Best Music Films

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1. U2: Under a Blood Red Sky (1983)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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U2 perform a live concert at Red Rocks.

Director: Gavin Taylor | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 712

This is the year that U2 arrived in America - Just a bunch of boys - with really killer songs...

2. The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)

123 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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Surf pop duo, Jan and Dean host this showcase of performances by well-known Rock, R&B, and pop stars of the era.

Director: Steve Binder | Stars: The Beach Boys, The Barbarians, Chuck Berry, The Blossoms

Votes: 543

a time in history - just before the California Sound took over.

3. 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: 4,508

4. 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: 2,762 | Gross: $0.00M

A really great concert - but they only show one or two songs per performer.

5. Jimi Plays Monterey (1986)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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Jimi Hendrix's landmark concert in Monterey County Fairgrounds in California in which he plays signature songs like "Purp;e Haze," "Foxy Lady," and "Wild Thing."

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, John Phillips

Votes: 796

This was a great concert, but if you want to see Jimi's full performance, you'll need to purchase this disc. and it has Otis!!!!

6. Nirvana: Live at the Paramount (2011)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Music

8.7
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On Halloween 1991, Nirvana played live at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. Songs from both albums, "Bleach" and "Nevermind", were performed.

Director: Mark Racco | Stars: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Nirvana, Krist Novoselic

Votes: 740

At their peak in 91 - playing to a home-town audience. It was all down hill after that.

7. Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock (I) (1999 Video)

57 min | Documentary, Music

8.7
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Directors: Chris Hegedus, Erez Laufer | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell, Larry Lee

Votes: 470

8. Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight (1991)

56 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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Director: Murray Lerner | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell

Votes: 304

9. Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 1970 (1998 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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This is the film of The Who's appearance at the third (and final) Isle of Wight festival in 1970. This is regarded as the band's finest performance.

Director: Murray Lerner | Stars: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend

Votes: 450

10. Smashing Pumpkins: Vieuphoria (1994 Video)

90 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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Vieuphoria is a long form music movie. It stars the smashing pumpkins as the main characters. It shows live shows, and skits including "meet the frogs".

Director: Modi | Stars: Jimmy Chamberlin, Billy Corgan, James Iha, Butch Vig

Votes: 408

Great footage of the gang beiing themselves.

11. Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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Directors: Evan Bernard, Adam Bernstein, Tamra Davis, Spike Jonze, Ari Marcopoulos, David Perez Shadi, Adam Yauch | Stars: Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, Mike D, Beastie Boys

Votes: 952

12. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live at Slane Castle (2003 Video)

102 min | Documentary, Music

9.0
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Live at Slane Castle is a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert video released in 2003, two years after the release of their last concert DVD, Off the Map. The concert taped was their second show ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Wickham | Stars: Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Votes: 971

Don't let the crappy box fool you - this is the best view of RHCP out there!!

13. The Doors: Live in Europe 1968 (1991 Video)

58 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane introduce concert footage of The Doors' 1968 European tour.

Directors: Paul Justman, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore | Stars: Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore

Votes: 301

14. The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1987 Video)

62 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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A 1968 concert given by the rock group The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.

Director: Ray Manzarek | Stars: Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore

Votes: 554

15. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, B.J. Rolfzen, Dick Kangas, Liam Clancy

Votes: 10,278

16. Tommy (1975)

PG | 111 min | Drama, Musical

6.6
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A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John

Votes: 16,649 | Gross: $34.25M

17. Quadrophenia (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music

7.3
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79 Metascore

Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding, and drugs only to be disappointed.

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett

Votes: 14,400

18. Renaldo and Clara (1978)

R | 235 min | Drama

6.5
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This epic is a mass amalgamation of three separate film-types that is, contrary to popular opinion, coherent and a unified whole. Bob Dylan is shown in concert, often masked, during the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Dylan | Stars: Bob Dylan, Sara Dylan, Joan Baez, Ronnie Hawkins

Votes: 424

19. 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: 9,101 | Gross: $0.25M

20. U2: Elevation 2001 Live from Boston (2001 Video)

Unrated | Documentary, Music

8.6
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A concert film which captures Bono and the U2 boys live in Boston June 6, 2001. The film is an interactive experience which lets the viewer dictate different perspectives and angles of ... See full summary »

Director: Hamish Hamilton | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 1,250

21. U2: Zoo TV Live from Sydney (1994)

118 min | Documentary, Music

8.8
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U2 perform live in Sydney, Australia in 1993 on the fifth leg of their iconic Zoo TV Tour.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 869

22. The Harder They Come (1972)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.0
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Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Director: Perry Henzell | Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman

Votes: 4,561

23. Korn: Deuce (2002 Video)

150 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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Directors: Nathan 'Karma' Cox, Todd McFarlane | Stars: Jonathan Davis, Fieldy, Ice Cube, Udo Kier

Votes: 259

If you purchase the DVD, it comes with a special disc of their last free concert at CBGBs in New York - That's a lot of equipment (and volume) for such a small venue - priceless...

24. 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: 34,375 | Gross: $13.78M

25. Help! (1965)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

7.3
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Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.

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

Votes: 14,788

26. Mad Season: Live at the Moore (1995 Video)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary

9.4
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The band featuring members of Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Screaming Trees performs live in concert at the Moore Theater in Seattle, Washington.

Director: Duncan Sharp | Stars: Layne Staley, Mike McCready, Barrett Martin, John Baker Saunders

Votes: 72

Sadly this is only on VHS. Might have to go out and get one...

27. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 323,476 | Gross: $22.20M

This is how it works = After the MGM Lion roars for the second time - start Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (Side 1) - Then sit back and enjoy the show. You can lookup "Dark Side of the Rainbow" in Wikipedia for more details, but it is pretty obvious.