Jackson Family Robbed In “Best” Musical Biopic Of All Time Poll

Oct 29th, 2007 // 10 Comments

The Idolator braintrust took in Control this weekend. Afterwards we both agreed that it was, while hypnotizingly pretty, not very good as, you know, a narrative film. Which makes its appearance on the following list of the “best” musical biopics, as voted by the users of Lovefilm*, somewhat telling. Because judging by the Top 10, the whole genre looks pretty stank.

1. Walk The Line
2. 8 Mile
3. Amadeus
4. Ray
5. The Doors
6. What’s Love Got To Do With It
7. Control
8. Sid And Nancy
9. La Bamba
10. Backbeat

What, no Jacksons: An American Dream? Is this just anti-TV movie bias at work?

Walk The Line ‘Best’ Music Biopic [BBC]

*Lovefilm appears to be some kinda Euro-Netflix, just in case you were wondering about its authority as a ranking body.


  1. mike a

    My opinion of Control was pretty much identical to yours. Mostly it made me want to rent 24 Hour Party People. And to relisten to “She’s Lost Control” to see if I can hear the aerosol can.

  2. Halfwit

    Go to bed, Joe!


  3. Nicolars

    I love the part where Michael befriends the rat — way more touching than any of the Johnny and June scenes in Walk the Line.

  4. Jupiter8

    What a sad list-”Walk the Line” is way overrated. And I’d pick “The Buddy Holly Story” over any of these, even though it’s not very “true”…and the Dick Clark made-for-tv movie “Birth of the Beatles” has it all over the pouting and posing of “Backbeat”.

  5. Chris Molanphy

    24 Hour Party People and Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story smoke virtually everything on this list.

  6. LAKingsin2009

    Coal Miner’s Daughter, hands down.

  7. VanTwee

    One word:


  8. Lucas Jensen

    Oh, man. I love The Rose, though it’s only a fake Janis Joplin story. I prefer Bette Midler to Janis every day.

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  10. brainchild

    Dude… What’s Love Got To Do With It is a classic film. I virtually have all of Laurence Fishburne’s lines memorized… “Now I done gave up that narcotic….” “The name got my daddy’s blood on it!”

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