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.
* 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.
* DownerEnding
* 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.
* SlutShaming: Inverted when Rose tells Houston the football story, then played straight in the western bar.
* TheTragicRose: Rose herself, of course, to the fullest use of the trope.