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 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
 
3.
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
 
4.
Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Live in Texas (2011 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
10.
Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
11.
Jimi Hendrix (1973 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
12.
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
13.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
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
“ We're all going to hell for the songs we sing. ” - classicsoncall
 
15.
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
 
16.
Johnny Cash: American Rebel (2015 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Documentary that explains about the life of one of Country Music's most famous musicians, Johnny Cash.
“ You mention Elvis, you mention the Beatles, you gotta mention Johnny Cash - Eric Church ” - classicsoncall
 
17.
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
18.
Ray (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
David Bowie: Five Years (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
21.
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
 
22.
Lightning in a Bottle (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
23.
The Song Remains the Same (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with lived music, a bizarre fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band. (137 mins.)
“ This is the mystery of the quotient... ” - classicsoncall
 
24.
Elvis on Tour (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Concert footage and offstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley. (93 mins.)
“ I've never gotten over what they call stage fright - Elvis Presley ” - classicsoncall
 
25.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
26.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
27.
A Well Spent Life (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
28.
This Is Elvis (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised... (101 mins.)
“ "This is a real decent fine boy." - Ed Sullivan describing Elvis Presley ” - classicsoncall
 
29.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The life story of Louisa May Alcott based on her writings as well as those of family, friends and associates. (90 mins.)
“ I wanted to be the complete thing: businessman, entrepreneur and artist - James Brown ” - classicsoncall
 
30.
Glass Spider (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
31.
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
32.
Leadbelly (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
33.
The Doors (1991)
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The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band 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
 
34.
Shine a Light (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
35.
In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
36.
Cadillac Records (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. (109 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
“ He just integrated the airwaves. ” - classicsoncall
 
37.
I'm Not There. (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
38.
The Rose (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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
 
39.
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
 
40.
Jersey Boys (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
41.
Beyond the Sea (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
42.
Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story of the country and western singer Hank Williams. (99 mins.)
Director: Gene Nelson
“ Brace yourselves. Here comes the entertainment. ” - classicsoncall
 
43.
Tommy (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
44.
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
 
45.
The Last Ride (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
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
 
46.
Masked and Anonymous (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
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
 
47.
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
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
 
48.
Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classics: The 60s (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/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