5 Best Musician Biopics, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes

5 Best Musician Biopics, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes
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The list to check if you lack a little music in your life.

With the recent proliferation of biopics, it's becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish those that are worth your attention from those that could completely ruin your perception of someone's artistic legacy.

If you are not willing to risk your evening on something that will disappoint you and not do justice to your favorite artist, go ahead and check out these top 5 musician biopics based on the critical score accumulated by Rotten Tomatoes.

5. Amadeus (1984) - 89%

Starring Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus focuses on the life, success, and struggles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. What makes this movie interesting and different from other biographies of the composer is the unreliable narrator, who happens to be Mozart's greatest rival, Antonio Salieri.

4. Behind the Candelabra (2013) - 94%

One of the movies in Michael Douglas and Matt Damon's filmography that doesn't get nearly enough recognition for what it's worth. Behind The Candelabra tells the beautiful story of the relationship between megastar singer Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson. Although not well known to the general public, the movie has won 11 Primetime Emmys.

3. Blaze (2018) - 95%

Even those who have never heard of Blaze Foley will be blown away by his story and the way it is portrayed in this rather unconventional biopic. Although there are some differences that almost caused a backlash among original Foley fans (like the depth of his voice), the final cut ended up exceeding all expectations.

2. The Pianist (2002) - 95%

Many enthusiasts consider this movie to be the best of Roman Polanski's entire filmography. Whether this is true or not is hard to judge, but the true story of a Polish Jewish pianist and composer, amazingly portrayed by Adrien Brody, who survived World War II, will leave no one indifferent.

1. What's Love Got to Do With It? (1993) – 97%

Much of the success of What's Love Got to Do With It? has to do with Angela Bassett's riveting performance. Although she looks nothing like Tina Turner herself, the actress perfectly embodies her essence and does justice to the iconic singer's story of finding the inner strength to break free from abuse.