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Best Movies Featuring the Beatle

The Beatles made music for the one decade between 1960 and 1970, but that music and the movies they inspired have lived on through the decades that followed through to today.

Here are some of the best movies featuring The Beatles themselves and their music. You can find these films right now on streaming services like Apple TV, HBO Max, and FuboTV.

Best Movies Featuring the Real Beatles

Although The Beatles made four movies starring themselves, they’re not the definitive list of films featuring them. There are also some documentaries streaming now that offer a peek into their private and professional lives.

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Rated G, Musical Comedy

Director: Richard Lester

Starring: The Beatles, Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington, John Junkins, Victor Spinetti, Anna Quayle

No list of the best films featuring The Beatles would be legitimate without starting with the film that launched the musical sensation’s side gig as movie stars. This, the Fab Four’s screen debut, is a slightly surreal mockumentary proclaiming to follow a “day in the life” of the band as they deal with the delights and vicissitudes of sudden superstardom.

Stream on HBO Max, Criterion Channel.

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Yellow Submarine (1968)

Rated G, Animated Musical Comedy

Director: George Dunning

Starring: The Beatles, Dick Emery, Lance Percival

It’s hard to say whether this film features the “real” Beatles or not, given it’s an animated film featuring the real voices of The Beatles playing the cartoon versions of themselves.

However you describe it, this film offers a psychedelic mix of music, colourful creatures, and dazzling abstract imagery as our beloved Fab Four ride the titular vehicle to rescue a music-adoring Pepperland overtaken by the music-loathing Blue Meanies with their unique brand of groove.

Stream on Apple TV.

Best Movies Featuring the Beatles Now Streaming

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years (2016)

No Rating, Music, Documentary, History

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: The Beatles

Ron Howard’s concert documentary follows the band during their early years from touring small clubs in their Liverpool, England, stomping grounds to the brighter lights of their bigger city concert tours around Europe and the rest of the world.

See the band raw, up close, and personal as they ballooned from humble small-town boys with stars in their eyes to true global superstars.

Stream on Hulu, Apple TV, Roku.

Best Movies Featuring the Beatles Now Streaming

The Beatles: Get Back (2021)

Suggested Rating: PG-13, Documentary, Music, History

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: The Beatles

This 1-season documentary shot by the maker of the Lord of the Ring films contains footage from inside the studio as The Beatles recorded the feature film Let It Be released in 1970.

It includes footage of the Fab Four writing and rehearsing 14 songs for their first live performance in over two years. Since Let It Be is currently nowhere available to stream, this documentary is not only the next best thing, but it may be the level thing as well.

Stream on Disney+.

Best Movies Featuring the Beatles Now Streaming

Help! (1965)

Rated G, Musical, Comedy

Director: Richard Lester

Writers: Marc Behm, Charles Wood

Starring: The Beatles

In this slapstick comedy, one of the Fab Four discovers a precious gem that results in the band’s harassment by a cult-like group. This sets up a chase across the globe as the band flees their attackers while performing hits from their Help! album along the way.

Stream on Apple TV.

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Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

Rated R, Documentary, Music

Director: Andrew Solt

Writers: Sam Egan, Andrew Solt

Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono

Discover the life of the famed former Beatle shot down in his prime narrated from beyond the grave by him himself. Containing an abundance of footage from his private archives, widow Yoko Ono’s personal collection, and interviews with family members and famous friends, this film is widely considered the authoritative Lennon biography.

Stream on Apple TV, Vudu.

Best Movies Depicting the Beatles Fictionally or Their Music

There are plenty of movies about The Beatles that don’t actually feature the band so we’ve curated a list of the best ones that are streaming right now.

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Yesterday (2019)

Rated PG-13, Fantasy

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino

Here’s a premise for you: imagine (no pun intended) being the only person on Earth to remember — no, scratch that — to even know that The Beatles ever existed. After a bump on the head, a hapless singer-songwriter discovers himself in exactly that position. He decides to capitalize on it, presenting the songs as his own while garnering all the fame and guilt that go with the scheme.

While a high-concept like this could come off like a one-trick pony, what this talented filmmaking team delivered is a charming, feel-good tale that made audiences laugh and gasp at once while falling in love with The Beatles all over again.

Stream on Fubo TV, Spectrum On-Demand, DirecTV, Apple TV, Vudu.

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

Rated PG, Musical

Director: Michael Schultz

Starring: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Donald Pleasance, Steve Martin

Set to the music from The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road albums, this film tells the tale of the fictitious titular musical group which uplifted soldiers’ spirits throughout WWI with the help of magic instruments.

After the war, and the demise of the Sgt. Pepper band’s noble leader, his grandson enlists the aid of a band of brothers to help him protect those precious instruments from a dirty thief.

Stream on Apple TV, Vudu.

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Across the Universe (2007)

Rated PG-13, Musical, Romance, Drama

Director: Julie Taymor

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T.V. Carpio

This musical, set to some of the best-known Beatles hits, follows the passionate story of two young, naive lovers. Coming from opposite sides of the ocean in the Vietnam War era, they meet, fall for each other, and then become separated through no fault of their own by the throes of social unrest and war.

Stream on Roku, Hoopla, Vudu.

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