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2. Eroica (2003 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, History, Music

On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Peter Hanson, Jack Davenport, Leo Bill, Ian Hart

Votes: 523

3. Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Music, Romance

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton

Votes: 1,201

Johann Strauss I (1804-1849) Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)

4. The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 986

Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)

5. New Wine (1941)

87 min | Drama

Biography of composer Franz Schubert

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Alan Curtis, Ilona Massey, Billy Gilbert, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 19

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

6. The Great Mr. Handel (1942)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Rank's G.H.W. Productions Ltd.

Director: Norman Walker | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan, Malcolm Keen, Michael Shepley

Votes: 71

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

7. A Song to Remember (1945)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Biography of Frederic Chopin.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde, Nina Foch

Votes: 1,166

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

8. Song of Love (1947)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker, Henry Daniell

Votes: 853

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

9. The Great Caruso (1951)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna

Votes: 1,122

Enrico Caruso (1873-1921)

10. Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)

Unrated | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

A film biography of the composer John Philip Sousa, from his early days in the Marine Corps Band through the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 737

John Philip Sousa (1854–1932)

11. So This Is Love (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Biography, Music, Musical

Biopic of opera star Grace Moore, who was killed in a plane crash in 1947.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Merv Griffin, Joan Weldon, Walter Abel

Votes: 152

Grace Moore (1898-1947)

12. Interrupted Melody (1955)

Passed | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This movie chronicles Australian-born opera star Marjorie Lawrence's success, her battle with polio, and her eventual career comeback.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 857

Marjorie Lawrence (1907-1979)

13. Song Without End (1960)

Not Rated | 141 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Sir Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

Directors: Charles Vidor, George Cukor | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Capucine, Geneviève Page, Patricia Morison

Votes: 571

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

14. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

94 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli

Votes: 1,254 | Gross: $0.02M

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

15. Song of Norway (1970)

G | 138 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Florence Henderson, Toralv Maurstad, Christina Schollin, Frank Porretta

Votes: 381 | Gross: $3.72M

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

16. The Music Lovers (1971)

R | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian, Christopher Gable

Votes: 2,240 | Gross: $0.20M

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

17. Mahler (1974)

PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 2,212

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

18. Lisztomania (1975)

R | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

Composer and pianist Franz Liszt (Roger Daltrey) attempts to overcome his hedonistic life-style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas).

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, Ringo Starr

Votes: 2,136

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

19. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 352,851 | Gross: $51.97M

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Antonio Salieri (1750–1825)

20. Spring Symphony (1983)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Music

Chronicles the illustrious 19th-century love affair between composer Robert Schumann and pianist Claire Weick.

Director: Peter Schamoni | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Herbert Grönemeyer, Rolf Hoppe, Anja-Christine Preussler

Votes: 287

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

21. Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 4,515 | Gross: $4.08M

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

22. Tous les matins du monde (1991)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

It's late 17th century. The viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into... See full summary »

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Anne Brochet, Guillaume Depardieu

Votes: 6,175 | Gross: $3.09M

Marin Marais (1656-1728)

23. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Colm Feore, Derek Keurvorst, Katya Ladan, Devon Anderson

Votes: 3,460 | Gross: $1.57M

Glenn Gould (1932-1982)

24. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 22,343 | Gross: $9.91M

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

25. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of castrato opera singer Carlo Broschi, who enthralled 18th century European audiences under his stage name Farinelli, comes to life in this drama of high notes and even higher passions.

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier

Votes: 6,089 | Gross: $2.12M

Farinelli (1705-1782)

Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) Richard Wagner (1813-1833)

27. Voices (1995)

R | 93 min | Drama

A story about real life early 20th century British composer and music critic Philip Arnold Heseltine.

Director: Malcolm Clarke | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Tushka Bergen, Allan Corduner, Hilton McRae

Votes: 206

Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

28. Shine (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 49,781 | Gross: $35.81M

David Helfgott (1947--)

29. Hilary and Jackie (1998)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The tragic story of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, James Frain, David Morrissey

Votes: 9,476 | Gross: $4.87M

Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987)

30. Bride of the Wind (2001)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Music

35 Metascore

This movie is a biopic of Alma Mahler, the wife of composer Gustav Mahler (as well as Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel), and the mistress of Oskar Kokoschka.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Sarah Wynter, Vincent Perez, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Verhoeven

Votes: 582 | Gross: $0.42M

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

31. Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

59 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode, Ralph Riach

Votes: 12,596 | Gross: $0.35M

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

32. The Soloist (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

61 Metascore

A newspaper journalist discovers a homeless musical genius and tries to improve his situation.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander

Votes: 50,040 | Gross: $31.67M

Nathaniel Ayers (1951--)

33. Vision (2009)

Unrated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Lena Stolze

Votes: 1,013 | Gross: $0.43M

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

34. The Child Prodigy (2010)

101 min | Drama

On the keyboard, the young hands fly rapidly and the melody rises. For the child, nothing is easier; he hears the sounds in his head. These hands belong to 6 years old André Mathieu. He won... See full summary »

Director: Luc Dionne | Stars: Patrick Drolet, Marc Labrèche, Macha Grenon, Karine Vanasse

Votes: 183

André Mathieu (1929-1968)

35. Beethoven Lives Upstairs (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 51 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A young boy learns to appreciate the music of his upstairs boarder, Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Neil Munro, Illya Woloshyn, Fiona Reid, Paul Soles

Votes: 430

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

36. Young Chopin (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

A story of the formative years in Chopin's life between 1825 and 1831, a time of social unrest throughout Europe, of rising nationalism, and of cries for reform. Chopin, an outstanding ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Ford | Stars: Czeslaw Wollejko, Zbigniew Lobodzinski, Józef Nieweglowski, Jerzy Duszynski

Votes: 44

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

37. Chopin. Pragnienie milosci (2002)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Music

The biography of world famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.

Director: Jerzy Antczak | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Danuta Stenka, Sara Muldner, Jadwiga Baranska

Votes: 648

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

38. La note bleue (1991)

135 min | Drama, Music, Romance

the film covers the last few days of fragile Chopin's professional life.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Marie-France Pisier, Janusz Olejniczak, Sophie Marceau, Féodor Atkine

Votes: 405

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

39. Eroica (2003 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, History, Music

On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Peter Hanson, Jack Davenport, Leo Bill, Ian Hart

Votes: 523

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

41. The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936)

116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Lyrical biography of the classical composer, depicted as a romantical hero, an accursed artist.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt, Jean-Louis Barrault

Votes: 233

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

42. I, Don Giovanni (2009)

127 min | Drama, History, Music

A drama based on the life of 18th century Italian lyricist Lorenzo da Ponte, who collaborated with Mozart on his "Don Giovanni" opera.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Tobias Moretti, Eulàlia Ramon, Sergi Roca, Anna Saura Ramón

Votes: 532

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

43. Vergeßt Mozart (1985)

92 min | Mystery

In the dead of night, a few hours after Mozart's death, the usual suspects (Konstanze, Salieri, van Swieten, etc.) are summoned to Mozart's room by Count Pergen, head of the secret police, ... See full summary »

Director: Miloslav Luther | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Max Tidof, Wolfgang Preiss, Catarina Raacke

Votes: 71

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Antonio Salieri (1750–1825)

45. My Name Is Bach (2003)

97 min | Biography, Drama

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is introduced to King Frederick II of Prussia in 1747. The aging composer and the young monarch clash and a battle of egos ensues.

Director: Dominique de Rivaz | Stars: Vadim Glowna, Jürgen Vogel, Karoline Herfurth, Anatole Taubman

Votes: 288

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

46. Il était une fois Jean-Sébastien Bach (2003)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama