10Walk the Line
Music can define a picture, but soundtracks seem to matter a little more when the picture is about a musician. We tend to listen a little closer, whether to match the sound or take in the beauty of a well-tuned melody. And there are plenty of musicians that have been given the star treatment on the big screen where the talent truly translates. Here are 10 of the best movies about musicians.
The first one to highlight is none other than the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. He had a voice that lingered long after the song has finished and there was indeed something more behind those lyrics. Walk the Line reveals the rocky road to stardom that Cash pursued, brilliantly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix who fits the profile well. Accompanied with an equally strong performance by Reese Witherspoon as June Carter, the James Mangold-directed picture perfectly stages Cash’s many appearances, the descent into drugs, and his desire to show up his old man that blamed him for the death of his brother.