The Film of the Song is, yes, a film thatís in some way based on a song, or at least its title, and is a rare sister of TheFilmOfTheBook or TheBookOfTheFilm. Bonus points if the song in question is NOT used in the movie soundtrack. While there are numerous examples of TheFilmOfTheBook, since songs tend to be short and sweet, films are rarely made from songs; they need a lot of expansion out to feature length. So if it does happen, it's all the more interesting.

Note that this discussion is (mostly) restricted to feature-length films of some sort, such as films that take the actual plot from the song and expand it ó music videos don't count, as they are generally more or less illustrations of the songs, not standalone media products in their own right. Nor does it count if the filmís ThemeTune becomes a hit in its own right ó although if the tune becomes better known than the movie (it happens), and if itís an ExpositoryThemeTune, it can be hard to tell the difference.

There are three subtypes of this trope:

* '''Type A''' - ''Classic '''The Full Story Of The Song''''': An expansion of the song's narrative content into a movie.
* '''Type B''' - ''Song Name '''The Movie''''': Named for a song, but not related by content; likely it's to capitalize on a recent hit
* ''' Type C''' - ''Their Greatest Hit '''The Movie''''': A {{Biopic}} of a notable singer or band, the movie is named for one of the singer's hits. {{Biopic}}s named after the singer or band themselves don't count.

!Examples - Type A (''The Full Story Of The Song''):

* ''Film/AlicesRestaurant''
* ''The Black Fly Song'', made into cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackfly}}''
* ''Film/BornInEastLA''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCatCameBack''
* ''Film/{{Convoy}}''
* ''Frosty The Snowman'' was a song before it was a television special.
* ''The Erl King''
* ''The Gambler'' turned into an entire series of MadeForTV movies starring Music/KennyRogers.
* ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer''
* ''Harper Valley PTA'', which later became a TV show.
* ''I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus ''
* ''Is There Life Out There'', a 1994 Creator/{{CBS}} TV movie starring Music/RebaMcEntire, based on her 1992 song of the same name
* ''The Indian Runner''
* ''Jolene''
* ''The Legend of Tom Dooley''
* ''The Log Driver's Waltz''
* ''Ode to Billy Joe''
* ''Purple People Eater''
* ''Rovaniemen markkinoilla'', a Finnish 1951 film based on a song by the same name. It was the GenrePopularizer for the ''Rillumarei'' film and live entertainment genre that drew from the musical ''couplet'' genre of light, cleverly written, often satirical songs. Many of these films were based on an existing song, or a song was specifically written to be the foundation of a film.
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'': A bit of a borderline case, as it does expand on the song and illustrates it at the same time.
* ''Santa, Baby!'', an animated Christmas special starring Eartha Kitt, the original performer of the song.
* 1945 song "[[ Tubby the Tuba]]", about a tuba who dreams of playing melodies, was adapted into film twice. In 1947 came the StopMotion animated short "WesternAnimation/{{Tubby the Tuba|1947}}", which was followed by the cel animation feature ''WesternAnimation/{{Tubby the Tuba|1975}}'' in 1975.

!!Counterexamples that you might expect to fit here, only they don't:

* ''I Never Promised You A Rose Garden'': Neither book nor film are connected to the song at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' might be worth mentioning as not counting, since it went book-song-TV special. [[AdaptationDisplacement Most people don't know about the book.]]
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' was based on the [[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim graphic novel series]] with a title character named for the {{Plumtree}} song.
* ''Film/TheNightTheLightsWentOutInGeorgia'' is about a singer and his manager/sister. At one point they sing the song. The soundtrack also includes a version of the lyrics that refer to the movie's story

!! Movies that are very close to this:

* Arguably, ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'' musical by Jeff Beck is a close relative, as it's "The Musical of the Poem".
* Also, film versions of ancient epics, such as ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' or ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', would apply, since the original is essentially a very long song.
* ''Linear'' (2009), a 58-minute film by Creator/AntonCorbijn, is effectively "The Film of the Album" of Music/{{U2}}'s ''No Line on the Horizon'' (2009), featuring 10 of the 11 songs from the album and one other song that was cut from the final album. Corbijn [[ has insisted]] that the film is not an extended music video, but rather "a new way to listen to a record -- a new way to use film to connect to music," making it an example of this.

!Examples - Type B (''Song Name '''The Movie'''''):
* ''Girls Just Want To Have Fun'': Creator/SarahJessicaParker likes to dance. Her father disagrees. The song, needless to say, is by Cyndi Lauper (but she wouldn't let New World Pictures use her recording, which is why the movie uses a cover version).
* ''Film/DriveMeCrazy'': Creator/MelissaJoanHart RomanticComedy, sort of named for a Fine Young Cannibals song but more in honour of the Music/BritneySpears song "Crazy." On top of being TheFilmOfTheSong, it's also The Film Of The Novel ("How I Created My Perfect Prom Date").
* ''Bird On The Wire'': Song by Leonard Cohen, the film is an Action Comedy starring Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/MelGibson and David Carradine.
* ''Film/CantBuyMeLove'' and its remake ''Film/LoveDontCostAThing'', each named after a different song.
** The original was able to license the song by Music/TheBeatles, whereas the remake doesn't include the Music/JenniferLopez track - unlike ''Girls Just Want To Have Fun'', it doesn't even appear in a cover.
* ''Film/SweetHomeAlabama''.
* ''Film/AHardDaysNight''
* ''Film/{{Help}}''
* ''My Boyfriend's Back''
* ''Jumpin' Jack Flash'': Secret agent movie parody starring Whoopie Goldberg.
* ''Dazed and Confused''
* ''Film/TheCryingGame''
* ''TakeMeHomeTonight''
* ''Film/FeelingMinnesota''--though the song is "Feelin' Minnesota."

!Examples - Type C (''Their Greatest Hit '''The Movie''''')
* ''Beyond The Sea'': about Bobby Darin.
* ''Coal Miner's Daughter'': about Loretta Lynn
* ''De-Lovely,'' about Cole Porter.
* ''Great Balls Of Fire'': about Jerry Lee Lewis
* ''La Bamba'': about Music/RitchieValens
* ''Walk The Line'': about Johnny Cash
* ''Sweet Dreams'': about Patsy Cline
* ''I'm Your Man'': Not quite a {{Biopic}}. Leonard Cohen interviews and singers such as Rufus and Martha Wainwright or Antony performing Cohen's songs
* ''Film/WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt'': about Tina Turner
* ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'': About the members of Music/{{NWA}}