Top 50 Music, History Movies and TV Shows



1. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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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: 343,891 | Gross: $51.97M

2. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 168,026 | Gross: $161.20M

3. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, History, Music

7.6
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90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 37,287 | Gross: $4.57M

4. Across the Universe (2007)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

7.3
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56 Metascore

The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs

Votes: 102,563 | Gross: $24.34M

5. Taking Woodstock (2009)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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55 Metascore

A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert, Imelda Staunton

Votes: 27,496 | Gross: $7.44M

6. I Am Woman (2019)

116 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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The story of 1970s musician and activist Helen Reddy.

Director: Unjoo Moon | Stars: Evan Peters, Danielle Macdonald, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Matty Cardarople

Votes: 47

7. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

7.7
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70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 25,913 | Gross: $1.05M

8. Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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55 Metascore

It will tell the story of a group that went from backing up Bob Dylan to become one of the most influential groups of its era.

Director: Daniel Roher | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan

Votes: 30

9. Phoenix (II) (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, History, Music

7.3
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89 Metascore

A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Pütter

Votes: 15,063

10. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.2
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 15,106 | Gross: $50.00M

11. The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Not Rated | 79 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

Director: Sergei Parajanov | Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan, Gogi Gegechkori

Votes: 7,661

12. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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90 Metascore

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

Votes: 11,175 | Gross: $6.20M

13. The Dancer (2016)

Not Rated | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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44 Metascore

Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.

Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto | Stars: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp

Votes: 1,878

14. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History

7.3
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57 Metascore

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 3,975 | Gross: $6.00M

15. The Maestro (I) (2018)

94 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.6
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After the Second World War, budding film composer Jerry Herst moves to Hollywood to study with infamous master teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Director: Adam Cushman | Stars: Kristen Gutoskie, Xander Berkeley, Mackenzie Astin, Sarah Clarke

Votes: 122

16. Talk to Me (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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69 Metascore

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps

Votes: 9,133 | Gross: $4.47M

17. Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America (2019 TV Movie)

84 min | Documentary, History, Music

4.8
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Hip hop has grown from a cultural revolution to the dominant global music genre in just forty years. From Executive Producers Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter, ... See full summary »

Directors: One9, Erik Parker

Votes: 10

18. Tous les matins du monde (1991)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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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: 6,044 | Gross: $3.09M

19. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.6
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93 Metascore

The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks

Votes: 3,141

20. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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75 Metascore

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Candi Staton

Votes: 3,306 | Gross: $0.70M

21. Epic Rap Battles of History (2010– )

TV-14 | Short, Comedy, History

8.2
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A YouTube video series that pits famous historical, pop culture, or fictional characters against one another in rap battle format.

Stars: Nice Peter, Epic Lloyd, Dante Cimadamore, Zach Sherwin

Votes: 2,967

22. Jazz (2001)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.6
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington

Votes: 1,726

23. The Josephine Baker Story (1991 TV Movie)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 1,134

24. And the Ship Sails On (1983)

PG | 128 min | Drama, History, Music

7.6
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In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Freddie Jones, Barbara Jefford, Victor Poletti, Peter Cellier

Votes: 4,973

25. The In Crowd (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.4
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In the mid-60s, a teenage 4.0 high-school student is drawn out of his element on a dare by his peers, to become a dancer on popular TV music show.

Director: Mark Rosenthal | Stars: Jennifer Runyon, Donovan Leitch Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 708 | Gross: $0.12M

26. The Travelling Players (1975)

230 min | Drama, History, Music

8.0
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Greece, 1939-1952: Fascist, Nazi, and Communist conflict, as seen through the eyes of a family of travelling provincial players.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Eva Kotamanidou, Vangelis Kazan, Aliki Georgouli, Kiriakos Katrivanos

Votes: 3,101

27. How the Beatles Changed the World (2017)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music

6.8
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The history of The Beatles and their influence on everything from music, art, and culture to fashion and politics.

Director: Tom O'Dell | Stars: The Beatles, Tony Bramwell, Robert Christgau, Anthony DeCurtis

Votes: 965

28. Honeydripper (2007)

PG-13 | 124 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.6
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68 Metascore

1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Danny Glover, LisaGay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 1,831 | Gross: $0.27M

29. Yellow Earth (1984)

89 min | Drama, History, Music

7.2
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'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu, Tuo Tan

Votes: 1,986

30. Marat/Sade (1967)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

7.5
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In an insane asylum, Marquis de Sade directs Jean Paul Marat's last days through a theater play. The actors are the patients.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Patrick Magee, Clifford Rose, Glenda Jackson, Ian Richardson

Votes: 2,149

31. Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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77 Metascore

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald

Votes: 3,299 | Gross: $0.00M

32. American Hot Wax (1978)

PG | 91 min | Drama, History, Music

7.0
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The story of Alan Freed, the pioneering disc jockey who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

Director: Floyd Mutrux | Stars: Tim McIntire, Fran Drescher, Jay Leno, Laraine Newman

Votes: 1,094

33. Hymn of Death (2018– )

35 min | Drama, History, Music

6.8
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Kim Woo Jin is a stage drama writer while Korea is under Japanese occupation. He is married, but he falls in love with Yun Shim Deok. Shim Deok is the first Korean soprano. She records the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ko Bo-Gyeol, Kim Gang-Hyun, Hwang Young Hee, Hyuk-jin Jang

Votes: 335

34. Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.3
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59 Metascore

A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Cameron Crowe

Votes: 7,358 | Gross: $0.45M

35. The King Is Dancing (2000)

115 min | Drama, History, Music

7.0
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Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling, sometimes excessively lavish baroque scenery, music and costume, but this time in its... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Boris Terral, Tchéky Karyo, Colette Emmanuelle

Votes: 2,009

36. I Called Him Morgan (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.3
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90 Metascore

An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.

Director: Kasper Collin | Stars: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Larry Reni Thomas

Votes: 1,209 | Gross: $0.10M

37. A People Uncounted (2011)

99 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.8
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72 Metascore

The Roma (Gypsies) faced annihilation during the Nazi 'Final Solution,' yet have been relegated to a footnote in history. Today, the Roma are victims of extreme and often violent racial ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Yeger

Votes: 91 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Wilson (1944)

Passed | 154 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 1,350 | Gross: $2.00M

39. All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.3
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73 Metascore

'All Things Must Pass' is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.

Director: Colin Hanks | Stars: Russ Solomon, Chuck D, Chris Cornell, Heidi Cotler

Votes: 2,795 | Gross: $0.17M

40. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

8.6
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Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts, to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Joseph N. Welch, Helen Hayes

Votes: 139

41. Assa (1987)

153 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Solovev | Stars: Natan Eidelman, Anatoly Slivnikov, German Shorr, Ilya Ivanov

Votes: 2,089

42. Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (2016)

Documentary, History, Music

7.8
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Soundbreaking explores the history of recorded music. Featuring more than 150 original interviews, the series charts a century's worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds.

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Todd Boyd, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, Don Was

Votes: 1,061

43. Festival Express (2003)

R | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.6
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85 Metascore

The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour boasting major acts like Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and The Band.

Directors: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich | Stars: Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Band, Rick Danko

Votes: 2,068 | Gross: $1.17M

44. Danny Says (2015)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.7
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64 Metascore

Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors,... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Toller | Stars: Mx Justin Vivian Bond, John Cale, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper

Votes: 673 | Gross: $0.04M

45. Wagner (1981– )

300 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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A huge panorama of Richard Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria, to the final ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, László Gálffi, John Gielgud

Votes: 418

46. Civilisation (1969– )

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.7
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Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Clark, Nicholas Blake, William Devlin, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 685

47. Flock of Four (2017)

Not Rated | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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48 Metascore

Four best friends search for a legendary jazz musician on Central Avenue, Los Angeles in 1959.

Director: Gregory Caruso | Stars: Braeden Lemasters, Uriah Shelton, Isaac Jay, Dylan Riley Snyder

Votes: 68

48. One Hit Wonderland (2012– )

Documentary, History, Music

8.3
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Todd, that misanthropic pop-song guru masked in the shadows, looks at obscure artists who are only remembered for one hit song.

Stars: Todd Nathanson, William DuFresne, Brad Jones, Kali

Votes: 169

49. La Marseillaise (1938)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, History, Music

7.1
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A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet, Léon Larive

Votes: 943

50. Testimony (1987)

Not Rated | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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The story of the great Soviet Composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Sherry Baines, Magdalen Asquith, Mark Asquith

Votes: 222


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