17 of the Greatest Music Biopics of All Time

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La Bamba

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Columbia Pictures

Lou Diamond Phillips plays the Chicano rocker Ritchie Valens in this heartfelt portrayal of the famed crossover artist. The film isn’t a straight depiction of his life, though, and shows how his fame impacted everyone around him. The movie begins with Valens’s rise to superstardom as a teen sensation — a 1950s Justin Bieber, if you will. It ends with the fateful flight that took his life, along with those of Buddy Holly and “The Big Bopper.”. He may have died in a famous way but his life is what’s on full display here.

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