Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, ‘Yesterday’ is a musical fantasy film which follows Jack Malik, a young musician who after an accident finds that he is the only person who remembers The Beatles. He then proceeds to take credit for writing and performing their songs. The film stars Himesh Patel as Jack Malik; Lily James, Ed Sheeran, and Kate McKinnon share the screen alongside him. ‘Yesterday’ is shot by Christopher Ross and edited by Jon Harris. The musical fantasy flick premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and received positive reviews. Although it is not considered to be one of the greatest works of Danny Boyle, the film is definitely a feel-good piece with a groovy soundtrack. Peter Bradshaw, in his review, wrote that “although this film can be a bit hokey and uncertain on narrative development, the puppyish zest and fun summoned up by Curtis and Boyle carry it along.”
For this article, I have taken into account films that are tonally and stylistically similar to this Danny Boyle flick. Here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Yesterday’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Yesterday’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. American Pop (1981)
Directed by Ralph Bakshi and written by Ronni Kern, ‘American Pop’ is an animated musical drama which chronicles the story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians and their careers, parallel to the history of American popular music in the 20th century. The film is built upon a visionary aesthetic and artistic choice. The animation is constructed through the technique of rotoscoping. In addition, the animators use motion graphics, water colours and computer imagery to construct a visually innovative and pleasing experience. The soundtrack helps map the narrative in accordance with the time, as it spans through four generations. ‘American Pop’ received positive reviews upon its release, with many even calling it as Bakshi’s best piece of work.
7. Sing (2016)
Written and directed by Garth Jennings, ‘Sing’ is a set in a city which consists of anthropomorphic animals, where Buster Moon, an optimistic koala, tries to save his beloved theatre by hosting a singing competition. What follows is a grand music competition which changes the lives of the participants forever. ‘Sing’ boasts of an ensemble cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Tori Kelly. The brilliant voice performances are complemented by the foot tapping soundtrack which consists of musical artists such as Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was received positively by most critics. In addition, it also went on to become a huge box office success, grossing $634.2 million against a budget of $75 million. The commercial success has also spawned a sequel, titled ‘Sing 2’, which is scheduled to release in 2021.