Rock and Roll: The First 25 Yearsby joe_538 | created - 11 May 2013 | updated - 27 Mar 2014 | Public
Movies about and featuring rock and roll music 1955 - 1980. The early days, Elvis, the British invasion, the beach scene, Pop rock, and concert films.
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1. Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.
The first time an R&R song was heard in a mainstream movie.
3. Rock Around the Clock (1956)
Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Orchestra manager Steve Hollis realizes that big-band music is dead. People want something new, but what? On their way to New York, Steve and his companion Corny, stop at a motel in a small... See full summary »
Votes: 954 | Gross: $4.00M
Bill Haley & The Comets, The Platters, Freddie Bell & The Bellboys.
4. Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
Approved | 85 min | Drama, Music
A young teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance. This early rock and roll feature, the 3rd in a series of 5 ... See full summary »
Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Johnny Burnette, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, Jimmy Cavello and the House Rockers
5. Don't Knock the Rock (1956)
Approved | 84 min | Music
A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.
Bill Haley & The Comets, The Treniers, Little Richard, Dave Apell & The Applejacks
6. The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Music
A gangster hires a down-and-out press agent to make his airheaded girlfriend a singing star.
Fats Domino, The Platters, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, The Treniers, Eddie Fontaine, Eddie Cochran
7. Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956)
72 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. It's now up to a disc jockey and a hipster to ... See full summary »
Fats Domino, Joe Turner, Choker Campbell & His Band
8. Rock, Pretty Baby! (1956)
Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Music
Jimmy Daley and Angelo Barrato are teenage members of a band who learn of a contest that they believe will bring them fame. Jimmy must fight the opposition of his father and his feelings for the lovely Joan.
9. Bop Girl Goes Calypso (1957)
Approved | 80 min | Musical
To prove his theory that rock and roll is on its way out, a sociologist tries to convince a "bop" singer to switch to calypso, much to the ire of her Hollywood nightclub manager.
10. Carnival Rock (1957)
Approved | 75 min | Drama, Romance
Christy runs a rock and roll nightclub on a carnival pier with his righ-hand-man Benny. Christy has a crush on the club's star, Natalie Cook, but she has eyes for Stanley, a local business ... See full summary »
The Platters, Bob Luman and his Shadows, David Houston, The Blockbusters.
12. Jamboree! (1957)
Not Rated | 86 min | Musical
Pete Porter and Honey Wynn become overnight sensations as a romantic singing duo. But what will become of their budding love affair when their feuding, back-stabbing managers persuade them ... See full summary »
Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen, Carl Perkins, The Four Coins, Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords, Frankie Avalon.
14. Mister Rock and Roll (1957)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Musical
The saga of how Alan Freed discovered rock and roll. The new musical sounds are traced back to their roots in jazz, blues and gospel. Appearances by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, Lionel Hampton.
Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Clyde McPhatter, Teddy Randazzo, Little Richard, Brook Benton, The Moonglows.
15. Rock All Night (1957)
62 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Cloud Nine, the local teen hangout, has been taken over by a pair of escaped killers, who hold the local teens hostage. The bartender realizes it's up to him to save the kids.
The Platters, The Blockbusters
16. Rock Around the World (1957)
70 min | Biography, Drama, Music
This is the story of the early life and rise to fame of Tommy Steele. His manager wanted him to be a tough rock'n'roller and so challenge Elvis Presley but Tommy is too nice. He becomes ... See full summary »
17. Rock Baby - Rock It (1957)
84 min | Crime, Musical
Local Dallas teenagers resist attempts by shady underworld types to take over their beloved rock 'n' roll club. This rock 'n' roll-themed movie features top-notch rockabilly performances by... See full summary »
18. Rockabilly Baby (1957)
Approved | 81 min | Music, Romance
The mysterious Mrs. Eleanor Carter moves to Springfield with her two teen-age children Jimmy and Cathy. Eleanor makes friends with the town's social leader, Mrs. Wellington, who supports ... See full summary »
19. Untamed Youth (1957)
80 min | Drama
Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny-dip in a rural town. Local agricultural magnate Tropp is a sponsor for a ... See full summary »
Eddie Cochran, Mamie Van Doren
20. The Big Beat (1958)
Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Young man just out of college tries to persuade his father, who owns a record company, to start signing up rock 'n' roll acts.
Fats Domino, The Dell Vikings, The Diamonds
21. Daddy-O (1958)
Approved | 74 min | Crime, Music, Mystery
Phil, a part-time truck driver and singer who wears his pants far too high, meets a feisty platinum blonde who challenges him to a drag race through Griffith Park. When he is caught and ... See full summary »
23. Let's Rock (1958)
79 min | Music
Singer's girlfriend helps him adjust to the new rock'n'roll music.
Paul Anka, Danny & The Juniors, The Royal Teens, The Tyrones.
24. Sing Boy Sing (1958)
90 min | Drama, Musical
Manager Joseph Sharkey discovers a naive Virgil Walker who has an incredible vocal talent. Sharkey takes Virgil away from his humble beginnings, changes his appearance and turns him into a nationwide singing sensation.
26. Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)
G | 75 min | Musical
Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.
Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, Ritchie Valens, The Flamingos, Eddie Cochran, Jackie Wilson, Sandy Stewart, The Cadillacs, JoAnn Campbell
29. Juke Box Rhythm (1959)
81 min | Musical
While in New York to select her coronation wardrobe, Princess Ann is photographed dancing with Riff Manton, son of impoverished producer George Manton. A dress designer, Balenko, gives Riff... See full summary »
Johnny Otis, The Treniers, The Nitwits, The Earl Grant Trio.
30. Because They're Young (1960)
102 min | Drama
A new high school teacher tries to help troubled students and falls in love with the principal's secretary.
Duane Eddy and the Rebels, James Darren.
31. G.I. Blues (1960)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Musical
Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.
Votes: 3,013 | Gross: $4.30M
32. Juke Box Racket (1960)
61 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Mario ('Peter Clune'), a gangster, takes the fifth amendment when being questioned by the Senate Sub Committee on his connection with racketeering within the juke box industry. While in a ... See full summary »
33. Where the Boys Are (1960)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves.
35. Hey, Let's Twist! (1961)
Not Rated | 79 min | Musical
The rise, fall and rise again of the Peppermint Lounge nightclub is chronicled. The sons of the Peppermint Lounge nightclub owner nearly topple the club's initial success by redesigning the place but realize their mistake.
Joey Dee & The Starlighters, Jo Ann Campbell, Teddy Randazzo,
36. Swingin' Along (1961)
74 min | Comedy
Ray Charles, Bobby Vee
37. Teenage Millionaire (1961)
Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical
A teenager whose father is a millionaire radio station owner secretly records a song and plays it on one of his father's stations. It becomes a hit. Then he falls in love with a girl who ... See full summary »
Jimmy Clanton, Jackie Wilson, Chubby Checker, Dion, Marv Johnson, Vicki Spencer, Bill Black's Combo
38. Twist Around the Clock (1961)
TV-G | 83 min | Musical
Not only is this written by the same screen writer who wrote the earlier "Rock Around the Clock", it uses the same exact lines.
Chubby Checker, Dion, The Marcels, Vicki Spencer
39. Don't Knock the Twist (1962)
Approved | 86 min | Musical
Many twist dancers' meet in preparation for the TV variety show called "The Twist." While the special is still in the production stages, jealousies lead to problems - and a whole lot of dancing.
Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, Carroll Brothers, Linda Scott, The Dovells, Vic Dana.
40. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Musical
When he finds out his boss is retiring to Arizona, a sailor has to find a way to buy the Westwind, a boat that he and his father built. He is also caught between two women: insensitive club singer Robin and sweet Laurel.
Votes: 2,501 | Gross: $2.60M
41. Play It Cool (1962)
82 min | Drama, Musical
Stars Billy Fury (Britain's answer to Elvis Presley) and features cameos from some other stars from the sixties, with Bobby Vee, Helen Shapiro and Shane Fenton (better known as Alvin ... See full summary »
Bill Fury, Bobby Vee
42. Ring-A-Ding Rhythm! (1962)
Approved | 78 min | Musical, Comedy
In the new town of Bad Trad, England, a battle is ensuing between the generations regarding the older generation's view of the disruptive nature of what teenagers are listening to, what is ... See full summary »
Chubby Checker, Gary U.S. Bonds, Gene Vincent, Brook Brothers, Gene McDaniels, Del Shannon
43. Some People (1962)
93 min | Drama, Musical
The story of three teenaged tearaways Johnnie, Bill and Bert who find themselves at odds with society. Following a brush with the law they have a chance meeting with a local choirmaster who offers them a way of making good.
44. Wild Guitar (1962)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall, Sr. (aka William Watters).
45. Beach Party (1963)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance