Rock 'n' Roll (seen)

by Pantstrovich | created - 17 Feb 2017 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Movies (and maybe a little TV) about rock music, the rock 'n' roll lifestyle or featuring rock stars.

Some things probably will not be included if I don't think they fit under the genre. (The Beatles and David Bowie were more "pop" than "rock," for example. Okay, I don't want to add them because they have too much stuff. Same with Goblin. I'll probably add them all later, because I'm a weirdo completist.)

In progress, like pretty much all of my lists.

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1. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 109 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: 254,049 | Gross: $81.26M

Jack Black is obnoxious, but this is a cute, fun movie, which is a love letter to rock music. It comes on TV a lot, and I never want to turn it off.

2. 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: 241,177 | Gross: $32.53M

3. Wayne's World (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Music

57 Metascore

Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere

Votes: 137,597 | Gross: $121.70M

A long time favourite. Features Alice Cooper. The not as good sequel featured Aerosmith.

4. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

92 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: 123,502 | Gross: $0.19M

5. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

44 Metascore

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 104,374 | Gross: $40.49M

6. 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: 80,184 | Gross: $35.18M

7. Detroit Rock City (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Music

33 Metascore

In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Sam Huntington

Votes: 34,213 | Gross: $4.22M

8. The Song Remains the Same (1976)

PG | 137 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.

Directors: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot | Stars: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham

Votes: 7,381

9. Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (2001 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A dramatization of the early years of the hard rock band, Def Leppard, the group faces both success and personal tragedies such as drummer, Rick Allen losing his arm in a car accident and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol addiction.

Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: Nick Bagnall, Karl Geary, Adam MacDonald, Esteban Powell

Votes: 1,186

Admittedly, Def Leppard are a very pop rock band. They were practically a boy band...

10. The Prowler (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger

Votes: 8,743

Special mention for the cool band at the dance - NowhereFast. They were a real band, who released one album, which was self-titled. Be sure to use quotations and not to use a space in the name, if you want to look them up.

11. Led Zeppelin DVD (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 320 min | Documentary, Music

A double-DVD set which features over five hours of previously unreleased concert and archival performance footage from Led Zeppelin, spanning the years 1969 to 1979.

Directors: Dick Carruthers, Jimmy Page | Stars: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham

Votes: 2,684

Really good.

12. Behind the Music (1997–2014)

Documentary, Biography, Music

Musical artists, their careers, their highs, their lows and everything in between are profiled and interviewed.

Stars: Jim Forbes, David Wild, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons

Votes: 1,259

I saw several episodes of this, but not all of them.

13. 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: 5,555 | Gross: $6.80M

Features Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

14. Rush: Exit... Stage Left (1981 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Music

RUSH's official concert film from both Canada and Scotland performances. The performances that were recorded onto EXIT... STAGE LEFT, the bestselling live album. Featuring popular songs like "YYZ", "Tom Sawyer", and "Closer to the Heart".

Director: Martin Kahan | Stars: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Votes: 205

15. Rush: Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984 (1985 Video)

Not Rated | 70 min | Music

An energy-filled performance from legendary rock trio Rush, recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada on September 21, 1984. Seventy minutes long, the entire performance is not ... See full summary »

Director: David Mallet | Stars: Joe Flaherty, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Votes: 141

16. Rush: A Show of Hands (1989 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Music

A visual record of Rush's 1988 "Hold Your Fire" Tour, shot on film, over 2 nights in Birmingham, England.

Director: Lawrence Jordan | Stars: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Votes: 203

17. Rush in Rio (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 171 min | Documentary, Music

First concert DVD ever from legendary rock trio Rush. Double-DVD set, containing 28 Rush songs. Bonus features include a tour documentary, multi-angle viewing options for certain songs, and... See full summary »

Director: Daniel E. Catullo | Stars: Rush, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Votes: 746 | Gross: $9.00M

18. Hardware (1990)

R | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

Director: Richard Stanley | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Carl McCoy

Votes: 12,196 | Gross: $5.73M

Features Lemmy.

19. 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: 44,419 | Gross: $5.37M

Features Lemmy.

20. Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Tromeo, a filmmaker, falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of a former partner who tried to steal his business from him.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele, William Beckwith

Votes: 5,247

Features Lemmy as the narrator.

21. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

50 Metascore

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 34,391 | Gross: $14.18M

Features Alice Cooper.

22. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood's last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane

Votes: 39,196 | Gross: $34.87M

Features Alice Cooper. Not a great ANoES movie.

23. Never Too Young to Die (1986)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A top secret Agent is murdered, so his estranged son, a high school gymnast, teams up with his dad's attractive female partner to stop the psychopathic hermaphroditic gang leader who killed him, and now plans a major terrorist attack.

Director: Gil Bettman | Stars: John Stamos, Vanity, Gene Simmons, George Lazenby

Votes: 1,384

This movie is hilarious nonsense. Features Gene Simmons in drag.

25. Deathgasm (2015)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.

Director: Jason Lei Howden | Stars: Milo Cawthorne, James Joshua Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley

Votes: 14,723

26. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 89,417 | Gross: $57.47M

Featuring the Ramones songs, "Pet Sematary" and "Sheena is a Punk Rocker."

27. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
Episode: For Cryin' Out Loud (1990)

Not Rated | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

A greedy rock promoter tries to steal the money raised at a benefit concert when his conscience intervenes.

Director: Jeffrey Price | Stars: Lee Arenberg, Katey Sagal, Iggy Pop, Sam Kinison

Votes: 738

Iggy Pop performs Kill City!

28. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

R | 97 min | Horror

50 Metascore

An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Terry Farrell, Doug Bradley, Kevin Bernhardt, Lawrence Mortorff

Votes: 25,894 | Gross: $12.53M

Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and Lemmy, wrote the song "Hellraiser," for the film, which plays over the end credits.

Motörhead also made a music video featuring scenes from the movie.

Armored Saint can be seen performing in the club.

There may have been a few other rock bands on the soundtrack, but I'm not sure. Most music seemed to be either the typical score or industrial music.

Also featuring Motörhead's song, "Hell on Earth."

29. Runaway (I) (1984)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley

Votes: 10,970 | Gross: $6.77M

Gene Simmons' first (non-KISS) movie.

30. Vicious Lips (1986)

R | 84 min | Horror, Music, Sci-Fi

Sometime in the distant future, a fledgling band gets an opportunity for a breakthrough, if they can make it in time to a faraway planet to perform in a very popular club.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Dru-Anne Perry, Gina Calabrese, Linda Kerridge, Shayne Farris

Votes: 1,336

31. Monster Dog (1984)

R | 84 min | Horror, Music

A rock star returns to his childhood home to shoot a music video while a pack of wild dogs are on the loose killing off the local residents.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Alice Cooper, Victoria Vera, Carlos Santurio, Pepa Sarsa

Votes: 1,095

Stars Alice Cooper.

32. Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Music

70 Metascore

Ramones fanatic and delinquent Riff Randell battle it out with the strict new principle of Vince Lombardi High School, Miss Togar, with help from the Ramones.

Directors: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante | Stars: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young

Votes: 8,414

Featuring the Ramones.

Several scenes of the movie were used as music videos for the band.

33. Slaughterhouse Rock (1988)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

A man visits Alcatraz prison after having dreams about all the people who died there. When he gets there, his brother is possessed by an evil cannibal demon. The ghost of a female heavy ... See full summary »

Director: Dimitri Logothetis | Stars: Toni Basil, Nicholas Celozzi, Tom Reilly, Donna Denton

Votes: 638

34. The Monster Club (1981)

Unrated | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play their songs.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Vincent Price, John Carradine, Anthony Steel, Roger Sloman

Votes: 2,719

35. Strangeland (1998)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

A detective pursues a sadist specializing in body modification rituals who lures teenagers through the internet.

Director: John Pieplow | Stars: Kevin Gage, Elizabeth Peña, Dee Snider, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 6,379 | Gross: $0.63M

Features Dee Snider.

36. Heavy Metal (1981)

R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks

Votes: 29,620

37. Biker Mice from Mars (1993–1996)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When three alien motorcycle riding mice are forced to leave their home planet of Mars thanks to the evil mining Plutarkians, they rebel against their enemies on planet Earth and the city of Chicago.

Stars: Dorian Harewood, Rob Paulsen, Ian Ziering, William Morgan Sheppard

Votes: 3,742

Music by Will Anderson and Jeff Scott Soto.

38. Wayne's World 2 (1993)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Music

60 Metascore

The inseparable duo try to organize a rock concert while Wayne must fend off a record producer who has an eye for his girlfriend.

Director: Stephen Surjik | Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Walken, Tia Carrere

Votes: 74,084 | Gross: $48.20M

Features Aerosmith.

39. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

60 Metascore

A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland

Votes: 60,050 | Gross: $38.04M

40. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan

Votes: 35,540 | Gross: $19.47M

Alice Cooper (and Tom Kelly and Kane Roberts) wrote the theme song, "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)," which plays several times during the film.

Alice Cooper's (with Kane Roberts) songs, "Teenage Frankenstein" and "Hard Rock Summer," also feature in the film.

Alice Cooper did promotional photoshoots for the film and made a music video, for "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)," featuring scenes from the film.

41. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

PG-13 | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

The dim-witted teen duo of Beavis and Butt-Head travel across America in search of their stolen television set.

Directors: Mike Judge, Mike de Seve, Brian Mulroney, Yvette Kaplan | Stars: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 49,708 | Gross: $63.07M

White Zombie

42. Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–2011)

TV-14 | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

Animated MTV series about two teenage heavy-metal music fans who occasionally do idiotic things because they're bored. For them, everything is "cool" or "sucks."

Stars: Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Kristofor Brown, Tracy Grandstaff

Votes: 26,354

Showed several rock music videos within the show, as well as wearing shirts featuring Metallica and AC/DC.

Beavis and Butthead's favourite band was GWAR.

43. Empire Records (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

30 Metascore

24 hours in the lives of the young employees at Empire Records when they all grow up and become young adults thanks to each other and the manager. They all face the store joining a chain store with strict rules.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 46,992 | Gross: $0.30M

44. The Hand (1981)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

59 Metascore

A comic book artist loses his hand, which in turn takes on a murderous life of its own.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe, Bruce McGill

Votes: 5,279 | Gross: $2.45M