5 Movies with Classical Music That Will Move You

We all know that classical music can be moving, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right piece to fit our mood. If you’re looking for some classical music that will really touch your heart, check out these five movies with beautiful classical soundtracks.


There are few things more emotionally moving than a beautiful piece of classical music. Coupled with the visual images of a film, classical music can create an overwhelmingly powerful experience.

Here are five films with classical music that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled:

1) “A Clockwork Orange” – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
2) “Eyes Wide Shut” – Mozart’s Requiem
3) “The Red Violin” – Bartok’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
4) “Sunrise” – Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries
5) “2001: A Space Odyssey” – Also Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries

The Pianist

“The Pianist” is a 2002 film directed by Roman Polanski, Adapted from the book “The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945” by Wladyslaw Szpilman. The film tells the story of how a Polish pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) survived the destruction of Warsaw during World War II.

The movie is set during the Nazi occupation of Poland and centers around the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Szpilman is a Polish-Jewish pianist who is forced into hiding after he witness his family being sent to concentration camps. He eventually finds himself living in the Warsaw ghetto, where he is eventually discovered by a Nazi officer (Ralph Fiennes) who takes an interest in his music.

The film features classical music throughout, including works by Chopin, Bach, and Beethoven. The music is used to both set the tone of the film and to convey the emotions of the characters. It is also used as a form of resistance against the Nazis; at one point, Szpilman plays a Chopin etude on live radio while the Warsaw ghetto is being bombed.

“The Pianist” won three Academy Awards, including Best Director for Roman Polanski and Best Actor for Adrien Brody. It was also nominated for Best Picture.

The King’s Speech

The 2010 film The King’s Speech, tells the true story of King George VI of England, who had to overcome a severe speech impediment in order to lead his country during World War II.

The film features several pieces of classical music, including Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto,” which is used to great effect during a scene in which the king is practicing his speech with his therapist. Other pieces used in the film include Verdi’s “Requiem” and host of other classical pieces.

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film directed by Ron Howard and written by Akiva Goldsman. It is based on the life of mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film begins in the early years of a young prodigy named John Nash (played by Russell Crowe). Early in the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while painfully watching the loss and burden his condition brings on himself and his wife Alicia (played by Jennifer Connelly).

The film uses classical music throughout to depict both the good times and the bad times in Nash’s life. The use of music helps to set the tone for each scene and allows viewers to feel the emotions that Nash and those around him are experiencing. Some of the pieces used in the film include:

– “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Sergei Rachmaninoff
– “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
– “Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven
– “Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47” by Johan Sebastian Bach

The Social Network

“The Social Network” is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book “The Accidental Billionaires”, it portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, and Armie Hammer as twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

The film was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures on October 1, 2010. A critical and commercial success, it grossed $224 million worldwide on a production budget of $40 million. Critics praised its direction, acting, editing, soundtrack, visual style, and themes. It won three Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay for Sorkin, Best Original Score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Best Film Editing for Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall. It also received eight Golden Globe Award nominations: wins for Eisenberg’s performance as Zuckerberg and Reznor & Ross’ score; plus nominations for Best Picture – Drama; Director; Supporting Actor (Garfield); Screenplay; Original Score; Film Editing; sound Mixing; and Cinematography.”


There you have it! Five movies with classical music that will move you. Whether you’re a fan of the genre or not, these films are sure to tug at your heartstrings. Do you have a favorite movie with classical music? Let us know in the comments below!

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