->'''Judge''': You’re going to walk out of here with absolutely nothing.
->'''Tina''': Except my name.


''What's Love Got to Do with It'' is a 1993 {{Biopic}}, based on the 1986 autobiography of Music/TinaTurner. The main stars were Creator/AngelaBassett, Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly, and Creator/LaurenceFishburne. The film was directed by Brian Gibson, previously known for such films as ''Breaking Glass'' (1980) and ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide'' (1986).

The film covers the life of Tina. She's first seen as little Anna Mae Bullock (Kelly), a child born and raised in Tennessee. Then teenage Anna Mae (Bassett) moves in with her mother Zelma Currie-Bullock (Jennifer Lewis) and older sister Alline (Phyllis Yvonne Stickney) in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her sister introduces her to the nightclub scene, where Anna Mae meets musician Ike Turner (Fishburne).

She at first works as Ike's vocalist before becoming his partner "Tina" and then his wife. The film goes on to examine both their music careers and turbulent personal lives through several decades as Ike becomes increasingly unstable and abusive. Eventually she leaves him (they separated in 1976, and the divorce followed in 1978), and goes solo in the music world to great success.

!!This film provides examples of:
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: A lot of events depicted in this movie were historically inaccurate. One such example was calling ''Private Dancer'' her first solo album; it was her fifth. You've also got "Proud Mary" first being performed in 1968, a year before Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival made it a hit as ''their'' original recording. And Tina's 1968 suicide attempt (by downing sleeping pills before a show) taking place in the early '70s.
** The Other Wiki has a whole list dedicated to some of the inaccuracies.
* BrokenBird: The film features Tina Turner's take on her own tragic backstory.
* DisappearedDad: He leaves Anna Mae at an early age. His eventual fate is not covered.
* DivorceAssetsConflict: Inverted. When Tina finally left Ike, the only thing she pursued to keep was her marital name.
* TheDogBitesBack: After years of abuse and domination by Ike, Tina finally snaps and gives him a nasty beating of his own in a violent dispute in a limo. He still tries to give orders afterwards, but a DeathGlare from Tina leads him to back off, signing his gradual loss of dominance over her.
* DomesticAbuser: Several scenes depict Ike abusing Tina.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Ike's hair gives a handy indicator of what decade we're in: pompadour in the '50s, moptop in the '60s, afro in the '70s, and finally a regular close-shaven look in the '80s.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Painfully subverted with some of Ike's abuse on Tina. Played straight after Tina finally snaps and mauls him in a limo, the shot cuts to outside, only hearing a loud pained scream from Ike. We next see them storm out of the car, both pretty bloodied and shaken.
* GroinAttack: In the middle of another beating from Ike, Tina punches him off her. Despite a [[OhCrap brief shocked pause]], he quickly turns on her again, this time earning a very painful kick in the groin.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Ike Turner's violent streak is exaggerated into the levels of a borderline thriller villain for the movie. The film adds fictional scenes of him raping Tina and later threatening her at gunpoint (calling into question why [[KarmaHoudini he was never charged]]). Expectedly, this film was largely responsible for destroying the real Ike Turner's career.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ike's increasingly abusive and envious treatment of Tina in the film borders an out and out SanitySlippage. Naturally the real life counterpart wasn't too happy about his portrayal.
* MaritalRapeLicense: Ike Turner pulls a Type A as part of spousal abuse pattern.
* MoodWhiplash: An in-universe example. In a diner, Ike forces Tina to eat some cake, not too bad considering his character. But Tina refuses, saying that it's too early, and that Ike's drunk. She then splashes her drink on her drunken husband, who's clearly making a scene. Ike gets up, seemingly to beat Tina, but her sister stands up as well, and bears the brunt of Ike's violent rage, as he calls ''her'' out in front of the other customers in the diner for not "minding your damn business." Then, as if nothing ever happened there, he exclaims "Dayum, this cake good!", again offering some to Tina. [[{{Narm}} That last line from Ike just makes the scene so outrageously over-the-top that it's hard not to laugh.]]
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: The movie shows Tina's gradual defiance and divorce from Ike, culminating in a fictional scene in which she cooly brushes off a threat at gunpoint, upon which he finally gives up.
* ParentalAbandonment: Both parents abandon Anna Mae for years. Zelda invites a teenaged Anna Mae to move in with her. And makes clear she doesn't want criticism for the abandonment: "Now, don't think you're going to come live in my house and make me feel bad."
* PlayingGertrude: Jennifer Lewis and Creator/AngelaBassett depict a mother-daughter duo. Lewis was 36-years-old at the time, Bassett 35-years-old.