10 musicians who deserve biopics, according to Reddit

The upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic (June 24) is further proof that musicians often make the best movie subjects. Although there have been many great musical movies about famous artists, there are still some glaring omissions in the biographical genre of musicians.

From rock royalty like Led Zeppelin to pop superstars like Britney Spears, there are still plenty of fascinating musical stories to be told on screen. While almost any famous musician would be somewhat interesting, Reddit users flocked to the site to mention artists they thought deserved to have a biopic.


10 talking heads

Talking heads stop making sense

The late 1970s and early 1980s were a hotbed of interesting New Wave music that blended elements of earlier genres into an entirely new style. One deleted user mentioned one of New Wave’s preeminent bands when he wrote “Talking Heads. My idea of ​​making one is to make it a sequel to True Stories with David Byrne still playing the stranger but talking about David’s life.”

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Extremely popular both then and now, Talking Heads’ music is instantly recognizable. No stranger to movies, the band’s lead singer David Byrne even directed his own quirky film titled True Stories. If a movie were made that involved the creative energy of the band members, it would be a surefire hit at the box office.

9 tom wait

Tom Waits on a golf course at Licorice Pizza

Some musicians are hard to pin down and their catalog defies typical genre or style labels. User MattN92 mentioned such an artist when he said, “I feel like there’s a Tom Waits movie in there, not necessarily one about his real life events, but one where the line between reality and fantasy is constantly blurring.” “.

He’s had a five-decade musical career and has even had a prolific acting career that has given Waits some great roles. However, what makes him so special is that his music is totally different from anyone else’s. His lyrics invoke many images, and it wouldn’t be difficult to import that lyrical style into the film.

8 Pink Floyd

The members of Pink Floyd pose for a photo

Some bands are instantly recognizable and their legacy has grown far beyond even the music they are known for. Discussing biopics they’d like to see, user VictorBlimpmuscle wrote, “I’d like to see one about Pink Floyd that focuses on Syd Barrett.”

British psychedelic hit makers Pink Floyd are mostly remembered for their extremely popular period which saw the release of albums such as dark side of the moon, and the legendary Rock The Wall Opera House. However, its early days are a fascinating story, and the departure of founding member Syd Barrett was a major turning point in the life of the young band that is full of cinematic drama.

7 led zeppelin

Led Zeppelin poses in front of a plane

The 1970s saw the rise of Arena Rock, and a select handful of bands lived up to that lofty title. One deleted user saw a glaring omission in the biographical music genre when he wrote: “Very surprised no one mentioned Led Zeppelin… I feel like it’s an obvious choice, a great supergroup that was so close they split instantly when one of the theirs died.”

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There’s no denying that Led Zeppelin are one of the greatest bands in Rock’n’Roll history, finding new fans with each successive generation that listens to them. They would certainly put butts on the movie theater seats, but coming up with a narrative could be tricky. However, if a biopic were to focus on the music and its legacy, there is no doubt that it would be a hit.

6 Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt

Country music movies are few and far between, but they have proven to be a rich source of cinema when done right. User No-Standard-9727 thought a country musician deserved a biopic when he wrote “Townes Van Zandt would be interesting.”

Though he never reached the heights of fame on the country music scene, folk-country icon Townes Van Zandt inspired generations of singers. His life story was full of tragedy and triumph, and there was a certain poetic nature to his biography that eerily echoed his own songs. Although it probably wouldn’t be a box office hit, a Townes Van Zandt movie would have a chance to be something beautiful.

5 Daniel Johnson

If documentaries are any proof, the stories of some musicians are enough to keep non-fans watching. User BrandTheBroken opted for a dark biography choice when he commented “Daniel Johnston. If you don’t know his story, you should. Quite possibly the greatest songwriter of all time.”

Daniel Johnston was never going to be a music superstar, his unorthodox singing voice and quirky style matched his offbeat personality perfectly. Living his entire life as an underground music sensation, Johnston’s personal problems severely limited his career. That said, the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston showed his story to be compelling and brought a wave of new fans to the indie sensation.

4 oasis

Some bands are remembered for their music and others are remembered for their legendary and volatile personality clashes. User AllHailDanda had many ideas for a possible musical biopic, writing, “An Oasis biopic being or feeling like an Edgar Wright comedy sounds perfect and spectacular to me.”

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Oasis were an unstoppable force in the 1990s, but their well-publicized matchups overshadowed their legacy as an incredible band. A biopic would be a great opportunity to shed more light on the band’s characters, and there’s a wide range of options for a movie in terms of tone. The band members are known to take themselves very seriously, but a biopic doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

3 Britney Spears

Britney Spears on stage performing

Musicians are often gigantic superstars, and this fame leads fans to believe that they really know a person’s life story. User Batterybatterykaboom thought a certain artist deserved visibility when he wrote “Britney Spears. Don’t even focus on the music, focus on how the industry, the public and even your family will destroy you.”

Pop icon Britney Spears’ recent legal battles regarding her conservatorship have brought a new awareness to the life of a misunderstood musician. Spears’ story, which spawned countless documentaries and opinion pieces, seems almost prepackaged to become a gripping biopic. As long as the subject is handled with class, it would undoubtedly be a resounding success.

2 Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson sits with his guitar

Blues is often considered an old-fashioned style of music, but its influence on popular music is undeniable. User rekniht01 got creative with his idea when he said “I want to see a Robert Johnson sequel/spin-off of O Brother, Where Art Thou?”.

Generally considered one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, O Brother, Where Art Thought? it was a fictional tour of American musical history. Robert Johnson was a key figure in the early days of the blues, and his relatively short life was full of interesting stories that may or may not be true. Because so little is known about him, a biopic about the blues man’s life would have to get creative in filling in the gaps.

1 Stevie Nicks

AHS Coven

Even when their best years were as part of a group, some musicians have a certain star power that helps them stand out. Even going as far as choosing the role, Standingrooms users were adamant about who should get a biopic when they said “Stevie Nicks. I think Chloe Grace Moretz would be amazing as her in the ’80s.”

As a member of the unforgettable band Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks made a name for himself with his lyrics and beautiful singing voice. Even years later, when she released on her own, White Witch kept listeners enthralled with even more hits. While her life was relatively stable, Nicks’ career had her rubbing shoulders with other rock royalty, and would make for a riveting introduction to the classic rock era.

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