Most Popular Music Documentaries


1. Whitney (2018)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.2
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75 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Dionne Warwick

Votes: 1,228 | Gross: $2.99M

2. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 41,248 | Gross: $8.41M

3. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Unrated | 106 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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72 Metascore

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney

Votes: 8,644 | Gross: $2.93M

4. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 28,049 | Gross: $2.60M

5. Believer (I) (2018)

TV-14 | 101 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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Imagine Dragons' Mormon front man Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah... See full summary »

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Dan Reynolds, Aja Volkman, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman

Votes: 433

6. Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Music

6.6
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64 Metascore

Tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal | Stars: Whitney Houston, Tony Anderson, Burt Bacharach, Michael Baker

Votes: 2,916

7. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 30,454 | Gross: $1.72M

8. 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: 56,145 | Gross: $3.97M

9. This Is It (2009)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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67 Metascore

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova, Nick Bass

Votes: 35,523 | Gross: $72.09M

10. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

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

7.5
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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: 24,986

11. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

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

Votes: 14,154 | Gross: $50.00M

12. Bo Burnham: what. (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

8.5
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A musical stand-up comedy show by Bo Burnham, the famous internet musician.

Directors: Bo Burnham, Christopher Storer | Star: Bo Burnham

Votes: 4,705

13. Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016 TV Special)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

8.4
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Bo Burnham tackles life, death, sexuality, hypocrisy, mental illness and Pringles cans in his dazzling new stand-up special.

Directors: Bo Burnham, Christopher Storer | Star: Bo Burnham

Votes: 5,226

14. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

1.6
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52 Metascore

Follows Justin Bieber with some footage of performances from his 2010 concert tour.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Justin Bieber, Boyz II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston

Votes: 74,888 | Gross: $73.01M

15. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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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: 14,086 | Gross: $0.32M

16. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Music

6.2
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Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

Director: Alek Keshishian | Stars: Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho

Votes: 8,028 | Gross: $15.01M

17. ABBA: The Movie (1977)

G | 95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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An incompetent radio DJ tries to get an interview with the Swedish pop group during their famous week-long 1977 tour of Australia.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog

Votes: 2,688

18. Chavela (2017)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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68 Metascore

The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012.

Directors: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi | Stars: Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Benarroch, Miguel Bosé, Liliana Felipe

Votes: 370 | Gross: $0.15M

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

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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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: 8,647

20. Sign 'o' the Times (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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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: 1,412 | Gross: $3.00M

21. Let It Be (1970)

G | 81 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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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: 4,678

22. Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, 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: 10,857 | Gross: $4.95M

23. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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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: 10,045 | Gross: $5.02M

24. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018)

96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

Director: Steve Loveridge | Star: M.I.A.

Votes: 215

25. Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.1
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63 Metascore

This documentary goes behind the scenes with pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show.

Director: Chris Moukarbel | Stars: Sandra Amador, Michael Bearden, Tony Bennett, BloodPop

Votes: 7,155

26. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.9
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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: 7,807 | Gross: $0.24M

27. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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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, Eliades Ochoa

Votes: 14,858 | Gross: $7.00M

28. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

7.9
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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: 9,378 | Gross: $0.25M

29. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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67 Metascore

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Director: Denny Tedesco | Stars: Denny Tedesco, Brian Wilson, Dick Clark, Cher

Votes: 2,252 | Gross: $0.80M

30. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Dallas Schoo

Votes: 11,504 | Gross: $1.61M

31. Gimme Danger (2016)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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72 Metascore

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

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Williamson

Votes: 3,562 | Gross: $0.44M

32. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.0
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66 Metascore

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain, Bill Bellamy

Votes: 8,433 | Gross: $7.71M

33. Elvis (1968 TV Special)

50 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

9.0
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Elvis Presley has now been out for making movies for many years, now he makes a comeback in 1968.

Director: Steve Binder | Stars: Elvis Presley, Buddy Arett, Barbara Burgess, D.J. Fontana

Votes: 1,200

34. Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017)

TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.1
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62 Metascore

A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.

Director: Lili Fini Zanuck | Stars: Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Ginger Baker, Chuck Berry

Votes: 1,000

35. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 9,356

36. The Song Remains the Same (1976)

PG | 137 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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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: 6,795

37. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 1,688

38. The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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55 Metascore

A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 8,147 | Gross: $0.24M

39. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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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: 18,672

40. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Music

5.4
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48 Metascore

A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live! In Concert! summer 2011 tour, featuring song performances and Glee fans' life stories and how the show influenced them.

Directors: Kevin Tancharoen, Jennifer Arnold | Stars: Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer

Votes: 5,368 | Gross: $11.86M

41. Justin Bieber's Believe (2013)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Music

1.7
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39 Metascore

A backstage and on-stage look at Justin Bieber during his rise to super stardom.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun, Ryan Good, Usher Raymond

Votes: 17,399 | Gross: $0.88M

42. 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

7.5
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83 Metascore

Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.

Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard | Stars: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader

Votes: 9,757 | Gross: $0.28M

43. Biggie and Tupac (2002)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.8
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63 Metascore

Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole

Votes: 4,069 | Gross: $0.09M

44. Roger Waters: The Wall (2014)

R | 132 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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Details one of the most elaborately staged theatrical productions in music history as Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters performs the band's critically acclaimed album The Wall in its entirety.

Directors: Sean Evans, Roger Waters | Stars: Roger Waters, Dave Kilminster, Snowy White, G.E. Smith

Votes: 3,742

45. One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Music

4.2
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49 Metascore

A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan

Votes: 22,771 | Gross: $28.87M

46. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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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: 11,126 | Gross: $0.42M

47. Songwriter (2018)

84 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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40 Metascore

See pop sensation Ed Sheeran in a whole new way with this documentary following the king of the charts during his time creating the 2017 album 'Divide' during a year away from the world. ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Cummings | Stars: Ed Sheeran, Beoga, Benny Blanco, John McDaid

Votes: 63

48. One More Time with Feeling (2016)

PG | 113 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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92 Metascore

Explores the creative process of Nick Cave and his band as the singer struggles an unspoken personal tragedy.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Votes: 3,317

49. Hired Gun (2016)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.

Director: Fran Strine | Stars: Kenny Aronoff, Corey Britz, Kara Britz, Phil Buckman

Votes: 1,219

50. G-Funk (2017)

TV-MA | 87 min | Documentary, Music

7.1
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The untold story of how hip-hop's most commercial and iconic sub-genre came to be.

Director: Karam Gill | Stars: Ice Cube, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa

Votes: 101



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