Documentaries about music

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1. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 19,055

2. The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)

123 min | Documentary, Music

Surf pop duo, Jan and Dean host this showcase of performances by well-known Rock, R&B, and pop stars of the era.

Director: Steve Binder | Stars: The Beach Boys, The Barbarians, Chuck Berry, The Blossoms

Votes: 567

3. Charlie Is My Darling (1966)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Two days in the life of the Rolling Stones during their tour of Ireland in 1965.

Director: Peter Whitehead | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman

Votes: 162

4. Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez

Votes: 7,299

5. Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, History, Music

77 Metascore

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald

Votes: 2,993 | Gross: $0.00M

6. Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Music

Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Director: Denis Sanders | Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge

Votes: 2,084

7. Feast of Friends (1970)

Unrated | 38 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary about the doors, made by the doors. It is filmed by two ucla mates of Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrisson. It shows the atmosphere between the members and a live version of The End.

Director: Paul Ferrara | Stars: Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 236

8. 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: 9,489 | Gross: $0.25M

9. Let It Be (1970)

G | 81 min | Documentary, Music

The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 4,755

10. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 14,290 | Gross: $50.00M

11. Soul to Soul (1971)

G | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Footage of a concert held in Ghana to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the independence of that country.

Director: Denis Sanders | Stars: Willie Bobo, Roberta Flack, Eddie Harris, The Ikettes

Votes: 58

12. Born to Boogie (1972)

67 min | Music

Documentary about T-Rex includes concert footage and staged sequences. Ringo's directorial work is mindful of touches used in "Magical Mystery Tour."

Director: Ringo Starr | Stars: Marc Bolan, Ringo Starr, Mickey Finn, Elton John

Votes: 339

13. The Concert for Bangladesh (1972)

G | 103 min | Documentary, Music

The first benefit rock concert when major musicians performed to raise humanitarian relief funds for the refugees of Bangladesh of 1971 war.

Director: Saul Swimmer | Stars: George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr

Votes: 1,341

14. Eat the Document (1972)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, Music

Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK.

Director: Bob Dylan | Stars: Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko

Votes: 374

15. Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1972)

G | 92 min | Documentary, Music

Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Maben | Stars: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason

Votes: 7,707

16. Jimi Hendrix (1973)

R | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

This documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix's untimely death. At the time it was an example of how a visual biography should be done, but some of the information in it needs ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Boyd, John Head, Gary Weis | Stars: Arthur Allen, Albert Allen, Stella Benabon, Eric Barrett

Votes: 1,273

17. Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (1973 TV Special)

87 min | Documentary, Music

A 1973 concert by Elvis Presley taped at the Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the first program to ever be beamed around the world by satellite.

Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Jerry Scheff, Charlie Hodge

Votes: 1,100

18. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1973)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Music

A concert film taken from two Rolling Stones concerts during their 1972 North American tour.

Director: Rollin Binzer | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 562

19. Save the Children (1973)

G | 123 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about a concert held in Chicago in 1972.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Cannonball Adderley, Jerry Butler, Sammy Davis Jr., Dennis Edwards

Votes: 28

20. Wattstax (1973)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

81 Metascore

Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: The Dramatics, The Staple Singers, Kim Weston, Jimmy Jones

Votes: 684

21. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Music

58 Metascore

The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy From... See full summary »

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansey

Votes: 2,304 | Gross: $0.16M

22. Janis (1974)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The life and music of Janis Joplin.

Director: Howard Alk | Stars: Janis Joplin, Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, Dave Getz

Votes: 640

23. Heartworn Highways (1976)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The best music and the best whiskey come from the same part of the country.

Director: James Szalapski | Stars: Peggy Brooks, Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell

Votes: 461

24. 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: 6,871

25. Punk in London (1977)

TV-MA | 111 min | Documentary, Music

A contemporary documentary covering the Great British punk rock explosion of 1977.

Director: Wolfgang Büld | Stars: Gaye Advert, Jack Airport, Arturo Bassick, Chelsea

Votes: 142

26. The Grateful Dead (1977)

PG | 131 min | Documentary, Music

The Grateful Dead performs live at Winterland in San Francisco in October 1974.

Directors: Jerry Garcia, Leon Gast | Stars: Jerry Garcia, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart

Votes: 657

27. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Music

88 Metascore

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Van Morrison

Votes: 14,255 | Gross: $0.32M

28. The Kids Are Alright (1979)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!

Director: Jeff Stein | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle

Votes: 3,153

29. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

93 Metascore

The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks

Votes: 2,821

30. We Will Rock You: Queen Live in Concert (1982 Video)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Film of Queen's live concert in Montreal, Canada 1981. Featuring Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor.

Director: Saul Swimmer | Stars: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon

Votes: 796

31. David Bowie: Serious Moonlight (1984 Video)

87 min | Documentary, Music

David Bowie performs his 'Serious Moonlight Tour' in Vancouver, 12th August 1983.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: David Bowie, Carlos Alomar, Steve Elson, Stan Harrison

Votes: 315

32. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 10,244 | Gross: $5.02M

33. Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour (1985 Video)

50 min | Documentary, Music

All the Madonna wannabes come out for the first tour that saw The "Queen of Pop" Legend begin.

Directors: Daniel Kleinman, James Foley | Stars: Madonna, Michael Perea, Lyndon B. Johnson, Silvio Ciccone

Votes: 343

34. Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Video)

Not Rated | 17 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert

Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik

Votes: 1,077

35. Queen Live at Wembley '86 (1986 TV Special)

300 min | Documentary, Music

One of the world's biggest bands return to the scene of their Live Aid (1985) triumph a year earlier to play all their greatest hits in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.

Director: Gavin Taylor | Stars: Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor

Votes: 2,101

36. Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

PG | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

This documentary movie covers two concerts at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, and also discusses his life and career.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Ingrid Berry

Votes: 1,105 | Gross: $0.72M

37. Varázslat - Queen Budapesten (1987)

90 min | Documentary, Music

On 27th July 1986, British stadium rock band Queen broke new ground by playing for the first time in Hungary, a country which was still under a communist dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain.

Director: János Zsombolyai | Stars: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Queen

Votes: 730

38. Madonna: Ciao, Italia! - Live from Italy (1987 Video)

100 min | Documentary, Music

Filmed during Madonna's 1987 "Who's That Girl World Tour."

Directors: Jeffrey Hornaday, Mark Aldo Miceli, Mitchell Sinoway, Egbert van Hees | Stars: Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Jai Winding, Jonathan Moffett

Votes: 543

39. Sign 'o' the Times (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

A concert film with theatrical staging, featuring live performances by Prince and his band.

Directors: Prince, Albert Magnoli | Stars: Prince, Sheila E., Sheena Easton, Dr. Fink

Votes: 1,458 | Gross: $3.00M

40. Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 4,086 | Gross: $3.75M

41. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

58 Metascore

Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper

Votes: 2,779 | Gross: $0.37M

42. At the Max (1991)

89 min | Documentary, Music

A filming of the 1990 Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels" concert that traveled Europe. This was filmed in the IMAX process, which allows the film to be projected in a size ten times the size of a regular 35mm projected image.

Directors: Noel Archambault, David Douglas, Roman Kroitor, Julien Temple, Christine Strand | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 304

43. The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1991 Video)

83 min | Documentary, Music

Maysles brothers documentary covering the first arrival of "Beatlemania" in the U.S., as well at the band's historical appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Directors: Kathy Dougherty, Susan Froemke, Albert Maysles, David Maysles | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 693

44. 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, History, Music

David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The ... See full summary »

Director: David Markey | Stars: Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley

Votes: 1,229

45. Michael Jackson Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (1992 TV Special)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Music

Michael's "Dangerous Tour" was the biggest tour any performer had done in history, the staging took nearly 3 days to set up. The tour included 69 concerts reaching over 3.5 million fans. This concert aired on HBO in 1992.

Director: Andrew Morahan | Stars: Michael Jackson, Siedah Garrett, Darryl Phinnessee

Votes: 1,538

46. Dangerous: The Short Films (1993 Video)

112 min | Documentary, Music

The music videos of Michael Jackson's Dangerous, including "Black or White," "Gone Too Soon," "Jam," "Heal the World," and more.

Directors: Billy DiCicco, David Fincher, Michael Jackson, David Kellogg, John Landis, Andrew Morahan, Vincent Paterson, Joe Pytka, Herb Ritts, John Singleton | Stars: Michael Jackson, Naomi Campbell, Gilby Clarke, Macaulay Culkin

Votes: 2,067

47. David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise (I) (1993 Video)

63 min | Documentary, Music

On Saturday 8 May 1993, at the Hollywood Center Studios in Los Angeles, David Bowie was filmed performing six tracks from the album "Black Tie, White Noise". These perfomances pieces are ... See full summary »

Director: David Mallet | Stars: David Bowie, Lester Bowie, Nile Rodgers, Mick Ronson

Votes: 35

48. Madonna: The Girlie Show - Live Down Under (1993 TV Special)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Music

Madonna and her crew perform in Australia for The Girlie Show Tour in 1993 in support of the legendary Erotica album. She wouldn't perform there for another 23 years due to scheduling.

Director: Mark Aldo Miceli | Stars: Madonna, Jai Winding, Michael Bearden, Mike McKnight

Votes: 899