Most Popular Bandleader Movies and TV Shows

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Movies or TV
  • Genres
  • Keywords
  • IMDb Rating
  • Instant Watch Options
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year










































































































IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »






Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »

1. Judy (II) (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
66 Metascore

Legendary performer Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 15,155

2. Mallrats (1995)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
41 Metascore

Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani

Votes: 111,652 | Gross: $2.12M

3. The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Theodore Gottlieb, Cyril Ritchard

Votes: 11,903

4. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 21,096

5. Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 2,707

6. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake

Votes: 7,486

7. Brassed Off (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
60 Metascore

The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 17,765 | Gross: $2.56M

8. My One and Only (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
62 Metascore

After leaving her philandering husband, an elegant socialite takes her two sons on a road trip across America in search of a better life.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Mark Rendall, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 8,238 | Gross: $2.48M

9. Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

Votes: 11,489

10. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Votes: 3,480

11. The Band's Visit (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
80 Metascore

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

Votes: 12,380 | Gross: $3.05M

12. Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Nick and Nora investigate the murder of a bandleader in New York.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 4,168

13. Wild in the Streets (1968)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young man gains significant political influence as the leader of a counterculture rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers.

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Christopher Jones, Shelley Winters, Diane Varsi, Hal Holbrook

Votes: 1,759

14. Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994–1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Alan Partridge hosts his own chat show on the BBC. He insults and belittles almost all of his guests and is humiliated by the rest.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber, Steve Brown

Votes: 5,593

15. Moonrise (1948)

Passed | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 1,888

16. The Star Maker (1995)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A photographer and the types of people he encounters.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Tiziana Lodato, Franco Scaldati, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 4,588 | Gross: $0.12M

17. Sweet and Low-Down (1944)

Approved | 76 min | Musical, Romance

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to move on to their next engagement at a military camp, when a kid, Tony Birch, ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Benny Goodman, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie

Votes: 161

18. The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A financially-strapped charter pilot hires himself to an oil tycoon to kidnap his madcap daughter and prevent her from marrying a vapid band leader.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, Bette Davis, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 2,776

19. The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,571

20. Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle

Votes: 1,277

21. Alice Adams (1935)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Evelyn Venable

Votes: 3,529

22. The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Approved | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Kid Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.

Director: Valentine Davies | Stars: Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Barry Truex

Votes: 1,051

23. Ship Ahoy (1942)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Eleanor Powell, Red Skelton, Bert Lahr, Virginia O'Brien

Votes: 460

24. The Hard Way (1943)

Approved | 109 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Embittered, ambitious Helen Chernen sees an opportunity to escape her drab small-town life by becoming a 'stage mother' to her musically-talented younger sister.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson

Votes: 1,014

25. Second Chorus (1940)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 1,212

26. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 TV Movie)

47 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

8.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till | Stars: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen

Votes: 3,277

27. Primetime Glick (2001–2003)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Music

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Talk-show parody featuring obese host Jiminy Glick, who usually knows nothing about his guests and hurls veiled insults at them during his interviews.

Stars: Martin Short, Michael McKean, Brett Gilbert, Jackie Stevens

Votes: 788

28. On Our Merry Way (1948)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

5.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Three short stories revolving around the topic of the daily question posed by the roving reporter to the readers of a daily newspaper.

Directors: Leslie Fenton, King Vidor, John Huston, George Stevens | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, James Stewart, Henry Fonda

Votes: 549

29. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Approved | 106 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Ethel Merman

Votes: 1,795

30. Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)

Unrated | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A film biography of the composer John Philip Sousa, from his early days in the Marine Corps Band through the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 733

31. Something to Sing About (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical

6.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A New York bandleader journeys to Hollywood when he is offered a contract with a studio, but he is determined to do things his way and not theirs.

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: James Cagney, Evelyn Daw, William Frawley, Mona Barrie

Votes: 709

32. You'll Find Out (1940)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

6.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 996

33. Private Buckaroo (1942)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Universal Army enlistment promotion, produced as a musical showcase for Harry James, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Lewis, and Donald O'Connor & Peggy Ryan. The film's thin plot has James ... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Laverne Andrews, Dick Foran

Votes: 362

34. Depeche Mode: 101 (1989)

R | 117 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Depeche Mode prepares for the 101st and final concert of its massive world tour at the Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California, while a group of fans who won a contest travel to the concert through the United States on a bus.

Directors: David Dawkins, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Andrew Fletcher, David Gahan, Martin Gore, Alan Wilder

Votes: 1,428

35. Johnny Staccato (1959– )

24 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.

Stars: John Cassavetes, Eduardo Ciannelli, Dennis Sallas, Frank London

Votes: 176

36. Night Song (1947)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance, Music

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When a beautiful socialite falls in love with an embittered composer who is blind, she feigns blindness herself in order to get closer to him.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Dana Andrews, Merle Oberon, Ethel Barrymore, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 371

37. Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This made for TV movie tells the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It begins in the 1930's when they met as actors under contract at RKO and ends with their divorce in 1960. In between ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Frances Fisher, Maurice Benard, Robin Pearson Rose, John Wheeler

Votes: 193

38. Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 591

39. Some Like It Hot (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nicky Nelson is a fast-talking sideshow barker with a wax-and-alive concession on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Even with the band of his friend, struggling musician Gene Krupa, playing on the... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Bob Hope, Shirley Ross, Una Merkel, Gene Krupa

Votes: 222

40. The Stork Club (1945)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A hat-check girl at the Stork Club (Hutton) saves the life of a drowning man (Fitzgerald). A rich man, he decides to repay her by anonymously giving her a bank account, a luxury apartment ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Betty Hutton, Barry Fitzgerald, Don DeFore, Robert Benchley

Votes: 514

41. The Princess Comes Across (1936)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A woman pretends to be royalty in order to get aboard a cruise ship.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 822

42. New Orleans (1947)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, and others.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Dorothy Patrick, Marjorie Lord, Irene Rich

Votes: 348

43. Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich (1958)

Approved | 142 min | Documentary, Romance

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Windjammer, the first presentation in CINEMIRACLE, is the record of a training cruise of the full-rigged S/S Christian Radich from Oslo across the Atlantic, through the Caribbean, to New ... See full summary »

Directors: Bill Colleran, Louis De Rochemont III | Stars: Bjørn Amvik, Arne Andersen, Per Antonsen, Niels Arntsen

Votes: 221

44. Syncopation (1942)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, History, Music

6.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Covering a quarter-century of American 'syncopated" music (Ragtime, Jazz, Swing, Blues, Boogie Woogie)from prior to WWI through prohibition, the stock-market crash, the depression and the ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville, George Bancroft

Votes: 154

45. Little Miss Broadway (1938)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Musical

6.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Shirley Temple, George Murphy, Jimmy Durante, Phyllis Brooks

Votes: 732

46. The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (1984– )

237 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens.

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Hunt Block, David Caruso, Alex Hyde-White

Votes: 352

47. Nat 'King' Cole and Joe Adams Orchestra (1952)

Approved | 15 min | Short, Music

Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

This Universal musical short (Universal number 7303) features Nat "King" Cole singing three sons ---"Too Young" - "Destination Moon" - "That's My Girl" --- while backed up by Joe Adams and ... See full summary »

Director: Will Cowan | Stars: Nat 'King' Cole, Joe Adams, Mauri Leighton, Clarence Metcalfe

48. Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)

Approved | 106 min | Musical, Romance

5.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Nancy Peterson and her friends want to get a spot on Bob Crosby's TV show, but their agent has linked them.

Director: James V. Kern | Stars: Tony Martin, Janet Leigh, Gloria DeHaven, Eddie Bracken

Votes: 393

49. You Can't Have Everything (1937)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Starving playwright Judith Wells meets playboy writer of musicals, George Macrae, over a plate of stolen spaghetti. He persuades producer Sam Gordon to buy her ridiculous play "North Winds"... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Alice Faye, The Ritz Brothers, Don Ameche, Charles Winninger

Votes: 198

50. Seven Days' Leave (1942)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Soldier Johnny Grey is engaged to marry singer Mapy Cortes, but his plans go awry when he learns that he is the heir to $100,000 from his great-grandfather -- a bequest that comes with a ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Victor Mature, Lucille Ball, Harold Peary, Mapy Cortés

Votes: 256



Recently Viewed