12 feature films about show business stars

When the show ends, backstage is full of life. Far from the eyes of fans, passions seethe, intrigues are twisted and personal dramas of the stars of the stage are played out. Behind the artist’s spectacular performance is not only grueling training, but a ruthless industry ruled by money, connections and fame. Films about show business will take the viewer into a world where everything is mixed up in the beams of spotlights: love and hate, envy and favor, decency and meanness.

A Star Is Born (2018)

A modern version of the classic American film of 1937 tells the story of two talented people. Ellie, a young woman, writes songs and performs in a bar. One day at a performance, she meets blues musician Jackson Maine. A man not only takes a place in her heart, but also becomes a ticket to show business. Jackson himself, a stage veteran, has problems with alcohol and drugs. Despite the love of loyal fans, his business is on the decline, while Ellie ‘s career is gaining momentum.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
A Star Is Born

Genre:  
Melodrama, music, drama

Actors:  
Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Vinyl (TV series) 2016

Fans of films about show business stars are invited to pay attention to the retro series about the 70s. Rock and roll is at the peak of popularity, and sex and drugs are its constant companions. The show focuses on the story of a talented but unsuccessful producer and co-owner of a music label in New York. Richie Finestra is going through crises on all fronts. The head of a troubled business is trying to find innovative musicians, keep his wife, give up cocaine and pull himself together.

Original Title
Vinyl

Genre:  
Drama, Music

Actors:  
Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


Kill Your Friends (2015)

A young recording studio employee, Steven Stelfox, squanders the company’s money, hunting for future stars around the world. A man lives without burdening himself with principles: he uses drugs, alcohol and does not strain himself at work. But the world of the music business is changing and now, to be on top, you need to work hard and have a flair. Envy, unfulfilled ambitions and hatred push the hero to impartial actions in order to achieve the goal.

Original title:  
Kill Your Friends

Genre:  
Thriller, comedy, crime

Actors:  
Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Georgia King …

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:  
18+


Life is like a show (TV series, 2012 – 2013) 2012

The musical series with Broadway actors in the lead roles will continue the selection. The project will tell about how the musical about Marilyn Monroe was staged. The script is ready, the songs are being written, the director has been found, the key detail remains – to find an actress and a singer who will play the main character. This is where the real struggle, competition and intrigue begins.

Original title:
Smash

Genre:
Musical, drama

Actors:
Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katherine McPhee …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Black Swan (2010)

The list of the best foreign films includes the famous thriller about a gifted ballerina. Nina is a fragile, withdrawn girl whose eventful life is entirely devoted to ballet. For her, there is nothing but study, an obsession with perfect technique and the approval of a despotic mother. And suddenly a serious competitor appears on the horizon, capable of taking away the main role in Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” from the heroine. With the approach of the performance, the tension between the rivals increases.

Original title:  
Black Swan

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Burlesque (2010)

The heroine of the popular feature film about show business, Ali, works as a waitress, but dreams of shining on the big stage. After the death of her parents, the provincial singer leaves everything and leaves for Los Angeles. Here the heroine accidentally enters the Burlesque club. Impressed by the magnificent concert program, bright costumes and choreography, Ali is eager to work in this institution. Soon she makes new friends , becomes a competitor to one of the soloists of the show and meets love.

Original title:  
Burlesque

Genre:  
Musical, drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Christina Aguilera, Cher, Cam Gigandet…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Escape from Vegas (2010)

A comedy film about the music industry tells about the adventures of a recalcitrant idol of the public and a modest manager. An ordinary employee Aron Greenberg will have to bring from London to Los Angeles an eccentric rocker, mired in alcohol, drugs, promiscuous sex and tormented by his own demons . During the trip, the characters will get into a bunch of troubles and hilarious situations.

Original title:
Get Him to the Greek

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, music

Actors:
Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+


Cadillac Records (2008)

The semi-documentary takes viewers into the musical world of 1950s Chicago and introduces the lives of legendary artists such as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Little Walter and Muddy Waters. Events are developing within the walls of one production center – Cadillac Records. The film will tell about the golden age of the blues, when talent, rhythm, rock and roll and passion were at a premium.

Original title:
Cadillac Records

Genre:
Drama, biography, music

Actors:
Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Gabriel Union…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Dream Girls (2006)

At the center of the film’s story about young show business stars are three aspiring vocalists from Chicago. The girls came to New York to perform at the young talent competition. There, a famous producer pays attention to talented artists, who offers the heroines a contract. Very quickly, the trio becomes famous even outside the United States. However, fame and big money do not bring them happiness.

Original title:
Dreamgirls

Genre:
Musical, drama, music

Actors:
Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Pops (2005)

Slava is a young performer from the province . Without money, with a guitar on her shoulder, she goes to Moscow in the hope of fulfilling her dream and becoming a singer. All that she has is the visiting card of the producer Larisa. The girl immediately goes to the address on the business card. In just one day, Slava will get a complete picture of the glamorous life of the capital – she will meet a crazy singer, an old poet , run into a swindler and fall in love with a rock performer.

Genre:
Musical, drama

Actors:
Tatyana Vasilyeva, Elena Velikanova, Olga Drozdova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Velvet Goldmine (1998)

A provocative, daring film about the era of British glam rock in the early 1970s. Young journalist Arthur Stewart investigates the death of his beloved musician Brian Slade – a world star with a scandalous reputation, an idol of the 60s and 70s. At the peak of glam rock’s popularity, Slade paved the way to the pinnacle of fame, ready to do anything for a dream. Until in 1984 he decided to fake his own death. Arthur Stewart will have to get to the bottom of the truth, plunging into the crazy music and fan world of the time.

Original title:
Velvet Goldmine

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
18+


Showgirls (1995)

The scandalous film from the creator of “Basic Instinct”, which peculiarly showed the wrong side of the “American dream”, received a limited release in the United States of the 1990s and harsh criticism. The plot tells about a young dancer Nomi. A sexy beauty comes to Las Vegas with a dream to break through to the top and gain a foothold in the world of big money and real stars. By coincidence, an energetic girl gets into a popular dance show, and at the same time plunges into an atmosphere of merciless competition, dirty intrigues and undercover games.

Original title:
Showgirls

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon …

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 4.9

Age limit:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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