Documentary The Best Rockumentaries of All Time

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List Rules Documentaries about rock music and rock musicians only.

When it comes to the history of rock and roll, there's nothing like a good rockumentary. This list of the best rockumentaries has been ranked by rock music lovers and includes documentary films about all the best rock and roll musicians and bands, with trailers. If you need to rock out, but also get the scoop on your favorite rockers, these great documentary films about rock and roll are what you need.

What are the best rockumentaries of all time? Whether you're interested in The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, KISS, or even the Dixie Chicks, there's a great rockumentary out there for you. Bill Drake first coined the term in 1969, in a History of Rock & Roll radio documentary broadcast and since then, it has been used broadly to define documentaries and concert films and become its own genre.

Notable filmmakers have even tried their hand at the rockumentary, including Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz), Jim Jarmusch (Year of the Horse), and Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense). More than just movies about music, these films take a closer, documentarian style look at the world of rock music, and the famous rock musicians who gave us all this great music. The best of these films provide historical context for these rockers and showcase much of their music as well.
 
This list ranks the best documentaries about rock music in the history of film. The rockumentaries featured on this list include Don’t Look Back, Woodstock, Cracked Actor, The Kids are Alright, AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, Bring on the Night, Rattle and Hum, Year of the Horse, and Back and Forth.

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This Is Spinal Tap Mockumentary, Cult film, Musical

The Sexiest Women in Rock The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant

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Woodstock Various – Woodstock festival

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The Last Waltz The Band

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Stop Making Sense Talking Heads

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The Beatles Anthology The Beatles

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Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Rutles Mockumentary, Musical, Parody - All You Need is Cash

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It Might Get Loud Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White

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Monterey Pop Various - Monterey County Fairgrounds

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Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well 75+ Easter Eggs from Every Marvel Movie

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The Decline of Western Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rockumentaries of All Time
The Decline of Western Civilization Music, Cult film, Historical fiction

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No Direction Home is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockumentaries of All Time
No Direction Home Documentary

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Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Documentary film, Concert film

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Super Duper Alice Cooper Music, Documentary film

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Sound City Music, Documentary film

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Dont Look Back Bob Dylan

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The Top 50 Movie Moments of All Time All of the Types of Hot Women, Ranked

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Shine a Light The Rolling Stones

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Lemmy Music, Biographical film, Documentary film

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Pearl Jam Twenty Pearl Jam

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Roger Water's The Wall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rockumentaries of All Time
Roger Water's The Wall

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Marley Bob Marley

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The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story Musical, Documentary film, Rockumentary

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Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All Music, Biographical film, Documentary film - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Dig! Music, Biographical film, Musical

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Let's Rock Again Joe Strummer

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Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Classic Albums: Steely Dan: Aja Music, Documentary film

The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Xbox 360 Racing Games of All Time

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Cream: Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rockumentaries of All Time
Cream: Goodbye

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Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times Biographical film, Documentary film

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We Who Wait: The Adverts & TV ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rockumentaries of All Time

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The Day the Country Died: a Hi... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rockumentaries of All Time
The Day the Country Died: a History of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984

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A Band Called Death Music, Biographical film, Musical