These aren't musicals (characters don't burst into song), these aren't recordings or documentaries about musicians — they're just movies in which music plays a pivotal role. Often it's in the form of dancing; sometimes the characters sing (but in a “naturalistic” way).
I think I've finally found what makes a movie “ownable” to me. Either it has to have Johnny Depp in it, or you have to come out of it humming.
Amadeus: Director's Cut—An account of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by jealous fellow composer Salieri.
About a Boy Comedy about a man whose life is changed through friendship with a boy.
Almost Famous: Bootleg Edition Extended and original versions of the Cameron Crowe movie about a 15-year-old on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine.
Desperately Seeking Susan Comedy starring Madonna and Rosanna Arquette.
Dirty Dancing Romantic comedy starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Lots of dancing and classic songs.
The Doors Stars Val Kilmer and directed by Oliver Stone. Many great concert sequences.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off—80s classic about a charismatic, insightful teenager who decides to play hooky one day.
A Knight's Tale Comedic, historical drama starring Heath Ledger, Shannon Sossamon, and Brian Bettany. Noted for its use of rock music in medieval times.
Strictly Ballroom A hilarious Cinderella story set among the absurd world of Australian ballroom dancing.
World — Dumb comedy saved by a lot of smart self-awareness
and some fine comic performances by Mike Myers, Dana Carver, Tia Careira,
Rob Lowes, and others.
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