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Rock 'n roll will never die. Here's a list of films that give us the story of rock 'n roll, listed in chronological order of the subject of the films.
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1.
Cadillac Records (2008)
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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. (109 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
 
2.
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
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The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. (108 mins.)
Director: Jim McBride
 
3.
La Bamba (1987)
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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (108 mins.)
Director: Luis Valdez
 
4.
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
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The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death. (114 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
 
5.
American Hot Wax (1978)
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The story of Alan Freed, the pioneering disc jockey who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s. (91 mins.)
Director: Floyd Mutrux
 
6.
Walk the Line (2005)
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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. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
7.
Ray (2004)
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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. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
8.
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner. (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
 
9.
Grace of My Heart (1996)
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An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers... (116 mins.)
Director: Allison Anders
 
10.
Backbeat (1994)
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A dramatization of the Hamburg, Germany phase of The Beatles' early history. (100 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
11.
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
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Six teenagers from New Jersey run off to go to a Beatles concert to meet their idols, despite not having tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
12.
Dreamgirls (2006)
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A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way. (130 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
13.
I'm Not There. (2007)
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Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work. (135 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
14.
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
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A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader - Eddie Wilson - may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album. (95 mins.)
Director: Martin Davidson
 
15.
That Thing You Do! (1996)
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A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
 
16.
Pirate Radio (2009)
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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. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
 
17.
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000 TV Movie)
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The story of the Pre-Fab Four and their fight to be taken seriously as musicians. (92 mins.)
Director: Neill Fearnley
 
18.
The Doors (1991)
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The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. (140 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
19.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
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Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend. (96 mins.)
Director: Jake Kasdan
 
20.
American Pop (1981)
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The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century. (96 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
 
21.
Stoned (2005)
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A chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after being let go from the band. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Woolley
 
22.
Across the Universe (2007)
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The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (133 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
23.
Taking Woodstock (2009)
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A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
24.
The Rose (1979)
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The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager. (125 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
25.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. (118 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
26.
Almost Famous (2000)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
27.
A Star Is Born (1976)
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A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. (139 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
28.
The Runaways (2010)
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored. (106 mins.)
 
29.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
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The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed. (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
30.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. (117 mins.)
 
31.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)
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After her mother's death, teenager Corinne Burns forms a punk band with her sister and cousin, despite their lack of musical experience and talent. (87 mins.)
Director: Lou Adler
 
32.
Music and Lyrics (2007)
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A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words. (96 mins.)
Director: Marc Lawrence
 
33.
Krush Groove (1985)
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In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages... (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
 
34.
Breakin' (1984)
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A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds. (90 mins.)
Director: Joel Silberg
 
35.
Beat Street (1984)
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An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture. (105 mins.)
Director: Stan Lathan
 
36.
Purple Rain (1984)
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A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise. (111 mins.)
Director: Albert Magnoli
 
37.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
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Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
38.
SLC Punk! (1998)
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In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City. (97 mins.)
Director: James Merendino
 
39.
Thunder Alley (1985)
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A group of friends start a rock band, but as they start their rise in the music world, they get mixed up with drugs. (111 mins.)
Director: J.S. Cardone
 
40.
Killing Bono (2011)
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Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world. (114 mins.)
Director: Nick Hamm
 
41.
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)
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A Montreal construction worker joins a band and turns out to be a long-lost rock star from 1960s New Jersey - none other than Eddie Wilson, who mysteriously disappeared after a road accident. (104 mins.)
 
42.
Rock Star (2001)
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Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes. (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
43.
Singles (1992)
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A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle. (99 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
44.
Last Days (2005)
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A Seattle musician's life and career are reminiscent to those of Kurt Cobain. (97 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
45.
CB4 (1993)
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A "rapumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4"... (89 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
 
46.
Airheads (1994)
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Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ refuses to play them. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
 
47.
8 Mile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
48.
Notorious (2009)
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The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm. (122 mins.)
 
49.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
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A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. (95 mins.)
 
50.
School of Rock (2003)
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After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. (108 mins.)
 
51.
Hustle & Flow (2005)
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With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee. (116 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
 
52.
The Rocker (2008)
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The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman... (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
 
53.
Bandslam (2009)
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A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band -- together, they achieve their dreams and compete against the best in the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands. (111 mins.)
Director: Todd Graff