Rock and Roll: The First 25 Yearsby joe_538 | created - 11 May 2013 | updated - 27 Mar 2014 | Public
Movies about and featuring rock and roll music 1955 - 1980. The early days, Elvis, the British invasion, the beach scene, Pop rock, and concert films.
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1. Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.
The first time an R&R song was heard in a mainstream movie.
3. Rock Around the Clock (1956)
Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Orchestra manager Steve Hollis realizes that big-band music is dead. People want something new, but what? On their way to New York, Steve and his companion Corny, stop at a motel in a small... See full summary »
Votes: 852 | Gross: $4.00M
Bill Haley & The Comets, The Platters, Freddie Bell & The Bellboys.
4. Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
Approved | 85 min | Drama, Music
A young teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance. This early rock and roll feature, the 3rd in a series of 5 ... See full summary »
Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Johnny Burnette, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, Jimmy Cavello and the House Rockers
5. Don't Knock the Rock (1956)
TV-G | 84 min | Music
A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.
Bill Haley & The Comets, The Treniers, Little Richard, Dave Apell & The Applejacks
6. The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Music
A gangster hires a down-and-out press agent to make his airheaded girlfriend a singing star.
Fats Domino, The Platters, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, The Treniers, Eddie Fontaine, Eddie Cochran
7. Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956)
72 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. It's now up to a disc jockey and a hipster to ... See full summary »
Fats Domino, Joe Turner, Choker Campbell & His Band
8. Rock, Pretty Baby (1956)
89 min | Comedy, Music
Jimmy Daley and Angelo Barrato are teenage members of a band who learn of a contest that they believe will bring them fame. Jimmy must fight the opposition of his father and his feelings for the lovely Joan.
9. Bop Girl Goes Calypso (1957)
Approved | 80 min | Musical
To prove his theory that rock and roll is on its way out, a sociologist tries to convince a "bop" singer to switch to calypso, much to the ire of her Hollywood nightclub manager.
10. Carnival Rock (1957)
Approved | 75 min | Drama, Romance
Christy runs a rock and roll nightclub on a carnival pier with his righ-hand-man Benny. Christy has a crush on the club's star, Natalie Cook, but she has eyes for Stanley, a local business ... See full summary »
The Platters, Bob Luman and his Shadows, David Houston, The Blockbusters.
12. Jamboree! (1957)
86 min | Musical
Pete Porter and Honey Wynn become overnight sensations as a romantic singing duo. But what will become of their budding love affair when their feuding, back-stabbing managers persuade them ... See full summary »
Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen, Carl Perkins, The Four Coins, Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords, Frankie Avalon.
14. Mister Rock and Roll (1957)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Musical
The saga of how Alan Freed discovered rock and roll. The new musical sounds are traced back to their roots in jazz, blues and gospel. Appearances by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, Lionel Hampton.
Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Clyde McPhatter, Teddy Randazzo, Little Richard, Brook Benton, The Moonglows.
15. Rock All Night (1957)
62 min | Crime, Music, Drama
Cloud Nine, the local teen hangout, has been taken over by a pair of escaped killers, who hold the local teens hostage. The bartender realizes it's up to him to save the kids.
The Platters, The Blockbusters
16. Rock Around the World (1957)
70 min | Biography, Drama, Music
This is the story of the early life and rise to fame of Tommy Steele. His manager wanted him to be a tough rock'n'roller and so challenge Elvis Presley but Tommy is too nice. He becomes ... See full summary »
17. Rock Baby - Rock It (1957)
84 min | Crime, Musical
Local Dallas teenagers resist attempts by shady underworld types to take over their beloved rock 'n' roll club. This rock 'n' roll-themed movie features top-notch rockabilly performances by... See full summary »
18. Rockabilly Baby (1957)
81 min | Musical
The mysterious Mrs. Eleanor Carter moves to Springfield with her two teen-age children Jimmy and Cathy. Eleanor makes friends with the town's social leader, Mrs. Wellington, who supports ... See full summary »
19. Untamed Youth (1957)
80 min | Drama
Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny-dip in a rural town. Local agricultural magnate Tropp is a sponsor for a ... See full summary »
Eddie Cochran, Mamie Van Doren
20. The Big Beat (1958)
81 min | Comedy, Musical
Young man just out of college tries to persuade his father, who owns a record company, to start signing up rock 'n' roll acts.
Fats Domino, The Dell Vikings, The Diamonds
21. Daddy-O (1958)
Approved | 74 min | Crime, Music, Mystery
Phil, a part-time truck driver and singer who wears his pants far too high, meets a feisty platinum blonde who challenges him to a drag race through Griffith Park. When he is caught and ... See full summary »
23. Let's Rock (1958)
79 min | Music
Singer's girlfriend helps him adjust to the new rock'n'roll music.
Paul Anka, Danny & The Juniors, The Royal Teens, The Tyrones.
24. Sing Boy Sing (1958)
90 min | Drama, Musical
Manager Joseph Sharkey discovers a naive Virgil Walker who has an incredible vocal talent. Sharkey takes Virgil away from his humble beginnings, changes his appearance and turns him into a nationwide singing sensation.
26. Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)
75 min | Musical
Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.
Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, Ritchie Valens, The Flamingos, Eddie Cochran, Jackie Wilson, Sandy Stewart, The Cadillacs, JoAnn Campbell
29. Juke Box Rhythm (1959)
81 min | Musical
While in New York to select her coronation wardrobe, Princess Ann is photographed dancing with Riff Manton, son of impoverished producer George Manton. A dress designer, Balenko, gives Riff... See full summary »
Johnny Otis, The Treniers, The Nitwits, The Earl Grant Trio.
30. Because They're Young (1960)
102 min | Drama
New high school teacher tries to help troubled students and falls in love with the principal's secretary.
Duane Eddy and the Rebels, James Darren.
31. G.I. Blues (1960)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Musical
Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.
Votes: 2,617 | Gross: $4.30M
32. Juke Box Racket (1960)
61 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Mario ('Peter Clune'), a gangster, takes the fifth amendment when being questioned by the Senate Sub Committee on his connection with racketeering within the juke box industry. While in a ... See full summary »
33. Where the Boys Are (1960)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves.
35. Hey, Let's Twist! (1961)
Not Rated | 79 min | Musical
The rise, fall and rise again of the Peppermint Lounge nightclub is chronicled. The sons of the Peppermint Lounge nightclub owner nearly topple the club's initial success by redesigning the place but realize their mistake.
Joey Dee & The Starlighters, Jo Ann Campbell, Teddy Randazzo,
36. Swingin' Along (1961)
74 min | Comedy
Ray Charles, Bobby Vee
37. Teenage Millionaire (1961)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Musical
A teenager whose father is a millionaire radio station owner secretly records a song and plays it on one of his father's stations. It becomes a hit. Then he falls in love with a girl who ... See full summary »
Jimmy Clanton, Jackie Wilson, Chubby Checker, Dion, Marv Johnson, Vicki Spencer, Bill Black's Combo
38. Twist Around the Clock (1961)
TV-G | 83 min | Musical
Not only is this written by the same screen writer who wrote the earlier "Rock Around the Clock", it uses the same exact lines.
Chubby Checker, Dion, The Marcels, Vicki Spencer
39. Don't Knock the Twist (1962)
86 min | Musical
Many twist dancers' meet in preparation for the TV variety show called "The Twist." While the special is still in the production stages, jealousies lead to problems - and a whole lot of dancing.
Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, Carroll Brothers, Linda Scott, The Dovells, Vic Dana.
40. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Musical
When he finds out his boss is retiring to Arizona, a sailor has to find a way to buy the Westwind, a boat that he and his father built. He is also caught between two women: insensitive club singer Robin and sweet Laurel.
Votes: 2,166 | Gross: $2.60M
41. Play It Cool (1962)
82 min | Drama, Musical
Stars Billy Fury (Britain's answer to Elvis Presley) and features cameos from some other stars from the sixties, with Bobby Vee, Helen Shapiro and Shane Fenton (better known as Alvin ... See full summary »
Bill Fury, Bobby Vee
42. Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! (1962)
Approved | 78 min | Musical, Comedy
The hero and heroine want to popularize a trad jazz in their town. Some older people feel displeased about a trad jazz, and prevent their trying. The hero and heroine go to London ... See full summary »
Chubby Checker, Gary U.S. Bonds, Gene Vincent, Brook Brothers, Gene McDaniels, Del Shannon
43. Some People (1962)
93 min | Drama, Musical
The story of three teenaged tearaways Johnnie, Bill and Bert who find themselves at odds with society. Following a brush with the law they have a chance meeting with a local choirmaster who offers them a way of making good.
44. Wild Guitar (1962)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall, Sr. (aka William Watters).
45. Beach Party (1963)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
"Beach Party" was the first of of a series of seven related AIP beach party films. The others are Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.
Frankie and Annette, Donna Loren, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
46. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Musical
A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.
Votes: 6,198 | Gross: $13.13M
47. It's All Over Town (1964)
Not Rated | 55 min | Musical
A fantastic musical romp through the West End of London in the company of Lance Percival and his fat friend, Willie Rushton. In HD.
The Springfields, The Bachelors, The Hollies
48. Just for Fun (1963)
72 min | Musical, Comedy
With an election approaching, the two major political parties in England work desperately to capture the enthusiasm of teenagers, who have been granted the right to vote. When the prime ... See full summary »
Bobby Vee, The Crickets, Freddie Cannon, Johnny Tillotson, Ketty Lester, The Tornados
49. Sing and Swing (1963)
75 min | Comedy, Musical
David Hemmings plays GPO rider with ambitions to be a pop star. He's joined by Joe Meek regular Heinz as well as Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. Look out for Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) ... See full summary »
Gene Vincent, The Outlaws, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen, Heinz Burt, Kim Roberts, Andy Cavell and The Saints, Kim Roberts.
50. What a Crazy World (1963)
88 min | Musical
Unemployed East End lad Alf Hitchens has an on-off relationship with his girlfriend Marilyn and a dream of hitting the big time in the music business. Cheerful pop musical with a ... See full summary »
51. The Young Swingers (1963)
71 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of teenagers discover that their club is scheduled for demolition to make way for a skyscraper. The niece of the clubs adversary falls in with the group determined to save the club.
52. Bikini Beach (1964)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A millionaire sets out to prove his theory that his pet chimpanzee is as intelligent as the teenagers who hang out on the local beach, where he is intending to build a retirement home.
53. Get Yourself a College Girl (1964)
Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Music
A college co-ed tries to balance her time writing songs and dealing with her publisher whom tries to pursue her.
The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, The Standells, The Jimmy Smith Trio, Freddie Bell & The Bellboys.
55. Looking for Love (1964)
Not Rated | 85 min | Musical
Libby has spent a whole month trying to get into show business with her singing, and has not made it. Therefore she decides to retire and get a job where she can meet the right man and get ... See full summary »
57. Surf Party (1964)
Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical
A young girl travels to California with a couple of friends in order to visit her brother, whom she hasn't seen for some time. After they arrive it doesn't take long for them to get into ... See full summary »
Bobby Vinton, Jackie DeShannon, The Astronauts, The Routers.
58. Swingers' Paradise (1964)
Not Rated | 113 min | Music, Musical, Romance
A group of (literally) drifting popsters find themselves involved in a grim sand-and-sandals desert movie. They reckon a few song-and-dance numbers would liven things up.
59. The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
123 min | Documentary, Music
Surf pop duo, Jan and Dean host this showcase of performances by well-known Rock, R&B, and pop stars of the era.
The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Barbarians, Marvin Gaye, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Lesley Gore, Jan & Dean, Billy J. Kramer, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones.
60. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical
Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.
Votes: 5,477 | Gross: $5.13M
61. Be My Guest (1965)
82 min | Drama, Music
A family inherits a seaside hotel and has trouble filling it up until their son's rock group begins packing 'em in. This film was one of several British films from the mid-sixties which ... See full summary »
Joyce Blair, Nashville Teens, Jerry Lee Lewis, Slash Wildly and the Cutthroats, Kenny and the Wranglers, The Plebs.
62. Beach Ball (1965)
Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Musical
Edd Byrnes tries to get an ethnic-music-studies grant to buy instruments for his rock and roll group, the Wigglers. College-finance-committee members Chris Noel, Gail Gilmore, Mikki Jameson... See full summary »
The Supremes, The Four Seasons, The Righteous Brothers, The Hondells, The Walker Brothers
63. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires ... See full summary »
Frankie Avalon, Annette Funnicello, Donna Loren, The Hondells.
64. Ferry Cross the Mersey (1964)
88 min | Musical
Gerry and Fred Marsden, Les McGuire, and Les "Chad" Chadwick portray themselves in a romp through the early 1960's Liverpool Beat Scene. Art students by day and musicians by night the boy's... See full summary »
65. Girl Happy (1965)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A Chicago mobster hires a rock and roll singer and his band to keep an eye on his daughter during Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Votes: 1,728 | Gross: $3.10M
66. The Girls on the Beach (1965)
Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy
The girls of Alpha Beta need to raise $10,000 in two weeks to save the sorority house. Among their schemes to raise the funds are a beauty contest, a newspaper puzzle, and a baking contest.... See full summary »
The Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, The Crickets
67. Go Go Mania (1965)
70 min | Music
No plot here. Just a collection of lip-synched videos from some of the bands that were part of the "British Invasion" in 1964. Includes bands such as The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Peter ... See full summary »
Matt Monroe, The Animals, Susan Maughan, The Rockin' Berries, Herman's Hermits, The Four Pennies, The Nashville Teens, The Honeycombs, The Fourmost, Billy J. Kramer, Peter & Gordon, Billie Davis, The Spencer Davis Group, The Beatles.
68. Having a Wild Weekend (1965)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Music
Dinah is a model whose face appears in an ad campaign for meat. While shooting a TV commercial, she and Steve, one of the stunt men, run off together. The advertising executives use their ... See full summary »
70. How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)
Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Musical
Frankie, on naval-reserve duty in Tahiti, doesn't trust Dee Dee to stay faithful, so he hires Bwana, a witch doctor, to help. Bwana conjures up a floating bikini, "stuffs" it with Cassandra... See full summary »
71. Love and Kisses (1965)
87 min | Comedy
Two 18-year-old students elope on the eve of high school graduation and move in with his parents.
72. Ski Party (1965)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Musical
On a college ski weekend, Todd and Craig pretend to be Jane and Nora, a pair of English girls. Their reasons? To meet girls, and to learn to ski. Along the way, Lesley Gore shows up on the ... See full summary »
Frankie Avalon, Lesley Gore, James Brown, The Hondells.
73. A Swingin' Summer (1965)
80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Beach party escapade features a bookworm with glasses who learns to "groove", as she attempts to sing "Ready to Groove."
The Righteous Brothers, The Rip Chords, Donnie Brooks, Gary Lewis & The Playboys
74. Tickle Me (1965)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A singing rodeo rider hires on at an expensive all-women dude ranch and beauty spa. He falls for a pretty fitness trainer who is constantly threatened by a gang who wants her late grandfather's cache of gold hidden in a ghost town.
Votes: 1,103 | Gross: $3.00M
75. When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965)
Not Rated | 97 min | Musical
Danny Churchill is a young heir who tries to help Ginger, an attractive postal worker in rural Nevada, save her father's ranch from closing due to being heavily in debt with some Reno ... See full summary »
Connie Francis, Herman's Hermits, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.
76. Wild on the Beach (1965)
77 min | Comedy
Adam Miller and Lee Sullivan both lay claim to a beach house for student boarders. Problems arise when both boys and girls show up to live there. They're soothed by the music of Sonny and ... See full summary »
Jackie & Gayle, Sonny & Cher, The Astronauts
77. Winter A-Go-Go (1965)
88 min | Comedy
Teenagers work, play and dance to rock 'n' roll at a Lake Tahoe ski lodge.
The Nooney Rickett 4, The Reflections
78. Village of the Giants (1965)
Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Delinquent teen-agers ingest a substance and grow thirty feet tall, then proceed to take over a small town.
Freddy Cannon, The Beau Brummels, Johnny Crawford
79. The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)
95 min | Documentary, Music
Live performances by some of the top rock-and-roll acts of the mid 60s. Includes Ray Charles, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Ike and Tina Turner, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, and several more.
The Byrds, The Lovin' Spoonful, Ike & Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Donovan, Petula Clark, The Ronettes, Bo Diddley
80. Disk-O-Tek Holiday (1964)
63 min | Musical
Sam Costa, disc jockey, lying in bed operates the first push button hit parade in the history of science. This electronic device provides not only the performers, music, haggis, vitamin and pep pills but also a girl to go with them!
Peter & Gordon, Freddie & The Dreamers, The Bachelors, Freddy Cannon, Millie Small, The Chiffons
81. The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
Unrated | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical
A corpse has 24 hours to mastermind a good deed without leaving his crypt, to go "up there" and have his youth restored.
The Bobby Fuller Four, Nancy Sinatra, Piccola Pupa
82. Hold On! (1966)
Not Rated | 85 min | Musical, Comedy
British beat group Herman's Hermits, on tour in the USA, is offered an opportunity to have a spaceship named after the group. Several people seem to care whether it happens or not.
83. Out of Sight (1966)
87 min | Comedy
Teenage/secret agent/musical comedy about Big Daddy who's been "driven mad by rock 'n' roll," so he plans to sabotage a music fair with a bomb. Secret agent Homer comes to the rescue aided ... See full summary »
Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Freddie & The Dreamers, The Turtles, Dobie Gray, The Astronauts, The Knickerbockers
84. Spinout (1966)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Band singer/race driver Mike McCoy must choose between marrying a beautiful rich girl and driving her father's car in a prestigious race.
85. Wild Wild Winter (1966)
80 min | Comedy
Jay & The Americans, Beau Brummels, Dick & Dee Dee, The Astronauts, Jackie & Gayle
86. Blast-Off Girls (1967)
Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A sleazy record promotor tries to make it big with a local Chicago garage band and plans to make them famous while keeping the profits for himself.
88. The Cool Ones (1967)
95 min | Comedy
A young, millionaire rock promoter decides to create a new boy/girl duo team for his teen TV dance show by teaming up an ambitious go-go dancer and a has-been pop star and presenting them to the public as a new romantic pair.
90. The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)
Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Western
The South is losing the Civil War and the coffers are nearly empty. A group of Confederate spies steals a shipment of gold in San Francisco and attempts to deliver it to a Confederate ... See full summary »
92. It's a Bikini World (1967)
R | 86 min | Comedy
Male chauvinist Mike attempts to get an intelligent burgeoning feminist Delilah into his harem. When she resists, Mike then poses as his brother Herbert, but in the process falls in love with Delilah.
The Animals, The Castaways, The Toys, The Gentrys
95. Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968)
G | 110 min | Comedy, Musical
Friends Herman, Karl, Keith, Derek and Barry are working class Manchester lads who aren't getting very far in their respective working lives. That fact is epitomized by Herman's failure to ... See full summary »
96. Speedway (1968)
G | 94 min | Comedy, Musical
Poor bookkeeping saddles stock car driver Steve Grayson with a huge bill for back taxes which hampers his ability to continue racing competitively.
Votes: 1,621 | Gross: $3.00M
97. Yellow Submarine (1968)
G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.
98. You Are What You Eat (1968)
75 min | Documentary, Music
A montage of the weird, a freak-out film that appeared when the expression was in fashion and in flower, along with the flower people. The film was one of the first exponents of the mobile ... See full summary »
99. 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (1969 TV Movie)
60 min | Music
Four individuals are brainwashed into forming a musical group, featuring guest appearances from some of the superstars of 1950s rock'n'roll.