The 25 Best Acting Performances by Musicians in Movies

October 5, 2018

Billboard.com put together a list of 'The 100 Best Acting Performances by Musicians in Movies." And it is not a coincidence that they did it just as the remake of "A Star Is Born" with Lady Gaga is coming out. In fact, the Billboard staff has already seen "A Star Is Born" and not only did Gaga make the list, she's all the way up at #4.

There were THREE rules to be eligible for the list:

1.  The artist had to be well-known for MUSIC before they were known for acting. So there's no Jamie Foxx, Lindsey Lohan, or Jennifer Lopez.

2.  The artist couldn't be playing themselves, even in a somewhat fictionalized version. So that excluded Alice Cooper, The Spice Girls, and The Beatles.

3.  Only one performance per musician-actor could be included, but it didn't necessarily have to be an Oscar-worthy, leading role.  It could be a cameo in a cult classic, IF it was deemed legendary enough.

Here's the Top 25:

1.  Cher, "Moonstruck", 1987

2.  Barbra Streisand, "The Way We Were", 1973

3.  Ice Cube, "Boyz N the Hood", 1991

4.  Lady Gaga, "A Star Is Born", 2018

5.  Judy Garland, "The Wizard of Oz", 1939

6.  Madonna, "A League of Their Own", 1992

7.  Prince, "Purple Rain", 1984

8.  Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls", 2006

9.  Dolly Parton, "9 to 5", 1980

10.  Justin Timberlake, "The Social Network", 2010

11.  Tupac Shakur, "Juice", 1992

12.  Mark Wahlberg, "Boogie Nights", 1997

13.  Queen Latifah, "Chicago", 2002

14.  Björk, "Dancer in the Dark", 2000

15.  Frank Sinatra, "From Here to Eternity", 1953

16.  Eminem, "8 Mile", 2002

17.  Will Smith, "Ali", 2002

18.  David Bowie, "The Man Who Fell to Earth", 1976

19.  Olivia Newton-John, "Grease", 1978

20.  Ice-T, "New Jack City", 1991

21.  Doris Day, "Pillow Talk", 1959

22.  Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound", 2017

23.  Bette Midler, "The Rose", 1979

24.  Janelle Monae, "Moonlight", 2016

25.  Tim McGraw, "Friday Night Lights", 2004

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