Best Music Movies of 2014

1.

Whiplash

6.9
8.5/10

Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.

Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Release date: 2014-10-10
2.

Rudderless

5.4
7.5/10

A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.

Starring: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne
Directed by: William H. Macy
Release date: 2014-10-17
3.

20.000 Days on Earth

5.3
7.5/10

A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave's persona.

Starring: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Arthur Cave
Directed by: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Release date: 2014-07-05
4.

One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert

4.6
6.6/10
One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert
From X Factor to the San Siro Stadium in Milano, One Direction hit the world with success. See them perform live in the San Siro Stadium and watch 15 minutes of exclusive footage never seen before. The boys are back.
Starring: Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne
Directed by: Paul Dugdale
Release date: 2014-10-08
5.

Roger Waters: The Wall

4.4
8.6/10

A concert film that the former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter made on various tour dates between 2010 and 2013, when he was playing his former group's 1980 double-album in its entirety.

Starring: Roger Waters, Dave Kilminster, Graham Broad, Snowy White, Jon Carin
Directed by: Sean Evans, Roger Waters
Release date: 2014-09-29
6.

Billy Elliot: The Musical

4.3
8.5/10

Billy Elliot the Musical is a musical based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. The music is by Elton John, and the book and lyrics are by Lee Hall, who wrote the film's screenplay. In June 2014, it was announced that the musical would be screened and broadcast live to cinemas around the UK and the world. On 28 September, the matinee of the musical was broadcast as it was being filmed at the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas around the UK and other countries with further encore screenings of that same performance on other dates. Billy was played by Elliott Hanna. Liam Mower, one of the three actors who originated the title role, returned to play the role of Older Billy. In addition, 25 past and present actors to have played the title role on the West End performed a specially-choreographed dance number at the finale. The live broadcast topped the UK and Ireland box office the weekend it was broadcast, a first for an event cinema release, beating The Equalizer with £1.9m.

Starring: Elliott Hanna, Ruthie Henshall, Deka Walmsley, Howard Crossley, Tom Holland
Directed by: Stephen Daldry, Brett Sullivan
Release date: 2014-09-28
7.

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

4.3
8.0/10

A documentary film detailing Glen Campbell's final tour and his struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

Starring: Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ashley Campbell, Jay Leno, Jimmy Webb
Directed by: James Keach
Release date: 2014-04-24
8.

Boychoir

4.2
6.7/10

A troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school after the death of his single mother. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognises a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Kevin McHale, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Kathy Bates
Directed by: François Girard
Release date: 2014-09-04
9.

God Help the Girl

4.1
6.4/10

Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.

Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bissett
Directed by: Stuart Murdoch
Release date: 2014-08-22
10.

Leave the World Behind

4.0
7.8/10

A music documentary following the breakup of Swedish House Mafia and their subsequent One Last Tour. The largest electronic tour in history, selling over 1 million tickets in one week. Director Christian Larson captures the band in a unique fly on the wall manner as they call it quits and seek closure by going on the tour they had always dreamed of. With breathtaking live moments, huge laughs and dark lows, the band start to unravel why they came to the decision to end the biggest achievement of their lives to date to save their friendship. The film maps out three of the biggest stars in a scene which has gripped youth the world over and the psychology of the band. A film not to be missed.

Starring: Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Steve Angello, Nikhil Chinappa
Directed by: Christian Larson
Release date: 2014-03-12
11.

Like Sunday, Like Rain

3.9
6.9/10

A struggling musician becomes a 12-year-old musical prodigy's guardian for a summer.

Starring: Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Billie Joe Armstrong, Julian Shatkin, Georgia X. Lifsher
Directed by: Frank Whaley
Release date: 2014-03-01
12.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

3.8
7.1/10

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.

Starring: Nas, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Pete Rock
Directed by: One9
Release date: 2014-04-04
13.

Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

3.7
7.2/10

Pulp found fame on the world stage in the 1990s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career-best performance exclusive to the film, the band members share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality — & car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. Pulp is a music film like no other — by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.

Starring: Pulp, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber
Directed by: Florian Habicht
Release date: 2014-03-09
14.

Made in Japan: The Rise of Deep Purple Mk II

3.7
7.6/10
Made in Japan: The Rise of Deep Purple Mk II
Deep Purple is one of the most influential and important guitar bands in history, one of the godfathers of the heavy metal genre, with over 100 million album sales worldwide to their name. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple's groundbreaking double live album Made in Japan, this documentary explores these recordings and Deep Purple Mark 2, the line-up between 1969 and 1973.
Starring: Ian Gillan, Richie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice
Directed by: Ian Carmichael, Drew Thompson
Release date: 2014-09-12
15.

The Young Blood Chronicles

3.7
8.7/10
The Young Blood Chronicles
The members of Fall Out Boy undergo kidnappings, torture, and murder, among other events, in this compiled film of the 11 music videos making up their 'Save Rock and Roll' album.
Starring: Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, Andy Hurley, 2 Chainz
Directed by: Adam Donald, Andrew Zaeh
Release date: 2014-01-24
16.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks

3.7
6.9/10

Music rules and rainbows rock as Twilight Sparkle and pals compete for the top spot in the Canterlot High "Mane Event" talent show. The girls must rock their way to the top, and outshine rival Adagio Dazzle and her band The Dazzlings, to restore harmony back to Canterlot High.

Starring: Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Andrea Libman, Ashleigh Ball, Nicole Oliver
Directed by: Ishi Rudell, Jayson Thiessen
Release date: 2014-09-27
17.

The Last Five Years

3.7
5.9/10

In New York, a struggling actress and a successful writer sing about their failed marriage from two perspectives.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Knepp, Bettina Bresnan, Marceline Hugot
Directed by: Richard LaGravenese
Release date: 2014-11-03
18.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

3.6
8.8/10
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Murder, mayhem and the ultimate revenge. Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical masterpiece comes back to life in this bold new production, starring Bryn Terfel and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson.
Starring: Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Christian Borle, Kyle Brenn
Directed by: Lonny Price
Release date: 2014-09-26
19.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live!

3.6
7.6/10
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live!
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! is an American concert television special featuring live performances by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in support of their collaborative studio album, Cheek to Cheek, released in September 2014. It was held at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in July following the announcement of the album's release, and was aired on PBS on October 24, 2014, as part of the network's Great Performances series. The concert was watched by an audience consisting of invited guests and students from New York schools. Bennett and Gaga were joined on stage by 39-piece orchestra and jazz musicians associated with both artists.
Starring: Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett
Directed by: David Horn
Release date: 2014-10-24
20.

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll

3.5
7.7/10
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
Through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll examines and unravels Cambodia's tragic past, culminating in the genocidal Khmer Rouge's dismantling of the society and murder of 2,000,000 of its citizens.
Directed by: John Pirozzi
Release date: 2014-01-01

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