Rock & Roll Movies

by KayHakon | created - 04 Feb 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A selection of Rock/Metal movies and documentaries I've seen

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1. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

96 Metascore

Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 36,654 | Gross: $13.78M

2. Yellow Submarine (1968)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

79 Metascore

The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

Director: George Dunning | Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

Votes: 22,496 | Gross: $0.99M

3. Quadrophenia (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music

79 Metascore

Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding and drugs, only to be disappointed.

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett

Votes: 15,375

4. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 166,383 | Gross: $57.23M

5. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Elwood must reunite the old band, with a few new members, and go on another "Mission from God."

Director: John Landis | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Walter Levine, Tom Davis

Votes: 29,530 | Gross: $13.98M

6. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

R | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

47 Metascore

A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David

Votes: 70,004 | Gross: $22.24M

7. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

92 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 119,670 | Gross: $0.19M

8. A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (1992 TV Movie)

58 min | Comedy, Music

The return of Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, on a sad final reunion.

Director: Jim Di Bergi | Stars: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, June Chadwick

Votes: 471

9. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis.

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 14,347 | Gross: $13.74M

10. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 29,773 | Gross: $14.92M

11. The Doors (1991)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley

Votes: 77,235 | Gross: $35.18M

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

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

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: 8,506 | Gross: $0.24M

13. Wayne's World (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Music

57 Metascore

Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere

Votes: 132,035 | Gross: $121.70M

14. Wayne's World 2 (1993)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Music

60 Metascore

The inseparable duo try to organize a rock concert while Wayne must fend off a record producer who has an eye for his girlfriend.

Director: Stephen Surjik | Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Walken, Tia Carrere

Votes: 71,293 | Gross: $48.20M

15. Airheads (1994)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

46 Metascore

Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head D.J. refuses to play them.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley

Votes: 42,816 | Gross: $5.37M

16. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 56,672 | Gross: $25.81M

17. Detroit Rock City (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Music

33 Metascore

In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Sam Huntington

Votes: 33,190 | Gross: $4.22M

18. Little Richard (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of Little Richard Penniman, from his poor Southern upbringing to dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a black singer in the 1950s, to his born-again phase and brief "retirement" from rock and roll.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Leon, Jenifer Lewis, Carl Lumbly, Tamala Jones

Votes: 637

19. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 233,847 | Gross: $32.53M

20. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 29,363 | Gross: $3.03M

21. Rock Star (2001)

R | 105 min | Drama, Music

54 Metascore

Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Jason Bonham

Votes: 38,666 | Gross: $17.01M

22. 24 Hour Party People (2002)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 30,272 | Gross: $1.13M

23. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Music

82 Metascore

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Adam Pascal

Votes: 243,057 | Gross: $81.26M

24. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | 141 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo

Votes: 16,053 | Gross: $1.22M

25. Isi/Disi - Amor a lo bestia (2004)

88 min | Comedy, Music

AC/DC loving duo chase love and run from the police.

Director: Chema de la Peña | Stars: Santiago Segura, Florentino Fernández, Jaydy Michel, Ana Risueño

Votes: 1,118

26. Isi & Disi, alto voltaje (2006)

91 min | Comedy

"ISI and DISI, alto voltaje" (High Voltage) deals with the extreme difficulties human beings encounter when attempting to be genuine and daring to fulfill their dreams and convictions.

Director: Miguel Ángel Lamata | Stars: Santiago Segura, Florentino Fernández, El Gran Wyoming, Kira Miró

Votes: 675

27. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 11,041

28. Global Metal (2008)

93 min | Documentary, Music

A continued examination of the heavy metal subculture focusing on the adaptation and performance of heavy metal in various global communities, and how the increased import of Western cultural forms has impacted new global markets.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Tom Araya, Ken Ayugai, Rafael Bittencourt, Max Cavalera

Votes: 4,275

29. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

R | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

55 Metascore

To become the greatest band of all time, two slacker, wannabe-rockers set out on a quest to steal a legendary guitar pick that gives its holders incredible guitar skills, from a maximum security Rock and Roll museum.

Director: Liam Lynch | Stars: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed, Ronnie James Dio

Votes: 96,331 | Gross: $8.32M

30. Once (I) (2007)

R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick

Votes: 104,673 | Gross: $9.44M

31. Across the Universe (2007)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

56 Metascore

The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs

Votes: 101,183 | Gross: $24.34M

32. The Rocker (2008)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Music

53 Metascore

In the 1980s, a drummer is abandoned by his band just before they become rock superstars. Twenty years later, the drummer sees his second chance at stardom arise when he is asked to perform with his teenage nephew's high school rock band.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger

Votes: 35,241 | Gross: $6.41M

33. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)

112 min | Documentary, Music

A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band's front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Iron Maiden, Vinny Appice, Pat Cash, Bruce Dickinson

Votes: 4,923

34. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 7,064

35. Get Him to the Greek (2010)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

65 Metascore

A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater.

Director: Nicholas Stoller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne

Votes: 161,105 | Gross: $60.97M

36. Hesher (2010)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.

Director: Spencer Susser | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 48,231 | Gross: $0.38M

37. Rock of Ages (2012)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

47 Metascore

A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 69,636 | Gross: $38.52M

38. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2012)

R | 105 min | Documentary, Music

53 Metascore

A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.

Director: Ramona S. Diaz | Stars: Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory

Votes: 1,166

39. Metalhead (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A girl is caught between the life that took her brother and her own inability to strike out on her own. In her grief, she finds solace in the dark music of Black Metal and dreams of becoming a rock star.

Director: Ragnar Bragason | Stars: Thora Bjorg Helga, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson

Votes: 5,201

40. Begin Again (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld

Votes: 128,828 | Gross: $16.17M

41. Metallica Through the Never (2013)

R | 93 min | Music

61 Metascore

Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett

Votes: 15,499 | Gross: $3.42M

42. Deathgasm (2015)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.

Director: Jason Lei Howden | Stars: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley

Votes: 13,841

43. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 89,403 | Gross: $3.22M

44. Hair I Go Again (2016)

106 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Facing a mid-life crossroads, two longtime friends risk everything as they set out to fulfill their dreams of achieving rock and roll stardom. First and last chances happen only once.

Director: Steve McClure | Stars: Ron Keel, Eddie Trunk, Kyle Kruger, Steve Blaze

Votes: 28

45. Lords of Chaos (2018)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

48 Metascore

A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira

Votes: 5,082 | Gross: $0.25M



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