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The Best Music Movies on Kanopy

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 Kanopy.

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1. Almost Famous

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7.9/10
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83/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band, Stillwater.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & The Roku Channel), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+ & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Three Colors: Blue

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7.9/10
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80/100
Released: 1993Rated: R
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: Julie is haunted by her grief after living through a tragic auto wreck that claimed the life of her composer husband and young daughter. Her initial reaction is to withdraw from her relationships, lock herself in her apartment and suppress her pain. But avoiding human interactions on the bustling streets of Paris proves impossible, and she eventually meets up with Olivier, an old friend who harbors a secret love for her, and who could draw her back to reality.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, fuboTV & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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3. The Young Girls of Rochefort

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7.7/10
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69/100
Released: 1967Rated: G
Romance, Musical

What it's about: Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris one month ago to come back where he fell in love 10 years ago. They are looking for love, looking for each other, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close...

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

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4. Fiddler on the Roof

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8.0/10
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74/100
Released: 1971Rated: G
Musical, Drama

What it's about: This lavishly produced and critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the international stage sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Topol), a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century Czarist Russia. Nominated for eight Academy Awards.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. A Hard Day's Night

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7.6/10
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72/100
Released: 1964Rated: G
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: Capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in their electrifying element, 'A Hard Day's Night' is a wildly irreverent journey through this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964. The band have to use all their guile and wit to avoid the pursuing fans and press to reach their scheduled television performance, in spite of Paul's troublemaking grandfather and Ringo's arrest.

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

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6. 24 Hour Party People

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7.3/10
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70/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: Manchester, 1976. Tony Wilson is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by a band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester's punk groups are clamoring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and The Hacienda club.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. The Decline of Western Civilization

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7.6/10
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65/100
Released: 1981
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Kanopy & 1 other), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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8. The Wrecking Crew

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64/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG
Documentary

What it's about: A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Discovery+, Hoopla & 2 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Frank

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7.0/10
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72/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Comedy, Mystery

What it's about: A young wannabe musician who discovers he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

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

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10. All the Mornings of the World

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60/100
Released: 1991
Romance, Drama

What it's about: 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 wich he moves to dedicate his life to music and his two young daughters Madeleine and Toinette, avoiding the outside world. Rumor about him and his music is widespread, and even reaches to the court of Louis XIV, who wants him at his court in Lully's orchestra, but Monsieur de Sainte Colombe refuses. One day a young man, Marin Marais, comes to see him with a request, he wants to be taught how to play the violin.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Sound of Noise

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63/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Warriors Gangsters) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Marley

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7.9/10
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68/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Directed by Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Hipsters

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7.1/10
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73/100
Released: 2008
Romance, Musical

What it's about: In this hit Russian musical, a group of friends flaunts Soviet authority in 1950s Moscow by embracing jazz. When Communist Mels falls for Polly, a free-spirited jazz fan, he risks losing his party membership by associating with her rebellious crew.

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

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14. Muscle Shoals

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7.8/10
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63/100
Released: 2013Rated: PG
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: In a tiny Alabama town with the curious name of Muscle Shoals, something miraculous sprang from the mud of the Tennessee River. A group of unassuming, yet incredibly talented, locals came together and spawned some of the greatest music of all time: “Mustang Sally,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Wild Horses,” and many more. During the most incendiary periods of racial hostility, white folks and black folks came together to create music that would last for generations and gave birth to the incomparable “Muscle Shoals sound.”

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy & Dox) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Urgh! A Music War

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8.0/10
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55/100
Released: 1981Rated: PG
Documentary

What it's about: Urgh! A Music War is a British film released in 1981 featuring performances by punk rock, new wave, and post-punk acts of the late 70s and early 80s.

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

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16. Dancer in the Dark

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75/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Musical, Drama

What it's about: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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7.8/10
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61/100
Released: 2002Rated: PG
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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71/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Comedy, LGBTQ

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 subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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19. 20,000 Days on Earth

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7.5/10
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66/100
Released: 2014
Documentary, Musical

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

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Fandor, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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20. Shine

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7.7/10
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71/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG-13
Musical, Drama

What it's about: 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.

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

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21. The Music Room

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8.0/10
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64/100
Released: 1958
Musical, Drama

What it's about: A wealthy landlord who lives a decadent life with his wife and son. His passion - his wife would call it his addiction - is music, and he spends a great deal of his fortune on concerts held for the locals in his magnificent music room. He feels threatened by his neighbour, a commoner who has attained riches through business dealings. His passion for music and quest for social respect are his undoing, as he sacrifices his family and wealth trying to retain it.

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

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22. Hair

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7.6/10
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71/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: "Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. Claude heads to New York upon receiving his draft notice, leaving the family ranch in Oklahoma. He arrives in New York where he is rapidly indoctrinated into the youth subculture before reporting in for boot camp.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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23. As It Is in Heaven

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7.5/10
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82/100
Released: 2004
Romance, Musical

What it's about: A musical romantic tragedy about a famous composer who moves back to his small hometown after having had heart troubles. His search for a simple everyday life leads him into teaching the local church choir which is not easily accepted by the town yet the choir builds a great love for their teacher.

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

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24. Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

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7.6/10
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58/100
Released: 2010
Musical, Documentary

What it's about: The documentary explores the enigmatic life and music of Harry Nilsson in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is Harry Nilsson?" The film includes new and archive audio and film including interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz. "Who is Harry Nilsson?" uses promotional films, music videos, and home movies; segments from the unreleased documentary made during the recording of Son of Schmilsson (Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?); and excerpts from Nilsson's rare TV appearances in his BBC specials, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", "Playboy After Dark", and in an episode of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir".

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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25. The Double Life of Véronique

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7.8/10
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72/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Romance, Fantasy

What it's about: Véronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Véronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with the ups and downs of their individual lives, with Véronique embarking on an unusual romance with Alexandre Fabbri, a puppeteer who may be able to help her with her existential issues.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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26. Quadrophenia

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7.3/10
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67/100
Released: 1979Rated: R
Musical, Drama

What it's about: Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex, Crackle & Shout Factory TV), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Philo, fuboTV & 2 others) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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27. Chico & Rita

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7.2/10
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63/100
Released: 2010
Romance, Animation

What it's about: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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28. Koyaanisqatsi

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8.3/10
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74/100
Released: 1982
Documentary

What it's about: Takes us to locations all around the US and shows us the heavy toll that modern technology is having on humans and the earth. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and the exceptional music by Philip Glass.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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29. The Page Turner

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7.0/10
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60/100
Released: 2006
Thriller, LGBTQ

What it's about: Mélanie Prouvost, a ten-year-old butcher's daughter, is a gifted pianist. That is why she and her parents decide that she sit for the Conservatory entrance exam. Although Mélanie is very likely to be admitted, she unfortunately gets distracted by the president of the jury's offhand attitude and she fails. Ten years later, Mélanie becomes her page turner, waiting patiently for her revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy).

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30. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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7.8/10
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71/100
Released: 1964Rated: PG-13
Romance, Musical

What it's about: This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

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31. The Soloist

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6.7/10
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69/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Musical, Drama

What it's about: A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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32. Beyond the Lights

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6.9/10
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66/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Noni Jean is a hot new rising star. But not all is what it seems, and the pressure causes Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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33. Starstruck

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6.9/10
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50/100
Released: 1982Rated: PG
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: A new-wave extravaganza in which a young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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34. Guys and Dolls

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7.2/10
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68/100
Released: 1955
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: Gambler Nathan Detroit has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets Sky Masterson that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission. Meanwhile, Nathan's longtime fiancée, Adelaide, wants him to go legit and marry her.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, The Roku Channel & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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35. Farinelli

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6.8/10
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60/100
Released: 1994Rated: R
Musical, Drama

What it's about: Farinelli is a 1994 biopic film about the life and career of Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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36. We Are the Best!

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7.1/10
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62/100
Released: 2013
Drama

What it's about: Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Philo & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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37. The Cotton Club

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6.6/10
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65/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Crime, Musical

What it's about: Harlem's legendary Cotton Club becomes a hotbed of passion and violence as the lives and loves of entertainers and gangsters collide.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV, Plex & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Microsoft & Vudu).

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38. A Heart in Winter

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7.6/10
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67/100
Released: 1992
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.

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

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39. Black Orpheus

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7.5/10
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65/100
Released: 1959Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Young lovers Orfeu and Eurydice run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval, on the lam from a hitman dressed like Death and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira and passing between moments of fantasy and stark reality. This impressionistic retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice introduced bossa nova to the world with its soundtrack by young Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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40. Genghis Blues

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7.9/10
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55/100
Released: 1999
Musical, Documentary

What it's about: Blind blues musician Paul Pena is perhaps best known for his song "Jet Airliner". In 1993, Pena heard Tuvan throat singing over his shortwave radio and subsequently taught himself how to reproduce these extraordinary sounds. This documentary follows him to Tuva, where he takes part in a throat singing competition.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy & Docurama) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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41. Amy

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7.8/10
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74/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Musical, Documentary

What it's about: A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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42. Rock 'n' Roll High School

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6.7/10
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62/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Peacock, Plex & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Hoopla & 2 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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43. The Harder They Come

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6.9/10
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62/100
Released: 1972Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Ivanhoe Martin arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a manipulative producer named Hilton, soon finds himself resorting to petty crime in order to pay the bills. He deals marijuana, kills some abusive cops and earns local folk hero status. Meanwhile, his record is topping the charts.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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44. Shine a Light

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7.2/10
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64/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones unite in "Shine A Light," a look at The Rolling Stones." Scorsese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in fall 2006. Cinematographers capture the raw energy of the legendary band.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV, Plex & Crackle), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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45. Powaqqatsi

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7.3/10
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60/100
Released: 1988Rated: G
Documentary

What it's about: An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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46. New York Doll

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7.7/10
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54/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Documentary

What it's about: A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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47. Until the Light Takes Us

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7.1/10
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60/100
Released: 2008
Musical, Documentary

What it's about: Chronicles the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal, a musical subculture infamous as much for a series of murders and church arsons as it is for its unique musical and visual aesthetics. This is the first film to truly shed light on a movement that has heretofore been shrouded by rumor and obscured by inaccurate and shallow depictions. Featuring exclusive interviews with the musicians themselves, Until the Light Takes Us explores every aspect of the controversial movement that has captured the attention of the world.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Docurama) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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48. Were the World Mine

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6.9/10
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61/100
Released: 2008
Fantasy, LGBTQ

What it's about: If you had a love-potion, who would you make fall madly in love with you? Timothy, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, gets to answer that question in a very real way. After his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he stumbles upon a recipe hidden within the script to create the play's magical, purple love-pansy.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (The Roku Channel), stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Wolfe).

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49. How to Talk to Girls at Parties

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5.7/10
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63/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Romance, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Croydon, 1977. A trio of punk teenagers goes to a party to meet girls, but they find that girls there are very different from what they expected.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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50. The Lure

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6.3/10
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63/100
Released: 2015
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Two mermaid sisters, who end up performing at a nightclub, face cruel and bloody choices when one of them falls in love with a beautiful young man.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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