Heavy Metal Documentaries

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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink. (141 mins.)
 
2.
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Documentary)
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A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert (17 mins.)
 
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Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005 Documentary)
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An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion. (96 mins.)
 
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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style. (107 mins.)
 
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Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 Documentary)
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A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band's front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans. (112 mins.)
 
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Global Metal (2008 Documentary)
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A continued examination of the heavy metal subculture focusing on the adaptation and performance of heavy metal in various global communities, and how the increased import of Western cultural forms has impacted new global markets. (93 mins.)
 
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Metal Evolution (2011 TV Series)
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Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper...
 
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Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
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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. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
 
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Black Metal Satanica (2008 Documentary)
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A look at the music genre Black Metal, containing interviews with bands such as Watain, Ondskapt, Mordichrist and many more. (80 mins.)
Director: Mats Lundberg
 
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Classic Albums: Judas Priest - British Steel (2001 Documentary)
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Judas Priest and producer Tom Allom talk about the creation of this classic heavy-metal album, it's naming and the recording process. There are video clips and a few live shots. (110 mins.)
Director: Tim Kirkby
 
11.
Mötley Crüe: Lewd Crüed & Tattooed (2001 Documentary)
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(96 mins.)
Director: Dave Diomedi
 
12.
Lemmy (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister. (116 mins.)
 
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Motörhead - 25 & Alive: Boneshaker (2001 Documentary)
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(180 mins.)
Director: Vanessa Warwick
 
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Motörhead - Stage Fright (2005 Documentary)
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(240 mins.)
Director: Sven Offen
 
15.
Until the Light Takes Us (2008 Documentary)
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Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson. (93 mins.)
 
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Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal (2006 Documentary)
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The GET THRASHED journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica and several other bands laid the groundwork... (100 mins.)
Director: Rick Ernst
 
17.
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007 Documentary)
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In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi... (84 mins.)
 
18.
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988 Documentary)
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Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s. (93 mins.)
 
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Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life (2006 Documentary)
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This documentary is a considered look at the continuing story of Metal, in the words of the people that make it...
Director: Dick Carruthers
 
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Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (1992 Documentary)
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Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives... (60 mins.)
 
21.
VH1's Heavy: The Story of Metal (2006 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Mike Warren
 
22.
Black Metal: A Documentary (2007 Documentary)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Bill Zebub
 
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Heavy Metal Britannia (2010 Documentary)
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Tracing the roots of Heavy Metal music within the UK. (90 mins.)
Director: Chris Rodley