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The Best Movies About Bands

Updated November 30, 2020 9.0k votes 1.6k voters 64.7k views90 items

List RulesVote up the best movies about bands (real or fictional). No documentaries please.

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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  • The Blues Brothers1
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • A Hard Day's Night2
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    A Hard Day's Night

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard Lester

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    #87 of 3,110 The Greatest Albums of All-Time#355 of 3,867 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked

  • Walk the Line3
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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • Almost Famous4
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    #484 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#107 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • This Is Spinal Tap5
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • That Thing You Do!6
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    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Hanks

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  • School of Rock7
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • The Doors8
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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    #21 of 204 The Best Drug Movies of All Time#17 of 46 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic

  • Ray9
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    #304 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#57 of 91 Great Historical Black Movies Based On True Stories

  • Help!10
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    Help!

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1965

    Directed byRichard Lester

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    #234 of 356 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#44 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s

  • The Commitments11
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    The Commitments

    Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney

    Released1991

    Directed byAlan Parker

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  • Eddie and the Cruisers12
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    Eddie and the Cruisers

    Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byMartin Davidson

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  • Yellow Submarine13
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    Yellow Submarine

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge Dunning

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    #229 of 542 The Best Animated Films Ever#95 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

  • Detroit Rock City14
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    Detroit Rock City

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Edward Furlong

    Released1999

    Directed byAdam Rifkin

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    #159 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#68 of 291 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

  • Sid and Nancy15
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    Sid and Nancy

    Courtney Love, Gary Oldman

    Released1986

    Directed byAlex Cox

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    #240 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry#39 of 192 The Best Movies About Music

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World16
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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans

    Released2010

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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  • The Runaways17
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    The Runaways

    Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning

    Released2010

    Directed byFloria Sigismondi

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    #38 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books#5 of 24 Great Movies About Starting a Band

  • Bohemian Rhapsody18
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Behind The Scenes Of The Movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody'#98 of 275 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

  • The Dirt19
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    The Dirt

    Douglas Booth, Machine Gun Kelly

    Released2019

    Directed byJeff Tremaine

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  • Rock 'n' Roll High School20
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    Rock 'n' Roll High School

    Clint Howard, Dick Miller

    Released1979

    Directed byAllan Arkush, Joe Dante

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    #320 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#62 of 175 The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s

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    Rock Star

    Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Herek

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  • Airheads22
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    Airheads

    Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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  • Crazy Heart23
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    Crazy Heart

    Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges

    Released2009

    Directed byScott Cooper

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  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story24
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    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer

    Released2007

    Directed byJake Kasdan

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    #452 of 456 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time#6 of 13 13 Horrific Moments In Otherwise Silly Comedies

  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny25
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    Released2006

    Directed byLiam Lynch

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