Freddie Mercury. A legend. One of the greatest musicians of all time. A man who was brilliant, yet unique. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is about that man. To make a film about someone as famous, gifted and controversial as Mercury was always going to be challenging. There were so many things that could have gone wrong in the film. But, in 135 minutes, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ presents Freddie Mercury in a version that best suited a personality of that stature and charisma. It is a film that is specially made for those who love and adore Freddie; it is certainly not for the skeptics. And in the end, what matters is Queen fans are loving the film — despite its shortcomings. The sheer pleasure of witnessing one of the greatest songs ever come to fruition is what fans are flocking for. Not to mention the amazing transformation of Rami Malek as Freddie is a sight to behold. Come Oscar time, I expect the film to be nominated for Best Picture. For now, let’s look at what are your options if you happen to love ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Well, one of the easy options is that you can go and watch the film again. Another option is that you can watch films similar to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Now, in terms of genre, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a difficult one to pin down to. It has music, but it is not necessarily a musical. It is biographical, but then it is also not your traditional biopic. So, instead of focussing on just one type of films, I want to list down all variety of films that you are going to enjoy. The list includes musicals, biopics, drama, inspirational stories, success stories. Basically, a mix of everything. You can several of these movies like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Sid and Nancy (1986)
A much darker film than ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, still this one deserves to be watched. Directed by Alex Cox, this film explores the life of Sid Vicious, best known for being the bassist of Sex Pistols but also rather well-known for his heroin addiction. The film stars Gary Oldman as Sid and Chloe Webb as Nancy Spungen, the heroin-addicted love affair that would destroy two lives. A dramatic but thorough look into the downward spiral of Sid’s life right up to the moment of his death, exploring how the band broke up and how Sid’s violent streak worsened as he moved from heroin to meth and an array of drugs. The film shows the wild side of musician’s lives and the kind of rough wildness that has come to be associated with punk music.
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11. Loud Quite Loud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)