Bands/Musicians The Best Movies About Bands  

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List Rules Movies about bands and musical groups, real or fictional. No documentaries.

There’s nothing better than the combination of music and a movie! This list features some of the best movies ever made about our favorite bands, whether based on a real group or a fictional band. Music impacts us in ways nothing else in the world can and the life of musicians intrigues many movie goers. So it makes sense that many films about bands are so popular! But what are the best movies about bands?
 
If you’ve ever wanted to unleash your inner rock star, the movies on this list are just what you're looking for. Most of us dream about being a rock star or a singer from the time we’re kids. We sing into hairbrushes imagining that we’re standing on a stage in front of hundreds of adoring fans, and we regularly shred on the air guitar. The movies on this list range from having a comedies, dramas, documentaries, and even the occasional romance.
 
This list has the best band movies, including: Rock Star, The Doors, School of Rock, and The Runaways. Vote up your favorite band movies, down vote the ones you wish you could boo, or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin
Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more

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Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston
This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional ...more

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but chickens double d added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the ...more

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Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Kelly Hu
The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which emphasizes the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. It was directed by Oliver Stone.

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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Bands
Amy Boal added Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee
Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 American-British biographical drama film directed by Bryan Singer. A chronicle of the years from the formation of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) ...more

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Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove
School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler
That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and co-starring Tom Hanks. Set in the summer of 1964, the movie tells the story of the quick rise and fall ...more

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GARDENOAKSCOC added Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard
Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced and directed by Taylor Hackford, and ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin
Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, ...more

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kingbee63 added Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy
The Commitments is a 1991 comedy-drama film directed by Alan Parker. A film adaptation of Roddy Doyle's novel of the same name, the film tells a story of working class Dubliners who form a soul ...more

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Powerslave added Amy Adams, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a 2006 American musical comedy film about comedy rock duo Tenacious D. Written, produced by and starring Tenacious D members Jack Black and Kyle Gass, it is ...more

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clash1977 added Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano
Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by the director and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P.F. Kluge. It was marketed with ...more

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drewdorrance added Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It stars Michael Cera ...more

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kingbee63 added Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey
The Who
The Kids Are Alright is a 1979 rockumentary film about the English rock band The Who, including live performances, promotional films and interviews from 1964 to 1978.

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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John ...more

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Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Hunter
Rock Star is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. It tells the story of Chris "Izzy" Cole, a tribute ...more

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Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Tatum O'Neal
The Runaways is a 2010 American drama film about the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name written and directed by Floria Sigismondi. It is based on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a ...more

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Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke
Sid and Nancy is a 1986 British biopic directed by Alex Cox. The film portrays the life of Sid Vicious, and his relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Despite failing to recoup its ...more

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Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi
Airheads is a 1994 American comedy film written by Rich Wilkes and directed by Michael Lehmann. It stars Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler as a band of loser musicians who stage a ...more

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Clint Howard, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov
Rock 'n' Roll High School is a 1979 musical comedy film produced by Roger Corman, directed by Allan Arkush, and starring P. J. Soles, Vince Van Patten, and Clint Howard. The film featured the ...more

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Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Let It Be is a 1970 documentary film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, ...more

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Emmanuelle Chriqui, Edward Furlong, Gene Simmons
Detroit Rock City is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Adam Rifkin and written by Carl V. Dupré. It tells of four teenage boys in a KISS cover band who try to see their idols in ...more

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The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group the Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as ...more

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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United ...more