For the right approach, filmmakers have chosen a musical, narrative/drama, documentary, or a television series to tell the story and serve justice to the singer's legacy.
The outstanding performers in the world whose lives have passed to an eternity in larger-than-life movies are:
“La Vie en Rose”
The film won two Oscars, Best Actress and Best Makeup & Hairstyling.
“Coal Miner's Daughter”
Sissy Spacek won an Oscar for her work as
“Lady Sings the Blues”
Diana Ross as the great Billie Holiday.
Directed by Sidney J. Furie.
jumped to international fame with this film.
“Katy Perry: Part of Me”
an Egyptian born woman with a beautiful voice who went to
Paris sang in twelve languages and sold more than
170 million records worldwide.
Directed by Lisa Azuelos
Ballad, pop, disco (2017),
Directed by Rupert Goold
“20 Feet from Stardom”
narrates the lives of the backup singers
of several prominent stars.
Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman.
Country, Rock, Pop, Ranchero (2019).
Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli.
based on the life of the great
French singer Barbara.
Actress Jeanne Balibar
gets caught in the middle of an emotional roller-coaster.
Directed by Mathieu Amalric.
in Watts, South Los Angeles, in January of 1972.
Directed by Alain Elliott, Sydney Pollack.
Netflix verité style documentary follows
Lady Gaga during her concerts and behind
the stage, rehearsals,
and home videos that make
this presentation a must-see!
Director Chris Moukarbel.
Gloria Trevi played by Sofía Espinosa.
Violeta se fue a los cielos”
Singer, poet, composer, and activist.
She founded the Universidad Andina,
a university dedicated to the Folklorist arts in
An Oscar nominee documentary about the life of the legendary Nina Simone.
A Netflix production on the life of this great
American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist.
Polish Singer Anna German.
She sang in more than 10 languages, and become very
famous in Russia.
of the late singer Aretha Franklin
Directed by Liesl Tommy.
An adventurous woman who
ends up as a circus performer.
a singer who goes from the Jewish slums of
N.Y. to the Ziegfeld Follies.
Director William Wilder.
“When I Leave/
N.Y. and wrote more than
800 Boleros and music for movies in Hollywood.
A documentary about the life of the Greek-American opera singer, Maria Callas.
Directed by Tom Volf,
(She has a monument at the Mariachi Plaza,
East Los Angeles).
“Monica Z / Waltz for Monica”
Monica Zetterlund (Edda Magnason).
She evolves from stardom to hardship of her carrier.
Directed by Per Fly,
“Lola, la película.”
Spanish singer Lola Flores.
and the beautiful voice of Asnaketch Worku,
in entire Africa, and around the world.
“Amália the Film”
Sandra Barata Belo plays Amália Rodriguez.
a great heart and voice.
She wanted to be an Opera Singer but not even all her money
can buy success.
Directed by Stephen Frears,
Catherine Frot plays Marguerite Dumont,
a wealthy woman who wants to be an Opera Singer.
Directed by Xavier Giannoli,
France, Czech Republic, Belgium
“The Josephine Baker Story”
singer and performer,
who left her country for racial discrimination and found fame in
Paris - making 12 films, numerous plays, and shows.
Actress Lynn Whitfield plays the exotic and brave
A TV movie about the story of the blues performer Bessie Smith during
the Great Depression Era,
portrayed by Queen Latifah.
The Story of Patsy Cline”
Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline. A country singer who died in
a tragic plane crash at the peak of her fame.
(This is the second and more accurate movie version of “The Singing Nun”).
Her song “Dominique” was a worldwide success.
Directed by Stijn Coninx, (2009),
“The Singing Nun”
Debbie Reynolds plays Sister Ann.
(This biopic is loosely based on the real story, see “Sister Smile”).
Directed by Henry Koster. (1966),
“Hilary and Jackie”
Rachel Griffiths as Hilary Du Pré.
Jackie is a renowned cellist, and her sister,
a prodigy remained a housewife for the rest of her life.
“Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl”
A documentary that follows a series of US concerts
and struggles of the British singer- songwriter.
Directed by Amy Goldstain.
Pop, punk (2019)
The Jane Froman Story”
“I'll Cry Tomorrow.”
the Broadway, and Hollywood Star that merged into her sorrows,
alcohol, and failing marriages.
“The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel”
The beginning and struggle of a group of sisters
become a best-seller Gospel artist.
Directed by Christine Swanson
traveling around London in a luxurious
double-decker tour bus
“Madonna Truth or Dare”
This documentary follows Madonna on her controversial
Blond Ambition Tour in 1990.
Directed by Alek Keshishian.
A documentary that follows the life of Chavela Vargas,
her journey and international fame
singing ranchero as well as any man could do.
The film is focusing on her sexual preference
for other women.
Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
Directed by Liesl Tommy.
Bloodlight and Bami”
This documentary is about the life of Grace Jones and her concerts around the world.
Directed by Sophie Fiennes,
A documentary that follows Whitney Huston's journey
from her start to her big success,
including some very intimate moments of her life.
Directors: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal
U.K. / USA
“Janis: Little Girl Blue”
A documentary about the life of
the great Janis Joplin
narrated by musician Cat Power.
“The Star of Emi Bonilla”
The documentary about the life of the Spanish singer
is narrated by Juanma Lara.
Bananas is My Business”
she was known in Hollywood as
“Whisper If I Forget/
The Voice of Latin America”
One of the greatest composers of South America Andina Music.
“Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt”
“Shooting the Moon”
Directed by Bundit Thongdee. (2011),
“Somebody Loves Me”
“The Helen Morgan Story”
Doris Day plays Ruth Etting performing at the Ziegfeld Follies.
Directed by Charles Vidor.
Singer Demi Lovato opens up in an interview about her drug addiction.
Hannah Lux Davis,
Elizabeth Mitchell as Linda Eastman McCartney.
The story focuses on Paul McCartney and the group they had after
the Beatles breakup in 1970 named Wings.
Directed by Armand Mastroianni.
in a story loosely based on the life of
“Walk the Line”
musician, and composer
June Carter, the second wife of Johnny Cash.
during the war in 1968.
United Kingdom, Australia
La Pelicula de Nini."
Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.
She is still in the memory of many Argentinians who remember her dearly.
This Brazilian film is lost, and it needs to be found.
and comedian María Victoria,
who sang and in more than forty films
including some from
The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema,
and fifteen TV shows.
The TV movie about the life of the singer Toni Braxton
Rocio Durcal project.
La Lupe project.
Alejandra Guzmán, Rock, Mexico.
Chabuca Granda, Afro-Peruvian, Perú.
Coco Lee, Pop, Hong Kong.
Delia Derbyshire, Electronica, U.K.
Elis Regina, Bosa Nova, Brazil.
Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz, USA.
Flans, Pop, Mexico.
Karina, Pop, Venezuela.
Libertad Lamarque, Tango, Argentina/Mex.
Liza Minnelli, USA.
Lolita, Ballads/Flamenco, Spain.
Lucha Villa, Ranchero, Mexico.
Madonna, Pop, USA.
María Dolores Pradera, Spain.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistan.
Patty Smith, Punk, USA.
Rosetta Tharpe, Rock, USA.
Sade, Vocal, USA.
Sonia Amelio, castanet player, Mexico.
Sara Gonzales, Cuba.
Sarita Montiel, Spain.
Vera Lynn, Vocal, U.K.
Research by: José Alberto Hermosillo.
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