Movies about music and subcultures

This is a list about best movies about rock music (not everything about rock) and sometimes include such subcultures like skinheads, punks, metalheads or hippies.
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1.
Almost Famous (2000)
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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
2.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
3.
Detroit Rock City (1999)
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A comedy about four teenagers in 1978 who try to scam their way into a KISS concert. (95 mins.)
Director: Adam Rifkin
 
4.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
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The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
 
5.
Rock Star (2001)
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Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes. (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
6.
Pirate Radio (2009)
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A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
 
7.
The Runaways (2010)
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. This film also explores the relationship between band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. (106 mins.)
 
8.
School of Rock (2003)
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After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. (108 mins.)
 
9.
Wayne's World (1992)
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Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show. (94 mins.)
 
10.
SLC Punk! (1998)
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In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City. (97 mins.)
Director: James Merendino
 
11.
August Rush (2007)
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A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. (114 mins.)
 
12.
This Is England (2006)
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A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
13.
Airheads (1994)
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Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ refuses to play them. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
 
14.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
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Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen... (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
15.
The Rocker (2008)
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The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman... (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
 
16.
Bandslam (2009)
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A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band -- together, they achieve their dreams and compete against the best in the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands. (111 mins.)
Director: Todd Graff
 
17.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
18.
Taking Woodstock (2009)
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A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
19.
Suck (2009)
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A comedy centered on a rock 'n' roll band that will do anything to become famous. (91 mins.)
Director: Rob Stefaniuk
 
20.
What We Do Is Secret (2007)
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A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs. (92 mins.)
Director: Rodger Grossman
 
21.
The Stöned Age (1994)
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Joe and Hubbs are a pair of rockers who are on a quest for 'chicks'. This is the tale of their adventures over one night. (90 mins.)
Director: James Melkonian
 
22.
Killing Bono (2011)
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Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world. (114 mins.)
Director: Nick Hamm
 
23.
Fame (2009)
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An updated version of the musical Fame, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts. (107 mins.)
 
24.
Last Days (2005)
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A Seattle musician's life and career are reminiscent to those of Kurt Cobain. (97 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
25.
We Will Riot (2013)
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Luke is an up-and-coming DJ from an affluent New York family with a Lithuanian father and an African-American mother... (76 mins.)
 
26.
Losers Take All (2011)
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Losers Take All is a comedy in which we follow "The Fingers," a fictional punk-pop band stumbling and... (96 mins.)
Director: Alex Steyermark
 
27.
Plush (2013)
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A young singer/songwriter, despite being married, becomes involved with her new guitarist, who she soon discovers has a dark past and may be a danger to her and those close to her. (99 mins.)
 
28.
Undiscovered (2005)
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A group of aspiring entertainers try to establish careers for themselves in the city of Los Angeles. (97 mins.)
Director: Meiert Avis
 
29.
We Are the Best! (2013)
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Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. (102 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
30.
CBGB (2013)
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A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB. (101 mins.)
Director: Randall Miller
 
31.
Tonight You're Mine (2011)
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Two feuding rock stars get handcuffed together for 24 hours at a music festival where they are both due to perform. (80 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
 
32.
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
 
33.
American Graffiti (1973)
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A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. (110 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
34.
Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)
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A dropout comes to the aid of a chubby and suicidal high-school kid by recruiting him as the drummer for his upstart punk-rock band. (98 mins.)
Director: Matthew Lillard
 
35.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
36.
Rock of Ages (2012)
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A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. (123 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
 
37.
Hounddog (2007)
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A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley. (102 mins.)
 
38.
Laurel Canyon (2002)
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When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up. (103 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
 
39.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
 
40.
Singles (1992)
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A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle. (99 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
41.
Footloose (2011)
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City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (113 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
 
42.
Whiplash (2014)
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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
 
43.
Metalhead (2013)
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A girl is caught between the life that took her brother and her own inability to strike out on her own. In her grief, she finds solace in the dark music of Black Metal and dreams of becoming a rock star. (97 mins.)
Director: Ragnar Bragason
 
44.
Rudderless (2014)
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A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis. (105 mins.)
Director: William H. Macy
 
45.
Good Vibrations (2012)
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A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. (103 mins.)
 
46.
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
 
47.
Get on Up (2014)
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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
 
48.
Electrick Children (2012)
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Rachel, a teenager born and raised in her Mormon community, believes that she has been inpregnated by listening to music and must get to Vegas to find the "father" of her miracle baby. (96 mins.)
Director: Rebecca Thomas
 
49.
Green Room (2015)
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A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar. (95 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
 
50.
Danny Collins (2015)
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An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon. (106 mins.)
Director: Dan Fogelman
 
51.
Song One (2014)
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A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother's favorite musician. (86 mins.)
 
52.
Not Fade Away (2012)
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Set in suburban New Jersey the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big. (112 mins.)
Director: David Chase
 
53.
Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012)
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A chronicle of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley's performance at his father's tribute concert in 1991. (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel Algrant
 
54.
Begin Again (2013)
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A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. (104 mins.)
Director: John Carney
 
55.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
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In Venice Beach, naive Midwesterner JB bonds with local slacker KG and they form the rock band Tenacious D. Setting out to become the world's greatest band is no easy feat, so they set out to steal what could be the answer to their prayers -- a magical guitar pick housed in a rock-and-roll museum some 300 miles away. (93 mins.)
Director: Liam Lynch
 
56.
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
 
57.
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
 
58.
Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015 Documentary)
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An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. (145 mins.)
Director: Brett Morgen
 
59.
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
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A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater. (109 mins.)
 
60.
Cadillac Records (2008)
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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. (109 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
 
61.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
62.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
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A transsexual punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. (95 mins.)
 
63.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. (124 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
64.
Frank (2014)
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Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. (95 mins.)
 
65.
Vinyl (2016 TV Series)
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A New York music executive in the 1970s hustles to make a career out of the city's diverse music scene. (60 mins.)
 
66.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
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Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend. (96 mins.)
Director: Jake Kasdan
 
67.
The Get Down (2016 TV Series)
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A ragtag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s. (52 mins.)
 
68.
Amy (2015 Documentary)
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The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. (128 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
 
69.
Roadies (2016 TV Series)
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A road crew helps with a rock band's major multi-city tour. (60 mins.)
 
70.
Viena and the Fantomes (2016)
A roadie travels across North America with a punk band during the 1980s. (105 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
 
71.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
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Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
72.
Purple Rain (1984)
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A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise. (111 mins.)
Director: Albert Magnoli
 
73.
A Bigger Splash (2015)
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The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter. (125 mins.)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
 
74.
Love & Mercy (2014)
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In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. (121 mins.)
Director: Bill Pohlad
 
75.
Lemmy (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister. (116 mins.)
 
76.
Groupies (1970 Documentary)
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This documentary on rock 'n' roll groupies, including the infamous Plaster Casters, features performances (musical) by such bands as Ten Years After, Terry Reid, Spooky Tooth, and Cat Mother. (92 mins.)