Top-5 Music Biopics

Even though first time director Joann Sfar rejects the idea that Gainsbourg (out now) is a conventional biopic, the film is a undoubtedly a celebration of Serge’s glamorous, frequently chaotic life, which included affairs with sex symbols such as Brigitte Bardot, chanteuse singer Juliette Greco and Jane Birkin (above). 

Here are five other recent films based on the lives of our favourite musicians:

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1. La Vie En Rose (2007): The powerful Oscar winning performance of Marion Cotillard  as controversial French singer Edith Piaf became one of the most successful music biopics of recent years. It is impossible not to be moved when Cotillard perform Piaf’s songs like "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien".

2. Walk the Line (2005): Based in the life story of country legend Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter, played by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon respectively, Walk the Line depicts the upheavals of their marriage and the sometimes tragic life of the American singer.

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3. I’m Not There (2007): Todd Haynes’s unconventional portrait of Bob Dylan, in which six different characters play the singer in different aspects of his life and work, is a moving if sometimes confusing film. Among the actors who portray Dylan are Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger.

4. Control (2007): In another tragic biopic, Anton Corbijn tells the story of Ian Curtis (Sam Riley), lead singer of Joy Division, who commited suicide aged just 23. The black and white cinematography adds to the gloomy feeling, but the film is an honest portrayal of the times and troubled life of Curtis.

5. Ray (2004): Jamie Foxx plays legendary blues singer Ray Charles, a performance which won him the Oscar for Best Actor. The  film, directed by Taylor Hackford, takes us through important episodes in the singer's life, from the moment he loses his eyesight in early childhood to his problems with racism and drug abuse. Fernando Augusto Pacheco