Best Rock Movies
Welcome to our Best Rock Movies directory where we capture the poster, trailer, plot summary and ratings for the best rock movies, documentaries, concert films and musicals.
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We’re building a comprehensive list of the best rock movies of four types:
- Rock Movies – Your basic fictionalized good-time popcorn type movie.
- Documentaries – Documentary films focused on a band or genre of rock.
- Concert Films – While these often include more than just a concert, our concert film category focuses on documentaries of specific performance events.
- Musicals & Operas – Like the name says, these are musicals and operas with rock music.
A Hard Day’s Night A Hard Day’s Night is a 1964 British comedy film written by Alun Owen starring The Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. It was directed by Richard Lester and originally released by United Artists. The film was made in the style of a mock […]
Hair – The Musical Hair is a 1979 film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical of the same title about a Vietnam war draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. The hippies introduce him to their environment of marijuana, LSD, and unorthodox relationships. Hair […]
The Great Rock n Roll Swindle The Great Rock n Roll Swindle (1980) is a fictional “documentary” (a “mockumentary”) film directed by Julien Temple and produced by Don Boyd and Jeremy Thomas about the British punk rock band Sex Pistols. The Great Rock n Roll Swindle starred guitarist Steve Jones playing a Detective investigating the […]
Gimme Shelter Gimme Shelter is a 1970 documentary film directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, chronicling The Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour, which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. The film is named after “Gimme Shelter”, the lead track from The Rolling Stones’ 1969 album Let It Bleed. Gimme Shelter was […]
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones is a 2003 documentary about the highly influential punk rock band the Ramones. The film, produced and directed by Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia, follows the band’s history and 22 years of touring. The movie was generally […]
Dig! DiG! is a 2004 documentary film directed by Ondi Timoner, and produced by Ondi Timoner, Vasco Nunes and David Timoner. Compiled from seven years of footage, it contrasts the developing careers of the bands The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre and the bands’ respective frontmen Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Anton Newcombe. It won […]
Detroit Rock City Detroit Rock City is a 1999 cult film about four teenagers in a Kiss cover band who try to see their idols in Detroit in 1978. Detroit Rock City takes its title from the Kiss song of the same name. The movie bombed at the box office, grossing fewer than five million […]
Dont Look Back – Bob Dylan Dont Look Back is a 1967 documentary film by D.A. Pennebaker that principally covers Bob Dylan’s 1965 concert tour of the United Kingdom. In 1998, Dont Look Back was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or […]
Almost Famous Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and telling the fictional story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazine while covering a rock band Stillwater, and his efforts to get his first cover story published. Almost Famous is semi-autobiographical, as Crowe himself was a teenage […]
Across The Universe Across the Universe is a 2007 American musical film directed by Julie Taymor, produced by Revolution Studios, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It was released in the United States on October 12, 2007. The script is based on an original story credited to Taymor, Dick Clement, and Ian La Frenais. Across the […]
24 Hour Party People 24 Hour Party People is a 2002 British film about Manchester’s popular music community from 1976 to 1992, and specifically about Factory Records. 24 Hour Party People was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Michael Winterbottom. The film was entered into the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. 24 Hour Party […]
That Thing You Do That Thing You Do! is a 1996 film, written and directed by Tom Hanks. Set in the summer of 1964, the movie tells the story of a one-hit wonder rock band, called The Wonders, following their whirlwind rise to the top of the pop charts, and just as quickly, their dissolution. […]
The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from a musical sketch on the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live. It features musical numbers by R&B and soul singers James Brown, Cab […]
The Kids Are Alright The Kids Are Alright is a rockumentary film about the English rock band The Who, including live performances, promotional films and interviews from 1964 to 1978. The Kids Are Alright film was primarily the work of American fan Jeff Stein who, despite having no previous experience in moviemaking, convinced the band […]
The Last Waltz The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group, The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the end of The Band’s illustrious touring career, and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a […]
The Rocker The Rocker is a 2008 comedy starring Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger, Emma Stone, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, Will Arnett, Fred Armisen and Bradley Cooper. The Rocker was written by Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky, best known for his Emmy-winning work on The Simpsons from a story by Ryan Jaffe, and directed […]
The Wall – Movie Pink Floyd The Wall – Movie is a 1982 musical film by British director Alan Parker based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters. The film is highly metaphorical and is rich in symbolic imagery and sound. It […]
Tommy Movie Tommy Movie is a 1975 musical film, based on The Who’s 1969 rock opera album musical Tommy. It was directed by Ken Russell and featured a star-studded cast, including the band members themselves (most notably, lead singer Roger Daltrey plays the title role). Ann-Margret received a Golden Globe Award for her performance, and […]
U2 3D U2 3D is a 2008 3-D concert film featuring Irish rock band U2 performing in Latin America during the Vertigo Tour in 2006. A total of 14 songs are featured in the U2 3D film, including new songs taken from the Vertigo Tour’s supporting album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. The U2 […]
Woodstock – The Movie Woodstock Movie is a 1970 documentary on the Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York. The Woodstock Movie was directed by Michael Wadleigh and was edited by (amongst others) Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker; Schoonmaker was nominated for an Academy Award for Film Editing. It […]
Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1973, Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name, based on the last weeks before the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus Christ Superstar was directed by Norman Jewison. Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were nominated for two 1974 Golden Globe Award for their portrayals of […]
Rock Star Rock Star is a 2001 movie starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Stephen Herek. The film also stars Jennifer Aniston. It was shot almost entirely in and around Los Angeles, but takes place in Pittsburgh. Rock Star depicts, approximately, the life of an ’80s heavy metal band, with the highs and lows of […]
Saturday Night Fever Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 film starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, an immature young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discothèque; Karen Lynn Gorney is his dance partner and eventual girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the king. His care-free youth and weekend dancing help him […]
Great Balls of Fire Great Balls of Fire! (1989) is an American biographical film, directed by Jim McBride and features Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis. It was written by McBride and Jack Baran, based on an autobiography by Myra Lewis and Murray M. Silver Jr. The picture executive producers were Michael Grais, Mark Victor, […]
Concert for Bangladesh The Concert For Bangladesh was the event title for two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, held at noon and at 7:00 p.m. on August 1, 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Organized for the relief of refugees from […]
Quadrophenia Overview Quadrophenia is a 1979 British film based on the 1973 rock opera album Quadrophenia by The Who. The film stars Phil Daniels in the leading role as a Mod named Jimmy. The film also stars Toyah Willcox, Mark Wingett, Leslie Ash, Ray Winstone, Timothy Spall, Gary Holton, Phil Davis, Michael Elphick, Kate Williams, […]
Yellow Submarine is a 1968 animated feature film based on the music of the Beatles. It is also the title for the soundtrack album to the feature film, released as part of the Beatles’ music catalogue. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United Artists (UA) and King Features Syndicate. […]
Jailhouse Rock is an American motion picture directed by Richard Thorpe, released by MGM on October 17, 1957. The film stars Elvis Presley (his third ever film role), Judy Tyler, and Mickey Shaughnessy. Co-star Tyler was killed in an automobile accident a few weeks after the film was completed, and like Loving You before it, […]