Ultimate Rock & Roll Movie List

by Cine-Maniacal | created - 9 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

An aggregate, unranked list of the 200 best movies about Rock & Roll, Singers, and Bands. Ever. Period.

This list also includes a little jazz, some country, and a other variations on the theme. As usual, certain titles are more obscure than others.

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1. Black Roses (1988)

R | 90 min | Horror, Music

Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band.

Director: John Fasano | Stars: John Martin, Ken Swofford, Sal Viviano, Julie Adams

Votes: 1,072

2. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)

R | 83 min | Horror, Music

At a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, a hopeful hair-metal band seeking inspiration to record their upcoming new LP will soon find themselves in a furious confrontation against the Prince of Darkness himself.

Director: John Fasano | Stars: Jon Mikl Thor, Jillian Peri, Frank Dietz, David Lane

Votes: 1,260

3. Rocktober Blood (1984)

R | 93 min | Horror, Music

A crazed rock singer returns from the dead to murder members of his former band.

Director: Beverly Sebastian | Stars: Tray Loren, Donna Scoggins, Cana Cockrell, Renee Hubbard

Votes: 482

4. Shock 'Em Dead (1991)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller, Music

Martin is a total loser who makes a deal with the devil to become the greatest rock star in the world.

Director: Mark Freed | Stars: Traci Lords, Troy Donahue, Aldo Ray, Stephen Quadros

Votes: 762

5. Wild Zero (1999)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

Only legendary Japanese garage rock band Guitar Wolf can stand between a race of aliens from destroying earth with an army of zombies.

Director: Tetsuro Takeuchi | Stars: Guitar Wolf, Drum Wolf, Bass Wolf, Masashi Endô

Votes: 3,151

6. Trick or Treat (1986)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

57 Metascore

A bullied teenage boy is devastated after the death of his heavy metal idol, Sammi Curr. But as Hallowe'en night approaches, he discovers that he may be the only one who can stop Sammi from making a Satanic comeback from beyond the grave.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant

Votes: 5,121 | Gross: $6.80M

7. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

91 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 117,825 | Gross: $0.19M

8. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Music

82 Metascore

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Adam Pascal

Votes: 237,734 | Gross: $81.26M

9. Rock Star (2001)

R | 105 min | Drama, Music

54 Metascore

Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Jason Bonham

Votes: 38,114 | Gross: $17.01M

10. Airheads (1994)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

46 Metascore

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 D.J. refuses to play them.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley

Votes: 42,169 | Gross: $5.37M

11. The Wedding Singer (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

59 Metascore

Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert

Votes: 122,236 | Gross: $80.25M

12. The Doors (1991)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors 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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley

Votes: 75,961 | Gross: $35.18M

13. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Music

63 Metascore

Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz, Nat Faxon

Votes: 61,534 | Gross: $18.32M

14. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

R | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

55 Metascore

To become the greatest band of all time, two slacker, wannabe-rockers set out on a quest to steal a legendary guitar pick that gives its holders incredible guitar skills, from a maximum security Rock and Roll museum.

Director: Liam Lynch | Stars: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed, Ronnie James Dio

Votes: 95,076 | Gross: $8.32M

15. The Thing Called Love (1993)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A group of newcomers to the country music business seek love and stardom.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 6,465 | Gross: $1.03M

16. Sing Street (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor

Votes: 71,060 | Gross: $3.24M

17. Once (2007)

R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick

Votes: 103,413 | Gross: $9.44M

18. Begin Again (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

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.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld

Votes: 126,333 | Gross: $16.17M

19. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Votes: 3,264 | Gross: $9.60M

20. Sparkle (1976)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Music

Three sisters form a singing group in 1950s Harlem, but success threatens to ruin their relationship forever.

Director: Sam O'Steen | Stars: Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith

Votes: 1,225 | Gross: $4.00M

21. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 2,956

22. The Five Heartbeats (1991)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music

The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry Lennix

Votes: 3,143 | Gross: $8.75M

23. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers

Votes: 15,196 | Gross: $39.10M

24. La Bamba (1987)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 24,338 | Gross: $54.22M

25. The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis

Votes: 7,270 | Gross: $14.36M

26. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis.

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 14,166 | Gross: $13.74M

27. Beyond the Sea (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

46 Metascore

A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin and specifically his relationship with wife Sandra Dee.

Director: Kevin Spacey | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 13,858 | Gross: $6.32M

28. The Jazz Singer (1980)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Music, Romance

37 Metascore

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of being a popular singer.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Neil Diamond, Lucie Arnaz, Catlin Adams

Votes: 3,401 | Gross: $27.12M

29. Hearts of Fire (1987)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Bob Dylan, Fiona, Rupert Everett, Julian Glover

Votes: 369

30. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

R | 114 min | Drama, Music, Romance

85 Metascore

The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.

Director: Steve Kloves | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab

Votes: 19,770 | Gross: $18.10M

31. Rock the Kasbah (2015)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Music, War

29 Metascore

A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis

Votes: 9,160 | Gross: $2.98M

32. The Beat Beneath My Feet (2014)

TV-14 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A teenage boy discovers his unruly neighbour is really a disgraced Rock God who "died" 8 years ago owing a fortune in unpaid tax. The boy agrees not to reveal his secret on condition that he teaches him the dark arts of Rock Guitar.

Director: John Williams | Stars: Luke Perry, Nicholas Galitzine, Lisa Dillon, Verity Pinter

Votes: 950

33. Bandslam (2009)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Todd Graff | Stars: Aly Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell, Scott Porter

Votes: 13,010 | Gross: $5.21M

34. Sing (2016)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

59 Metascore

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.

Directors: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson

Votes: 107,167 | Gross: $270.40M

35. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 55,949 | Gross: $25.81M

36. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

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 them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 230,788 | Gross: $32.53M

37. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 29,347 | Gross: $14.92M

38. Still Crazy (1998)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

"Strange Fruit" had everything that makes a legendary rockband: Money, Fame, Success, Groupies, a Singer who died of drugs and even a divine ending, when lightning struck the stage during ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall

Votes: 7,089 | Gross: $0.48M

39. Soul Men (2008)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

Though it's been about twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sharon Leal, Adam Herschman

Votes: 9,770 | Gross: $12.08M

40. Ordinary World (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

55 Metascore

An aging punk rocker copes with life after rock.

Director: Lee Kirk | Stars: Billie Joe Armstrong, Fred Armisen, Judy Greer, Selma Blair

Votes: 2,397

41. The Rocker (2008)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Music

53 Metascore

The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger

Votes: 34,912 | Gross: $6.41M

42. Band Aid (2017)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

Director: Zoe Lister-Jones | Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman

Votes: 4,073 | Gross: $0.24M

43. Garage Days (2002)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Drama

50 Metascore

The story of a young garage band in Sydney, Australia trying to make it big.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Kick Gurry, Maya Stange, Pia Miranda, Russell Dykstra

Votes: 2,592 | Gross: $0.02M

44. The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll (2009)

R | 92 min | Drama, Music

31 Metascore

A rock star retreats to his hometown after his sophomore album flops.

Director: Scott D. Rosenbaum | Stars: Lukas Haas, Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Billy Morrison

Votes: 404

45. Ricki and the Flash (2015)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 20,358 | Gross: $26.82M

46. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

96 Metascore

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 35,944 | Gross: $13.78M

47. Losers Take All (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy

Losers Take All is a comedy in which we follow "The Fingers," a fictional punk-pop band stumbling and staggering their way in the opposite direction of mainstream success, circa 1986. ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Steyermark | Stars: Tania Raymonde, Kyle Gallner, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Himelstein

Votes: 291

48. Global Heresy (2002)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music