Music Movies

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1.
The Last Waltz (1978 Documentary)
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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
2.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
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Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
3.
Crossroads (1986)
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Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born. (99 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ One of my favourite movies. Mainly because of the constant tension between the two main characters, the great use of blues folklore, and the great music by Ry Cooder, this is a must see for any blues lover. ” - ArowanaW
 
4.
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987 Documentary)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
5.
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
“ This movie shows how Ritchie Valens, a completely normal kid, uses his love for playing guitar and singing to become a star out of nowhere. I loved the paradox between the innocence of Ritchie himself and the way he would act with his brother. There's some great music in here as well, early rock and roll covers of many songs. ” - ArowanaW
 
6.
The Commitments (1991)
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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house. (118 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
7.
Empire Records (1995)
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The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain. (90 mins.)
Director: Allan Moyle
 
8.
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996 Documentary)
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Originally filmed in December 1968, "The Rock and Roll Circus" was originally intended to be released as a television special... (65 mins.)
 
9.
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
“ About a kid who gets to follow his dream and tour with rock bands to write about them. Apart from a nice refreshing look of the music business, I like this film the best because of the friendship and problems between the boy and the guitarist of the band he is touring with. ” - ArowanaW
 
10.
High Fidelity (2000)
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Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
11.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006 Documentary)
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A film shot over during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. (103 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
16.
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
 
17.
Control (2007)
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A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23. (122 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
 
18.
It Might Get Loud (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White. (98 mins.)
 
19.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
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High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
 
20.
Soul Power (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. (92 mins.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
 
23.
Still Bill (2009 Documentary)
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A portrait of soul legend Bill Withers. (78 mins.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
The Doors: When You're Strange (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
 
26.
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
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A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater. (109 mins.)
 
27.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
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A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve Pink
 
28.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
29.
SoulBoy (2010)
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A coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s Northern Soul underground music scene. (80 mins.)
Director: Shimmy Marcus
 
30.
Stones in Exile (2010 Documentary)
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A look at the creation and impact of the 1972 Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St." (61 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kijak
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
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