names The Best Bands Named After Movies  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with references to film titles and characters in their names.

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

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9 1
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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11 3
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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16 10
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Americana, Noise rock, Rock music

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7 2
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
The Damned Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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Crane Technique is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Nathan Howell added Crane Technique Indie, Electronic, Rock

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Heaven 17 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Heaven 17 Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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5 2
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
They Might Be Giants Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

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5 2
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Mogwai Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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5 3
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Mudhoney Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

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Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Bring Me The Horizon Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
My Bloody Valentine Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

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The Misfits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
The Misfits Punk rock, Horror punk

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

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4 3
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Wu-Tang Clan Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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4 3
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

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4 3
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Goldfinger Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

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Atreyu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Atreyu Emo, Metalcore, Screamo

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3 2
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Alphaville Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Save Ferris Ska punk

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3 3
Guadalcanal Diary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Guadalcanal Diary Jangle pop, Pop music

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3 3
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Faster Pussycat Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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3 3
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pennywise Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music

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London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Nerf Herder Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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2 3
The Fratellis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
The Fratellis Indie pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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Say Anything is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Say Anything Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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The Weakerthans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
The Weakerthans Anarcho-punk, Folk rock, Punk rock

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

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2 4
Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Fine Young Cannibals New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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1 3
Vixen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Vixen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1 3
Motorpsycho is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Motorpsycho Country rock, Jazz fusion, Jam band

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

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The Boo Radleys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
The Boo Radleys Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Pop punk, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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0 2
Rx Bandits is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Rx Bandits Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Pussy Galore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pussy Galore Noise rock, Trash rock, Punk blues

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1 5
Dirty Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Dirty Pretty Things Punk rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival