Best Music Movies of 2000

1.

Almost Famous

6.4

In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and lead singer Jeff Bebe William. A semi-autobiographical film based on director Cameron Crowe's time as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone.

Starring: Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 2000-09-15
2.

Billy Elliot

6.2

Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes!

Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Release date: 2000-05-18
3.

Dancer in the Dark

5.8

Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.

Starring: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Release date: 2000-05-17
4.

High Fidelity

5.4

When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to find out why they left, he keeps up his efforts to win Laura back.

Starring: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 2000-03-17
5.

Center Stage

5.0

A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

Starring: Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt, Peter Gallagher, Scottie Thompson
Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
Release date: 2000-05-12
6.

Coyote Ugly

4.2

Graced with a velvet voice, 21-year-old Violet Sanford heads to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter only to find her aspirations sidelined by the accolades and notoriety she receives at her "day" job as a barmaid at Coyote Ugly. The "Coyotes" as they are affectionately called tantalize customers and the media alike with their outrageous antics, making Coyote Ugly the watering hole for guys on the prowl.

Starring: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, John Goodman, Izabella Miko, Tyra Banks
Directed by: David McNally
Release date: 2000-07-30
7.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

4.2

Set several years after the first film, Ariel and Prince Eric are happily married with a daughter, Melody. In order to protect Melody from the Sea Witch, Morgana, they have not told her about her mermaid heritage. Melody is curious and ventures into the sea, where she meets new friends. But will she become a pawn in Morgana's quest to take control of the ocean from King Triton?

Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Tara Strong, Pat Carroll, Buddy Hackett
Directed by: Jim Kammerud
Release date: 2000-01-23
8.

Joseph: King of Dreams

4.0

In this animated retelling of the story from the Bible's Book of Genesis, Joseph's gift of dream interpretation and his brilliantly colored coat inspires jealousy in his brothers.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd, Maureen McGovern, Jodi Benson
Directed by: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez
Release date: 2000-11-07
9.

Blast! An Explosive Musical Celebration

3.8
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Produced by Cook Group Incorporated and Star of Indiana, BLAST! brings together 68 brass, percussion and visual performers in a unique explosion of music and theatre. Born on athletic fields across the nation, BLAST! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry. Ranging from classical to the blues, it is jazz, rock and roll, and techno-pop. With color, light, movement and music, BLAST! explores and explodes the genre with new artistry.
Release date: 2000-08-23
10.

The Man Who Cried

3.8

A young refugee travels from Russia to America in search of her lost father and falls in love with a gypsy horseman.

Starring: Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Harry Dean Stanton
Directed by: Sally Potter
Release date: 2000-08-29
11.

Britney Spears: Live and More!

3.5
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Watch pop queen Britney Spears cavorting in the sun and surf in "Live and More!" Part concert video and part travelogue, this fun-filled special features eight songs performed live on Hawaii's Waikiki Beach in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans. These songs are interspersed with clips of Britney's down time in Hawaii. Completing this grab bag are three music videos and clips from her appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Starring: Britney Spears
Directed by: Bruce Gowers
Release date: 2000-11-21
12.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

3.5

It's the Chipmunks' third and final full-length feature! Alvin is struggling with nightmares of werewolves. Alvin believes that the new next-door neighbor Mr. Talbot is a werewolf. Of course, no one believes him. Meanwhile, the boys are working on the school production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. When Alvin blows up the school auditorium, he is expelled from the production. Theodore is put in to rise his lack of confidence. Alvin and Simon are trying to discover the secret of Mr. Talbot. Will the play go as planned or will the Chipmunks mess it up?!

Starring: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Maurice LaMarche, Miriam Flynn, Rob Paulsen
Directed by: Kathi Castillo
Release date: 2000-08-29
13.

The Legend Floyd: The Dark Side of the Rainbow

3.4
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The coincidental pairing between Victor Fleming's 'The Wizard of Oz' with Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon as soundtrack for the movie, combining some of the images with the lyrics and the sound effects used in most of the tracks, is an unique experience and a magical project that takes both medias into a whole new level.
Release date: 2000-07-02
14.

Kevin & Perry Go Large

3.4

When stubborn, spotty Kevin and his equally hopeless best friend Perry go on holiday to the party island Ibiza, they see it as their big chance to become superstar club DJs and, more importantly, to lose their virginities. But they aren't prepared for the interference of top DJ Eyeball Paul, not to mention the embarrassment factor of Kevin's long-suffering parents.

Starring: Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Rhys Ifans, James Fleet, Laura Fraser
Directed by: Ed Bye
Release date: 2000-04-20
15.

Groove

3.4

An inside look into one night in the San Francisco underground rave scene.

Starring: Hamish Linklater, Denny Kirkwood, Mackenzie Firgens, Lola Glaudini, Steve Van Wormer
Directed by: Greg Harrison
Release date: 2000-06-08
16.

Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story

3.3
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Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) was not just a man with one of the most pure and amazing voices this world has heard, but he was also the lead singer for Queen, the most enthusiastic rock band in history.
Starring: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Montserrat Caballé
Directed by: Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher
Release date: 2000-12-08
17.

Love's Labour's Lost

3.3
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An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 30s musical. Love's Labour's Lost tells the story of four best friends who swear off love. The King of Navarre and his three companions swear a very public oath to study together and to renounce women for three years. Their honour is immediately put to the test by the arrival of the Princess of France and her three lovely companions. It's love at first sight for all concerned followed by the men's highly entertaining but hopeless efforts to disguise their feelings.
Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Release date: 2000-03-31
18.

Duets

3.1

Duets is a road-trip comedy which revolves around the little known world of karaoke and the whimsical characters who inhabit it. All roads lead to Omaha, site of a national karaoke competition where this motley group of singers and stars come together for a blow-out sing-off.

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Scott Speedman, Maria Bello, Paul Giamatti, Andre Braugher
Directed by: Bruce Paltrow
Release date: 2000-09-09
19.

Steely Dan: Two Against Nature

3.0

Steely Dan has not had a new studio album in twenty years--"Two Against Nature" was worth the wait! This concert, recorded live in New York at the Sony Studios, contains new songs as well as classic hits from the minds of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Together, they deliver a unique music experience that is truly unforgettable. Songs: Green Earrings, Cousin Dupree, Bad Sneakers, Janie Runaway, Josie, FM, Gaslighting Abbie, Black Friday, Babylon Sisters, Kid Charlemagne, Jack of Speed, Peg, What a Shame About Me, Pretzel Logic.

Starring: Donald Fagen, Walter Becker
Directed by: Earle Sebastian
Release date: 2000-11-01
20.

Sheryl Crow: Rockin' the Globe Live

2.9
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In this exciting concert appearance, Sheryl Crow powerfully demonstrates why she is one of today's truly distinctive voices. Uncompromising, open, witty, sardonic and surprising, Sheryl hooks the listener immediately with music that's both reflective and compulsively catchy. Leading a group of top-rate musicians, Sheryl digs into the classic hits that rocketed her to stardom, including "Strong Enough" and "All I Wanna Do," and explores troubled romance in songs from her GRAMMY Award-winning 'The Globe Sessions', her most personal album yet. Sheryl Crow firmly stakes out her place in rock history as she continues to grow as an artist, delighting and invigorating her fans with her seemingly endless talent.
Starring: Sheryl Crow
Release date: 2000-01-04

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