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The Best Bands Named After Movies 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.4k votes 264 voters 5.2k views 39 items

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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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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The Misfits is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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The Damned is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Faster Pussycat
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My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Crane Technique is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Atreyu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Black Rebel Motorcycle C... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Pussy Galore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Vixen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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The Fratellis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
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Godspeed You! Black Empe... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies