Standing as two of the world’s best-loved art forms, film and music are eternally intertwined. Musical soundtracks have been essential to driving emotional elements and drama in film since its inception, while the addition of visual media to music has helped the art reach new heights (and new audiences) for decades. But what about films with plots that center around music itself? The best movies about music and musicians showcase the struggles of self-expression, and the thought processes behind some of the greatest artists of all time. Here, we’ve assembled a wide assortment of our favorite music-based films, aimed at everyone from casual fans to hardcore music nerds.