The Best Documentaries About Music Films

The Best Documentaries About Music

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A number of documentaries examine the famous lives of musician or discuss the music industry, genres, or the effects music can have on the brain. The best documentaries about music include Oscar nominees, short films, and those music movies you can find on Netflix, Hulu, or even online.  Music affects the deepest parts of our soul; it can inspire us, relax us, lift us up, fill us with adrenaline, make us angry, or unleash our inner rock gods. The best kind of music speaks the language we’ve always wanted to speak but just didn’t know how! What are the best documentaries about bands? 

This list discusses the top documentary films discussing music, including: Carter, Imagine, Searching for Sugar Man, A Band Called Death, Until the Light Takes Us, Lemmy, Last Days Here, American Hardcore, and The Road to God Knows Where. Vote for your favorites and add any that are missing.


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    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

    Billy Corgan, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart

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    The Last Waltz
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    We Jam Econo

    Henry Rollins, Flea, Thurston Moore

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    Dave Grohl, Slash, Billy Bob Thornton

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    Searching for Sugar Man

    Dennis Coffey, Malik Bendjelloul, Clarence Avant

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    Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
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    Anvil! The Story of Anvil
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    Dig!
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    George Harrison: Living in the Material World
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    The Kids Are Alright

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    Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey

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    No Direction Home

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    History of the Eagles Eagles

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    The Devil & Daniel Johnston

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    The Clash: Westway to the World

    Joe Strummer, Siouxsie Sioux, Shane MacGowan

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    End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

    Debbie Harry, Rob Zombie, Joey Ramone

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    The Filth and the Fury

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    Steve Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Glen Matlock

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    The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

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    Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Bret Michaels

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    The Decline of Western Civilization

    Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, John Doe

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    Runnin' Down a Dream

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    Kevin Costner, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr

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    Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
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    Last Days Here
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    I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco

    Fred Armisen, Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt

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    Until the Light Takes Us

    Per "Dead" Ohlin, Varg Vikernes, Hellhammer

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    The Beatles Anthology

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    Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

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    Rattle and Hum

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    Hype!

    Flop Gas Huffer

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    You're Gonna Miss Me

    Billy Gibbons, Roky Erickson

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    Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
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    Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

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    Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry

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    Les Paul: Chasing Sound Les Paul, Mary Paul, Miller

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    Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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    Meshell Ndegeocello, Bootsy Collins, Martha Reeves

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    The Damned: Don't You Wish We Were Dead about The Damned by Wes Orshoski

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    Joe Strummer - the Future Is Unwritten

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    The Decline of Western Civilization III
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    The Carter

    The Carter

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    It Might Get Loud

    Michael McKean

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    Joy Division

    Joy Division

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    Crossfire Hurricane

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    Crossfire Hurricane

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    Imagine

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    American Hardcore
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    added by DawnFillinger
    2011 punk rock

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    The Temptations

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    Smokey Robinson, Bianca Lawson, D. B. Woodside

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    Mr. Blue Sky: the Story of Jeff Lynne Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison

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    We Who Wait TV Smith (ex-The Adverts)

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    Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
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    Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy

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    The Road to God Knows Where

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    Stones in Exile

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    Sheryl Crow, Mick Jagger, Jack White

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