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1. 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: 1,252 | Gross: $0.02M

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

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

J.S. BACH: THE MUSIC, THE LIFE, THE LEGEND is a dramatic look at the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, a man who dedicated his life to the service of music.

Director: Jean-Louis Guillermou | Stars: Christian Vadim, Elena Lenina, Frédérique Bel, Jean Rochefort

Votes: 74

3. 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

4. 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: 230


5. 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: 522


6. 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


7. 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: 22,314 | Gross: $9.91M


8. 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: 12,588 | Gross: $0.35M

10. Bizet's Dream (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Music, Drama, Family

A 12 year old Parisian girl takes piano lessons from composer Georges Bizet and becomes captivated by his story of the gypsy Carmen.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Maurice Godin, Brittany Madgett, Catherine Barroll, Yseult Lendvai

Votes: 42

12. 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

Frederic Chopin

13. 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

14. 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: 4,510 | Gross: $4.08M

Frédéric Chopin

15. 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: 646

16. 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: 404

Frédéric Chopin

17. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Song of Summer (1968)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Traces last 5 years of the life of Frederick Delius through the eyes of a young composer called Eric Fenby.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Max Adrian, Maureen Pryor, Christopher Gable, David Collings

Votes: 326

18. Monitor (1958– )
Episode: Elgar (1962)

55 min | Documentary

A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Huw Wheldon, Peter Brett, Rowena Gregory, George McGrath

Votes: 217

19. 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


20. 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


21. God Rot Tunbridge Wells! (1985 TV Movie)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Shortly before death, George Fredrick Handel (1685-1759), old, blind, portly, sometimes raging and usually reflective, narrates a look back over his life. As he tells his story, his music ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Trevor Howard, Dave Griffiths, Christopher Bramwell, Ranald Neilson

Votes: 25


22. Honour, Profit & Pleasure (1985 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama, History, Musical

This film presents scenes from the life of German composer George Frideric Handel in the style of a baroque opera. After the success of his London debut, Handel settles in England. He ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Ambrose | Stars: Simon Callow, Alan Devlin, Jean Rigby, Christopher Benjamin

Votes: 21


23. 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: 1,011 | Gross: $0.43M


24. 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

25. 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: 2,134

26. Liszt's Rhapsody (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 49 min | Biography, Drama, Family

A dashing Franz Liszt appears to have it all - talent, success, wealth and adoring fans. Yet when he takes on a young street musician as a violin student, his own fork is transformed.

Director: Richard Mozer | Stars: Geordie Johnson, Drew Jurecka, Peter Keleghan, Ida Carnevali

Votes: 51

27. 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

28. Mahler on the Couch (2010)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud.

Directors: Felix O. Adlon, Percy Adlon | Stars: Johannes Silberschneider, Barbara Romaner, Karl Markovics, Friedrich Mücke

Votes: 359

29. 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: 580 | Gross: $0.42M


31. 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: 352,324 | Gross: $51.97M


32. 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


33. 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

34. The Magic Bow (1946)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Musical, Romance

Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Stewart Granger, Phyllis Calvert, Jean Kent, Dennis Price

Votes: 162


35. Paganini (1989)

81 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Klaus Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolò Paganini, who set all of nineteenth-century Europe into a frenzy and through ... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Kinski | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Debora Caprioglio, Nikolai Kinski, Dalila Di Lazzaro

Votes: 901

36. Puccini (1953)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Produced in Italy in breathtaking Technicolor, this biographical story of Puccini (played by L'avventura's Gabriele Ferzetti) spans his creative life from early student days to the height ... See full summary »

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Märta Torén, Nadia Gray, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 47

37. Puccini (1984 TV Movie)

113 min | Biography, Drama

In Torre del Lago, by Lake Massaciuccoli, Puccini is writing "The Girl of the Golden West" when his wife Elvira accuses him of a dalliance with their maid, Doria Manfredi, a young women ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Robert Stephens, Virginia McKenna, Judith Howarth, Robert Urquhart

Votes: 22

38. England, My England (1995)

153 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Simon Callow, Michael Ball, Rebecca Front, Lucy Speed

Votes: 153


39. Rossini's Ghost (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Nine-year old Reliana witnesses Rossini's efforts to salvage his seemingly cursed new opera, the Barber of Seville.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Joseph Di Mambro, Melissa Pirrera, Frances Bay, Margaret Illmann

Votes: 56

40. 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

43. The Temptation of Franz Schubert (1997 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

The darker side of the composer is explored when he stays in the hospital for syphilis.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Simon Russell Beale, Jason Flemyng, Emilia Fox, Richard Van Allan

Votes: 30

44. 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: 852

Robert Schumann

45. Beloved Clara (2008)

107 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A look at the lives of 19th-century composers Clara and Robert Schumann.

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Pascal Greggory, Malik Zidi, Aline Annessy

Votes: 249


46. Spring Symphony (1983)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Music