Names The Best Bands Named After Movies  

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There's just something about the movies that inspires artists. In fact, plenty of bands have taken their names from popular movies. This list of bands with movies in their name proves it, offering up some of the most creative, and unusual, movie band names around.  These musical groups are named after movie characters and quotes from films as well.

While many of these monikers are obvious references to well-known movies, some are a tad more obscure. Some of the bands named after movies opted for the unusual. For example, My Bloody Valentine got its name from the title of a low-budget horror film. Mudhoney, Faster Pussycat, and Motorpsycho all got their names from Russ Meyer movies.

In terms of bands named after film characters, Veruca Salt comes to mind immediately – the combative brat character from the classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was certainly memorable. Save Ferris took their name from John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Pussy Galore is named for the iconic James Bond character from Goldfinger. Other bands named for fictional characters include Duran Duran, who got its name from villain Dr. Duran Durand in the 1968 sci-fi classic Barbarella.

Who are the best bands named after a movie? There are a multitude of choices, so be sure to vote for all your favorite movie bands!

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26 14
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

2
18 10
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

3
16 9
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

4
9 9
Crane Technique is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Nathan Howell added Crane Technique Indie, Electronic, Rock

5
12 13
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

6
9 11
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music

7
12 15
The Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Punk rock, Horror punk

8
10 14
Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

9
9 13
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

10
8 12
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

11
7 11
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

12
7 11
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

13
9 14
Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Ska punk

14
9 14
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

15
16 23
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Americana, Noise rock, Rock music

16
7 13
My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

17
6 12
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

18
7 14
Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

19
5 12
Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

20
7 15
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

21
6 14
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

22
6 14
Heaven 17 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

23
5 13
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

24
4 12
Atreyu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Emo, Metalcore, Screamo

25
4 13
Guadalcanal Diary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Jangle pop, Pop music

26
3 12
Say Anything is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

27
3 13
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

28
2 11
The Weakerthans is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Anarcho-punk, Folk rock, Punk rock

29
2 11
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Metalcore, Heavy metal

30
2 12
Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

31
2 12
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

32
2 13
Vixen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

33
2 13
The Fratellis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Indie pop, Rock music, Garage rock

34
2 14
The Dismemberment Plan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Experimental rock, Indie rock, Math rock

35
2 16
Pussy Galore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Noise rock, Trash rock, Punk blues

36
1 12
Rx Bandits is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

37
1 12
The Boo Radleys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

38
1 13
Motorpsycho is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Country rock, Jazz fusion, Jam band

39
1 15
Dirty Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Punk rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival