Best Music Docs/Bio Pics/Docudramas/Mockumentaries Ever

Disclaimer: My musical taste runs the gamut so be forewarned. On any given day my Ipod mixes run from Rolling Stones to Death in June, Carter Family to the Swans, Captain Beefheart to Stone Roses - I think you get my drift. So this list is diverse to say the least. Most are obscure, some are classics - but all are amazing... Sidenote: I had to put these in order by release date or I would end up repeating a bunch.
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1.
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
“ Undeniably one of the worst movies ever - BUT still, its a must see IMO ” - Dolothegreat
 
2.
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
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The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday. (144 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ Billie Holiday... This movie always makes me emotional. ” - Dolothegreat
 
3.
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
 
4.
Bound for Glory (1976)
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The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer. (147 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ Super 1970's style docudrama about Woody Guthrie. ” - Dolothegreat
 
5.
The Rose (1979)
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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
“ Loosely based on Janis Joplin. A timeless classic. ” - Dolothegreat
 
6.
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
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A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration. (93 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
“ The Ramones. Riff Randall. Need I say more? ” - Dolothegreat
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
“ Excellent biopic on Loretta Lynn, prob my fave biopic of all time. ” - Dolothegreat
 
9.
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981 Documentary)
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The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag... (100 mins.)
“ The first of 3 - its the O.G. SoCal Punk doc. ” - Dolothegreat
 
10.
Sweet Dreams (1985)
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Jessica Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame. (115 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
“ Excellent biopic on the great Patsy Cline, I would say right up there with Coal Miner's Daughter for sure. ” - Dolothegreat
 
11.
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
 
12.
Rock: It's Your Decision (1982 Video)
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The parents of a young man force him to go without rock music for thirty days, and as a result, he discovers how rock music is a tool of Satan to control people. (52 mins.)
Director: John Taylor
“ An amazing Christian propaganda film focusing on the evils of really bad cock rock. Apparently rocking out leads to all things bad including suicide, drug use, and terrible fashion choices. Awesome religious scare film. ” - Dolothegreat
 
13.
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Documentary)
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A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert (17 mins.)
“ Metalheads talking about metal. In a parking lot waiting for the metal to begin. This short is very metal... ” - Dolothegreat
 
14.
X: The Unheard Music (1986 Documentary)
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This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X... (84 mins.)
Director: W.T. Morgan
“ Prob. my fave doc re the Punk scene circa 1980's. ” - Dolothegreat
 
15.
La Bamba (1987)
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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (108 mins.)
Director: Luis Valdez
“ Don't judge me man, you know you dig this one too... ” - Dolothegreat
 
16.
Bird (1988)
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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. (161 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Charlie "Bird" Parker biopic. ” - Dolothegreat
 
17.
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
“ Another oldie but for sure a goodie! ” - Dolothegreat
 
18.
Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993 Documentary)
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Documentary about notorious punk rock performer GG Allin. (52 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ Humn... Well, I'm not sayin' this is good or bad, just that it should be watched by music doc freaks like myself. ” - Dolothegreat
 
19.
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988 Short Film)
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Karen Carpenter's battle with anorexia nervosa and the cultural influence of the Carpenters in the 70s. (43 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ Best music movie acted out by barbie dolls ever. ” - Dolothegreat
 
20.
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988 Documentary)
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Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s. (93 mins.)
“ The 2nd of 3 - this one is a major trainwreck covering the LA/Hollywood Glam scene. ” - Dolothegreat
 
21.
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner. (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
 
22.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
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Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate. (116 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
“ This one is dated but I don't care. Great feel good take on a tragic story. Sometimes we need those uptakes, right? ” - Dolothegreat
 
23.
The Rat Pack (1998 TV Movie)
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The public and private lives of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford. (120 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
“ The coolest of the cool... ” - Dolothegreat
 
24.
Kurt & Courtney (1998 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love. (95 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
“ While I may get banished for stating I am not a big Nirvana fan, hopefully the fact I like this movie a lot will somewhat redeem me. ” - Dolothegreat
 
25.
The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998 Documentary)
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The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers. (86 mins.)
“ The 3rd and last of the series. I never hear much about this one but its my fave of them all. ” - Dolothegreat
 
26.
Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary)
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Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers. (105 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ Beautiful movie! ” - Dolothegreat
 
27.
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. (118 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ A hybrid glam-o-rama music fest. If Bowie and David Johansen made a baby, said lovechild would be this movie. ” - Dolothegreat
 
28.
Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story (1999 TV Movie)
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The behind the scenes story of "The Partridge Family" TV show, told from the point of view of young Danny Bonaduce... (100 mins.)
“ Yay for cheese! A so bad its good TV docudrama. ” - Dolothegreat
 
29.
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000 TV Movie)
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The story of the Pre-Fab Four and their fight to be taken seriously as musicians. (92 mins.)
Director: Neill Fearnley
“ Not as good (or bad) as the PF, but still... ” - Dolothegreat
 
30.
Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000 TV Movie)
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"Meat Loaf" Aday is an overgrown Texas youngster, the son of a gentle woman dying of cancer and an alcoholic... (87 mins.)
Director: Jim McBride
“ I have a major soft soft for these trainwreck renditions. ” - Dolothegreat
 
31.
Buried Country (2000 Documentary)
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(74 mins.)
Director: Andy Nehl
“ If you, much like me, have ever wondered how exactly country music raised awareness of the acute mistreatment of the Aboriginal race and helped to spark the civil rights movement in Australia than this film is for you. And yes, it really is meant to be a serious documentary ” - Dolothegreat
 
32.
Gypsy 83 (2001)
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Two young misfits head for New York City to celebrate their idol and muse, Stevie Nicks, at The Night of 1,000 Stevies... (94 mins.)
Director: Todd Stephens
“ Even though this one has some elements that remind me of my Goth youth in the early 1980's, I wouldn't label it as such - I mean, no 80's goth would ever admit to being into Stevie Nicks... Anyhow... This is a feel good cute little flick. ” - Dolothegreat
 
33.
Omnibus (1967 TV Series)
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" The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story" tells the full bizarre, tragic, but also celebratory story of Syd Barrett...
“ I love all in which is Syd Barrett and its a shame more homage hasn't been paid to him via celluloid. Luckily this one does him justice. ” - Dolothegreat
 
34.
Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You (2002 Documentary)
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Retrospective look at the life and music of Jeff Buckley through the eyes of family, friends, and fans. (60 mins.)
Director: Serena Cross
“ Best doc on Jeff Buckley out of all of em IMO. Includes some great archival footage and stories from those who knew him best (Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, etc). Sad but does justice. ” - Dolothegreat
 
35.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. (117 mins.)
“ Rise and fall of factory records, but more importantly focuses on the Manchester scene circa late 70's-mid 80s. Another must see gem. ” - Dolothegreat
 
36.
The Importance of Being Morrissey (2002 Documentary)
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A documentary about Morrissey. (49 mins.)
“ Well you know, he's Morrissey and he's important... Not the best but worth a watch. ” - Dolothegreat
 
37.
Wesley Willis (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary about the late Chicago artist and musician Wesley Willis. Filmmaker Daniel Bitton follows Willis throughout the Chicago area... (59 mins.)
Director: Daniel Bitton
 
38.
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003 Documentary)
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A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer. (94 mins.)
“ This doc on L.A. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer hella took me to creepy town, even though I am not fully sure why. ” - Dolothegreat
 
39.
Jandek on Corwood (2003 Documentary)
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"The longest-running, weirdest, loneliest enigma in popular music is a guy from Texas who calls himself Jandek." Jandek on Corwood is the 89-minute documentary that explores this man, his world and his music. (88 mins.)
Director: Chad Freidrichs
“ If you are a fan of obscure underground music and haven't heard of Jandek, I suggest watching this immediately. ” - Dolothegreat
 
40.
Dig! (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor. (107 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
“ Admittedly, I have a soft spot for this one as I never missed a party where the BJM was playing as a loyal supporter and huge fan and remember all the filming way back when. The flick has its flaws for sure but regardless, do yourself a solid and check out this doc bc you will not be able to deny the brilliance behind the BJM. ” - Dolothegreat
 
41.
Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004 Documentary)
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Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt. (99 mins.)
Director: Margaret Brown
“ This one is so good it hurts. ” - Dolothegreat
 
42.
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
 
43.
Hustle & Flow (2005)
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With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee. (116 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
“ Another so bad its good one right here - however, this made it onto the big screen... Pimp turned rapper. ” - Dolothegreat
 
44.
Stoned (2005)
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A chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after being let go from the band. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Woolley
 
45.
Brothers of the Head (2005)
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In the 1970s a music promoter plucks Siamese twins from obscurity and grooms them into a freakish rock'n'roll act. A dark tale of sex, strangeness and rock music. (93 mins.)
“ This is absolutely one of my faves! The story of conjoined twins who form a band - and the band kicks @ss and sounds a lot like joy Division. ” - Dolothegreat
 
46.
New York Doll (2005 Documentary)
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A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years. (75 mins.)
Director: Greg Whiteley
 
47.
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985. (91 mins.)
Director: Tim Irwin
 
48.
You're Gonna Miss Me (2005 Documentary)
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Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his lengthy institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth, and his brother's struggle with their religious mother to improve Roky's care. (91 mins.)
Director: Keven McAlester
“ The Rocky Erickson story. Touching depiction on the father of Psychedelia's rise to fame via 13 Floor Elevators, fall from grace do to drugs and mental health issues, and his under the radar continuance as a brilliant solo artist. ” - Dolothegreat
 
49.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 Documentary)
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Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (110 mins.)
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
“ A terrific doc on Daniel Johnston which captures the man behind the music, his rise within the underground music scene, and the impact he had over other musicians (such as Kurt Cobain). ” - Dolothegreat
 
50.
Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of 'Smile' (2004 Documentary)
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Interviews with Beach Boy Brian Wilson and his contemporaries outline the history of Wilson's album "Smile," a project some 37 years in the making.
Director: David Leaf
 
51.
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
“ I dug this, not many do. ” - Dolothegreat
 
52.
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005 Documentary)
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An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion. (96 mins.)
 
53.
There Is No Authority But Yourself (2006 Documentary)
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(64 mins.)
Director: Alexander Oey
“ Documentary on the history of my fave anarchist punk band Crass. ” - Dolothegreat
 
54.
Syd Barrett: Under Review (2006 Documentary)
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(63 mins.)
 
55.
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the influential musician Scott Walker. (95 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kijak
“ It pains me to admit it took me longer than it should have to discover Scott Walker and his Bro's, especially considering he is one of the most obvious influences behind my faves such as Nick Cave, Bowie, Radiohead and a plethora of others. This is an excellent look at the man and his music. ” - Dolothegreat
 
56.
Air Guitar Nation (2006 Documentary)
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It's time to rock and roll - air guitar style. AIR GUITAR NATION is the feature documentary about the year that air guitar swept America... (81 mins.)
“ A look into the phenomenon of the air guitar. I'm not kidding. ” - Dolothegreat
 
57.
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006 Documentary)
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loudQUIETloud is the story of this unforseen plot twist. A deeply compelling portrait of four band members and their difficult, tense, and ultimately triumphant return. (85 mins.)
 
58.
Broken (2006)
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After dating a wonderful man, Hope comes back home, sees her daughter Jennifer and goes to sleep. She wakes-up in the woods with a psychopath... (110 mins.)
“ OK so the only actual reason this is on my list is because the entire soundtrack is the BJM. I kid you not. And I only know of this movies existence bc it was on tv late style, I woke bc of the music, went back to sleep, and was awoken abt 5 more times to some of my fave tunes. For that, I have added it. ” - Dolothegreat
 
59.
American Hardcore (2006 Documentary)
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The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986 (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Rachman
 
60.
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
“ The story of French singer Edith Piaf. ” - Dolothegreat
 
61.
Control (2007)
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A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23. (122 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
“ The story of Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, as told through his wife's memories. While admittedly I feel this biopic could have been done a bit better, its sleekness and performance by Sam Riley is undeniable. While I am pretty sure most JD fans have already seen this, I suggest it for music fans across the board. ” - Dolothegreat
 
62.
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007 Documentary)
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In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi... (84 mins.)
 
63.
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007 Documentary)
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As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death... (124 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
64.
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
 
65.
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
“ As far as mockumentaries go, It really doesn't get much better than this... Dare I say I like this much more than Spinal Tap? Yeah, I actually do. ” - Dolothegreat
 
66.
A Technicolor Dream (2008 Documentary)
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The story of the underground movement during the 60s leading up to its culmination at The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, a "musical happening" at Alexandra Palace on April 29 1967. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gammond
 
67.
I Think We're Alone Now (2008 Documentary)
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Two individuals, Jeff and Kelly, claim to be in love with the 80's pop singer Tiffany. (70 mins.)
Director: Sean Donnelly
“ Wew! Good thing I'm not an aging pop star, because I've got enough damned freaks I have to deal with as just a regular type gal who's never sang at the mall...So if you haven't put 2 and 2 together by now, I think Were Alone Now is a documentary about people obsessed with 1980s pop star Tiffany. Oh wait a minute, scratch that: The two people who are still her fans. We have Jeff, a 50-year-old man with Asperger's syndrome, and Kelly, an "intersexual" who claims to have had an inspirational friendship with the singer when they were teens. Other than being major outcasts who lack social skills of any sort, these two bare the lone common bond of pop princess love, which makes them feel safer and much more at ease in the universe. Ok. This *beep* is AMAZING! No, no, not because of the social rejects in which it depicts- hey, its not their fault they have really bad taste in music... Its zingingly amazing because it was made in 2008!!!! Yes, many years after the Tiffany phenomenon went south and under. ” - Dolothegreat
 
68.
Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008)
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A music-infused drama about Joe Meek, the flamboyantly gay, tone deaf, songwriter-producer behind the '60s hits "Have I the Right," "Just Like Eddie," "Johnny, Remember Me" and "Telstar." (119 mins.)
Director: Nick Moran
 
69.
I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade... (78 mins.)
Director: Brendan Toller
 
70.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself. (109 mins.)
Director: Steven Sebring
 
71.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
“ I wasn't really as huge of a fan of this as everyone else but its def worth a watch ” - Dolothegreat
 
72.
Until the Light Takes Us (2008 Documentary)
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Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson. (93 mins.)
“ While I haven't listened to this kinda music since the 4th grade when I used to rock Venom tees and draw pentagrams on my trapper keeper, that didn't stop me from enjoying this informative documentary on Black Metal. A good eye opener into this scene, its fandom, and stereotypes due to a few bad apples. A good watch. ” - Dolothegreat
 
73.
Cadillac Records (2008)
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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. (109 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
“ I really, really, REALLY like this movie and was stoked when I came to find it was being made - because Chess Records is undeniably one of the best labels ever to exist. That said, I advise all who haven't seen it for the obvious commercial reasons to ignore any inane hip music cred which is keeping them from viewing and watch it bc it really is great. ” - Dolothegreat
 
74.
I'm Rick James (2009 Documentary)
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The Rick James Story comes to the screen with all same unstoppable energy and outrageous humor that made him famous...
Director: Perry Santos
 
75.
Lemmy (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister. (116 mins.)
“ Ladies and gentlemen, here is your one way ticket into the life and times of Hawkwind and Motorhead frontman Lemmy...METAL!!!!!!!!!! ” - Dolothegreat
 
76.
Pardon Us for Living But the Graveyard Is Full (2009 Documentary)
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30 years ago a gang of suburban teens stumbled across a bunch of abandoned instruments and formed The Fleshtones (64 mins.)
“ Excellent doc on the Fleshtones. ” - Dolothegreat
 
77.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
 
78.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
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A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62. (135 mins.)
Director: Joann Sfar
“ Incredible. ” - Dolothegreat
 
79.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010 Documentary)
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The life and work of the enigmatic folk rock singer-songwriter. (116 mins.)
Director: John Scheinfeld
 
80.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
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A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s. (115 mins.)
Director: Mat Whitecross
“ The story of Punk Pioneer Ian Dury ” - Dolothegreat
 
81.
Slow Southern Steel (2010 Documentary)
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A film about heavy music in the modern American South, as told by the very people who have created this music during the last two decades... (90 mins.)
 
82.
Hesher (2010)
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A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic. (106 mins.)
Director: Spencer Susser
“ Loosely based on Cliff Burton- er well, his personality, not his life. Not a doc and certainly not a biopic but regardless, an excellent movie ” - Dolothegreat
 
83.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centered around the transformations the pair underwent for their Pandrogyne project. (65 mins.)
Director: Marie Losier
“ Genesis P-Orridge has been a huge influence on me both intellectually and as a Psychic TV fan. This doc is somewhat evolutionary, moving from Genesis P-Orridge early roots and influences, his ban from the UK, his theory of Pandrogeny and how/why he and Lady Jaye melded it into their lives. This doc may not be for everyone but is def a must for Throbbing Gristle and PTV fans. ” - Dolothegreat
 
84.
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
“ While not typically the type of music flick I would watch, I enjoyed this one for its premise and cast. While still kinda sorta on the fence with this one, its got enough interesting quirks and redeeming qualities to it I felt it should make the list. ” - Dolothegreat
 
85.
The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders (2011 Documentary)
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An access-all-areas documentary about The Libertines reunion shows at Reading & Leeds Festivals 2010... (87 mins.)
Director: Roger Sargent
 
86.
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
“ I dunno why everyone hates this movie so much, I think its pretty good. ” - Dolothegreat
 
87.
Last Days Here (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back. (91 mins.)
 
88.
A Band Called Death (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. (96 mins.)
“ My favorite doc of the year for sure ” - Dolothegreat
 
89.
Marley (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
90.
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation (2012 Documentary)
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Explores the music scene in Greenwich Village, New York in the 60's and early 70's. The film highlights some of the finest singer/songwriters of the day. (92 mins.)
Director: Laura Archibald
 
91.
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
 
92.
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.)
 
93.
Behind the Candelabra (2013 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his young lover, Scott Thorson. (118 mins.)
“ Woo hoo! This one was and is epic! ” - Dolothegreat
 
94.
Phil Spector (2013 TV Movie)
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A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson. (92 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ Another "coulda, shoulda been better but the acting makes up for it" listers here. But hey, its Phil Spector! ” - Dolothegreat
 
95.
The Punk Singer (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s. (81 mins.)
Director: Sini Anderson
 
96.
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
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A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ridley
“ Way better than expected biopic. ” - Dolothegreat
 
97.
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
 
98.
20,000 Days on Earth (2014 Documentary)
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Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. (97 mins.)
“ Nick Cave. ” - Dolothegreat
 
99.
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
“ James Brown docudrama ” - Dolothegreat
 
100.
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
“ I'm on the fence with this one... However, Brian Wilson is my jam, so its a must view for any other fan. ” - Dolothegreat