Concert and Music Movies I've Reviewed on IMDb

This is a list of films I've watched and reviewed on the IMDb with music as a theme. They include biographical films and concert movies, arranged in IMDb ranking order.
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1.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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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. (90 mins.)
“ "He was in his way, a dynamic performer" - Harold Leventhal, Folk Manager/Concert Promoter ” - classicsoncall
 
2.
The True History of the Traveling Wilburys (2007 Documentary)
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Spring, 1988: George Harrison asks Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty to spend a day in the studio at Bob Dylan's L.A... (25 mins.)
Director: Willy Smax
“ The thing happened, completely, as if by magic... - George Harrison ” - classicsoncall
 
3.
The Temptations (1998 TV Series)
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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations. (175 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
“ But I'm a singer now. That's just the way it is. ” - classicsoncall
 
4.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
“ Thanks for keeping me alive - Sixto Rodriguez ” - classicsoncall
 
5.
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (1993 Documentary)
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On October 16, 1992, an impressive and eclectic group of artists gathered at Madison Square Garden in... (204 mins.)
Director: Gavin Taylor
“ I'm just a guitar player. That's all. - Bob Dylan ” - classicsoncall
 
6.
The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995 TV Series)
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The history of rock n' roll and pop music are explored are explored via interviews and footage of well-known music stars.
“ Ladies and Gentlemen, Rock 'n' Roll! ” - classicsoncall
 
7.
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
“ It's where the music would take you. ” - classicsoncall
 
8.
Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise (2007 Documentary)
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Meat Loaf, the legendary rocker, reveals surprising shades of himself -- and his internal demons -- as he sets out on an ambitious world tour. (88 mins.)
“ It's not about that, it's about here and now. ” - classicsoncall
 
9.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
“ It's a free concert from now on. ” - classicsoncall
 
10.
Monterey Pop (1968 Documentary)
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A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival. (78 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
“ This is the love crowd, right? - Otis Redding ” - classicsoncall
 
11.
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Live in Texas (2011 Video)
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The Roling Stones 1978 tour of the USA in support of that year's "Some Girls" album is considered by some fans to be one of their very best... (82 mins.)
“ Look at me, I'm shattered! ” - classicsoncall
 
12.
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. (95 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Thought ya might like to, might like to, go to the show... ” - classicsoncall
 
13.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
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Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ What do you say? Let's boogie. ” - classicsoncall
 
14.
Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970 Documentary)
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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley. (97 mins.)
Director: Denis Sanders
“ If the songs don't go over, we can do a medley of costumes. ” - classicsoncall
 
15.
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014 Documentary)
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As he struggles with Alzheimer's disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe. (116 mins.)
Director: James Keach
“ "I have cried and I have laughed, and laughing is a hell of a lot better" - Glen Campbell ” - classicsoncall
 
16.
Jimi Hendrix (1973 Documentary)
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This documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix's untimely death. At the time it was an example of how a visual biography should be done... (98 mins.)
Director: Joe Boyd, John Head
“ 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky. ” - classicsoncall
 
17.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
“ Why are we fighting? Why are we fighting? ” - classicsoncall
 
18.
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
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The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. (147 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
“ Even a great talent can crash and burn. ” - classicsoncall
 
19.
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
“ We're all going to hell for the songs we sing. ” - classicsoncall
 
20.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016 Documentary)
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A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966. (106 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Playing was the most important thing". - Ringo Starr ” - classicsoncall
 
21.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Justman
“ Without them, there really wouldn't be a Motown - Paul Riser ” - classicsoncall
 
22.
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
“ Keep me searching for a heart of gold. ” - classicsoncall
 
23.
David Bowie: Five Years (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie's career. (60 mins.)
Director: Francis Whately
“ ...there is no definitive David Bowie. ” - classicsoncall
 
24.
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
“ I'm gonna make it do what it do, baby...Yeah! ” - classicsoncall
 
25.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ ...and I've been workin' like a dog. ” - classicsoncall
 
26.
The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1970 Documentary)
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A portrait of the great Texas bluesman, 'Lightnin' Hopkins. The film includes interviews and a performance by Hopkins. (31 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
“ If you ever have the blues, remember what I say, you can always say it with the heart, and that's the blues - Lightnin' Hopkins ” - classicsoncall
 
27.
Festival (1967 Documentary)
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Black and white footage of performances, interviews, and conversations at the Newport Folk Festival... (95 mins.)
Director: Murray Lerner
“ All through the ages, you'll find people hung up on makin' music." ” - classicsoncall
 
28.
Lightning in a Bottle (2004 Documentary)
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Antoine Fuqua's documentary on the blues, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (103 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ So long as there's juice and pain, we got the blues. ” - classicsoncall
 
29.
Johnny Cash: American Rebel (2015 Documentary)
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Documentary that explains about the life of one of Country Music's most famous musicians, Johnny Cash. (86 mins.)
“ You mention Elvis, you mention the Beatles, you gotta mention Johnny Cash - Eric Church ” - classicsoncall
 
30.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
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Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
“ I must sing..., I have no choice. ” - classicsoncall
 
31.
The Song Remains the Same (1976 Documentary)
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A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band. (137 mins.)
“ This is the mystery of the quotient... ” - classicsoncall
 
32.
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016 Documentary)
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The film explores the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane and reveals the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds. (99 mins.)
Director: John Scheinfeld
“ "His sound is the sound of life, and the sound of love". - Carlos Santana on John Coltrane ” - classicsoncall
 
33.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973 Documentary)
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The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars... (90 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
“ For the last time..., David Bowie. ” - classicsoncall
 
34.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
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Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. (124 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Loretta, I like the way you sing. ” - classicsoncall
 
35.
Elvis on Tour (1972 Documentary)
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Concert footage and offstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley. (93 mins.)
“ I've never gotten over what they call stage fright - Elvis Presley ” - classicsoncall
 
36.
This Is Elvis (1981)
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The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death. (101 mins.)
“ "This is a real decent fine boy." - Ed Sullivan describing Elvis Presley ” - classicsoncall
 
37.
A Well Spent Life (1972 Documentary)
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A deeply moving tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time. (44 mins.)
“ I say y'all never gonna find another man like me - Mance Lipscomb ” - classicsoncall
 
38.
Crossfire Hurricane (2012 Documentary)
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Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones mark their 50th year together. (111 mins.)
Director: Brett Morgen
“ It's almost a fairy story, you know? - Keith Richards ” - classicsoncall
 
39.
Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul (2017 Documentary)
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The story of singer Joe Cocker is told through archive footage and interviews for close associates. (90 mins.)
Director: John Edginton
“ "This guy is at the heart of what he sings." - Jimmy Webb ” - classicsoncall
 
40.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising... (90 mins.)
“ I wanted to be the complete thing: businessman, entrepreneur and artist - James Brown ” - classicsoncall
 
41.
Help! (1965)
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Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Lovely lads, and so natural! ” - classicsoncall
 
42.
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
“ Don't kill that cricket. It's bad luck. ” - classicsoncall
 
43.
Glass Spider (1988 Documentary)
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David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour show, held in November 1987 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia. (104 mins.)
Director: David Mallet
“ Time is waiting in the wings... ” - classicsoncall
 
44.
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
“ You got a problem with doors? - Pamela Courson ” - classicsoncall
 
45.
Leadbelly (1976)
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The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s... (126 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parks
“ A song's got to fly free, like butterflies. ” - classicsoncall
 
46.
Shine a Light (2008 Documentary)
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A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ He might catch on fire! ” - classicsoncall
 
47.
Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A portrait of Keith Richards that takes us on a journey to discover the genesis of his sound as a songwriter, guitarist and performer. (81 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
“ For me, music is like the center of everything - Keith Richards ” - classicsoncall
 
48.
Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classics: The 60s (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Selection of some of the greatest rock and pop music performances of the 1960s from "The Ed Sullivan Show". (60 mins.)
“ And now, right here on our stage... ” - classicsoncall
 
49.
In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984 Documentary)
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A portrait of the life, culture and food surrounding the lovers of Polka music. The title is taken from an old Polka standard. Stars of the Polka world are highlighted. (51 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
“ Polka People are Happy People! ” - classicsoncall
 
50.
Cadillac Records (2008)
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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. (109 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
“ He just integrated the airwaves. ” - classicsoncall
 
51.
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
“ My only real plan is to become a singer... ” - classicsoncall
 
52.
The Rose (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ Rose, you're one of the best singer-ladies in the history of the world, pure and simple. Don't f... it up! ” - classicsoncall
 
53.
Get on Up (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. (139 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
“ I'm James Brown, and I made a difference. ” - classicsoncall
 
54.
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
“ The night Eddie died, the Cruisers died with him. ” - classicsoncall
 
55.
Jersey Boys (2014)
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The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ A voice like yours, it's a gift from God. ” - classicsoncall
 
56.
Beyond the Sea (2004)
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A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin (Spacey) specifically, and his relationship with his wife Sandra Dee (Bosworth). (118 mins.)
Director: Kevin Spacey
“ When the delivery guy knows me, then I'm something! ” - classicsoncall
 
57.
Head (1968)
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The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff. (86 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ Hey, hey, we are the Monkees, we've said it all before... ” - classicsoncall
 
58.
Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
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The story of the country and western singer Hank Williams. (99 mins.)
Director: Gene Nelson
“ Brace yourselves. Here comes the entertainment. ” - classicsoncall
 
59.
Tommy (1975)
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A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ That deaf, dumb and blind kid, sure plays a mean pin ball. ” - classicsoncall
 
60.
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
“ It's the devil's music. I can feel it! ” - classicsoncall
 
61.
Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
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Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick. (119 mins.)
“ It's not enough to love somebody. They have to love you back. ” - classicsoncall
 
62.
The Unseen Beatles (2008 Documentary)
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The Beatles. Their story is told for the very first time using original rare film and video of the band...
“ Their job was being a Beatle. ” - classicsoncall
 
63.
The Last Ride (2011)
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At the end of 1952, with the best years of Hank Williams's career behind him, he hires a local kid to drive him through the Appalachian countryside for a pair of New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio. (102 mins.)
Director: Harry Thomason
“ What do you dream about? ” - classicsoncall
 
64.
Inside John Lennon (2003 Documentary)
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INSIDE JOHN LENNON is an intimate account of the life and career of the most controversial Beatle. From... (80 mins.)
“ All you need is love. ” - classicsoncall
 
65.
Hendrix (2000 TV Movie)
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Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant... (100 mins.)
Director: Leon Ichaso
“ You're the monster guitar that can pull it off, right? ” - classicsoncall
 
66.
Masked and Anonymous (2003)
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A singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert. (112 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ It's gonna be a patriotic rhapsody, Jack! ” - classicsoncall
 
67.
Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Combining footage from interviews with the late great David Bowie and contributions from those who knew him personally, this documentary celebrates the illustrious life of one of the greatest artists to ever grace the stage. (85 mins.)
Director: Sonia Anderson
“ "I do the art, and then I try to sell it." - David Bowie ” - classicsoncall
 
68.
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
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A young teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance... (85 mins.)
Director: Will Price
“ Remember what I told you about 'You know who'. ” - classicsoncall
 
69.
Beatles: Their Golden Age (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
From humble beginnings in Liverpool to dizzying fame across the world, The Beatles left their mark not only in music but in living history... (60 mins.)
“ The Fab Four did indeed, become bigger than Elvis. ” - classicsoncall