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The Best Music Movies on HBO

Finding a good Music movie to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Music movies of all time streaming on HBO.

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1. A Star Is Born

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7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo90%
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89/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer — until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $19.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

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2. Bohemian Rhapsody

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8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo61%
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89/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $19.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 4 others).

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3. Moulin Rouge!

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7.6/10
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86/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG-13
Drama, Musical

What it's about: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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4. Anastasia

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7.1/10
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82/100
Released: 1997Rated: G
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia encounters two Russian men seeking a reward offered by Empress Maria for the return of her granddaughter. The trio travels to Paris, where they find that the empress has grown skeptical of imposters.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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7.7/10
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81/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Comedy, Cult

What it's about: Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig undergoes a personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, inhabiting a “beautiful gender of one.”

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. Bad Times at the El Royale

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7.1/10
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81/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Thriller, Crime

What it's about: Lake Tahoe, 1969. Seven strangers, each one with a secret to bury, meet at El Royale, a decadent motel with a dark past. In the course of a fateful night, everyone will have one last shot at redemption.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $14.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 4 others).

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7. Rio

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6.9/10
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79/100
Released: 2011Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Children

What it's about: Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Blu and Linda go to meet her. Animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel, but the pair soon escape and begin a perilous adventure back to freedom -- and Linda.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Cobain: Montage of Heck

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7.5/10
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78/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: The authorized documentary on late Guitar/lead singer Kurt Cobain from his early days in Aberdeen Washington to his success and downfall with Grunge band Nirvana.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Qello Concerts), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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9. Buena Vista Social Club

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7.6/10
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78/100
Released: 1999Rated: G
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. Smallfoot

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6.6/10
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74/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: A bright young yeti finds something he thought didn't exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $5.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

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11. The Fabulous Baker Boys

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6.8/10
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74/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play smaltzy music and have never needed a day job...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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12. May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

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8.5/10
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71/100
Released: 2017
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: An intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band The Avett Brothers, charting their decade-and-a- half rise, while chronicling their present-day collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the multi-Grammy-nominated album “True Sadness.”

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Six by Sondheim

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7.9/10
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68/100
Released: 2013
Documentary

What it's about: This intimate documentary explores the life and career of the stage legend Stephen Sondheim through six of his best-known songs.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Believer

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7.2/10
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68/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG
Documentary, LGBTQ

What it's about: Imagine Dragons’ Mormon frontman Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah, his concern with the church’s policies sends him on an unexpected path for acceptance and change.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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15. Honey

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5.3/10
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63/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Honey Daniels dreams of making a name for herself as a hip-hop choreographer. When she's not busy hitting downtown clubs with her friends, she teaches dance classes at a nearby community center in Harlem, N.Y., as a way to keep kids off the streets. Honey thinks she's hit the jackpot when she meets a hotshot director casts her in one of his music videos. But, when he starts demanding sexual favors from her, Honey makes a decision that will change her life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. A Boy Called Sailboat

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6.7/10
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62/100
Released: 2018
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A Hispanic family find hope in their extraordinary son named Sailboat when a personal gesture awakens a global desire. Armed with a "little guitar", Sailboat leads an offbeat cast into the miraculous story of the greatest secret never told.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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17. The Fourth Kind

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5.9/10
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61/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Mystery, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the unsolved cases wide open when, during the course of treating her patients, she finds evidence of alien abductions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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18. Last Days

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5.8/10
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60/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Drama, Musical

What it's about: The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Microsoft).

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19. Mavis!

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7.3/10
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59/100
Released: 2015
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: A look at the life and music of legendary singer and civil rights activist, Mavis Staples.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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20. David Bowie: The Last Five Years

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7.5/10
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56/100
Released: 2017
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: In the last five years of his life, David Bowie ended nearly a decade of silence to engage in an extraordinary burst of activity, producing two groundbreaking albums and a musical. David Bowie: The Last Five Years explores this unexpected end to a remarkable career. Made with remarkable access, Francis Whately’s documentary is a revelatory follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years, which chronicled Bowie’s golden ‘70s and early-‘80s period.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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21. The Apollo

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6.0/10
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53/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG
Documentary, Stand-up & Talk

What it's about: The history of New York City's Apollo Theater in Harlem is given the full treatment.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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22. Jetsons: The Movie

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5.6/10
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51/100
Released: 1990Rated: G
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: George Jetson is forced to uproot his family when Mr. Spacely promotes him to take charge of a new factory on a distant planet.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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23. Jem and the Holograms

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4.1/10
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49/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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24. J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming

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8.6/10
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48/100
Released: 2016
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: One of music’s biggest stars returns home to Fayetteville, NC, delivering a riveting performance in the exclusive HBO presentation J. COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING, debuting SATURDAY, JAN. 9 (10:00–11:30 p.m. ET/PT). Part concert film, part backstage pass, the special tells his compelling life story through Cole’s own words and music, and through the observations of those who know him best. Featuring guest appearances by Jay Z and Drake, J. COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING showcases live versions of all 13 songs from his third album, “2014 Forest Hills Drive.” Cole delivers a powerful performance that leaves his fans elated or in tears, connecting with audiences in a way few others can. Songs from “2014 Forest Hills Drive” include “January 28th,” “Wet Dreamz,” “03’ Adolescence,” “A Tale of 2 Citiez,” “Fire Squad,” “St. Tropez,” “Love Yourz,” “G.O.M.D.,” “No Role Modelz,” “Hello” and “Apparently.”

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO).

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25. God is the Bigger Elvis

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7.1/10
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45/100
Released: 2012
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Dolores Hart left a successful Hollywood acting career to become a nun. A true story.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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26. Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

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7.1/10
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39/100
Released: 2018
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: Ruben Blades Is Not My Name portrays one of Latin America's most beloved singer-songwriters in a journey across his 50-year career. In an intimate way, the film gives us a chance to get to know the artist, his music, and the stories behind them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).