0 My Movies: Music Documentaries Worth Your Attentionby AltonMann | created - 05 Dec 2017 | updated - 28 Jul 2018 | Public
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1. Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music
Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 239 min | Documentary, Music
"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before.
3. I Called Him Morgan (2016)
92 min | Documentary, Drama, History
An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.
Votes: 1,254 | Gross: $0.10M
4. A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2012)
Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, ... See full summary »
6. Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'Roll (2000 TV Movie)
90 min | Documentary
Biography of Sam Phillips, the legendary record producer whose Sun Records label in Memphis, TN, produced records by such rock icons as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
7. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music
Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.
Votes: 3,225 | Gross: $1.60M
8. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
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.
Votes: 11,676 | Gross: $4.95M
9. Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary about Tom Dowd, who was an innovative recording engineer and producer of noted albums with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and many others.
Votes: 502 | Gross: $0.04M
10. Let's Get Lost (1997)
96 min | Drama
Three friends, Steffen, Thomas and Mogens spend a lot of time together in Julies apartment while they talk about soccer and how to get enough money for tickets to the big game next week. At... See full summary »
11. Amy (III) (2015)
R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.
Votes: 45,508 | Gross: $8.41M
12. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Sphere Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.
Votes: 948 | Gross: $0.52M
13. A Great Day in Harlem (1994)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music
Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958, for a piece in Esquire magazine. Just about every jazz musician at the time ... See full summary »
Votes: 396 | Gross: $0.53M
15. Muscle Shoals (2013)
PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History
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".
Votes: 3,334 | Gross: $0.70M
16. Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
An exploration of the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane where the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds are revealed.
Votes: 1,559 | Gross: $0.41M
17. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."
18. Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)
PG | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
This documentary movie covers two concerts at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, and also discusses his life and career.
Votes: 1,165 | Gross: $0.72M
19. Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music
A tribute to jazz diva Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006.
20. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)
PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music
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.
Votes: 2,479 | Gross: $0.80M
21. Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog (1998)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Nine years in the making, CHARLES MINGUS - Triumph of the Underdog is the first comprehensive documentary about jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. A lucid involving ... See full summary »
22. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
G | 105 min | Documentary, Music
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.
Votes: 15,729 | Gross: $7.00M
American Masters (1985– )
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography
A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.
25. The Winding Stream (2014)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Family
The Winding Stream is a 90-minute High Definition music history documentary-in-progress that tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes. Starting with ... See full summary »
Votes: 215 | Gross: $0.02M
26. A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly (1988 Video)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music
Folkways: A Vision Shared--A Tribute To Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly pays stunning tribute to two legends of folk and blues. Narrated by Robbie Robertson, this documentary features ... See full summary »