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Most iconic '90s music biopic: 'What's Love Got to Do with It' or 'Selena'?

In the '90s, we celebrated the legacies of two of the most prolific women in music—Tina Turner and Selena Quintanilla-Perez—with instant-classic music biopics. "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "Selena" are two of the most beloved biographical musicals of all time. "Selena" tells the story of the Queen of Tejano music's rise to crossover superstardom, the love of her life and her untimely, tragic demise at the hands of her fan club president. "What's Love Got to Do with It" heavily details the domestic violence the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll faced at the hands of Ike Turner, but it also tells the story of Tina Turner's perseverance and mega-music comeback in the early '80s. Which classic is the most iconic '90s music biopic?

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'What's Love...' is the GOAT
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'Selena' is the GOAT
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Below is the synopsis of "What's Love Got to Do with It," per Rotten Tomatoes.

What's Love Got to Do With It? is the filmed biography of R&B/pop singer Tina Turner (Angela Bassett), documenting her efforts to break away from her abusive husband Ike (Laurence Fishburne). After a few scenes detailing Tina's life as a young singer in Nutbush, TN, she's discovered by Ike Turner, an already established songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Ike takes Tina under his wing and makes her a star, but her fame makes him jealous and abusive, and she has to struggle to break free of his domination. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

"What's Love Got to Do with It" holds a fresh rating of 96 percent and an audience score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett were so believable as Ike and Tina Turner that they garnered Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress. While Bassett lost the Oscar (which many would argue she deserved to this day), she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for one of the most respected biographical performances of all time. It's also safe to say "What's Love Got to Do with It" is regarded as a Black cinema classic and is one of the most quotable Black films of all time.

Check out the high-energy performance scene of "Proud Mary" below.

'Selena' is the GOAT

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Below is the synopsis of "Selena," per Rotten Tomatoes.

Selena Quintanilla was a major figure in Tejano music, a Grammy-winning recording artist, a beloved star in the American Southwest and Mexico, and seemed poised to cross over into mainstream popularity on the U.S. pop charts when she was murdered on March 31, 1995 by the president of her fan club. Written and directed by Gregory Nava, this biopic concentrates on Selena's relationship with her family and her rise to fame, dealing only briefly with her tragic death. Abraham Quintanilla (Edward James Olmos) is a veteran musician who leads a family-based singing group, The Dinos. At a young age, he notices that his daughter Selena (played as a child by Becky Lee Meza) has a strong singing voice, and he works her into the act (her big number is a version of Over the Rainbow). However, as she grows older, Selena (played as an adult by Jennifer Lopez) wants to establish her own musical identity[...] ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

"Selena" holds a fresh rating of 65 percent and an audience score of 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). This music biopic came out two years after the tragic death of Selena. The film is produced by Selena's father Abraham Quintanilla, and serves as Selena's official biographical film—making the movie shortly after her death to honor her groundbreaking musical legacy and to dismantle any rumors about her life and death. And it's safe to say that the film definitely immortalized Selena's legacy—just like her music and impact on Latin American culture. The titular character film is regarded as Jennifer Lopez's breakout role; she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical in 1998. And two years after the film's release, JLo launched her own groundbreaking and successful crossover career in American pop and Latin pop music.

Watch this beautifully energetic performance of "Como La Flor" below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Most iconic '90s music biopic: 'What's Love Got to Do with It' or 'Selena'?
'What's Love...' is the GOAT
A festive crown for the winner
'Selena' is the GOAT