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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31 20
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
2
25 18
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
23 16
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
4
18 17
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock
5
19 19
The Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Punk rock, Horror punk
6
13 15
Crane Technique is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Nathan Howell added Crane Technique Indie, Electronic, Rock
7
15 22
Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal
8
12 19
My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing
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11 20
Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock
10
11 20
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock
11
12 22
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock
12
10 19
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal
13
17 30
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Americana, Noise rock, Rock music
14
10 21
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge
15
11 23
Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Ska punk
16
9 20
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music
17
8 19
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock
18
9 21
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock
19
8 20
Heaven 17 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism
20
9 23
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
7 20
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock
22
6 21
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock
23
5 19
Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
24
4 19
The Fratellis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Indie pop, Rock music, Garage rock
25
4 20
Atreyu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Emo, Metalcore, Screamo