The Highest-Grossing Music Biopics of All Time

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14. Respect (2021)
> Ticket sales: $24.3 million

“Respect” is a musical drama based on the life of Aretha Franklin. The film stars Jennifer Hudson as Franklin and follows her life from her childhood as a musical prodigy to the recording of the live album “Amazing Grace.”

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13. Get on Up (2014)
> Ticket sales: $30.5 million

“Get on Up” stars the late Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul – James Brown. The film uses a nonlinear narrative, following Brown’s stream of consciousness as he recalls events from his life.

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12. The Pianist (2002)
> Ticket sales: $32.5 million

“The Pianist” is a biographical war drama produced and directed by Roman Polanski. It stars Adrien Brody as Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman. Polanski and Szpilman were both Holocaust survivors.

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11. The Doors (1991)
> Ticket sales: $32.7 million

Directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, “The Doors” is about the life of singer and songwriter Jim Morrison, played by Val Kilmer. It portrays his rock-and-roll and counterculture lifestyle, including his drug use.

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10. Selena (1997)
> Ticket sales: $35.4 million

“Selena” is about the life and career of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who was murdered at the age of 23. It stars Jennifer Lopez in her breakout role.

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