Music Documentaries or Music Related Films

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1.
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.)
 
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RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary which examines copyright issues in the information age. (87 mins.)
Director: Brett Gaylor
 
3.
Latcho Drom (1993 Documentary)
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The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain. (103 mins.)
Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: La Caita
 
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1 Giant Leap (2002 Documentary)
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Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman travelled for 7 months through all 5 continents, and recorded in over... (155 mins.)
 
5.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
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Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959 Documentary)
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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience... (85 mins.)
 
7.
Strange Fruit (2002 Documentary)
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In 1937, after seeing a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south, Bronx-born high school... (57 mins.)
Director: Joel Katz
 
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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
 
9.
Calle 54 (2000 Documentary)
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A film featuring performances of several stars of the Latin Jazz music scene. (105 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
 
10.
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007 Documentary)
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A tribute to jazz diva Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006. (90 mins.)
 
11.
Glastonbury (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the 30th anniversary of Britain's best-known music festival. (138 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
12.
Vinyl (2000 Documentary)
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Alan Zweig investigates the wacky world of record collecting. (180 mins.)
Director: Alan Zweig
 
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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
 
15.
Stop Making Sense (1984 Documentary)
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An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads. (88 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
16.
End of the Century (2003 Documentary)
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The story of the punk rock band The Ramones. (110 mins.)
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
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Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
19.
Jazz (2001 Mini-Series)
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents. (114 mins.)
 
20.
Dont Look Back (1967 Documentary)
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Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. (96 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
21.
Before the Music Dies (2006 Documentary)
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With outstanding performances and revealing interviews Before the Music Dies takes a critical look at... (95 mins.)
Director: Andrew Shapter
 
22.
The Blues (2003 TV Series)
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A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.
 
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
24.
Black and Tan (1929 Short Film)
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Duke Ellington in a jazz musical short with a tragic plotline. (19 mins.)
Director: Dudley Murphy
 
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The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)
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Spud Miller hopes to save his struggling radio station by winning a broadcast competition, with the help of the Radio Eye, an invention that can display live events from anywhere in the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
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Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life (1935 Short Film)
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Duke Ellington plays his symphonic jazz piece ('A Rhapsody of Negro Life') with his orchestra against slice-of-life background scenes... (9 mins.)
Director: Fred Waller
 
27.
Don't Need You (2005 Documentary)
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"don't need you" is a documentary film that tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s... (40 mins.)
Director: Kerri Koch
 
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Warriors of the Discotheque: The Feature length Starck Club Documentary (2011 Documentary)
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This is the feature length documentary. (91 mins.)
 
29.
International Sweethearts of Rhythm (1986 Documentary)
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Documentary about the black all-girl swing band of the 1940s. (30 mins.)
 
30.
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
 
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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
 
32.
Umm Kulthum (1996 Documentary)
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She had the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, the public presence of Eleanor Roosevelt, and the audience of Elvis Presley... (67 mins.)
Director: Michal Goldman
 
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Scratch (2001 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now... (92 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
34.
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005 Documentary)
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Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia... (90 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
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.)
 
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The Swell Season (2011 Documentary)
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The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová when their songwriting collaboration... (91 mins.)
 
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Wild Style (1983)
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Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer... (82 mins.)
Director: Charlie Ahearn
 
38.
Shut Up & Sing (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert. (93 mins.)
 
39.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
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Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. (112 mins.)
Director: Jason Moore
 
40.
Turning (2012 Documentary)
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In 2006 Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas took their collaborative performance TURNING to major cities in Europe. This documentary film explores the heart of that performance. (76 mins.)
Director: Charles Atlas
 
41.
The Popovich Brothers of South Chicago (1977 Documentary)
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In a small community of steel workers, truck drivers, and teachers on the South Side of Chicago, a musical... (60 mins.)
Director: Jill Godmilow
 
42.
Pericles in America (1988 Documentary)
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(70 mins.)
Director: John Cohen
 
43.
Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (2009 Documentary)
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The word Taqwacore is a combination of hardcore, a genre of punk music, and taqwa, an Arabic word that... (80 mins.)
Director: Omar Majeed
 
44.
Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (2010 Documentary)
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The film follows the challenges faced by the controversial Vietnamese band Dai Lam Linh. With vivid footage of the band working in the city of Hanoi... (56 mins.)
Director: Barley Norton
Stars: Ngoc Dai
 
45.
The Land Where the Blues Began (1979 Documentary)
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An exploration of the musical and social origins of the blues, shot on location in Mississippi in 1978 by Alan Lomax... (58 mins.)
Director: Alan Lomax
 
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Bitter Melons (1971 Short Film)
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This film, shot in 1955, focuses on a small band of /Gwi San living in the arid landscape of the central Kalahari Desert in present-day Botswana. (30 mins.)
 
47.
Mountain Music of Peru (1984 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: John Cohen
 
48.
High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music (1994 Documentary)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Rachel Liebling
 
49.
Music of the Sidis: An African Bridge to India (2008 Documentary)
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Music of the Sidis is a two part documentary film on one of the most intriguing group of people living in India... (104 mins.)
Director: Salil Sachdev
 
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Crossing the Bridge (1899 Documentary)
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51.
Pump Up the Volume (2001 TV Series)
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In this documentary the origin of house music is being explained. It starts in Chicago in the "Warehouse" club...
Director: Carl Hindmarch
 
52.
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
 
53.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)