6 Feel Good Movies About Aspiring Singers to Watch

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There is something so moving about seeing someone achieve their dreams, especially when it comes to a great song and dance number at just the right time.

Sure, when you look Burlesque you need to suspend your disbelief that someone with a voice like Christina Aguilera could go unnoticed for 20-something years, no matter how small town she comes from. But when does it finally hit that opening note? Chills, always!

Movies about singers have been huge in recent years. CODA won Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, and with a bunch of biopics, like rocketman Y ARETHAWe have had many options to choose from.

Fortunately, a new movie about an aspiring singer is coming out soon, and we can’t wait to see it.

Falling in love with Figaro stars Australian actress Danielle Macdonald, who you might remember from 2017 patti$ cakeas well as the ONLY Joanna Lumley, aka Ab Fab’s Patty Stone.

The film is a romantic comedy centering on Millie (Macdonald), a brilliant young fund manager who quits her unsatisfying job – and her long-time boyfriend – to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer in the Lands. Highlands of Scotland.

Lumley plays Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop, a fearsome voice teacher who believes that only with a broken heart can you truly learn to sing. As she prepares her two students, Max and Millie, for the same competition, Meghan manipulates her love lives to get the best out of them.

To celebrate the launch of Falling in love with FigaroWe’ve compiled a list of six other movies that are all about singers trying to achieve their dreams.

For the record, Crossing is a CLEAR omission from this list, because it’s not available to stream or download anywhere in Australia. Thank goodness this writer owns it on DVD, to be honest!


Directed by: Steve Antin

Starring: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell

Synopsis: A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.


Where to look: Clock Burlesque on netflix


Directed by: sian heder

Starring: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur

Synopsis: As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.


Where to look: Clock CODA on AppleTV+


Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall

Starring: Mariah Carey, Eric Benet, Max Beesley

Synopsis: A young singer dates a disc jockey who helps her break into the music business, but their relationship becomes complicated as she rises to stardom.


Where to look: Rent Brilliantine on AppleTV

Josie and the kittens

Directed by: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson

Synopsis: A group of girls find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy to send subliminal messages through popular music.


Where to look: Rent Josie and the kittens on Apple TV

Perfect tone

Directed by: Jason Moore

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson

Synopsis: Beca, a freshman at Barden College, is convinced to join The Bellas, her school’s all-female singing group. Injecting much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in college competition.


Where to look: Clock Perfect tone in BINGE

A star has been born

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott

Synopsis: A musician helps a young singer find fame when age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.


Where to look: Clock A star has been born in BINGE

Falling in love with Figaro is in theaters July 14, 2022.

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