The Best Music Filmsby gazmasters | created - 15 Feb 2014 | updated - 13 Jul 2016 | Public
The Best films i have seen that are heavily focused on music, bands or artists.
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1. Almost Famous (2000)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.
Votes: 237,889 | Gross: $32.53M
Personally my favourite ever movie. Follows the story of a young journalist following a band as they start to become big in the era where rock stars where rock stars. Fantastic sound track accompanies a great storyline.
2. Rock Star (2001)
R | 105 min | Drama, Music
Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.
Votes: 39,243 | Gross: $17.01M
Cheesy but you have to love it. Follows the story of a fictional band modeled on the great british bands of old. And when Steel Dragons long serving front man decides to call it quits. They hire the next best thing. A guy who has been fronting a steel dragon tribute act. Story follows the dream of actually joining your favourite band but then having to deal with the fame and fortune.
3. Yellow Submarine (1968)
G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred (Lance Percival) in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.
Votes: 23,041 | Gross: $0.99M
One of the most bizarre films i have ever watched. But it is absolutely bonkers and brilliant. The Beatles music is timeless and accompanies this strange film perfectly
4. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Music
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
Votes: 122,074 | Gross: $0.19M
Classic mockumentary that follows a band on the decline of their career. Many hilarious lines are quoted all the time from this film. If you have ever been in a band chances are you have lived some of these moments yourself
5. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Votes: 59,492 | Gross: $3.97M
Documentary of a story that beggars belief in todays social network society of a forgotten artist called Rodriguez and the quest of a fan to try and find out exactly what happened to him among rumours of his disapearance. Great film and great songs
6. Still Crazy (1998)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
"Strange Fruit" had everything that makes a legendary rockband: Money, Fame, Success, Groupies, a Singer who died of drugs and even a divine ending, when lightning struck the stage during ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,265 | Gross: $0.48M
Another cheesy addition but i still love this movie. Another story of a band that has long been past the best in their career but among bickering between band members decide to give it one more shot. Look out for the terrific song The Flame Still Burns in this one. Its a corker
7. 24 Hour Party People (2002)
R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.
Votes: 30,864 | Gross: $1.13M
This film follows the music scene in manchester from the early punk to the madchester rave scenes, while telling the story of Tony Wilson, a key component to the scenes story. Steve Coogan is excellent as he tells the story as Tony Wilson.
8. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
Votes: 126,226 | Gross: $13.24M
Great story of a struggling folk singer trying to make a solo career in NY. With no money to his name, it is a great show of a broke man fighting to keep his dreams of being a songwriter alive.
9. Walk the Line (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
Votes: 217,347 | Gross: $119.52M
Joaquin Phoenix plays Johnny Cash in this great film of the mans life. Obviously the soundtrack is brilliant but this is a great look at a great artist
10. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.
Votes: 15,124 | Gross: $0.67M
Imagine if Spinal Tap was a real band... I think anvil would be as close as it comes. Another story of a once former well known group that have now fell so far from the 80's metal heyday, that now they all have their own regular jobs. But will not let go of their love for the band or the music
Not Rated | 68 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A continuation of the story told in the Daft Punk music videos "One More Time," "Aerodynamic," "Digital Love," and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."
Could also be known as the Daft Punk Discovery Album movie. And with that as a soundtrack how could this animated journey be anything short of magnificent.
12. Sound City (2013)
Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.
Votes: 11,581 | Gross: $0.42M
Dave Grohl's look at the studio that made his career, and a whole host of other artists that owe a debt of gratitude to one recording studio. Sound City is the studio that brought amazing albums from fleetwood mac to nirvana and this is the story of how it all happened
13. Whiplash (2014)
R | 106 min | Drama, Music
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.
Votes: 636,836 | Gross: $13.09M
Great story of a young drummer being musically trained by a very over the top teacher. This movie is just perfectly executed and the final part is pulsating
14. Quadrophenia (1979)
R | 120 min | Drama, Music
Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding and drugs, only to be disappointed.
Film about mods and the soundtrack is the Who. No more explanation necessary
15. Woodstock (1970)
R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music
The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.
Votes: 15,099 | Gross: $50.00M
I have always been fascinated by this festival and incredibly envious of anyone who was there. As a massive fan of 60's music, this seemed to me the pinnacle of that era of peace and love. This documentary really immerses you into how it was. And sadly its as close as many of us will get to a experience like this
16. Duets (2000)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A professional karaoke hustler reconnects with his daughter and a bored suburban businessman turns outlaw karaoke singer, among other plotlines.
Votes: 8,867 | Gross: $4.73M
Bit of a guilty pleasure this one, But i love it. Huey Lewis is awesome in it, and the acapella version of freebird by Andre Braugher is stunning
17. Detroit Rock City (1999)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Music
In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert.
Votes: 33,862 | Gross: $4.22M
Comedy about a group of young rock fans go to a KISS Concert, its pretty funny and if you were ever young and dumb and tried to sneak into anything, a lot of this will be right up your street
18. Wayne's World (1992)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Music
Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.
Votes: 135,370 | Gross: $121.70M
Comedy at its best. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey absolutely nail the roles of Wayne and Garth, two young metalheads with their own local TV show, also look out for the great fake band Crucial Taunt
19. Wayne's World 2 (1993)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Music
The inseparable duo try to organize a rock concert while Wayne must fend off a record producer who has an eye for his girlfriend.
Votes: 72,924 | Gross: $48.20M
Wayne and Garth's second outing and in this one they create Waynestock. Tonnes of brilliant music and funny quotes are plenty. Chances are even if you haven't seen this film, you have heard many lines from it
20. Straight Outta Compton (2015)
R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History
The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
Votes: 167,945 | Gross: $161.20M
Although most of my list will feature rock as that is my favourite area of music. In my early teens i absolutely adored rap, NWA and Wu-Tang Clan were as big for me as Metallica, I never really bothered learning the stories back then of how these groups came to be. And so this film took me right back to those early teens and gave me the education, the soundtrack is absolutely fantastic too
21. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
I have to applaud this documentary as it really did confirm for me how good Nirvana and Cobain actually were. I found myself as a young dumb metal head dismissing them most of the time and scoffed when people would tell me of the genius they were. But i have to say i couldn't stop listening to them after i watched this. And i think i finally get what people were on about all those years ago
22. Ray (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
Votes: 129,427 | Gross: $75.33M
The incredible story of Ray Charles. Perhaps predictably this has a stunning soundtrack right the way through it. But also tells a great story of a great legend in music
23. Pirate Radio (2009)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves.
Votes: 103,483 | Gross: $7.99M
Another guilty pleasure but this deserves to be in the best music films for me by sheer strength of the soundtrack alone
24. Let It Be (1969)
G | 81 min | Documentary, Music
The filmed account of The Beatles' attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.
A very interesting look at how one of the greatest songwriting units in music come to write their songs. This also has the iconic performance atop to apple buildings as well. A must watch for anyone who loves the Beatles
25. Empire Records (1995)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
24 hours in the lives of the young employees at Empire Records when they all grow up and become young adults thanks to each other and the manager. They all face the store joining a chain store with strict rules.
Votes: 46,313 | Gross: $0.30M
This focuses on an independent record store, again the soundtrack really does need a mention. And this may be a cheesy teen comedy in essence but it makes you pine for the days were these kind of stores were essential before the modern era of all music is available through your laptop
26. Sing Street (2016)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.
Votes: 76,766 | Gross: $3.24M