The Highest-Grossing Music Biopics of All Time

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9. Shine (1996)
> Ticket sales: $35.9 million

“Shine” is an Australian film based on the life of David Helfgott, a pianist who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. Geoffrey Rush won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the lead role.

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8. What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993)
> Ticket sales: $38.9 million

Based on the life of singer Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” takes its title from one of her many hit songs. It follows her life from childhood to stardom, including her abusive marriage to Ike Turner, played by Laurence Fishburne.

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7. All Eyez on Me (2017)
> Ticket sales: $44.9 million

Tupac Shakur, one of the most influential rappers of all time, was shot to death in 1996. “All Eyez on Me” takes its title from Shakur’s fourth studio album and the song of the same name. Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars as the rapper.

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6. Jersey Boys (2014)
> Ticket sales: $47 million

Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the musical of the same name, “Jersey Boys” tells the story of the musical group The Four Seasons. Original band members Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio were executive producers.

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5. La Bamba (1987)
> Ticket sales: $52.7 million

“La Bamba” features Lou Diamond Phillips as Chicano rock-and-roll star Ritchie Valens, who died in the 1959 plane crash that also claimed the life of Buddy Holly.

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