Detroit Rock City," "Ladies Room," and "Deuce" in its late-'70s prime is worth wading through the outdated '80s-style power pop... if you're a real Kiss fan, of course.

Starring: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick, KISS, Kymberly Herrin, Candie Evans, Blondi ..
Release date: 1987-05-18

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