While some musicians have cameo roles in films, others take the lead in projects of their own.
Here are 15 musical artists who starred in their own movies, from Elvis Presley to the Spice Girls.
The King starred in a whopping 31 movies between 1956 and 1969. Although Elvis‚Äô filmography features a few non-musical films (such as the drama ‚ÄúWild in the Country‚ÄĚ), song-filled hits like ‚ÄúJailhouse Rock‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúBlue Hawaii‚ÄĚ are some fan favourites.
From the black-and-white comedy ‚ÄúA Hard Day‚Äôs Night‚ÄĚ to the animated psychedelic odyssey ‚ÄúYellow Submarine,‚ÄĚ the Fab Four starred in five movies named for their albums (the only non-narrative film in the mix is the documentary ‚ÄúLet It Be‚ÄĚ).
Barbra Streisand has played leading roles in a bevy of musical films, from ‚ÄúFunny Girl‚ÄĚ to the 1976 remake of ‚ÄúA Star Is Born.‚ÄĚ But one of her most notable cinematic achievements is ‚ÄúYentl,‚ÄĚ which is based on an Isaac Bashevis Singer story about a cross-dressing Yeshiva student.
Streisand not only starred as the title character opposite Mandy Patinkin ‚Äď but she also directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the movie.
The Monkees ‚Äē a rock band created for the 1960s TV series of the same name ‚Äē collaborated with Jack Nicholson and Bob Rafelson to make a satirical musical called ‚ÄúHead.‚ÄĚ According to The Guardian, the movie could be described as ‚Äúcryptic‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúpsychedelic.‚ÄĚ
Madonna had already starred in hit films such as ‚ÄúDesperately Seeking Susan‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDick Tracy‚ÄĚ by the time she produced the 1991 documentary ‚ÄúMadonna: Truth or Dare,‚ÄĚ which chronicled her Blond Ambition World Tour.
She also notably went on to star in the musical film adaptation of ‚ÄúEvita,‚ÄĚ about the life of Eva Duarte Peron.
Named for Michael Jackson‚Äôs signature dance move, ‚ÄúMoonwalker‚ÄĚ (released in 1988) is an experimental anthology film comprising short films and long-form music videos.
Jackson later teamed up with horror master Stephen King to make a musical short called ‚ÄúMichael Jackson‚Äôs Ghosts.‚ÄĚ
The documentary ‚ÄúThis is It‚ÄĚ chronicled Jackson‚Äôs rehearsal process for a series of shows at London‚Äôs O2 arena months before his death.
Prince made his film debut as The Kid in ‚ÄúPurple Rain,‚ÄĚ a semi-autobiographical musical tale about a rocker from Minneapolis. The album of the same name served as the soundtrack of this cult classic.
You can watch the 1984 short here.
But fans know his acting career better for his iconic role as Jareth the Goblin King in ‚ÄúLabyrinth.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSpice World‚ÄĚ is a ‚Äô90s cultural touchstone starring the decade‚Äôs most popular girl group. Although critics derided its silly plot when the movie was released, it has held up fairly well over the last 20 years.
Some have called it ‚Äúweirdly relevant‚ÄĚ and a ‚Äúpostmodern masterpiece‚ÄĚ for how it tackles issues about fame and autonomy (a meta subplot concerns Hollywood executives pitching ideas for a Spice Girls movie).
Whitney Houston starred in ‚ÄúThe Bodyguard‚ÄĚ opposite Kevin Costner. She played superstar Rachel Marron.
Lending her powerful vocals to the soundtrack, the album (which features hits like ‚ÄúI Will Always Love You‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúI‚Äôm Every Woman‚ÄĚ) became a best-seller.
In Lars von Trier‚Äôs musical drama ‚ÄúDancer in the Dark,‚ÄĚ Icelandic singer-songwriter Bj√∂rk plays Selma, a Czech immigrant and single mother who works at a factory in a rural American town.
The soundtrack features her original music, which was released as an album called ‚ÄúSelmasongs.‚ÄĚ
Dolly Parton has been able to produce multiple movies inspired by her life story.
‚ÄúDolly Parton‚Äôs Coat of Many Colours‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDolly Parton‚Äôs Christmas of Many Colours: Circle of Love,‚ÄĚ both based on Parton‚Äôs upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains, are narrated by the country singer herself.
Though he appeared in a documentary as part of the band, One Direction, when Harry Styles went solo as a musician, he also took a solo role as part of the 2017 film ‚ÄúDunkirk‚ÄĚ playing a soldier desperately trying to escape the beach.
Of course, Gaga also took a starring role in a narrative film in the 2018 remake of ‚ÄúA Star is Born.‚ÄĚ
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