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 Men's Magazines (U.S.)

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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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Monterey Pop Various - Monterey County Fairgrounds

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

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Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

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The Decline of Western Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 22 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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Roger Water's The Wall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rockumentaries of All Time
Roger Water's The Wall

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Dont Look Back Bob Dylan

The Top 50 Movie Moments of All Time The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Pearl Jam Twenty Pearl Jam

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Shine a Light The Rolling Stones

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

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Dig! Music, Biographical film, Musical

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Marley Bob Marley

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Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Lemmy Music, Biographical film, Documentary film

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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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Let's Rock Again Joe Strummer

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Classic Albums: Steely Dan: Aja Music, Documentary film

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Shut Up and Play the Hits Music, Documentary film - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

The Best Rock Music Movies The Best Japanese Movies Streaming on Hulu

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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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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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Urgh! A Music War Music, Cult film, Musical