Singer, or actor? Or both?

This post features musicians or singers who have also appeared or starred in films. These will be good movies that they’re appeared in, but if you look around you can find plenty of bad ones.

From Here to Eternity 1953 Starring Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift, it also features Frank Sinatra. Sinatra is actually a talented actor, an interesting figure in popular entertainment. The film is excellent — a World World II story leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The movie has a few different storylines, making it much more interesting to watch. The acting is great, and while we’re just finishing Oscar season we might mention that it won best picture in 1954.

Fight Club 1999 Starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, it features Meatloaf as a pretty major character. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. A story of masculinity and insanity, every other line is a brilliant maxim–a sweeping statement about the condition of life and the people in it. While it is violent, it’s twists and turns surprise and shock you, and while it does present a rather cynical view on the world, it’s one which is so beautifully examined you can’t help but wish to start your fight club if only to live in the glory of what was created in this film.

The Prestige 2006 Starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. I feel as though I am betraying my own movie morals by putting this on the list—when this film came out, The Illusionist starring Ed Norton had just come out, and that film, which is quite similar to this, I much prefer and think is overall a far superior film to this one, but, David Bowie is in this film and not the other. The story of competing magicians, the plot gets a little convoluted at times, yet is still interesting. And who can resist Christian Bale?

Some Like It Hot 1959 I’ve already mentioned this movie in a previous post, but since Marilyn Monroe is the love interest, I have to mention it. I think that Marilyn is simply fabulous, and so her being in any movie makes it infinitely better! This movie is fantastic to begin with, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon (see earlier blog post).

In these films these musicians don’t sing (with the exception of Marilyn), but let me know your favorite movies with sings! Even if it’s a musical starring a famous singer (Like Beyonce in Dream Girls) tell me!


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