Musicians Who Crossed Over To Movies

Posted at August 12th, 2016 | by Tithi Mukherjee | in

Over the last two decades, musicians and bands have crossed over to the film arena and seen a rare opportunity to challenge themselves in a new medium. It also meant a welcome break from non-stop touring. Here are some of the famous names from the music world who are also popular in Hollywood:

Justin Timberlake

In 2007, Justin Timberlake took a break from his singing career and focused on acting. His most notable roles are in the movies include The Social Network, Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits.


Will Smith

Will Smith’s rap career as The Fresh Prince turned to the screen in 1990 starring in a popular series called The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. His most notable roles are in The Pursuit of Happyness and I Am Legend. He has since then starred in several movies including Hitch.



Beyoncé first took to the screen in Carmen: A Hip Hopera in 2001. Her most notable film roles include Dreamgirls (2001) and Obsessed (2009).


Adam Levine

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine starred in Begin Again in 2014 opposite Keira Knightley, and the second season of American Horror Story in 2012. Begin Again became a hit as well as Levine for both his music and his acting in the film.


Jon Bovi Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi crossed over to the movies when he starred in Young Guns II with his last performance being in New Year’s Eve in 2011.



Madonna is a staple in the world of music, but she has also proven herself to be a talented actress on top of that. The singer showed off her acting chops in the 1992 classic “A League of Their Own.”



Southern rapper Chris Bridges who became famous as Ludacris, has moved on to taking powerful roles in dramatic films. He wowed critics in “Crash” and “Hustle & Flow.”



Eminem burst onto the rap scene with his irreverent lyrics and aggressive flow, but it was his role in the film “8 Mile” about a struggling rapper, that truly made him a household name.


Zooey Deschanel

She first made her name as an indie pop singer in the duo She & Him, and she has kept singing in her various acting roles. The talented singer vowed us with her roles in “Elf” and in the very successful “500 Days of Summer” opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt.



The legendary Cher started making a splash in movies during the 1980s with “Silkwood,” “Mask,” and “Moonstruck,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Tithi Mukherjee


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