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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21 11
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

2
28 19
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

3
20 15
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

4
11 12
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
14 16
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

6
15 18
The Misfits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Punk rock, Horror punk

7
12 18
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

8
17 28
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Americana, Noise rock, Rock music

9
12 21
Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

10
9 17
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music

11
11 20
Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Ska punk

12
8 16
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

13
10 19
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

14
9 18
My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

15
9 19
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

16
8 18
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

17
8 19
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

18
9 21
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

19
7 18
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

20
7 19
Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

21
5 17
Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

22
6 19
Heaven 17 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

23
5 19
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

24
4 18
Atreyu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Emo, Metalcore, Screamo

25
4 18
Guadalcanal Diary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Movies
Jangle pop, Pop music