Ranking Musicians’ Memorable Film Roles from Best to Worst

Mick Jagger hasn’t been in a movie since 2001’s The Man from Elysian Fields. Yesterday, Deadline reported that the Rolling Stones frontman may be in line to play a Rupert Murdoch-like character in Tabloid, which is being written by A History of Violence scribe Josh Olson. This got us thinking about other musicians who made the crossover into film. Jagger’s played everyone from Turner in Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s excellent Performance, to a “bonejacker” (oof) in Freejack — which currently holds a shameful 15% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Here are other songbirds that also made the leap from stage to screen, in order from best to worst. Leave us your list in the comments.

Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist

Charlotte Gainsbourg comes from the blue blood of song making thanks to papa Serge Gainsbourg, but has been holding her own since her musical debut with dad on the song “Lemon Incest.” She just released the EP Terrible Angels, her new album Stage Whisper is coming this November — along with the theatrical release of Lars von Trier’s Melancholia in which she plays the distraught Claire. Her award-winning performance in Von Trier’s earlier film Antichrist, however, is our focus due to her breathtaking and terrifying performance. The physical and emotional transformations that take place for her character are striking and deeply felt.