Films For The Ear

by BS8T3 | created - 08 Jun 2013 | updated - 31 Aug 2014 | Public

Films/Docs with great music, whether it be a great soundtrack, or a documentary about a certain band/producer/person

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1. Sigur Rós: Heima (2007)

97 min | Documentary, Music

In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland.

Director: Dean DeBlois | Stars: Amiina, Hildur Arsaelsdottir, Jon Thor Birgisson, Orri P. Dyrason

Votes: 7,436

2. Oddsac (2010)

54 min | Music

Opening with torch-wielding villagers and a wall bleeding oil, this experimental film attaches vivid scenery and strange characters to the wonderful melodic wavelengths of the band Animal Collective, revitalizing the lost form of the "visual album."

Director: Danny Perez | Stars: Raigan Alex, Panda Bear, Josh Dibb, Kyrian Friedenberg

Votes: 435

3. The Hired Hand (1971)

R | 90 min | Drama, Western

Harry returns home to his wife and farm after drifting with his friend Arch and has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties.

Director: Peter Fonda | Stars: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom, Robert Pratt

Votes: 2,356

4. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 30,894 | Gross: $1.72M

5. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 220,713 | Gross: $116.72M

7. Rock the Bells (2006)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival.

Directors: Denis Henry Hennelly, Casey Suchan | Stars: Chali 2na, D.J. Abilities, Babu, Jerome Baldwin

Votes: 335

8. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 28,545 | Gross: $2.60M

9. All Tomorrow's Parties (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Music

A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Battles, Belle & Sebastian, Grinderman, Dirty Three

Votes: 595

10. Moonwalker (1988)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big (Joe Pesci).

Directors: Jerry Kramer, Colin Chilvers | Stars: Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker

Votes: 14,270

11. Wave Twisters (2001)

Unrated | 46 min | Animation, Adventure, Musical

A crew of heroes, cleverly disguised as a team of oral hygenists, is determined to save the lost arts of Hip Hop (B-boying, Graffiti, MCing, and of course, Skratching) from total extinction... See full summary »

Directors: Syd Garon, Eric Henry | Stars: DJ Q-Bert, D-Styles, Flare, Buckethead

Votes: 503

12. Beautiful Noise (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Music

BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late twentieth century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Green | Stars: Emma Anderson, Alex Ayuli, Andy Bell, Sonic Boom

Votes: 359

13. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern | Stars: James Murphy, Chuck Klosterman, Keith Wood, Nancy Whang

Votes: 2,435 | Gross: $0.51M

14. The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think (2012)

85 min | Documentary, Music

For nearly two decades, The Chemical Brothers' "mind-bending" audiovisual live show has played to packed houses and festivals across the globe. But it has never been documented on film. ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Smith | Stars: The Chemical Brothers, Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons, Mario Kobayashi Stopford

Votes: 341

15. KanZeOn (2011)

87 min | Documentary, Music

Far from Tokyo, a rarely seen view of Japanese culture is revealed through ancient rituals and extraordinary musical spectacle. The film invites the audience to immerse into this unconventional and trans-formative world.

Directors: Neil Cantwell, Tim Grabham

Votes: 14

16. 5 Sides of a Coin (2003)

TV-PG | 70 min | Documentary, Music

"5 Sides of a Coin" is a comprehensive overview of the worldwide cultural movement of Hip-Hop.

Director: Paul Kell | Stars: A-Trak, Afrika Bambaataa, The Beat Junkies, The Beatnuts

Votes: 86

17. Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2013)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-see... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Broadway | Stars: Peanut Butter Wolf, Talib Kweli, A-Trak, Krondon

Votes: 693

18. Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Romance

A portrait, mostly chronological, of composer, cellist, and vocalist Arthur Russell (1951-1992). His parents, friends and colleagues such as Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, his long-time ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wolf | Stars: Bob Blank, Ernie Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

Votes: 416

19. Depeche Mode: 101 (1989)

R | 117 min | Documentary, Music

Depeche Mode prepares for the 101st and final concert of its massive world tour at the Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California, while a group of fans who won a contest travel to the concert through the United States on a bus.

Directors: David Dawkins, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Andrew Fletcher, David Gahan, Martin Gore, Alan Wilder

Votes: 1,318

20. Synth Britannia (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Following a generation of post-punk musicians who went to form successful electronic bands in the 70s and 80s and had a profound impact on present day music.

Director: Benjamin Whalley | Stars: Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Richard H. Kirk, Annie Lennox

Votes: 305

21. Cyberpunk (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Stylistic documentary about the cyberpunk movement. William Gibson, author of cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, and Timothy Leary, famous advocate of psychedelic drugs, share their thoughts on the future of society and technology.

Director: Marianne Trench | Stars: William Gibson, Timothy Leary, David Stagnari, Annette Hunt

Votes: 60



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