Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Rock Biopics

'Walk the Line,' 'The Buddy Holly Story' and more musical action on the big screen

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2. 'Walk the Line'

Walk the Line is the rare rock biopic that was beloved by critics and earned a fortune at the box office. Director/co-writer James Mangold wisely focused the movie on the romance between Johnny Cash and June Carter, and Joaquin Phoenix was absolutely perfect as the Man in Black. The film starts backstage at Folsom State Prison, before flashing back to Cash's difficult childhood in Arkansas, his unhappy first marriage and his long battle with prescription pills. Phoenix won an Academy Award for Best Actor, and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress for her portrayal of June Carter Cash.

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