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A 1979 film directed by Mark Rydell and starring Creator/BetteMidler in her first film appearance as a vulnerable, self-destructive rock singer looking for love.

* AbusiveParents: One of whom is played by Doris Roberts (Mrs. Foster/Rose's mother).
* AwardBaitSong: The title tune, sung by Midler, 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 Midler a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward, however, and became a massive hit.)
* BiTheWay: Rose is caught making out with a woman named Sarah, which sends Houston into a fit of rage.
* BrokenBird: Rose
* BrokenTears: Rose's character frequently has these, whether she's performing on stage, arguing with her manager or her boyfriend and through other personal struggles.
* DownerEnding
* DrivenToSuicide: Rose, [[spoiler: heartbroken after her breakup with Houston, decides to indulge in a fatal combination of heroin, alcohol and barbiturates]] before her concert.
* ForeShadowing: Remember the tear-stricken out-of-breath sounding opening monologue by Rose in the beginning? Oh God. Once you seen the whole movie (up to the [[spoiler: tragic ending)]], the film's opening will make a lot of sense and a lot of tears.
* LoveTriangle: Several examples, but the main one is Rose's choice between Houston and her desire for fame.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown : Rose wants desperately to return to her hometown a success. It doesn't go well for her.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Rose is basically a thinly-veiled version of Music/JanisJoplin.
* OscarBait: As Rose, Bette Midler sings, she gets strung out, and [[spoiler:she dies]]. Midler was nominated for Best Actress but lost to Creator/SallyField (''Film/NormaRae'').
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Lots of all three. During the first on-screen concert, it's even a "crowd chant".
* TheSixties: The film is set in 1969...
** PresentDayPast: ...although it looks more like TheSeventies, considering the year the film was released (1979).
* SlutShaming: Inverted when Rose tells Houston the football story, then played straight in the western bar.
* TheTheTitle
* TheTragicRose: Rose herself, of course, to the fullest use of the trope.
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Rose, whose face and eyes are so stained with her tears running her mascara.