With Mick Jagger’s son James Jagger commanding the small screen on HBO’s Vinyl, we’re reminded that rock stars love the movies. And not just concert films — pop star crossover from music star to film star includes such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and Barbra Streisand. Then there are full band efforts like the Beatles’ Help! and A Hard Day’s Night.
Here are 9 movies available on Netflix and Amazon Prime featuring star turns by pop stars:
- Dreamgirls, or that time Beyonce played a version of Diana Ross…
- Boyz n’ The Hood, or that time Ice Cube changed the culture by bring the boyz out of the hood into theaters
- Purple Rain, or that time Prince said Look at me, I’m a bad bad bad man.
- The Bodyguard, or that time Whitney Houston made sure that not only could she bring tears and when she sang, she could do it on screen
- Precious, or that time Mariah Carey put Glitter (and makeup) behind her and became a believable social worker
- Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, or that time David Bowie owned the screen in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
- Out of Sight, or that time Jennifer Lopez changed her game forever by starring in a sexy thriller with a guy named George Clooney
- Down By Law, or that time Tom Waits went to jail with Ocar-winner Roberto Benigni
- The Man from Elysian Fields, or that time Mick Jagger — perfectly named Luther Fox — ran an escort service