Best Music Movies of 2007

1.

August Rush

6.0

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
Directed by: Kirsten Sheridan
Release date: 2007-11-21
2.

Once

5.6

A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.

Starring: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick, Alaistair Foley
Directed by: John Carney
Release date: 2007-03-23
3.

Hairspray

5.5

Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins. But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos.

Starring: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Queen Latifah
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Release date: 2007-07-13
4.

The Visitor

5.4

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Starring: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass, Marian Seldes
Directed by: Tom McCarthy
Release date: 2007-09-07
5.

Across the Universe

5.2

When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther
Directed by: Julie Taymor
Release date: 2007-09-14
6.

I'm Not There.

5.0

Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Julianne Moore, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directed by: Todd Haynes
Release date: 2007-10-01
7.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

4.9

Following a childhood tragedy, Dewey Cox follows a long and winding road to music stardom. Dewey perseveres through changing musical styles, an addiction to nearly every drug known and bouts of uncontrollable rage.

Starring: John C. Reilly, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Release date: 2007-12-21
8.

Music and Lyrics

4.7

A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Hugh Grant, Scott Porter, Brad Garrett, Haley Bennett
Directed by: Marc Lawrence
Release date: 2007-02-09
9.

Alvin and the Chipmunks

4.7

A struggling songwriter named Dave Seville finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin, brainy Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore.

Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson, Jane Lynch, Justin Long
Directed by: Tim Hill
Release date: 2007-12-13
10.

High School Musical 2

4.6

The East High Wildcats are ready to have the time of their lives. Troy is thrilled when he's offered a job in a country club, but it's all part of Sharpay's plot to lure him away from Gabriella. How will it all turn out? All questions are answered on the night of the club's Talent Show.

Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Release date: 2007-08-17
11.

Heima

4.3

Ethereal post-rock pioneers Sigur Rós play a string of impromptu gigs in their native Iceland after finishing a world tour in 2006. As they travel through the country, the band visits a wide variety of venues, from a large outdoor festival to a coffee shop.

Starring: Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm, Kjartan Sveinsson, Orri P. Dyrason, Hildur Ársælsdóttir
Directed by: Dean DeBlois
Release date: 2007-09-27
12.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream

4.3

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich and packed with rare concert footage and home movies, this documentary explores the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including Petty's famous collaborations and notorious clashes with the record industry. Interviews with musical luminaries including Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Roger McGuinn, Jeff Lynne, Dave Stewart and Petty himself shed some revelatory vision.

Starring: Tom Petty, Ron Blair, Mike Campbell, George Drakoulias, Johnny Cash
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 2007-10-14
13.

Stomp the Yard

4.2

After the death of his younger brother, a troubled 19-year-old street dancer from Los Angeles is able to bypass juvenile hall by enrolling in the historically black, Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he is courted by the top two campus fraternities, both of which want and need his fierce street-style dance moves to win the highly coveted national step show competition.

Starring: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo, Darrin Henson, Jermaine Williams
Directed by: Sylvain White
Release date: 2007-05-16
14.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

4.0
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Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrols at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. Throughout the show, no one has faith in Elle Woods, but she manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself.
Starring: Laura Bell Bundy, Christian Borle, Orfeh, Annaleigh Ashford, Kate Shindle
Directed by: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Jerry Mitchell
Release date: 2007-10-13
15.

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

4.0
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As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ever before. In "The Future Is Unwritten", from British film director Julien Temple, Joe Strummer is revealed not just as a legend or musician, but as a true communicator of our times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of Joe's life, Julien Temple's film is a celebration of Joe Strummer - before, during and after the Clash.
Starring: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon, Terry Chimes
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 2007-05-18
16.

AC/DC: Plug Me In

3.9
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The AC/DC Plug Me In DVD collection brings together for the very first time an astonishing five hours of definitive live concert and television performances -- many of them previously unavailable -- chronicling the on- going career (now in its fourth decade!) of a groundbreaking rock & roll powerhouse whose music transcends the test of time.
Starring: Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 2007-10-16
17.

Pink - Live from Wembley Arena

3.9
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Outspoken Grammy-winning pop princess Pink brings her bold brand of danceable R&B to the stage of London's Wembley Arena, and the cameras roll to capture every infectious note to the delight of fans on both sides of the pond. Featured songs include "Don't Let Me Get Me", "Just Like a Pill", and "Get the Party Started."
Starring: Pink
Release date: 2007-01-01
18.

We Will Rock You

3.7
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In November 1981, with “Under Pressure” topping the charts in the UK, Queen arrived in Montreal following dates in Japan and their record-breaking tour of Latin America. It was to be the only concert by Queen that was ever shot on film. Always a great live band, with arguably the greatest frontman of all time in Freddie Mercury, they excelled themselves with the cameras rolling.
Starring: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Brian May
Directed by: Saul Swimmer
Release date: 2007-09-21
19.

The Road Becomes What You Leave

3.7
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The Road Becomes What You Leave is a meditative documentary following the band Magnolia Electric Co. as they travel across the prairies of Canada.
Starring: Jason Molina, Mike Brenner, Jason Groth, Michael Kapinus, Mark Rice
Directed by: Todd Chandler
Release date: 2007-08-07
20.

Nine Inch Nails: Beside You in Time

3.6
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LIVE: BESIDE YOU IN TIME 24 songs from the LIVE: With Teeth 2006 Tour.
Starring: Trent Reznor, Aaron North, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Freese, Jerome Dillon
Directed by: Rob Sheridan
Release date: 2007-02-23

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