Film: The Rose
A 1979 film directed by Mark Rydell and starring Bette Midler in her first film appearance as a vulnerable, self-destructive rock singer looking for love.
- Abusive Parents: One of whom is played by Doris Roberts.
- Award Bait Song: The title tune, sung by Middler, is actually an aversion; because composer Amanda McBroom hadn't written the song specifically for the movie, it was ineligible for Academy Award consideration. (It did win Middler a Grammy Award, however, and became a massive hit.)
- Downer Ending
- Love Triangle: Several examples, but the main one is Rose's choice between Houston and her desire for fame.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown : Rose wants desperately to return to her hometown a success. It doesn't go well for her.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rose is basically a thinly-veiled version of Janis Joplin.
- Oscar Bait: As Rose, Bette Midler sings, she gets strung out, and she dies. Midler was nominated for Best Actress but lost to Sally Field (Norma Rae).
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Lots of all three. During the first on-screen concert, it's even a "crowd chant".
- The Sixties: The film is set in 1969...
- Slut Shaming: Inverted when Rose tells Houston the football story, then played straight in the western bar.
- The Tragic Rose: Rose herself, of course, to the fullest use of the trope.