Watchlist: Music Docs

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1. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,897 | Gross: $0.25M

2. Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary, Music

The definitive film about Creation Records, one of the world's most successful and colorful independent labels.

Director: Danny O'Connor | Stars: Alan McGee, Bobby Gillespie, Noel Gallagher, Chris Abbot

Votes: 543

3. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography

A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, B.J. Rolfzen, Dick Kangas, Liam Clancy

Votes: 10,652

4. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond (2001)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

"The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story" (video release title) tells the full bizarre, tragic, but also celebratory story of Syd Barrett, the co-founder of Pink Floyd. With contributions from... See full summary »

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Kirsty Wark, Syd Barrett, Joe Boyd, Graham Coxon

Votes: 532

5. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr

Votes: 9,609

6. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stew Albert, Tariq Ali

Votes: 5,153 | Gross: $1.10M

7. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)

Not Rated | 239 min | Documentary, Music

"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Mick Avory, Ron Blair, Peter Bogdanovich

Votes: 1,611

8. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day.

Director: Michael Rapaport | Stars: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White

Votes: 3,275 | Gross: $1.20M

9. Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

"Wish You Where Here" was released September, 1975. Interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright as they tell the story of the creative process of this album.

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Syd Barrett, Joe Boyd, Venetta Fields, Jill Furmanovsky

Votes: 1,418

10. 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: 2,495 | Gross: $0.51M

11. Queen: Days of Our Lives (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

The life and times of the rock band Queen - told in two parts covering in part one the 1970's and in part two the 1980's and beyond.

Director: Matt O'Casey | Stars: Brian May, Roger Taylor, Chris Smith, Freddie Mercury

Votes: 1,480

12. Dub Echoes (2008)

75 min | Documentary

Through interviews with over 40 key names on the history of dub, electronic music and hip hop, "Dub Echoes" connects the dots between of the otherwise fragmented relation between all this genres.

Director: Bruno Natal | Stars: Abashanti-i, Victor Axelrod, Howie B., Lloyd Barnes

Votes: 178

13. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,523 | Gross: $0.42M

15. The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000)

PG-13 | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

72 Metascore

With the help of her mother, family, friends, and fellow musicians, Aiyana Elliott reaches for her father, legendary cowboy troubadour, Ramblin' Jack Elliott. She explores who he is and how... See full summary »

Director: Aiyana Elliott | Stars: Jack Elliott, Gil Gross, Arlo Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 297 | Gross: $0.22M

16. Scratch (2001)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: Chali 2na, Marc 7, Afra, Carlos Aguilar

Votes: 2,616

17. The Defiant Ones (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, Verna Griffin

Votes: 9,224

18. Pump Up the Volume (2001– )

Documentary

In this documentary the origin of house music is being explained. It starts in Chicago in the "Warehouse" club. This later became the Genre called just "House" because people wanted to buy ... See full summary »

Stars: Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, Marshall Jefferson, Shaun Ryder

Votes: 193

19. High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006 Video)

64 min | Documentary, Music

HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Bredow | Stars: Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie Fowlkes

Votes: 267

20. Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno (2012)

52 min | Documentary

From secret Parisian parties to Berlin's infamous Berghain club, Paris/Berlin documents the underground movement of techno through the lens of two different cities. This 52 minute ... See full summary »

Director: Amélie Ravalec | Star: Laurent Garnier

Votes: 41

21. B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 (2015)

92 min | Documentary, Music

Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything... See full summary »

Directors: Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange, Klaus Maeck | Stars: Andi, Bela B., Blixa Bargeld, Ben Becker

Votes: 1,608

22. Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany (2009)

58 min | Documentary

BBC 4 documentary about 1970s German progressive music.

Director: Benjamin Whalley | Stars: Amon Düül II, David Bowie, Can, Holger Czukay

Votes: 230

23. I Dream of Wires (2014)

102 min | Documentary, History, Music

The history and resurgence of the electronic modular music synthesizer.

Director: Robert Fantinatto | Stars: Patti Schmidt, Joel Chadabe, John Mills-Cockell, Morton Subotnick

Votes: 599

24. 808 (2015)

107 min | Documentary, Music

808 is a documentary film about the inspiring story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. It's the tale of the birth of electronic music, and how one small machine changed the musical ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Dunn | Stars: Damon Albarn, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Chris Barbosa

Votes: 422

25. Moog (2004)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, History, Music

51 Metascore

Bob Moog shaped musical culture with some of the most inspiring electronic instruments ever created. This "compelling documentary portrait of a provocative, thoughtful and deeply ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Fjellestad | Stars: Charlie Clouser, Herbert Deutsch, Keith Emerson, Woody Jackson

Votes: 565

26. Made in Sheffield (2001)

52 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the music of Sheffield, England in the 1970s and early 1980s, when bands such as Caberet Voltaire, The Human League, ABC, Def Leppard, Heaven 17, Pulp, I'm So Hollow, Artery, The ... See full summary »

Director: Eve Wood | Stars: ABC, Paul Bower, Jarvis Cocker, The Damned

Votes: 118

27. 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: Dave Ball, Wendy Carlos, Chris Carter, Joanne Catherall

Votes: 327

32. Modulations (1998)

75 min | Documentary, Music

The evolution of electronic music and its many genres. How the wide range of styles and scenes formed through experimentations on sound formation.

Director: Iara Lee | Stars: Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Carl Cox, David Kristian

Votes: 346 | Gross: $0.14M

34. Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (2018)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Two men taking a tribe of outsiders on a ride through the 80s underground, accidentally changing music forever.

Director: Julia Nash | Stars: Matt Adell, Steve Albini, Paul Barker, Jello Biafra

Votes: 66

35. Don't You Forget About Me (2009 Video)

R | 74 min | Documentary, Biography

A group of young filmmakers have one goal in mind: to track down and interview the great writer/director John Hughes, responsible for many of the classic teen films that marked a whole ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Sadowski | Stars: David Anderle, Mike Bender, Jackie Burch, Scott Coffey

Votes: 788

36. If I Think of Germany at Night (2017)

105 min | Documentary

A look at five pioneers of electronic music for whom work is their raison d'etre.

Director: Romuald Karmakar | Stars: Ata, Roman Flügel, Sonja Moonear, David Moufang

Votes: 140

37. Villalobos (2009)

110 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of Chilean DJ Ricardo Villalobos.

Director: Romuald Karmakar | Star: Ricardo Villalobos

Votes: 43

38. Raving Iran (I) (2016)

84 min | Documentary

Two DJ's in Tehran are battling to play the music they love and set up dance parties. Local regime does not look well at harbingers of western culture of decay so the protagonists need to do big decisions.

Director: Sue Meures

Votes: 734

39. Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott (2010)

100 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

65 Metascore

His filmmaker son probes the professional and private lives of his remote but fascinating father: bandleader, composer, inventor, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.

Director: Stanley Warnow | Stars: John Williams, Mark Mothersbaugh, Edward R. Murrow, Hal Willner

Votes: 32

40. Bar25 (2012)

95 min | Documentary

Four young individuals whose freewheeling way of life, of music, individuality and never ending energy transforms a riverside wasteland into a fantasy land by the river Spree.

Directors: Britta Mischer, Nana Yuriko | Stars: Steffi Lotta, Quentin Tarantino, Klaus Wowereit

Votes: 236

41. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Octavio Calderon

Votes: 15,475 | Gross: $7.00M

42. Part of the Weekend Never Dies (2008)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Rockumentary about the brothers Dewaele. They became a worldwide phenomenon through Soulwax and 2manydj's.

Directors: Saam Farahmand, Soulwax | Stars: David Dewaele, Stephen Dewaele, Soulwax

Votes: 370

43. Maestro (2003)

89 min | Documentary

36 Metascore

Maestro, tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream. What evolved was a scene that set the ground work for what was to come in dance ... See full summary »

Director: Josell Ramos | Stars: Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Frankie Knuckles, Nicky Siano

Votes: 172

44. Benda Bilili! (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of ... See full summary »

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Stars: Leon Likabu, Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali, Cubain Kabeya

Votes: 734

45. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 9,740 | Gross: $3.78M

46. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.

Director: Mat Whitecross | Stars: Paul Arthurs, Christine Biller, Mark Coyle, Debbie Turner

Votes: 8,790 | Gross: $0.24M

47. Finding Fela! (2014)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, History

64 Metascore

A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti

Votes: 628

48. Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (2015– )

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

SINATRA: All or Nothing at All is an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, ... See full summary »

Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Pete Hamill, Phil Kuntz, John Lahr

Votes: 1,489

49. History of the Eagles (2013– )

Not Rated | 187 min | Documentary

The life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.

Stars: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh

Votes: 2,277

50. Amy (III) (2015)

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