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1. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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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: 249,431 | Gross: $81.26M

2. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 129,410 | Gross: $75.33M

3. Hip-Hop Evolution (2016– )

TV-MA | Documentary, Music

8.4
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MC and journalist Shad Kabango meets with Hip-Hop's biggest stars to retrace how Hip-Hop became the world's most popular music, but realizes that Hip-Hop's true legacy is something much more profound.

Stars: Shad, LL Cool J, Alonzo Williams, Melle Mel

Votes: 2,284

4. CBGB (2013)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

6.6
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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: 8,206 | Gross: $0.04M

5. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.2
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79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 59,481 | Gross: $3.97M

6. The New Edition Story (2017)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.9
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Chronicles the ups and downs of legendary music group New Edition from their humble beginnings in Boston to individual solo success and everything in between.

Stars: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Woody McClain

Votes: 2,429

7. Backbeat (1994)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.6
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A dramatization of the Hamburg, Germany phase of The Beatles' early history.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Sheryl Lee, Ian Hart, Gary Bakewell

Votes: 5,465 | Gross: $2.39M

8. Miles Ahead (2015)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.4
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64 Metascore

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.

Director: Don Cheadle | Stars: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 8,664 | Gross: $2.61M

9. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 11,490 | Gross: $4.95M

10. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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75 Metascore

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Candi Staton

Votes: 3,304 | Gross: $0.70M

11. Stoned (2005)

R | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.8
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41 Metascore

A chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after being let go from the band.

Director: Stephen Woolley | Stars: Leo Gregory, Paddy Considine, David Morrissey, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 3,739

12. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

6.8
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68 Metascore

A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced.

Director: Lian Lunson | Stars: Leonard Cohen, Bono, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright

Votes: 2,007 | Gross: $1.04M

13. Behind the Music (1997–2014)

Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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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: 1,238

14. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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73 Metascore

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 11,198

15. The Movie Orgy (1968)

420 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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A compilation film designed to evoke nostalgia for the shared entertainment experiences of early baby boomers, "The Movie Orgy" includes clips from television programs and B-movies of the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ann-Margret, Ngo Dinh Diem, Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Beatles

Votes: 96

16. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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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: 5,369 | Gross: $0.61M

17. The Linda McCartney Story (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.0
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A dramatization of the life of Linda McCartney. In her early years snapping photos for Rolling Stone magazine and rubbing elbows with much of Hollywood's Elite. The story follows her ... See full summary »

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Gary Bakewell, David Lewis, Nicole Oliver

Votes: 570

18. Little Richard (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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The story of Little Richard Penniman, from his poor Southern upbringing to dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a black singer in the 1950s, to his born-again phase and brief "retirement" from rock and roll.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Leon, Jenifer Lewis, Carl Lumbly, Tamala Jones

Votes: 651

19. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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66 Metascore

A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

Directors: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt | Stars: Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Chuck D, Snoop Dogg

Votes: 3,239 | Gross: $0.29M

20. Testimony (1987)

Not Rated | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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The story of the great Soviet Composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Sherry Baines, Magdalen Asquith, Mark Asquith

Votes: 222

21. Hype! (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.7
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Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament

Votes: 2,184 | Gross: $0.27M

22. Heartworn Highways (1976)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.0
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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: 529

23. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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76 Metascore

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Director: Paul Justman | Stars: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Richard 'Pistol' Allen

Votes: 3,200 | Gross: $1.60M

24. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.4
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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

25. Led Zeppelin DVD (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 320 min | Documentary, Music

9.2
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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: 2,636

26. Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Video)

Not Rated | 17 min | Documentary, Short, Music

7.4
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A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert

Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik

Votes: 1,150

27. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.1
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A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments.

Directors: Ward Kimball, Charles A. Nichols | Stars: The Mellomen, Loulie Jean Norman, Charlie Parlota, Bill Thompson

Votes: 1,210

28. Fraktus - Das letzte Kapitel der Musikgeschichte (2012)

95 min | Comedy, Music

7.0
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An inept music manager documents his attempt of bringing about a comeback of the 80s techno pioneers Fraktus, who in the past 30 years have disconnected both from each other and their music.

Directors: Lars Jessen, Jacques Palminger, Rocko Schamoni, Sebastian Schultz, Heinz Strunk | Stars: Devid Striesow, Heinz Strunk, Rocko Schamoni, Jacques Palminger

Votes: 1,283

29. D.O.A. (1980)

90 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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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

30. Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1993)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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A documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesiser instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB as well as a history of his instrument.

Director: Steven M. Martin | Stars: Leon Theremin, Robert Moog, Clara Rockmore, Nicolas Slonimsky

Votes: 897 | Gross: $0.19M

31. Beatlemania (1981)

PG | 86 min | Music

5.3
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Four guys who look and sound moderately like the Beatles play a plethora of Lennon/McCartney classics, while footage of memorable sixties events flashes by.

Director: Joseph Manduke | Stars: David Leon, Mitch Weissman, Tom Teeley, Ralph Castelli

Votes: 87

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

64 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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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: 268

33. Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music (2005– )

360 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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Add a Plot

Stars: Colin Salmon, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Jerry Butler

Votes: 90

34. Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song (2001– )

49 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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Eight-episode series depicting 100 years of history of popular song, from early pioneers to rock'n'roll revolution and modern-day pop.

Stars: Pat Boone, Jerry Wexler, Clive Owen, Burt Bacharach

Votes: 62

35. Secrets (1992)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Music

5.0
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Five teens get stuck in the basement in an attempt to see the Beatles in a local hotel.

Director: Michael Pattinson | Stars: Beth Champion, Malcolm Kennard, Dannii Minogue, Willa O'Neill

Votes: 147

36. Era of Dance (2017)

80 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.8
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The first Story of Soviet Techno Revolution "In the USSR that was the beginning of a new era. The Era of Dance".

Director: Viktor Buda | Stars: Indulis Bilzens, Westbam, Derrick May, Roberts Gobzins

Votes: 11

37. The Beatles: Made on Merseyside (2018)

87 min | Documentary, Music

5.7
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The incredible story of how The Beatles emerged from post-war Liverpool and turned music on its head with their changes from skiffle to rock 'n' roll and the creation of the Mersey Beat sound.

Director: Alan Byron | Stars: Pete Best, Joe Flannery, Keith Altham, Alex McKechnie

Votes: 56

38. The Compleat Beatles (1982 Video)

119 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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The history of the great British rock band.

Director: Patrick Montgomery | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 1,058

39. The Florence Foster Jenkins Story (2016)

93 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.2
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Florence Foster Jenkins is known as "the worst singer of all times" and yet she is a cult figure whose recordings still outsell many contemporary singers. Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato ... See full summary »

Director: Ralf Pleger | Stars: Joyce DiDonato, Adam Benzwi, Jan-Philipp Rekeszus, Lars-Peter Schmädicke

Votes: 38

40. Play It Loud! (2003)

97 min | Music, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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The year is 1981, the German New Wave is at the peak. Harry, otherwise Sparkasse trainee, wants to make it big as a manager of the band of his friends, Apollo Schwabing. He has booked the ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Quabeck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Robert Stadlober, Jessica Schwarz, Marlon Kittel

Votes: 911

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

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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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: 876

42. Modulations (1998)

75 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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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: 349 | Gross: $0.14M

43. Dance Craze (1981)

50 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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Documentary on Britain's 2 Tone Ska Era from the late seventies to the early eighties.

Director: Joe Massot | Stars: The Beat, The Bodysnatchers, The Selecter, The Specials

Votes: 93

44. The Great Mr. Handel (1942)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Rank's G.H.W. Productions Ltd.

Director: Norman Walker | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan, Malcolm Keen, Michael Shepley

Votes: 69

45. Howard Goodall's Story of Music (2013– )

Documentary, History, Music

8.3
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Master musician Howard Goodall, puts his knowledge into power in various moving and inspirational episodes dealing from the beginning time, the birth of music. From cavemen to Lady Gaga, he... See full summary »

Stars: Howard Goodall, Daisy Fancourt, Nicola Benedetti, Emmanuelle Fleurot

Votes: 65

46. The Art of Amália (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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57 Metascore

Documentary about the life and art of legendary singer Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999).

Director: Bruno de Almeida | Stars: Amália Rodrigues, John Ventimiglia, Maria de Medeiros, David Byrne

Votes: 72 | Gross: $0.01M

47. Inside Metal: The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal (2017 Video)

90 min | Documentary, Music

5.5
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Throughout history, the San Francisco Bay Area has long been named as the epicenter for "Thrash Metal;" whereas Los Angeles is invariably considered the "Hair-Metal" capitol. True, San ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Nalbandian | Stars: Frank Bello, John Bush, David Ellefson, Marty Friedman

Votes: 15

48. Pump Up the Volume (2001– )

Documentary

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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: 196

49. X: The Unheard Music (1986)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X. There are studio and live performances by the band and interviews with ... See full summary »

Director: W.T. Morgan | Stars: John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, D.J. Bonebrake

Votes: 351

50. Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (2017)

Documentary, History, Music

7.0
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The amazing story of a group of Jewish songwriters who wrote the soundtrack to Christmas.

Director: Larry Weinstein | Stars: Larry Weinstein, Ben Sidran, Jennifer 8. Lee, Ophira Eisenberg

Votes: 31



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