The Best Documentaries About Music

A number of documentaries examine the famous lives of musician or discuss the music industry, genres, or the effects music can have on the brain. The best documentaries about music include Oscar nominees, short films, and those music movies you can find on Netflix, Hulu, or even online.  Music affects the deepest parts of our soul; it can inspire us, relax us, lift us up, fill us with adrenaline, make us angry, or unleash our inner rock gods. The best kind of music speaks the language we’ve always wanted to speak but just didn’t know how! What are the best documentaries about bands? 

This list discusses the top documentary films discussing music, including: Carter, Imagine, Searching for Sugar Man, A Band Called Death, Until the Light Takes Us, Lemmy, Last Days Here, American Hardcore, and The Road to God Knows Where. Vote for your favorites and add any that are missing.
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  • Tina
    Angela Bassett, Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey
    12 votes
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
    Tina is an 2021 American-British music documentary film, directed by Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin. A revealing and intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner, charting her ...more

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  • Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute
    Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves
    11 votes
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Laura Segura
    Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute is a 2021 American concert documentary film directed by Laura Segura. In a star-studded evening of music and memories, a community of iconic performers honor Dolly ...more
  • The Last Waltz
    Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young
    59 votes
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
    Seventeen years after joining forces as the backing band for rockabilly cult hero Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian roots rockers The Band call it quits with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco's ...more

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  • History of the Eagles
    64 votes
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Alison Ellwood
    History of the Eagles is a 2013 two-part authorized documentary about the career of the American rock group the Eagles, directed by Alison Ellwood and co-produced by Alex Gibney. After screening at ...more