Best Music Movies of 1993


What's Love Got to Do with It


A film about the singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.

Starring: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly, Virginia Capers
Directed by: Brian Gibson
Release date: 1993-06-09

Wayne's World 2


A message from Jim Morrison in a dream prompts cable access TV stars Wayne and Garth to put on a rock concert, "Waynestock," with Aerosmith as headliners. But amid the preparations, Wayne frets that a record producer is putting the moves on his girlfriend, Cassandra, while Garth handles the advances of mega-babe Honey Hornee.

Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Walken, Tia Carrere, Chris Farley
Directed by: Stephen Surjik
Release date: 1993-12-10

Cannibal! The Musical


Heading through Colorado Territory in search of gold and women, Alferd Packer and his group of bemused companions find themselves lost, starving and musically inspired by the obstacles they confront along the way, including a die-hard Confederate cyclops, a trio of surly trappers, a tribe of Japanese-speaking "Indians," and ultimately, each other.

Starring: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Ian Hardin, Jon Hegel, Masao Maki
Directed by: Trey Parker
Release date: 1993-10-01

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit


Deloris Van Cartier is again asked to don the nun's habit to help a run-down Catholic school, presided over by Mother Superior. And if trying to reach out to a class full of uninterested students wasn't bad enough, the sisters discover that the school is due to be closed by the unscrupulous chief of a local authority.

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Maggie Smith
Directed by: Bill Duke
Release date: 1993-12-09

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
Starring: Colm Feore, Derek Keurvorst, Derek Keurvorst, Katya Ladan, Joshua Greenblatt
Directed by: François Girard
Release date: 1993-11-26

Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
On October 16, 1992, an impressive and eclectic group of artists gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the purpose of celebrating the music of Bob Dylan on the occasion of his 30th anniversary of recording. Bringing together musical greats as far-flung as Johnny Cash and Eddie Vedder, The Clancy Brothers and Lou Reed, the four-hour show celebrated a truly remarkable lifetime of songs in front of a sold-out audience of over 18,000. Warmly dubbed the Bobfest by participant Neil Young, the show was broadcast around the world and featured a cast of musical notables performing carefully chosen and often surprising selections from the incomparable Dylan songbook. At evening's end, the man of honor himself appeared on stage and gracefully brought it all back home again. In a world where all-star celebrity gatherings have become commonplace, the Bob Dylan celebration stood out as, first and foremost, a legitimately memorable musical event.
Starring: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, George Harrison
Directed by: Gavin Taylor
Release date: 1993-03-02

Depeche Mode: Devotional

Depeche Mode: Devotional
Devotional - A Performance Filmed by Anton Corbijn is a video release by Depeche Mode, featuring almost an entire concert from their 1993-1994 Devotional Tour, filmed in Barcelona, Spain (Palau Sant Jordi), Liévin, France (Stade Couvert Régional) and Frankfurt, Germany (Festhalle). It was directed by Anton Corbijn, and released in 1993 band and it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video in 1995. The soundtrack was recorded in Liévin, Stade Couvert Régional, on July 29, 1993. This tour was particularly notable for the personal troubles the band members were struggling with at the time, most notably Dave Gahan's heroin addiction. The video is the last release to feature Alan Wilder before his departure in 1995. In 2004, the movie was re-released in DVD.
Starring: Andy Fletcher, Alan Wilder, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore
Directed by: Anton Corbijn
Release date: 1993-09-30

The Rolling Stones: 25x5 - The Continuing Adventures of The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones: 25x5 - The Continuing Adventures of The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones emerged in the summer of 1963 as the so-called "bad boys" antidote to the Beatles, a characterization that became one of the foundations of modern rock 'n' roll. In the 25 years that followed, the Stones have succeeded in outraging, mystifying, confusing yet always inspiring their fans. 25 X 5: The Continuing Adventures of The Rolling Stones is the first time that the Stones have gone on camera to tell their own story. Over two hours of devastatingly frank narratives by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and Ron Wood are underscored by rare interview segments with Brian Jones and Mick Taylor, and rare and never-before-seen archival film, video, and newsreel footage.
Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood
Release date: 1993-12-03



Gypsy is a 1993 American made-for-television adaptation of the classic Broadway musical. The teleplay by Arthur Laurents is an adaptation of his book of the 1959 stage musical Gypsy, which was based on Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee. Gypsy Rose Lee's son, Erik Lee Preminger, was instrumental in getting the film in production and was the main source for research. He had tried to get the musical filmed 10 years earlier with Bette Midler the principal role, but it required the approval of five entities to obtain the rights. One of the obstacles had been Arthur Laurents himself, who wrote the book for the musical based on Lee's memoirs. He had hated the 1962 film version and was initially opposed to a remake. "Not for all the money in the world will we let them make another film version of Gypsy," he had said.

Starring: Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb, Ed Asner, Christine Ebersole
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Release date: 1993-12-12

Prince: The Hits Collection

Prince: The Hits Collection
The Hits Collection is a collection of music videos released in 1993 to accompany the Prince's greatest hits collection, The Hits/The B-Sides. Being a single VHS cassette/DVD, the collection is only an hour long and excludes many tracks from the audio release
Starring: Prince, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brown Mark, Bobby Z
Directed by: Paul Becher, Rebecca Blake, Bruce Gowers, Bryan Greenberg, Bill Konersman, Sotera Tschetter
Release date: 1993-12-14

Kiss: Konfidential

Kiss: Konfidential
This documentary is a combination between a Kiss concert and the members of the early 90s Kiss talking about random stuff. This short movie will give you some nice live footage, excellent tunes, and a good look at the chemistry of the Kiss of the early 90s. It's quite interesting to see how much animosity that Eric Singer seems to have towards the makeup, and how even though they talk about it in the documentary, it seems to be a forbidden subject around the band members. The vintage footage doesn't sound to great, but it's still great to see Gene spitting blood. The strippers were an unexpected surprise, and the fact that one of the women in the crowd who revealed herself and got groped was a bit of a jaw dropper to me, but whatever. A great treat for anyone who wants to see what the band was like live in the non makeup days.
Starring: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Bruce Kulick, KISS
Release date: 1993-12-31



A "rockumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4". We soon learn that these three are not what they seem and don't apear to know as much about rap music as they claim... but a lack of musical ability in an artist never hurts sales, does it? You've just got to play the part of a rap star...

Starring: Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Phil Hartman, Charlie Murphy, Rachel True
Directed by: Tamra Davis
Release date: 1993-03-12

10000 Maniacs: MTV Unplugged

10000 Maniacs: MTV Unplugged
MTV Unplugged is a 1993 live album by 10,000 Maniacs. The music was recorded for the MTV Unplugged series and it was also the last album by the band featuring Natalie Merchant as vocalist. In addition to the songs released on this album, four takes of "How You've Grown" were recorded, second takes of "Because the Night" and "Gold Rush Brides", a brief take of "Puff the Magic Dragon" and three other songs which featured singer David Byrne as a guest: "Let The Mystery Be" (two takes, one of which was released as a B-Side to "Few and Far Between" and on Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings), "Jolene", and "Dallas". In 1994, it reached 13 on the Billboard 200.
Starring: Natalie Merchant, Natalie Merchant, Jerry Augustyniak, Jerry Augustyniak, Robert Buck
Directed by: Milton Lage
Release date: 1993-06-01

The Line, the Cross & the Curve

The Line, the Cross & the Curve
A singer struggles to dance well in rehearsal with her band. A power outage leaves her alone in the studio, reviewing her life, when a mysterious woman appears through the mirror and gives her a pair of Red Shoes. The cursed shoes dance beautifully, but endlessly. The singer is drawn irresistibly into the fey world beyond the mirror, where she must redeem three magic symbols from the mysterious woman in order to obtain release from the cursed shoes.
Starring: Kate Bush, Miranda Richardson, Lindsay Kemp, Peter Richardson, Paddy Bush
Directed by: Kate Bush
Release date: 1993-01-01

Nine Inch Nails: Broken

Nine Inch Nails: Broken
In 1992, Nine Inch Nails released the "Broken" EP. It was followed in 1993 by a short film, roughly 20 minutes in length, known as the "Broken Movie". The movie wove Broken's four music videos together via a violent "snuff film" and included its own video for the song "Gave Up" as its conclusion. Due to its extreme graphic content, the Broken Movie was never officially released. But in christmas 2006, Nin secretly released it on bittorrent along with the free 2 dvd set closure deluxe prototype.
Starring: Trent Reznor
Directed by: Peter Christopherson
Release date: 1993-01-01

The Thing Called Love


Miranda Presley moves from New York to Nashville to become a songwriter. At an unsuccessful audition she meets James Wright, a promising newcomer. After only a few days they marry but start to quickly regret it.

Starring: River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney, Sandra Bullock, Anthony Clark
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 1993-08-27

The Nutcracker


On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Marie falls asleep and dreams herself into a fantastic world in which her toys become larger than life. She meets up with the Nutcracker Prince who takes her on a journey to his kingdom and defends her from the Mouse King.

Starring: Darci Kistler, Damian Woetzel, Bart Robinson Cook, Kyra Nichols, Jessica Lynn Cohen
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Release date: 1993-11-24

Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now

Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now
Live: Right Here, Right Now. is the one and only live album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1993. The album combines songs performed over two nights in May 1992 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, CA. The bulk of the songs on this album were from the first night, such as the solos performed by Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar.
Release date: 1993-02-23

Opéra Imaginaire

Opéra Imaginaire
Like Fantasia (1940) or Allegro Non Troppo (1977), L'Opéra Imaginaire (1993) is an assembly of animated short films based on classic music greats. Directed by some of the best European animators and artists, L'Opéra Imaginaire takes us through dance, theater, music and painting masterpieces. It uses several animation techniques, like stop-motion clay animation or CG characters.
Starring: Ana Lucia Alves, Sébastien Chollet, Alain de Greffe, Mehdi Manglunki, Fundji Ngelessy
Directed by: Ken Lidster, Monique Renault, Christophe Vallaux, Pascal Roulin, Jonathan Hills, Jimmy T. Murakami, Raimund Krumme, Stephen Palmer, Hilary Audus, Guionne Leroy, José Abel
Release date: 1993-01-01

Zero Patience

Zero Patience
The ghost of "patient zero", who allegedly first brought AIDS to North America - materialises and tries to contact old friends. Meanwhile, the Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton, who drank from the Fountain of Youth and now works as Chief Taxidermist at the Toronto Natural history Museum, is trying to organise an exhibition about the disease for the museum's "Hall of Contagion".
Starring: John Robinson, Norman Fauteux, Dianne Heatherington, Richardo Keens-Douglas, Charlotte Boisjoli
Directed by: John Greyson
Release date: 1993-09-10

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