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The Best Movies About Bands

Updated July 7, 2021 8.9k votes 1.7k voters 71.7k views135 items

List RulesVote up the best movies about bands (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, 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. Check back for new band movies as they are added to the list.

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  • 1

    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin
    277
    133

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks
    206
    88

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Hanks

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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix
    238
    61

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson
    300
    151

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    A Hard Day's Night

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon
    216
    95

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard Lester

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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher
    265
    130

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black
    261
    129

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
    238
    117

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx
    160
    79

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    Help!

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon
    100
    42

    Released1965

    Directed byRichard Lester

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    The Commitments

    Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney
    132
    66

    Released1991

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Eddie and the Cruisers

    Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin
    125
    72

    Released1983

    Directed byMartin Davidson

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    Yellow Submarine

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon
    89
    42

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge Dunning

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    Detroit Rock City

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Edward Furlong
    77
    37

    Released1999

    Directed byAdam Rifkin

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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans
    118
    78

    Released2010

    Directed byEdgar Wright

  • 16

    Sid and Nancy

    Courtney Love, Gary Oldman
    104
    77

    Released1986

    Directed byAlex Cox

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    Rock 'n' Roll High School

    Clint Howard, Dick Miller
    80
    63

    Released1979

    Directed byAllan Arkush, Joe Dante

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    Rock Star

    Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg
    123
    103

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Herek

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    The Runaways

    Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning
    109
    79

    Released2010

    Directed byFloria Sigismondi

  • 20

    Airheads

    Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser
    99
    83

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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    Crazy Heart

    Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges
    48
    38

    Released2009

    Directed byScott Cooper

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    Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

    Jack Black, Kyle Gass
    88
    99

    Released2006

    Directed byLiam Lynch

  • 23

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer
    52
    54

    Released2007

    Directed byJake Kasdan

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    Not Fade Away

    James Gandolfini, Lisa Lampanelli
    33
    30

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Chase

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    The Glenn Miller Story

    James Stewart, Louis Armstrong
    44
    44

    Released1953

    Directed byAnthony Mann