Music is the perfect theme for cinema, as it plays such an enormous role in our lives. There have been dozens of fictional music-themed films throughout movie history, and some of these are classics which perfectly capture the power of music and the impact that it can have on individuals (and the world). These films are often snapshots into certain eras or scenes, making them nostalgic and something that the audience can connect with. Whether it is about a jaded record store owner, the rise of an artist, or a biographical drama, these are cinema’s love letters to music.
10. School of Rock
Although School of Rock is a very silly film (starring Jack Black, go figure…), it is also portrays the value of music and the impact that it can have on individuals (both young and old). It is also endearing and hilarious, largely thanks to Jack Black’s wild, over-the-top and energetic performance as Dewey Finn, and performances from several of the kids. Dewey impersonates his friend, Ned, as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. He then starts a band with the kids in the class so that he can win Battle of the Bands. He helps the students to grow in confidence and embrace their talents along the way, whilst charming the uptight Principal Mullins (brilliantly played by Joan Cusack). It is a feel-good, heartwarming story which also features some fantastic rock and roll played by the extremely talented 13-year-olds who feature in the film.