Throughout cinematic history, numerous filmmakers have sought inspiration from the lives and works of great composers. From gripping biopics to enchanting fictional narratives, these films have allowed audiences to delve into the fascinating lives of musical geniuses. 

Amadeus (1984)

Directed by Miloš Forman, "Amadeus" is a spellbinding exploration of the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Focusing on the fictional rivalry between Mozart and fellow composer Antonio Salieri, the film beautifully showcases Mozart's extraordinary talent while examining themes of jealousy, genius, and the pursuit of artistic perfection.

Immortal Beloved (1994)

This powerful biopic, directed by Bernard Rose, delves into the enigmatic life of Ludwig van Beethoven. "Immortal Beloved" unravels the mystery behind a letter addressed to Beethoven's immortal beloved and takes viewers on a journey through the composer's tumultuous personal life, while highlighting his transcendent musical compositions.

Copying Beethoven (2006)

Starring Ed Harris as Ludwig van Beethoven, "Copying Beethoven" presents a fictionalized account of the composer's final years. Focusing on the relationship between Beethoven and a young copyist, the film offers a glimpse into the composer's creative process and the emotional turmoil that fueled his music.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)

Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor Stravinsky's work parallel Coco's radical ideas. Directed by Jan Kounen, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Anna Mouglalis.

Testimony (1987)

The story of the great Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his life and career during the rule of Stalin, directed by Tony Palmer, starring Ben Kingsley, Sherry Baines and Robert Stephens.

Song Without End (1960)

The story of Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt, whose scandalous love affair forced him to abondon his adoring audiences. Directed by Charles Vidor and George Cukor, starring Dirk Bogarde and Capucine.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs (1992)

The story of a young boy learns to appreciate the music of his upstairs boarder, Ludwig van Beethoven. Directed by David Devine, starring Neil Munro, Ilya Woloshyn, Fiona Reid.

Mit Meinen Heißen Tränen (1986)

The story of the final years of the life of 19th century Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Starring Udo Samel, Daniel Olbrychski.

The Devil's Violinist (2013)

19th century composer and violinist Niccolo Paganini incurs the wrath of his diabolical manager while preparing for his debut performance in London. Directed by Bernard Rose, starring David Garrett, Hared Harris and Joely Richardson.

Mahler on the Couch (2010)

Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud.

Blue Note (1991)

The film covers the last few days of Frédéric Chopin's professional life. Directed by Andrzej Zulawski, starring Marie-France Pisler and Janusz Olejniczak.

Lisztomania (1975)

Composer and pianist Franz Liszt attempts to overcome his hedonistic life style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life. Directed by Ken Russell, starring Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Ringo Starr and Paul Nicholas.

The Music Lovers (1971)

Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his sexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom the cannot satisfy. Directed by Ken Russell, starring Richard Chamberlain and Glenda Jackson.

Elgar (1962)

Directed by Ken Russell, "Elgar" provides a poignant exploration of the life of English composer Edward Elgar. The film offers an intimate portrait of Elgar's creative process, his personal setbacks, and his profound impact on British music, making it a must-watch for classical music enthusiasts.

Wagner (1983)

Directed by Tony Palmer, "Wagner" is a monumental biographical miniseries that examines the life and works of the renowned German composer Richard Wagner. With a staggering eight-hour runtime, the film delves into Wagner's controversial personal life, his musical innovations, and his enduring influence on the world of opera.

Mahler (1974)

Directed by Ken Russell, "Mahler" is a visually striking biographical film that delves into the life and music of Gustav Mahler. Through dreamlike sequences and introspective moments, the film offers insights into the composer's struggles, his deep connection to nature, and the profound impact of his symphonies.