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The Best Rock Music Movies  

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List Rules Only movies that prominently feature rock music.

A list of all the best rock music movies ever made, ranked by movie fans. This rock music movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more, but is currently ordered by popularity. Upvote your favorite items on this list to see them get to the top, just like you always hoped they would. This list of rock music films also contains rock music movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Re-rank this list to fit your own opinion! These are the top films about rock music. Each and every one on this list either focuses on or deals with the concept of rock music, most often as a central theme. Downvote the items you hate (Pink Floyd The Wall, Tommy, etc.) or show them some love by voting them up if you like them. If there are any movies about rock music you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list cover the most famous rock music movies of all time.

Items include everything from That Thing You Do to This Is Spinal Tap.

Whether you're watching these rock music movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, this is a list of good rock music movies for a wide variety of occasions. So many occasions! So from the latest to simply the greatest rock music movies, here is the full rock music movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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Lee Kirby added 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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Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley
Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.
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Lee Kirby added Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John
Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy. It was directed by Ken Russell and featured a star-studded cast, including the band members ...more
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OCD Man 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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bree120 added 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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schuechen added 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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Pastabatman added Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pete Townshend
Woodstock is a 1970 American documentary of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York. Entertainment Weekly called this film the ...more
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blues68 added 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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Lee Kirby added 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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Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers
American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more
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blues68 added Gary Busey, Buddy Miles, Paul Mooney
The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film which tells the life story of rock musician Buddy Holly. It features an Academy Award-winning musical score, adapted by Joe Renzetti and ...more
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AndyRoberts added 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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blues68 added 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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Rocketman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Rocketman is a 2019 biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The story of the life of Elton John (Taron Egerton), from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through ...more
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schuechen added Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed
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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OCD Man added Elvis Presley, Dean Jones, Gloria Pall
Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 American musical drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, and Mickey Shaughnessy. Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and dramatized ...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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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
OCD Man added Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer
La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...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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bojanthebest added 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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OCD Man added Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Dennis Quaid
Great Balls of Fire! is a 1989 American biographical film directed by Jim McBride and starring Dennis Quaid as pioneer rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. Based on a biography by Myra Lewis and ...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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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
Jean O'Boyle 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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Stop Making Sense is a concert movie featuring Talking Heads live on stage. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December ...more
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ScottPolichette added John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy
Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated anthology science fiction fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of ...more