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1. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

The Authorized biography of Les Paul, " The Wizard of Waukesha". The name Les Paul is synonymous with the electric guitar. As a player, inventor, and recording artist(Paul had two #1 hits ... See full summary »

Director: John Paulson | Stars: Susan Baker, The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Tony Bennett

Votes: 156

4. Four American Composers (1983 TV Movie)

220 min | Documentary

This is a 4 pieces documentary that follow 4 different contemporary composers performing/creating/building theirs shows. Peter Greenaway lead us, with a great sense of balance between the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Robert Ashley, John Cage, Meredith Monk, Philip Glass

Votes: 94

5. Finding the Funk (2013)

78 min | Documentary, History, Music

Finding the Funk is a road trip in search of the past, present and future of Funk music. Starting with Funk's roots in Jazz and the James Brown bands of the '60s we travel to the Bay Area ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson George | Stars: Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Sly Stone

Votes: 55

6. We Like It Like That (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, History, Music

Latin boogaloo is New York City. It is a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx and Brooklyn. ... See full summary »

Director: Mathew Ramirez Warren

Votes: 40

7. American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

American Artifact chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since it's birth in the'60s. Award-winning director, Merle Becker crosses the country interviewing the rock poster artists ... See full summary »

Director: Merle Becker | Stars: Mark Arminski, Lani Barry, Stan Beinstein, Julie Belcher

Votes: 24

8. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

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: 3,195 | Gross: $1.60M

9. Genghis Blues (1999)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

San Francisco bluesman and composer, Paul Peña makes a musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva.

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Richard Feynman, B.B. King, Kongar-ol Ondar, Paul Pena

Votes: 1,237 | Gross: $0.32M

10. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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: 3,290 | Gross: $0.70M

11. Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

Director: Matt Schrader | Stars: Marco Beltrami, Jon Burlingame, Leonard Maltin, Bill Field

Votes: 3,331 | Gross: $0.10M

12. Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Mark Moormann | Stars: Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Ginger Baker

Votes: 492 | Gross: $0.04M

13. Classic Albums (1997– )

Documentary, Music

A documentary series on several of the key albums in music history.

Stars: Phil Alexander, David Fricke, Robert Sandall, Mick Wall

Votes: 122

14. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Steely Dan: Aja (2000)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Aja was the biggest selling album of Steely Dan's career, reaching #3 on the U.S. Billboard chart and #5 in the UK. This is a portrait of the making of this 1977 jazz-rock album. It ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Lewens | Stars: Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Ian Dury, Donald Fagen

Votes: 208

15. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (2001)

90 min | Documentary, Music

The story behind one of the most popular double-albums of all-time, Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, featuring Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting, Candle in the Wind, Bennie and the Jets and the title song.

Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Gus Dudgeon, Rick Frio, Paul Gambaccini, David Hentschel

Votes: 175

17. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: The Grateful Dead: Anthem to Beauty (1997)

75 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about the making of two Grateful Dead albums: 1968's "Anthem of the Sun" and 1970's "American Beauty".

Director: Jeremy Marre

Votes: 114

18. Grateful Dead: Anthem to Beauty (1997 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary

This installment of the Classic Albums series follows the making of two Grateful Dead albums, the fiercely experimental Anthem of the Sun and the understated masterwork American Beauty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter, Phil Lesh

Votes: 52

19. When Albums Ruled the World (2013 TV Movie)

87 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary showing how the long-playing album changed popular music for ever between the mid-1960s and the late 1970s by allowing artists to express themselves as never before.

Director: Steve O'Hagan | Stars: The Beatles, Blondie, Joe Boyd, Richard Branson

Votes: 92

20. The Beatles Anthology (1995–1996)

600 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin

Votes: 5,609

21. Broadway: The American Musical (2004)

360 min | Documentary, Music

A six-part documentary about the Broadway musical

Stars: Julie Andrews, John Lahr, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Furia

Votes: 301

22. Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Music

"It must 'schwing!'" was the motto of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two German Jewish immigrants who in 1939 set up Blue Note Records, the jazz label that was home to such greats as Miles ... See full summary »

Directors: Julian Benedikt, Andreas Morell | Stars: Freddie Hubbard, Gil Mellé, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver

Votes: 207

23. All You Need Is Love (1977– )

60 min | Music, Documentary

Series tracing the development of 20th-century popular music in all its forms.

Stars: Irving Caesar, Hoagy Carmichael, Bing Crosby, John Hammond

Votes: 67

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

49 min | Documentary, Music

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

25. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

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: 2,405 | Gross: $0.80M

26. A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Les Blank's first feature-length documentary captures music and other events at Leon Russell's Oklahoma recording studio during a three-year period (1972-1974).

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Leon Russell, Eric Andersen, Malissa Bates, Les Blank

Votes: 270 | Gross: $0.09M

27. Bayou Maharajah (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music

73 Metascore

Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever ... See full summary »

Director: Lily Keber | Stars: James Booker, Joe Boyd, Douglas Brinkley, Harry Connick Jr.

Votes: 167

28. Music Moguls: Masters of Pop (2016– )

Documentary, Music

This is the secret, and untold, history of pop and rock from the men and women who pulled the strings behind the scenes - the producers, the managers and the PR giants.

Stars: Scooter Braun, Bill Curbishley, Jonathan Dickins, Lamont Dozier

Votes: 15

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