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1. The Punk Rock Movie from England (1978)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary on the London punk-rock scene, circa '78.

Director: Don Letts | Stars: Soo Catwoman, Steve Strange, Robin Banks, Mark Perry

Votes: 238

2. Scum (1979)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

An uncompromising story of life in a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth, John Blundell

Votes: 9,225

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

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Music

70 Metascore

A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.

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

Votes: 8,245

4. D.O.A. (1980)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.

Director: Lech Kowalski | Stars: Stiv Bators, Terry Chimes, The Clash, Paul Cook

Votes: 458

5. 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: 3,139

6. Class of 1984 (1982)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Perry King, Merrie Lynn Ross, Timothy Van Patten, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 8,627

7. Suburbia (1983)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay, Timothy O'Brien

Votes: 3,889

8. Another State of Mind (1984)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary on punk rock.

Directors: Adam Small, Peter Stuart | Stars: M. Otis Beard, Dennis Danell, Brent Liles, John Macias

Votes: 681

9. Repo Man (1984)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash

Votes: 31,218 | Gross: $3.57M

10. Dead Kennedys: DMPO's on Broadway (1985 Video)

58 min | Music, Documentary

The Dead Kennedys' performance, June 1984, marked the closing of San Francisco's DMPO's on Broadway Avant-garde Theatre and Nightclub.

Director: Dirk B.G. Driksen | Stars: Klaus Flouride, DH Peligro, East Bay Ray, Jello Biafra

Votes: 81

11. Sid and Nancy (1986)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

76 Metascore

The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop

Votes: 27,840 | Gross: $2.83M

12. Dead Kennedys: The Early Years (1987 Video)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Music

An overview of the early years--late 1970s, early 1980s--of San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys, with clips from some of their live concerts and footage of landmark San Francisco locations of the punk music scene.

Director: Joe Reese | Stars: Jello Biafra, Klaus Flouride, Jed, DH Peligro

Votes: 69

13. 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: 1,285

14. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 598,763 | Gross: $16.50M

15. The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Stephen Chambers, Flea, Gary Fredo, Ron Martinez

Votes: 924

16. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 969,034 | Gross: $6.72M

17. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock

Votes: 5,370 | Gross: $0.61M

18. 24 Hour Party People (2002)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 30,865 | Gross: $1.13M

19. End of the Century (2003)

Unrated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

The story of the punk rock band The Ramones.

Directors: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia | Stars: Rick Rubin, Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone

Votes: 3,356 | Gross: $0.39M

20. 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: 1,474

22. 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: 3,125 | Gross: $0.28M

23. Punk's Not Dead (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

On the edge of the 30th anniversary of punk rock, Punk's Not Dead takes you into the sweaty underground clubs, backyard parties, recording studios, and yes, shopping malls and stadium shows... See full summary »

Director: Susan Dynner | Stars: Craig Aaronson, Colin Abrahall, Adri, Lorraine Ali

Votes: 901

24. Control (2007)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 58,544 | Gross: $0.87M

25. This Is England (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim

Votes: 111,056 | Gross: $0.33M

26. 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: 3,533 | Gross: $0.25M

27. Guidable - A Verdadeira História do Ratos de Porão (2008)

120 min | Documentary

The uncensored history from the Brazilian band Ratos de Porão, one of the oldest Hardcore bands in the world. Almost three decades of drugs, madness and a lot of noise, told by the people ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernando Rick, Marcelo Appezzato | Stars: Betinho, Boka, Igor Cavalera, Clemente

Votes: 86

28. Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB (2009)

Documentary

An East Village performance space fought against the Bowery homeless shelter who threatened to shut them down. Some of the most iconic figures in music have performed here.

Director: Mandy Stein | Stars: Dicky Barrett, Michael Bloomberg, Clem Burke, David Byrne

Votes: 41

29. One Nine Nine Four (2009)

90 min | Documentary, History, Music

Documenting the birth, growth and explosion of punk rock during the 90's.

Director: Jai Al-attas | Stars: Tim Armstrong, Joey Cape, Tim Curran, Thomas DeLonge

Votes: 157

30. Beijing Punk (2010)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

A film crew follows underground punks through Communist China in the year of the Olympics.

Director: Shaun Jefford | Stars: Liu Bao, Nevin Domer, Shi Xu Dong, Brian Hardgroove

Votes: 80

31. The Runaways (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director: Floria Sigismondi | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve

Votes: 44,232 | Gross: $3.57M

32. The Other F Word (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

What happens when a generation's ultimate anti-authoritarians -- punk rockers-- become society's ultimate authorities -- dads? With a large chorus of Punk Rock's leading men - Blink-182's ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins | Stars: Tony Adolescent, Art Alexakis, Tony Cadena, Rob Chaos

Votes: 1,783 | Gross: $0.05M

33. The Rise and Fall of The Clash (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

The definitive biography of the group's fall from grace after they made it to SHEA Stadium USA and were on their way being a smashing success in the world! This story is one of the most ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Garcia | Stars: Viv Albertine, Jesús Arias, Terry Chimes, Tymon Dogg

Votes: 250

34. A Band Called Death (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett | Stars: Bobby Hackney, David Hackney, Dannis Hackney, Robbie Duncan

Votes: 3,326 | Gross: $0.13M

35. Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a ... See full summary »

Directors: Deedle Lacour, Matt Riggle | Stars: Bill Stevenson, Milo Aukerman, Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton

Votes: 832

36. We Are the Best! (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, Johan Liljemark

Votes: 9,489 | Gross: $0.18M

37. The Punk Singer (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

Director: Sini Anderson | Stars: Kathleen Hanna, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett

Votes: 2,547 | Gross: $0.12M

38. CBGB (2013)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

30 Metascore

A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB.

Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Richard de Klerk

Votes: 8,209 | Gross: $0.04M

39. 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: 458

40. Gimme Danger (2016)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, Bob Waller, The Stooges

Votes: 4,268 | Gross: $0.44M

41. Sad Vacation (2016)

95 min | Documentary

A new documentary about the painful and poignant final days of the tragic couple Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

Director: Danny Garcia | Stars: Rachel Amodeo, Roberta Bayley, Den Browne, Leee Black Childers

Votes: 134

42. Los Punks: We Are All We Have (2016)

79 min | Documentary, Music

Los Punks: We Are All We Have is an intimate documentary about the teens and young adults who find meaning in the thriving punk rock scene in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles.

Director: Angela Boatwright | Stars: John Alvarado, Gary Alvarez, Nacho Corrupted, April Desmadre

Votes: 167



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