10 of the best (and worst) films starring musicians

10 of the best (and worst) films starring musicians

These days, our TV chats and watching habits may center around the Jon Snows and Fab Fives of the world, but we often forget how, back in the early-00s, the only televised cultural force we needed was American Idol (and okay, maybe some Survivor, too). Every week millions tuned to for Seacrest, Simon, and plenty of singing which, logically, led to someone getting the brilliant idea of “We should definitely make a movie out of this!” The result? From Justin to Kelly, a take on Grease for the TRL-era that quickly established itself as one of the worst films of all time, both critically and commercially.





Despite the flop, the film’s main star, inaugural Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, has done pretty well for herself – maintaining an impressively-consistent career while also having the honours of being involved in the creation of the best karaoke song of all time. Despite these successes, Clarkson has finally spoken out about that big red “X” on her resumé, admitting that the trainwreck of her 2002 film is “the worst thing ever.”


Clarkson’s acting debut may have been, er, rocky, but she’s not alone. Plenty of other popular musicians have tried to march their way onto the silver screen with…mixed results. For the sake of solidarity with Kelly, we’ve rounded up some of the worst movies starring musicians and for the sake of you, the reader, we’ve thrown in a handful of musician-starring movies that are more than worth your time.



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01/10

Björk, "Dancer in the Dark" (2000)



Starting us off at the "good" end of taste is this 2000 film that's not only as appropriately-arty as its musician-turned-star, but also shares with Björk an undeniable tear-moving intensity that won it the coveted Palme D'Or at Cannes.















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02/10

Cher, "Moonstruck" (1987)



Cher's turn as a widow alongside Nicolas Cage in this romantic comedy sees the diva showing off a side of herself that's not only refreshingly relatable for her, but most popstars-turned-actors in general – making space for a magnitude of romantic-comedy charm.















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03/10

Beyoncé, "Dreamgirls" (2006)



Bey – with some help from "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson – turned on her acting chops and more than made up for her role in "Goldmember" for her major role in this 2006 adaptation of the Broadway hit.















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04/10

David Bowie, "Labyrinth" (1986)



Move aside, Ziggy Stardust. Bowie's role as the Goblin King in this trippy, puppet-filled 80's fantasy film is a performance just as memorable as any of the singer's musical creations – which is saying a lot.















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05/10

Debbie Harry, "Videodrome" (1983)



The Blondie frontwoman went brunette for her turn as the striking femme fatale of David Cronenberg's Canadian horror classic; the film nailing down a gory and surreal vibe that's just as accessibly-weird as her band's music.















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06/10

Kelly Clarkson, "From Justin to Kelly" (2003)



Moving from "the good" and onto "the bad and the ugly", this cash-in from the height of early-00s Idol-mania was immediately cannonized as one of the worst films of all time. Impressive!















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07/10

KISS, "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park" (1978)



If you're wondering how many illicit substance-fuelled meetings directed culture in late 70's, look no further than the existence of this film which stars KISS as superpowered musicians who battle with an evil mad scientist to save a local amusement park. Yup, that happened.















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08/10

Vanilla Ice, "Cool as Ice" (1991)



This early-90's remix of "Footloose" sought to make a star out of the one-hit-wonder rapper by putting him in the Kevin Bacon role, though the lack of Kevin-charisma earned only one million of its six million-dollar budget back.















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09/10

Britney Spears, "Crossroads" (2002)



The only reason "Crossroads" is worth looking back on is to admire just how well most of those involved with it recovered, with costars Zoe Saldana & Taryn Manning going on to become bona-fide stars and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes going on to become, well, Shonda-freaking-Rhimes.















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10/10

Mariah Carey, "Glitter" (2001)



The emotional and physical exhaustion experienced by Carey while shooting this film led to numerous delays in its release – only for it to finally drop in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks; a time when we weren't exactly ready for a glitzy rags-to-riches musical. Whether it's bad timing or just bad filmmaking, "Glitter" became a critical and commercial punchline.