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1. The Drop: The EDM Culture Explosion

Documentary, Music | Post-production

Over the past few years, electronic dance music has taken off in popular culture. However, the transition from an underground movement to a mainstream juggernaut has not happened overnight.... See full summary »

Director: Edward Platero | Stars: Ookay, Moby, Avicii, Perry Farrell

2. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 25,396

4. Salad Days (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

"Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)" examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Crawford | Stars: Fred Armisen, Brendan Canty, Dave Grohl, Tim Kerr

Votes: 411

5. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 160,711 | Gross: $161.20M

6. My Secret World: The Story of Sarah Records (2014)

102 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Ethics and passion in their purest form. Welcome to the world of Sarah Records, active between 1987-1995, and possibly the most indie of all indie labels.

Director: Lucy Dawkins | Stars: Clare Wadd, Matt Haynes, Amelia Fletcher, Jacob Graham

Votes: 35

7. The 78 Project Movie (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, History, Music

Based on the acclaimed web series, THE 78 PROJECT is a journey across America to record today's musical artists as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of popular ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Steyermark | Stars: Matt Barton, The Bo-Keys, Ella Mae Bowen, Tom Brosseau

Votes: 12

8. Zdorovo i Vechno (2014)

78 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Punk may have started in New York and London, but the extremely famous and famously extreme existential cult Siberian 80's band Grazhdanskaya Oborona (Civil Defense) and it's visionary ... See full summary »

Directors: Natalya Chumakova, Anna Tsyrlina | Stars: Yegor Letov, Sergey Letov, Alexander Rozhkov, Oleg Sudakov

Votes: 133

9. Breadcrumb Trail (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary on the Louisville, Kentucky band Slint with a focus on their seminal final album, Spiderland.

Director: Lance Bangs | Stars: Steve Albini, Todd Brashear, Ethan Buckler, Ian MacKaye

Votes: 444

10. Heaven Adores You (2014)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith. By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of ... See full summary »

Director: Nickolas Dylan Rossi | Stars: Madonna, Gus Van Sant, Conan O'Brien, Rossie Harris

Votes: 871

11. The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill (2014 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Famous fans and fellow musicians discuss the career of one of the most influential figures that British music has ever produced.

Director: Adrian Sibley | Stars: Viv Albertine, Tori Amos, Brett Anderson, Bat for Lashes

Votes: 79

12. The Past is a Grotesque Animal (2014)

Unrated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A personal, accessible look at an artist - Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band of Montreal - whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to... See full summary »

Director: Jason Miller | Stars: Dottie Alexander, Derek Almstead, David Barnes, Kevin Barnes

Votes: 111

13. Riot on the Dance Floor (2014)

114 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of Randy Now and City Gardens is a documentary from director Steve Tozzi, that features the stark and iconic photography of Thrasher Magazine's Ken ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Tozzi | Stars: Paul 'H.R.' Hudson, Dean Ween, Jack Irons, Milo Aukerman

Votes: 55

14. Sledy na snegu (2014)

63 min | Documentary

The world's first documentary about Siberia's punk rock scene in the 1980s. It was a phenomenon of those times that this music existed thousands of miles away from the movement's epicentres in New York and London.

Director: Vladimir Kozlov

Votes: 23

15. Elektro Moskva (2013)

Unrated | 89 min | Documentary

Elektro Moskva is an essayistic documentary about the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The story begins with the inventor of the world's first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, ... See full summary »

Directors: Dominik Spritzendorfer, Elena Tikhonova | Stars: Alexey Borisov, Stanislav Kreichi, Dmitriy Morozov, Richardas Norvila

Votes: 121

16. 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

17. Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Director: Jay Bulger | Stars: Ginger Baker, Femi Kuti, Eric Clapton, Stewart Copeland

Votes: 2,883 | Gross: $0.11M

18. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Music

69 Metascore

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.

Directors: Drew DeNicola, Olivia Mori | Stars: Billy Altman, Jon Auer, Lester Bangs, Chris Bell

Votes: 1,158 | Gross: $0.11M

19. Last Shop Standing (2012)

50 min | Documentary

The rapid rise of record shops in the 1960's / 70s and 80's, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies. Hear from ... See full summary »

Director: Pip Piper | Stars: Phil Barton, Clint Boon, Billy Bragg, Diane Cain

Votes: 163

20. Kovasikajuttu (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A Finnish punk-rock band formed by four mentally disabled guys.

Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi | Stars: Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, Toni Välitalo

Votes: 1,395

21. Reincarnated (2012)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

42 Metascore

Hip-Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, and produces his first reggae record.

Director: Andy Capper | Stars: Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dr. Dre, Damian Marley

Votes: 2,119

22. Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (2011)

110 min | Documentary, Music

From myth to legend Rowland Howard appeared on the early Melbourne punk scene like a phantom out of Kafkaesque Prague or Bram Stoker's Dracula. A beautifully gaunt and gothic aristocrat, ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn | Stars: Rowland S. Howard, Genevieve McGuckin, Nick Cave, Mick Harvey

Votes: 234

23. 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: 3,178 | Gross: $1.20M

24. Better Than Something: Jay Reatard (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

For Jimmy Lee Lindsay, life was a mosh pit. Whether it was growing up among crack addicts on the rough side of Memphis, or his years in the rough-and-tumble underground rock scene of the '... See full summary »

Directors: Alex Hammond, Ian Markiewicz | Stars: Jay Reatard, King Louie Bankston, Shawn Foree, Ryan Rousseau

Votes: 129

25. Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

Gatling Pictures' "Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story" examines the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of Boston "low rock" band Morphine. From his Newton, Mass., roots to ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Gordon Bralver, David Ferino | Stars: Chris Ballew, Dicky Barrett, Les Claypool, Dana Colley

Votes: 364

26. Saicomania (2011)

69 min | Documentary, Music

Between 1964 and 1966, Los Saicos were the wildest and most original rock and roll band on the planet, but no one knew about it. Until now.

Director: Hector Chavez | Star: Los Saicos

Votes: 9

27. Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music

66 Metascore

Songwriter Stephin Merritt is known as "the Cole Porter of his generation" for his memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings. Shot over a period of 10 years, "Strange ... See full summary »

Directors: Kerthy Fix, Gail O'Hara | Stars: Laura Ballance, Carrie Brownstein, Ethan Cohn, Sam Davol

Votes: 239 | Gross: $0.07M

28. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 14,684 | Gross: $0.67M

29. Frank and Cindy (2007)

73 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Frank & Cindy is a deeply personal documentary about Frank Garcia, an 80's one-hit wonder musician, and his blonde bombshell wife Cindy, who makes him live in the basement.

Director: G.J. Echternkamp | Stars: Cynthia Brown, Frank Garcia

Votes: 205

30. Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

Unrated | 124 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Joe Strummer, Steve Jones, Mick Jones, Brigitte Bardot

Votes: 3,416 | Gross: $0.25M

31. Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Music, War

In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, ... See full summary »

Directors: Suroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti | Stars: Firas Al-Lateef, Suroosh Alvi, Marwan Reyad, Faisal Talal

Votes: 1,070

32. Marc Bolan: The Final Word (2007 TV Movie)

66 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary which examines Marc Bolan's childhood ambitions of fame and where it led him, using previously lost TV and radio interviews, rediscovered Top of the Pops recordings, unseen concert footage and unique home movies.

Director: Mark Tinkler | Stars: Marc Bolan, Steve Harley, Gloria Jones, Lorna Luft

Votes: 40

33. What We Do Is Secret (2007)

R | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.

Director: Rodger Grossman | Stars: Shane West, Rick Gonzalez, Bijou Phillips, Noah Segan

Votes: 1,665 | Gross: $0.06M

34. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

69 Metascore

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman | Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, James Drescher, Lucky Lehrer

Votes: 3,035 | Gross: $0.28M

35. loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

63 Metascore

loudQUIETloud is the story of this unforseen plot twist. A deeply compelling portrait of four band members and their difficult, tense, and ultimately triumphant return.

Directors: Steven Cantor, Matthew Galkin | Stars: Frank Black, Kim Deal, David Lovering, Joey Santiago

Votes: 1,234 | Gross: $0.00M

37. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston, Laurie Allen

Votes: 8,251 | Gross: $0.33M

38. Don't Need You (2005 Video)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Music

"don't need you" is a documentary film that tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a ... See full summary »

Director: Kerri Koch | Stars: Mark Andersen, Dasha Bikceem, Bratmobile, Sharon Cheslow

Votes: 95

39. Marc Bolan: Ride On (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, Drama

Marc Bolan, singer/songwriter, struggles from the back streets of North London to International stardom.

Directors: Sonia Anderson, Mike Parkinson | Stars: Marc Bolan, Steve Harley, Bob Harris, Captain Sensible

Votes: 33

40. Punk: Attitude (2005)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock.

Director: Don Letts | Stars: K.K. Barrett, Roberta Bayley, Jello Biafra, Glenn Branca

Votes: 1,440

41. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

66 Metascore

A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985.

Director: Tim Irwin | Stars: Milo Aukerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett, Scott Becker

Votes: 841

42. You're Gonna Miss Me (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his lengthy institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth, and his brother's struggle with their religious mother to improve Roky's care.

Director: Keven McAlester | Stars: Byron Coley, 13th Floor Elevators, Evelyn Erickson, Roky Erickson

Votes: 912 | Gross: $0.00M

43. Instrument (1999)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary

A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen | Stars: Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto

Votes: 742

44. The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2003 Video)

200 min | Documentary, Music

The music videos, documentaries and short stories of director and actor Spike Jonze.

Directors: Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs, Roman Coppola, Kim Gordon | Stars: Mark Gonzales, Lauren Curry, Rico Bueno, Gavin Scott

Votes: 1,125

45. D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist (2002)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

This documentary features interviews with Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), J Mascis (Dinosaur jr.), John John Jesse (Demonic Erotic painter), Jim Rose (Jim Rose Sideshow), Jim Thirwell (Foetus), Lydia... See full summary »

Director: Michael W. Dean | Stars: Ron Asheton, Mike Boner, Lynn Breedlove, Dave Brockie

Votes: 137

46. The Shield Around the K (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

Profiles the birth and growth of the punk rock DIY record label, K Records, based in Olympia, Washington.

Director: Heather Rose Dominic | Stars: Michael Azerrad, Sonic Boom, Timothy Brock, Gerard Cosloy

Votes: 41

47. Storefront Hitchcock (1998)

PG-13 | 77 min | Documentary, Music

Rock-music lover and feature-film director Jonathan Demme takes on eccentric British singer-songwriter, Robyn Hitchcock, in an ambitious concert film. Setting up a stage in a New York ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Robyn Hitchcock, Deni Bonet, Tim Keegan

Votes: 231 | Gross: $0.00M

48. So Wrong They're Right (1995)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

A documentary about obsessive 8-track tape collectors, the film documents a cross-country trip looking for those passionate few for whom the 70s never died.

Director: Russ Forster | Stars: Vyto B., James Burnette, Terry Burns, C.G. Colson

Votes: 97

49. Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King (1993)

90 min | Documentary

From their underground days recording songs in their bedroom to their rise as one of rock music's most alternative bands, this documentary chronicles Jad and David Fair's formation of Half Japanese.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Byron Coley, David Fair, Jad Fair, David Greenberger

Votes: 234

50. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Biography, Drama