Heavy Metal Documentaries

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1. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | 141 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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74 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo

Votes: 14,959 | Gross: $1.22M

2. Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Video)

Not Rated | 17 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert

Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik

Votes: 1,020

3. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

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73 Metascore

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.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 10,594

4. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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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.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Trent Reznor

Votes: 3,350

5. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)

112 min | Documentary, Music

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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.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Iron Maiden, Vinny Appice, Pat Cash, Bruce Dickinson

Votes: 4,727

6. Global Metal (2008)

93 min | Documentary, Music

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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.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Tom Araya, Ken Ayugai, Rafael Bittencourt, Max Cavalera

Votes: 4,090

7. Metal Evolution (2011–2014)

Documentary

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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, Slash, Lemmy, Rob Zombie, members of ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Dunn, Scott Ian, Bruce Dickinson, Deena Weinstein

Votes: 1,822

8. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 14,171 | Gross: $0.67M

9. Black Metal Satanica (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | 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.

Director: Mats Lundberg | Stars: Bjørn Almar, Niklas Kvarforth, Mordichrist, Shining

Votes: 235

10. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Judas Priest - British Steel (2001)

E | 110 min | Documentary, Music

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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.

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Rob Halford, Tom Allom, K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton

Votes: 135

11. Mötley Crüe: Lewd Crüed & Tattooed (2001 Video)

96 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Dave Diomedi | Stars: Randy Castillo, Ron Jeremy, Samantha Maloney, Mick Mars

Votes: 57

12. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 6,696

13. Motörhead - 25 & Alive: Boneshaker (2001 Video)

180 min | Music, Documentary

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Director: Vanessa Warwick | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Fast Eddie Clarke

Votes: 80

14. Motörhead - Stage Fright (2005 Video)

240 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Sven Offen | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Carmine Appice

Votes: 20

15. Until the Light Takes Us (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

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54 Metascore

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.

Directors: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell | Stars: Fenriz, Varg Vikernes, Euronymous, Hellhammer

Votes: 4,102 | Gross: $0.12M

16. Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

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The GET THRASHED journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica and several other bands laid the groundwork for what would become a lasting impression on the face of heavy metal music. ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Ernst | Stars: Death Angel, Tom Angelripper, Phil Anselmo, Tom Araya

Votes: 1,258

17. Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Music, War

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In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, ... See full summary »

Directors: Suroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti | Stars: Firas Al-Lateef, Suroosh Alvi, Marwan Reyad, Faisal Talal

Votes: 1,046

18. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

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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.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper

Votes: 2,619 | Gross: $0.37M

19. Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life (2006 Video)

115 min | 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, live it, breathe it and keep it vital. The Bands. The Fans, The Producers, ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Carruthers | Stars: Ritchie Blackmore, Graham Bonnet, Geezer Butler, David Coverdale

Votes: 292

20. Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (1992)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

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Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band... See full summary »

Director: David Van Taylor | Stars: K.K. Downing, Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Glenn Tipton

Votes: 251

21. VH1's Heavy: The Story of Metal (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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Director: Michael John Warren | Stars: Sebastian Bach, Frankie Banali, Geezer Butler, Malcolm Dome

Votes: 281

22. Black Metal: A Documentary (2007 Video)

91 min | Documentary

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Director: Bill Zebub | Stars: Cronos, Enslaved, Fenriz, Celtic Frost

Votes: 83

23. Heavy Metal Britannia (2010 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Music

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Tracing the roots of Heavy Metal music within the UK.

Director: Chris Rodley | Stars: Black Sabbath, Ritchie Blackmore, Budgie, Biff Byford

Votes: 135