The 7 Best Music Films Of The Summer

It’s hard to know the workings of Hollywood and whether there was any intentionality to it, but it truly seems 2015 might turn out to be the best year for music films. In past, that’s because there’s something for everyone: From the blockbuster retelling of N.W.A.’s climb to fame in Straight Outta Compton to the fun of Pitch Perfect 2, to a handful of amazing documentaries, music fans of all kinds have been invited participate.

In case you missed any along the way, here are the most exciting music films of 2015 so far:

Straight Outta Compton

This Dr. Dre and Ice Cube-produced biopic (out this week) looks like a pretty good popcorn blockbuster while delivering due recognition to one of hip-hop’s most influential groups.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

The HBO-released Montage of Heck puts the music mostly in the background as it puts focus on Kurt Cobain’s personal life, struggles and relationships, all supported by previously unseen home videos and awe-inspiring animated sequences.

Soaked in Bleach

In some ways, a kind of the counter-part to Montage of Heck, Soaked in Bleach reexamines the mystery surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death, asking — as many before have — what if it wasn’t a suicide after all?

Love & Mercy

Paul Dano and John Cusack split time portraying the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, giving an impassioned look at the genius’ amazing musical brilliance and the personal struggles that came along.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone, one of music’s most amazing but arguably under appreciated figures, is given her due service that puts her talent and personality on full display for an honest and impressive biographical documentary. 

Pitch Perfect 2

The surprise success of Pitch Perfect in 2012 came as a bit of proof that music films don’t have to be so serious as your standard biopic. So with the sequel this year, as the Barden Bellas work towards the world a cappella championships, it’s nice to have a reprieve from the more dramatic fare.


It’s a testament to Amy Winehouse’s musical skill and personal story that four years after her tragic death she could carry a documentary into theaters with wide acclaim. As well as a passionate telling of the chanteuse’s life and struggles, Amy too is a reminder how badly we miss her today.