The Best (and Worst) Movies Starring Rock Stars

David Bowie portrait | RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images

David Bowie portrait | RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images

Some entertainers are suited to the spotlight, no matter the medium. Many of the world’s most popular celebrities have enjoyed dual success in both the film and music industries, but for every successful attempt at crossover fame, there’s another that didn’t work out so well.

Like other pop musicians, rock stars in the latter half of the 20th century made a tradition of trying their hands at acting, leading to some wildly mixed results. Let’s look back at some of the most memorable movies to feature these transitioning actors to see which can stand among the best and which are better left forgotten.

1. Best: David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth

David Bowie is perfectly cast in this intimate sci-fi cult classic wherein he plays a humanoid alien sent to Earth to procure water for his dying planet. Bowie’s red-headed otherworldliness and vulnerability combine to create one of the most memorable aliens in film history, a caring soul thwarted by the cynicism and greed of the American business world.

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