The Best Rock Movies

by SweetHotAngel | created - 02 Jan 2011 | updated - 02 Jan 2011 | Public

These aren't movies about rock. These are movies of rock. I've listed them in chronological order, which means some concert films are ordered by the concert date, not the film's date.

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1. Mister Rock and Roll (1957)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Musical

5.5
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The saga of how Alan Freed discovered rock and roll. The new musical sounds are traced back to their roots in jazz, blues and gospel. Appearances by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, Lionel Hampton.

Director: Charles S. Dubin | Stars: Alan Freed, Teddy Randazzo, Lois O'Brien, Rocky Graziano

Votes: 62

2. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.7
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96 Metascore

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 34,084 | Gross: $13.78M

3. Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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77 Metascore

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald

Votes: 2,711 | Gross: $0.00M

4. Gimme Shelter (1970)

R | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

7.9
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80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,041 | Gross: $0.25M

5. Let It Be (1970)

G | 81 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 4,473

6. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 13,691 | Gross: $50.00M

7. Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival (1996)

127 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.7
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In August 1970 600,000 fans flocked to the Isle of Wight to witness the third and final festival to be held on the island. Besides the music, they also got a look at the greed, cynicism and... See full summary »

Director: Murray Lerner | Stars: Ian Anderson, Joan Baez, Martin Barre, John Bonham

Votes: 479

8. Fillmore (1972)

R | 105 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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A dozen rock groups are shown playing concerts in 1972.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Bill Graham, Marty Balin, Elvin Bishop, Ed Bogas

Votes: 92

9. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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58 Metascore

The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy From... See full summary »

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansey

Votes: 2,216 | Gross: $0.16M

10. The Song Remains the Same (1976)

PG | 137 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.

Directors: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot | Stars: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham

Votes: 6,640

11. The Blank Generation (1976)

55 min | Documentary, Music

6.2
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The cream of New York new wave/punk filmed live at CBGB's when the scene was just beginning. Includes performances by Patti Smith, Blondie, Television, the Ramones, Talking Heads, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Ivan Král, Amos Poe | Stars: Blondie, Jayne County, Jay Dee Daugherty, Debbie Harry

Votes: 192

12. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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88 Metascore

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Van Morrison

Votes: 13,668 | Gross: $0.32M

13. Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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Documentary covering Neil Young's October 22, 1978 concert performance at the Cow Palace.

Director: Neil Young | Stars: Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro, Billy Talbot

Votes: 813

14. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 9,360 | Gross: $4.98M

15. Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

PG | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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This documentary movie covers two concerts at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, and also discusses his life and career.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Ingrid Berry

Votes: 1,070 | Gross: $0.72M

16. Varázslat - Queen Budapesten (1987)

90 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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On 27th July 1986, British stadium rock band Queen broke new ground by playing for the first time in Hungary, a country which was still under a communist dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain.

Director: János Zsombolyai | Stars: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Queen

Votes: 665

17. U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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A documentary of Irish rock group U2's Fall 1987 tour of North America.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 5,270 | Gross: $8.60M

18. 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.5
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David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The ... See full summary »

Director: David Markey | Stars: Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley

Votes: 1,168

19. For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow (1992)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Music

9.0
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Director: Wayne Isham | Stars: AC/DC, Phil Anselmo, The Black Crowes, Rex Brown

Votes: 186

20. Hype! (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.7
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Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament

Votes: 2,020 | Gross: $0.27M