films The Best Punk Movies

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List Rules Movies must have the punk rock mentality.

A list of the best punk movies. These are movies about punk culture, feature either punk characters, or punk culture as a central theme in the film genre punk. We believe we've got them all, but if your favorite punk film isn't on the list of the best punk films, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Punk was a music movement born in the late 1970s in both America and Great Britain.

At the heart of punk was the concept of "being yourself". Today though, with mainstream retailers still trying to cash in on "punk culture", punk has become more of an image than a set of values. The music has also become plagued with "mallcore" bands pre-packaged to appear punk.

The best punk bands often play for years before they're discovered. And like those bands that play to a hard-core audience before they're discovered, some of these punk films may be new discoveries for you. If you're into punk, then these are the punk movies for you.

What are the best punk movies? The funnest thing is that not all of these movies are about punk rock or music. They can be about people acting like punks, like in Fight Club or A Clockwork Orange, just to name a few. 

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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto Helena Bonham Carter - Released: 1999

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Sid and Nancy Courtney Love, Gary Oldman Kathy Burke

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SLC Punk! Jason Segel, Matthew Lillard Devon Sawa

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The Decline of Western Civilization Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom John Doe - Released: 1981

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Repo Man Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez Harry Dean Stanton - Released: 1984

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Rock 'n' Roll High School Clint Howard, Dick Miller Mary Woronov - Released: 1979

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The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle Sid Vicious, John Lydon Steve Jones

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SubUrbia Parker Posey, Giovanni Ribisi Steve Zahn - Released: 1983

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American Hardcore Released: 2006

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End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones Debbie Harry, Rob Zombie Joey Ramone - Released: 2005

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Control Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell Alexandra Lara

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Movies
Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle Jonny Lee Miller

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Suburbia Flea, Chris Pedersen Derek O'Brien

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The Clash: Westway to the World Joe Strummer, Siouxsie Sioux Shane MacGowan

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Another State of Mind Mike Ness, Adam Stern Keith Morris - Released: 1984

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Quadrophenia Sting, Ray Winstone Timothy Spall - Released: 1979

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The Filth and the Fury Steve Jones, Malcolm McLaren Glen Matlock - Released: 2000

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The Damned - Don't You Wish We... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Movies

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What We Do Is Secret Bijou Phillips, Shane West Lauren German

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We Who Wait is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Movies
We Who Wait TV Smith - Documentary

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Romper Stomper Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie Daniel Wyllie - Released: 1992

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Breaking Glass Jim Broadbent, Jonathan Pryce Jonathan Ross

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Cha Cha Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich

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Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'r... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Movies

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Rude Boy Ray Gange

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Diy or Die is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Movies

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Noise and Resistance is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Movies