15 Troubled Male Musical Genius Biopics, Ranked

When Sony Pictures Classics decided back in October to move the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light out of the crowded Oscar-hopeful season and into a relatively quiet March berth, they probably didn’t imagine that their story of a musical groundbreaker battling addiction and personal demons would end up opening against… the story of a musical groundbreaker battling addiction and personal demons. Yes, not only is I Saw the Light out in limited release today, but so is Born to Be Blue, the Ethan Hawke-fronted Chet Baker biopic. And on top of all that, next week brings us Miles Ahead, which is, all together now, the story of a musical groundbreaker battling addiction and personal demons. Over the past few years, we’ve seen quite a few tales of tortured men, the women who love them, and the music they make; here’s how this new trio stacks up against the rest.