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30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Can music change destiny and save a life? Of course it can. Just as it can destroy destiny if a person is obsessed. In short, art is a great power that can have a serious impact on any person.

We have collected for you a list of the best movies about pianists, biographical and invented stories about people whose fate was determined by art. In each of these stories sounds marvelous music that can purify the soul, give peace, cause sublime feelings. Or destroy life…

The Pianist

The Pianist
  • IMDB Rating – 8.5
  • Genre: Drama, Military, Biography, Music
  • Production: France, Poland, Great Britain, Germany / 2002
  • Budget: $35,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $120,072,577
  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Starring: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Daniel Caltagirone, Ed Stoppard, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay, Jessica Kate Meyer, Julia Reiner, Thomas Kretschmann, Michał Rzebrowski.

Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, was a famous pianist, talented enough to win a scholarship to Berlin’s top music school in 1931. And in 1939, World War II broke out. According to his book “The Demise of the City” created this masterpiece of world cinema with Adrien Brody in the title role.

During the occupation all Jews are driven into the Warsaw ghetto, and then sent by train to a concentration camp. Wladyslaw is rescued by an acquaintance from the Jewish police. Thus begins his attempts to survive in the occupied city. Many people help him, but there are also those who want to serve before the “new authorities” and denounce Vladislav. A great surprise for the musician is the help of a German officer, a connoisseur of good music…

By the way, the German who helped Spielmann, Wilhelm Hosenfeld, secretly and extensively helped Poles and Jews, and was included by the Holocaust Museum in the list of Righteous Among the World. He died in Soviet captivity in 1952, despite numerous requests from the Jews he saved to release the German.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Green Book

Green Book
  • IMDB Rating – 8.2
  • Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
  • Production: USA, China / 2018
  • Budget: $23,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $321,752,656
  • Director: Peter Farrelly
  • Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimitar Marinov, Mike Hutton, P.J. Byrne, Joe Cortese, Maggie Nixon, Von Lewis

In 1962, Tony Vallelonga, a simple guy and bouncer known for his fearlessness and diplomacy, accepts an offer from a rich black pianist, Don Shirley, to be his driver and bodyguard on a concert tour of southern states.

At first the refined musician and the simple-minded driver do not get along well, but gradually Tony begins to admire the courage of the black guy, who demands respectful treatment from the Southerners and skillfully controls his emotions. In addition, Tony is simply amazed by his musical talent. Their journey is an exciting adventure that changes both their lives and gives them a true friendship.

All of the piano pieces in the movie were performed by composer and musician Chris Bowers.

“The Green Book” is a guidebook for black people. A book that allows you to easily find services, gas stations, hotels and restaurants where “blacks” were served without any problems in times of rampant racism.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Ray

Ray
  • IMDB Rating – 7.7
  • Genre: Drama, Biography, Music
  • Production: USA / 2004
  • Budget: $40,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $123,971,376
  • Director: Taylor Hackford
  • Starring: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry J. Lennix, Bokim Woodbine, Onjanue Ellis, Sharron Warren, S.J. Sanders, Curtis Armstrong.

A biographical film that won two Oscars for its soundtrack and the performance of lead actor, singer and stand-up comedian Jamie Foxx, who played the title role and played all the piano parts himself.

The story follows the life of Ray Charles, a famous black blind jazz pianist and singer with a great voice, from his birth in 1930 to 1966, when this amazing musician was at the peak of his creativity.

The movie is incredibly beautiful and exciting, atmospheric and truthful, filled with interesting details and wonderful music of the legendary pianist.

Ray Charles read the script, translated into Braille, and advised the actors and filmmakers. He died in 2004, after the first editing of the film.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

The Legend of 1900

The Legend of 1900
  • IMDB Rating – 8.0
  • Genre: Drama, Melodrama, Music
  • Production: Italy / 1998
  • Budget: $9,000,000
  • Worldwide box office receipts: $20,678,716
  • Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Starring: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Melanie Thierry, Bill Nunn, Clarence Williams III, Peter Vaughn, Niall O’Brien, Alberto Vazquez, Gabriele Lavia, John Armstead.

A screen adaptation of the amazing fantasy told by Italian writer Alessandro Baricco in his 1994 book “Novecento”. The lead role in the movie was played by Tim Roth.

On the eve of 1900, Danny Budman, a stoker on the transatlantic liner Virginia, finds an infant left on board in a lemon box by one of the passengers. Danny takes the infant for himself, giving him the complicated name Danny Budman T. D. Lemon Novecento, and raises him as his own son.

The boy spends most of his life in the engine room, and often sneaks off to the ballroom to play the piano. Soon Danny dies, and Novecento stays on the ship that replaced his whole world, and virtuoso musicianship on the piano, becoming a legend and never leaving the liner.

Tim Roth had never played the piano. He practiced for six months, but had no visible results, and could only pretend to play.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

La La Land

La La Land
  • IMDB Rating – 8.0
  • Genre: Musical, Drama, Melodrama, Comedy, Music
  • Production: USA, Hong Kong / 2016
  • Budget: $30,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $447,407,695
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Roth, Tom Everett Scott

Sebastian Wilder is an ambitious and talented jazz pianist from Los Angeles who dreams of having his own music club. One day he crosses paths with aspiring actress Mia, with whom he first clashes and then begins dating.

Their love unfolds against the backdrop of a glittering city, noisy parties, between performances and hopes. Gradually and career of the lovers goes uphill, but one day they realize that they prevent each other from realizing their dreams…

Curiously, Emma Watson, who was initially offered the role of Mia, turned it down to star in Beauty and the Beast, a movie that Ryan Gosling turned down to star in here. Watson was replaced by Emma Stone.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Vitus

Vitus
  • IMDB Rating – 7.6
  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Production: Switzerland / 2006
  • Budget: CHF 2,500,000
  • Worldwide box office: $6,071,951
  • Director: Fredy M. Murer
  • Starring: Fabrizio Borsani, Theo Gheorghiu, Julika Jenkins, Urs Jukker, Bruno Ganz, Eleni Haupt, Kristina Lykova, Tamara Scarpellini, Daniel Rohr, Norbert Schwinteck.

Vitus is a 12-year-old boy who has run away from his parents to his grandfather, made a small fortune in the stock market, helped his grandfather buy a small private plane, and confessed his love to his nanny, an older girl.

All of this is the rebellion of a young brilliant pianist whose parents demand too much of him, literally giving up his entire life for a career in music. But Vitus escapes and has a real adventure before pining for the keys and returning triumphantly to the piano.

Theo Georgiou, who played the role of Vitus, is a real virtuoso who started playing the piano at the age of 5. His official website is teogheorghiu.net.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

The Piano

The Piano
  • IMDB Rating – 7.5
  • Genre: Drama, Melodrama, Music
  • Production: Australia, New Zealand, France / 1992
  • Budget: $7,000,000
  • US box office: $40,157,856
  • Director: Jane Campion
  • Starring: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Kerry Walker, Genevieve Lemon, Tangia Baker, Ian Moon, Peter Dennett, Te Ootanui Skipwise

A surprising drama whose events unfold around an antique piano in 19th century New Zealand. The mute beauty Ada McGrath moves from Scotland to New Zealand with her daughter Flora and the piano that replaces her voice to marry Alistair Stewart, a greedy settler who makes a business out of the naivety of the native tribes. Stewart won’t allow the instrument to be moved to his house, abandoning it on the beach.

One day Ada asks neighbor George Baines to take her to the piano on the shore and plays it there, striking him to the heart. He takes the instrument for himself and allows Ada to come play it whenever she wants, on the condition that she gives him playing lessons. This becomes the beginning of love and change for both of them.

Holly Hunter, who played Ada, has been playing the piano since she was 9 years old. The actress performed most of the parts in the movie by herself.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Secret

Secret
  • IMDB Rating – 7.5
  • Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Music
  • Production: Hong Kong, Taiwan / 2007
  • Director: Jay Chow
  • Starring: Jay Chow, Kwai Lunmei, Anthony Won, Su Mingming, Devon Sun, Alice Tseng, Jan Leng Huang, Yuri Chan, Chase Chang, Funky Tu

Taiwanese melodrama “Secret” is a story of high school love, thickly mixed with a passion for piano music. Jay, a wunderkind pianist, transfers to a new school where there is a prestigious music class. Skye quickly falls in love with him, but Jay is more interested in the shy Raine, who one day mesmerizes him by playing an unfamiliar, gentle melody on the piano.

A jealous Skye enforces Rayne and Jay’s separation. With the help of his father, the young man stubbornly tries to win Rayne back and discovers the unusual secret of his favorite girl, which she hid from everyone around her.

This movie is the directorial debut of the famous Taiwanese singer and multi-instrumentalist Jay Chou, who also played the lead role. Many of the roles in the movie were played by his friends, acquaintances and employees of the musician’s record company.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Shine

Shine
  • IMDB Rating – 7.6
  • Genre: Drama, Melodrama, Biography, Music
  • Production: Australia / 1996
  • Budget: $5,500,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $35,999,081
  • Director: Scott Hicks
  • Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave, Mark Warren, Justin Braine, Sonja Todd, Chris Haywood, Alex Rafalovich

David Helfgott is a brilliant pianist born in Melbourne in 1947. From an early age he showed great musical talent, but his abusive father had a steady hand in guiding his child, depriving him of many opportunities. About 20 years old David was diagnosed with a mental disorder, because of which he went to a psychiatric hospital and miraculously managed to get out of there only after 10 years.

This biographical drama is dedicated to the difficult fate of Helfgott, detailing the hardships experienced by this amazing man with extraordinary talent.

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who played the adult Helfgott, made a brilliant hat trick, winning an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his work.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Vier Minuten

Vier Minuten
  • IMDB Rating – 7.3
  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Production: Germany / 2006
  • Budget: €1,400,000
  • Director: Chris Kraus
  • Starring: Monika Bleibtreu, Hanna Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, Rihi Müller, Yasmin Tabatabai, Stefan Kurt, Vadim Glovna, Nadja Uhl, Peter Davor, Edita Malovcic.

This movie is set in a women’s prison, where 80-year-old prim Frau Kruger, a famous pianist in her youth, teaches music lessons to the inmates. Frau believes that music ennobles the heart and has even raised money for a new piano.

Then one day, a daring 20-year-old Jenny, convicted of a brutal murder, comes to her for lessons. Frau Kruger immediately takes an extreme dislike to the new student and forbids her to touch the keys with dirty hands with chewed nails.

After a series of conflicts between the women, an understanding and then a friendship develops, which is greatly facilitated by Jenny’s amazing musical talent. And then, the beneficent Frau decides on an unbelievable venture to give Jenny a future.

Тюремные сцены снимались в исправительном учреждении немецкого города Луккау, остальные съёмки проходили в Мангейме, Ольденбурге и Людвигсхафене-на-Рейне.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

The Last Song

The Last Song
  • IMDB Rating – 6.0
  • Genre: Drama, Melodrama, Music
  • Production: USA / 2010
  • Budget: $20,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $89,041,656
  • Director: Julie Anne Robinson
  • Starring: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Coleman, Hallock Beals, Kelly Preston, Nick Lashaway, Carly Chaikin, Kate Vernon, Nick Searcy

A touching family drama in which a piano piece becomes the music of forgiveness and reconciliation. The plot centers on 17-year-old Veronica, a rebellious teenage girl who refuses to communicate with her father, pianist Steve, after he divorces her mother.

Her mother sends Veronica to Georgia to stay with her father against her will. The girl has to find her love, explore the wonderful world of turtles, learn about rivalry and slander, and reconcile with her father, who writes amazing music for her, his last song.

The movie is based on the book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, who co-wrote the screenplay.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Copying Beethoven

Copying Beethoven
  • IMDB Rating – 6.7
  • Genre: Drama, Biography, Music
  • Production: Germany, Great Britain, Hungary / 2006
  • Budget: $11,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $6,163,685
  • Director: Agnieszka Holland
  • Starring: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode, Ralph Reich, Matylock Gibbs, Bill Stewart, Angus Barnett, Victoria Deehan, Phyllida Lo, Gabor Bohus.

Agnieszka Holland’s historical melodrama telling a fictionalized version of the last years of the genius Beethoven’s life. The facts are hardly distorted about the composer, but his relationship with Anna Holtz, a student at the Vienna Conservatory, is pure fiction, as is Anna herself.

After Beethoven ridicules Anna’s naive attempts to write music, she leaves him and settles in a convent under the care of a relative. The composer comes to her with apologies, because it was Anna who became his muse and inspired him to write a revolutionary work…

The script of the movie was written in the expectation that Beethoven will play Anthony Hopkins, but he refused.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Tokyo Sonata

Tokyo Sonata
  • IMDB Rating – 7.5
  • Genre: Drama
  • Production: Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong / 2008
  • Budget: $2,500,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $940,430
  • Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Starring: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyoko Koizumi, Yu Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki, Haruka Igawa, Kanji Tsuda, Kazuya Kojima, Koji Yakusho, Dandan

This tragic family story from the master of horror Kiyoshi Kurosawa begins with Ryuhei Sasaki, father of two sons and husband of the caring Megumi. The country’s economic crisis is hitting the middle class, depriving Ryuhei of a job, which he is afraid to admit to his wife.

Meanwhile, Ryuhei’s youngest son Kenji dreams of learning to play the piano, but his father forbids him, not saying a word about the fact that the family can’t afford lessons. So Kenji secretly visits a music teacher, paying her a fee from his pocket money. Meanwhile, the Sasaki family is rapidly deteriorating, but it is Kenji who will play the final chord in this story.

The film won the highest Asian Film Award and a special prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

La Pianiste

La Pianiste
  • IMDB Rating – 7.5
  • Genre: Drama, music
  • Production: France, Austria, Germany / 2001
  • Budget: ATS 70 000 000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $6,749,315
  • Director: Michael Haneke
  • Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoit Majimel, Suzanne Lothar, Udo Zamel, Anna Sigalevich, Cornelia Congden, Thomas Weinhappel, Georg Friedrich, Philipp Heiss.

A tough psychological drama, somewhat similar to the shocking “Black Swan,” a movie about ballet. Erika Kohut (Isabelle Huppert) is a 40-year-old single woman. She still lives with her mother, watches porn, buys sadomasochistic toys in sex shops, mutilates her vagina with a razor, and spies on couples in driveways.

And for all her unsightly underside, Erika is a brilliant piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory. Passion dictates her life, passion for power and music. True, she treats her students like slaves and doesn’t shy away from very dirty methods. One day she has an affair with a young student, Walter Klemmer, who delves into Erika’s strange secrets, turning her life upside down.

Actress Huppert herself played in the movie, as she has been playing the piano for more than 12 years. By the way, the movie won all three major awards in Cannes, and it was after this that the rules of the film festival were changed – now they prohibit giving all important prizes to one film.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Love at Second Sight 

Love at Second Sight
  • IMDB Rating – 6.9
  • Genre: Comedy, Melodrama, Fantasy
  • Production: France, Belgium, Korea South / 2019
  • Worldwide Box Office: $6,004,570
  • Director: Hugo Gélin
  • Starring: François Civil, Josephine Japie, Benjamin Lavergne, Camille Lelouch, Amaury de Créencourt, Edith Scob, Juliette Dol, Samir Bouatar, Christian Benedetti, Guillaume Bouchédet.

A sweet fantasy romcom from Frenchman Hugo Gélin, a real life lesson about the importance of appreciating the people closest to you. In the center of the plot – the famous writer Raphael Ramis, happily married to Olivia, who became the prototype of the heroine of his first book. For the sake of her husband and his career, Olivia, a gifted pianist, gave up her career and became a simple piano teacher.

One day the couple have a serious quarrel because Raphael kills his heroine, copied from his wife, in the last book. The next morning he wakes up in an alternate world. Here he is a lonely loser with a meager salary as a schoolteacher who has not written a single novel.

But Olivia is a brilliant pianist, conquering the world stage and engaged to a powerful producer. Rafael realizes he must win her heart and rewrite his latest book, but it won’t be easy.

At the Alpe d’Huez Film Festival, François Civil won the Best Actor Award for Raphael. By the way, the surname of the character Raphael Ramis is a reference to the director of Groundhog Day, Harold Ramis.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

The Invisible Life

The Invisible Life
  • IMDB Rating – 7.7
  • Genre: Melodrama
  • Production: Brazil, Germany / 2019
  • Worldwide Box Office: $1,776,017
  • Director: Karim Aynouz
  • Starring: Julia Stockler, Carol Duarte, Flavia Guzmán, Antônio Fonseca, Hugo Cruz, Nicolás Antunes, Maria Manoela, Gregorio Duvivier, Samuel Toledo, Luana Xavier

The action of the Brazilian-German drama directed by Karim Ainuz takes place in Rio de Janeiro in the 50s. The two daughters of a local baker dream of different futures, but their father has his own plans for the girls. Eurydice dreams of entering the Vienna Conservatory and becoming a pianist, and Gyda dreams of adventure and true love.

And then one day Gyda runs away with the Greek sailor Yorgos on his ship to Europe, and after a while she returns to her father’s house pregnant. In anger, he throws his daughter, who has dishonored the family, out into the street. And now Gyda’s only hope is her sister, who, according to her father’s words, has left for Vienna. In reality, Eurydice has been secretly married here in Rio, and she plans her escape to Vienna and longs to meet her sister.

This film is an adaptation of the novel A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão by Marta Batalha.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

The Beat That My Heart Skipped

The Beat That My Heart Skipped
  • IMDB Rating – 7.2
  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Music
  • Production: France / 2005
  • Budget: €5,300,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $9,293,785
  • Director: Jacques Audiard
  • Starring: Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Jonathan Zakkai, Gilles Cohen, Pham Linh Dan, Or Atika, Emmanuelle Devaux, Anton Yakovlev, Mélanie Laurent, Agnes Aube

Jacques Audiard’s French drama tells about a young man named Toma, heir to his father’s business, who is engaged in semi-legal real estate deals. Such a future does not entice our hero, and one day a chance meeting gives him a chance to change everything.

Tom’s deceased mother was a famous pianist, and from her the guy adopted a passion for music. He starts practicing piano with a Chinese woman who doesn’t speak French and Tom communicates with her through music, becoming more and more imbued with love for high art and hiding his lessons from his father.

This musical movie is a remake of the 1978 arthouse drama Fingers.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Rocketman

Rocketman
  • IMDB Rating – 7.3
  • Genre: Biography, Music, Musical, Drama
  • Production: UK, USA, Canada / 2019
  • Budget: $40,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $195,320,400
  • Director: Dexter Fletcher
  • Starring: Theron Edgerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Stephen McIntosh, Tom Bennett, Matthew Illesley, Keith Connor, Charlie Rowe

Sir Elton John is an icon of modern music, a British composer, singer and pianist with more awards, titles, honors and records than anyone else in the music world.

“Rocketman” is a biographical drama by Dexter Fletcher, which tells the story of a simple boy Reginald from the English countryside, who first sat down at the piano at the age of 4 and thus determined his immensely great future, becoming a legend. Elton John was played by Welsh actor Theron Edgerton.

This project has been in development since 2000 and Elton John himself became its producer.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Orchestra Seats

Orchestra Seats
  • IMDB Rating – 6.7
  • Genre: Drama, melodrama, comedy
  • Production: France / 2005
  • Budget: €8,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $17,574,836
  • Director: Daniel Thompson
  • Starring: Valérie Lemercier, Cecile de France, Albert Dupontel, Claude Brasseur, Christopher Thompson, Dani, Laura Morante, Suzanne Flon, Sidney Pollack, François Rollin.

A light French tragicomedy about Jessica, a young girl inspired by her grandmother who moves to Paris from the provinces. She takes a job in a café across the street from the theater and meets many eccentric people of the arts.

Three people who are regular visitors to the café occupy a special place in Jessica’s life. They are the work-weary actress Catherine Versen, the collector Jacques, who dreams of mending relations with his son, and the world-famous pianist Jean-François, who is going through a creative crisis and dreams of playing for ordinary people, which does not please his wife, who has done everything for his career.

The movie is dedicated to actress Suzanne Flon, who played Jessica’s grandmother.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Your Lie in April 

Your Lie in April
  • IMDB Rating – 6.8
  • Genre: Melodrama, Music, Drama
  • Production: Japan / 2016
  • Worldwide Box Office: $11,463,424
  • Director: Takehiko Shinjo
  • Starring: Kento Yamazaki, Suzu Hirose, Anna Ishii, Taishi Nakagawa, Masahiro Komoto, Hirotaro Honda, Yuka Itaya, Rei Dan, Maharu Nemoto

A tender and beautiful Japanese musical melodrama, filled with magnificent music, about a young genius named Kosei Arima. Already at the age of 11 he amazed everyone around him with his virtuoso piano playing and won all competitions. However, after the death of his mother, Kosei’s soul was cut out of him and he could no longer play.

Then one day he meets a sweet girl Kaori. The daughter of simple confectioners, she does not part with her violin, cheerfully learning the world and conveying her love for it through enchanting music. And soon a real good magic of music and love blossoms between Kosei and Kaori.

The movie is based on the famous manga “Shigatsu wa kimi no uso” by Naoshi Arakawa. There is also an anime series of the same name, which was released in 2014-2015.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Andhadhun

Andhadhun
  • IMDB Rating – 8.2
  • Genre: Thriller, Melodrama, Comedy, Crime
  • Production: India / 2018
  • Budget: $4,500,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $65,193,046
  • Director: Sriram Raghavan
  • Starring: Ayushmann Khurana, Tabu, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan, Manav Vij, Zakir Hussain, Ashwini Khalsekar, Chhaya Kadam, Pawan Singh, Rashmi Agdekar

A curious Indian crime thriller with a humorous touch, in which a blind pianist becomes a “witness” to a murder. Akash is a musician in the midst of a creative crisis, which is very depressing for him, as he wants to take part in a London music competition.

One day he is invited to play at a wedding anniversary party by the famous Bollywood actor Pramod. When Akash arrives there, he finds his employer’s corpse on the floor and a man, the lover of Pramod’s wife, hiding in the bathroom. From then on, Akash’s life becomes unpredictable and dangerous.

The lead singer Ayushmann Khurana trained hard for 2 months with Akshay Verma, a renowned pianist from Los Angeles. Incidentally, the movie is based on the brilliant 2010 French short film L’Accorder.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra
  • IMDB Rating – 7.0
  • Genre: Drama, Melodrama, Biography, Music
  • Production: USA / 2013
  • Budget: $23,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $13,352,609
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Starring: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Eric Zuckerman, Eddie Jamison, Randy Lowell, Tom Roache

Director Steven Soderbergh’s biographical drama follows the life of Vlady Valentino Liberace, a scandalous, epathetic and eccentric pianist and showman, through the prism of his relationship with his young assistant Scott Thorson.

Scott Thorson works as an animal trainer for various movies, sometimes performing a variety of services for the stars. One day he gets rid of blindness from his favorite dog Liberace, and he hires the young man as his assistant. The showman tries to mold Scott into a young version of himself, dictating his living conditions and even making an attempt to adopt Scott…

The movie is based on Scott Thorson’s own book, which he co-authored with Alex Torleifson, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.

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The Page Turner

The Page Turner
  • IMDB Rating – 7.0
  • Genre: Thriller, Drama, Music
  • Production: France / 2006
  • Worldwide box office receipts: $9,260,220
  • Director: Denis Dercourt
  • Starring: Catherine Fraud, Deborah Francois, Pascal Greggory, Clotilde Mollet, Xavier De Guibon, Christine Sitti, Jacques Bonnuffet, Antoine Martinsiov, Julie Richalet, Martin Chevalier.

One day, 10-year-old talented pianist Melanie Prouvost fails her concert due to the fault of the star Ariana Fushecourt, who is present at it. The girl gives up music, and ten years later, already a grown woman, gets an internship at the firm of Ariana’s husband, on whom the star is entirely dependent.

Having rubbed herself in the trust of the Fushekur family, Melanie becomes Ariana’s assistant, who, of course, does not recognize her as the little girl with a career ruined by her. But Melanie remembers everything, and methodically destroys the famous pianist’s family and career.

“The Assistant” premiered at Cannes 2006, where the film was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Blind Date

Blind Date
  • IMDB Rating – 6.6
  • Genre: Melodrama, comedy
  • Production: France / 2015
  • Director: Clovis Cornillac
  • Starring: Mélanie Bernier, Clovis Cornillac, Lilou Fogli, Philippe Duquin, Grégoire Estermann, Oscar Kopp, Boris Terral, Manu Paillet, Arnaud Lechene, Stéphane Godin

A hilarious French film about hatred turning into love, telling about two unwilling neighbors, madly interfering with each other because of a thin wall. The heroine of the story is a young woman who dreams of becoming a famous pianist. She moves into a new Parisian apartment and begins to diligently practice her favorite music.

But across the wall from her lives a puzzle inventor, a quiet recluse who can only concentrate on his work in complete silence. For him, the new neighbor’s music-making becomes a real torture. The two of them are engaged in an intense battle that will surely teach them both a lot and lead to true love.

The film won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles French Film Festival and was named Best Film of the Year at the Normandy Film Festival in Cabourg.

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Chopin: Desire for Love

Chopin: Desire for Love
  • IMDB Rating – 5.0
  • Genre: Drama, melodrama, music
  • Production: Poland / 2002
  • Budget: $3,500,000
  • Director: Jerzy Antczak
  • Starring: Piotr Adamczyk, Danuta Stanka, Adam Woronowicz, Bożena Stahura, Sarah Müldner, Andrzej Zielinski, Marian Opania, Jerzy Zelnik, Jadwiga Barańska, Agnieszka Sitek.

A Polish biopic about the life of the famous Chopin and his relationship with George Sand. The events begin in 1830. Poland is under the rule of the Russian Empire, and the young Chopin’s career is not going well. His father convinces him to go to Paris.

In the French capital Chopin finds his calling. Fame and wealth come to him, a brilliant pianist and composer. Here he meets the odious Georges Sand, an eccentric woman who has abandoned her last lover and is clearly intent on charming the young pianist. Their relationship, filled with betrayal, envy, jealousy and looming world events, will be Chopin’s undoing.

All the works in the movie were performed by the famous Polish pianist Janus Olejniczak.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

You Will Be Mine 

You Will Be Mine
  • IMDB Rating – 5.6
  • Genre: Drama, music
  • Production: France / 2009
  • Budget: €3,000,000
  • Director: Sophie Lalois
  • Starring: Judith Davis, Marc Chapiteau, Fabienne Bub, Cécile Lalois, Ondine Defosse, Lucie Bourdieu, Julien Pabillon, Isilde Le Besco, Edith Scob, Christian Bouyette.

We dilute the list of chamber dramas with a racy French tragicomedy about young Marie, a country girl who has moved to Lyon to study piano at the local conservatory.

Marie accepts the invitation of Emma, the daughter of her parents’ deceased friend, who now lives alone in a large apartment in Lyon. Marie moves in with her bulky instrument and hones pieces by Bach, Schumann and Ravel, coming to terms with the fact that Emma is constantly manipulating her, infiltrating every aspect of Marie’s life, seducing her and ruining her musical future.

This movie is one of two directed by French actress and sound designer Sophie Lalois.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Grand Piano

Grand Piano
  • IMDB Rating – 5.9
  • Genre: Thriller, Drama, Detective, Music
  • Production: Spain, USA / 2012
  • US box office receipts: $22,555
  • Director: Eugenio Mira
  • Starring: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Carrie Bishé, Tamsin Edgerton, Allen Leach, Don McManus, Alex Winter, Dee Wallace-Stone, Jim Arnold, Jack Taylor.

Spanish director Eugenio Mira’s mystery thriller is a suspenseful story with an unexpected ending and brilliant music. The plot centers on star pianist Tom Sleznik (Elijah Wood), who once falters while performing a piece called “La Cinquette” and earns stage fright.

After 5 years, he decides to reappear in public to play in memory of a deceased friend at a Chicago concert hall. Before the performance he is given a folder with scores, where to Tom’s horror there are notes of the ill-fated play and a note with a threat to kill him if he plays a single wrong note, and at the same time instructions on how to proceed. Thus begins a violent confrontation between the unfortunate pianist and the unknown sniper.

Actor Elijah Wood (Frodo from “Lord of the Rings”) took piano lessons for several weeks before filming.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis
  • IMDB Rating – 6.2
  • Genre: Drama
  • Production: Russia / 2015
  • Russian box office receipts: $5,317
  • Director: Sergey Taramaev, Lyubov Lvova
  • Starring: Egor Koreshkov, Evgeny Tkachuk, Vasilisa Bernasconi, Julia Aug, Yola Sanko, Denis Shvedov, Ambartsum Kabanyan, Sergey Russkin, Nikolai Orlovsky, Svetlana Stolyarova

A Russian drama with strong social overtones. Alexei Senin is a gifted pianist, a 25-year-old creative man, immensely infantile, immersed in music and surrounded by the care of his overprotective mother.

Performing at the house of Vladimir, a patron of the arts, Alexei meets 11-year-old Sasha, who falls in love with him with all the fervor and purity of first love. Alexei begins to be friends with the girl, feeling for her only platonic, brotherly feelings, but their relationship causes a poisonous vortex of anger and hatred of others. And then they plan an escape – from oppressive parents and from unsettledness in general.

Director Sergei Taramaev admitted that the prototype of his main character Alexei became Michael Jackson after accusations of pedophilia, which are mostly unconfirmed, but a whole sea of dirt on the star poured out.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Low Down

Low Down
  • IMDB Rating – 6.1
  • Genre: Drama, Biography, Music
  • Production: USA / 2014
  • US box office receipts: $54,051
  • Director: Jeff Price
  • Starring: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage, Flea, Lena Headey, Caleb Landry Jones, River Ross, Taryn Manning, Billy Drago

Another impressive biopic based on the memoirs of Amy-Jo, daughter of star jazz pianist Joe Albany. This is her father’s story from Amy’s own point of view, spanning the 60s through the 80s.

During this time, Joe records several albums but suffers from his addiction to heroin. Addiction knocks him out of his rut: several failed marriages, failed concerts, serious trouble with the law.

All of this is watched by his daughter, seeing one of the most passionate musicians of his time perish. Joe was able to return to the stage, but as an exhausted man who did not live long.

The film won the award for camerawork at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players

Prélude

Prélude
  • IMDB Rating – 5.7
  • Genre: Drama, Melodrama, Music
  • Production: Germany / 2019
  • Director: Sabrina Sarabi
  • Starring: Louis Hofmann, Liv Lise Fries, Johannes Nussbaum, Ursina Lardi, Arno Frisch, Saskia Rosendahl, Jenny Schilly

David is a 19-year-old talented pianist. He enters the prestigious Conservatory of Music as a piano student, taught by the demanding Mrs. Matussek, who recognizes only practice and discipline.

David quickly gets a rival, not so gifted, but charming and cunning Walter. In addition, our hero falls in love with Marie, Walter’s girlfriend, who teases the boy, and he becomes more and more anxious, trying to please his teacher, keep his relationship with his girlfriend and surpass his rival, gradually losing himself under the pressure of circumstances.

This is the debut feature of German filmmaker Sabrina Sarabi, who acted as both director and screenwriter for the movie.

30 Best Movies About Piano Players
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