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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

Released: 1984

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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Behind The Scenes Of 'This Is Spinal Tap,' The Fake Documentary That Was Actually All Too Real #200 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #314 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan Parker

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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Behind The Scenes Details From Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Movie #434 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #355 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever

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OCD Man added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1964

Directed by: Richard Lester

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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#56 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #70 of 246 The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy #329 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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bree120 added Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

Released: 2000

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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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#101 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies #537 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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blues68 added Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Kelly Hu

Released: 1991

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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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#248 of 350 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #8 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #307 of 378 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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Lee Kirby added Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John

Released: 1975

Directed by: Ken Russell

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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#138 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #26 of 124 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals #136 of 140 The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

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schuechen added Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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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Every Song in School of Rock, Ranked by Singability #157 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies #68 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Lucas

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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#22 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #368 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #78 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Pastabatman added Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pete Townshend

Released: 1970

Directed by: Michael Wadleigh

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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Inside Jimi Hendrix’s Legendary And Controversial National Anthem Performance At Woodstock '69 #120 of 591 The Best '70s Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Lee Kirby added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1965

Directed by: Richard Lester

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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#806 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #30 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #58 of 124 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals

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blues68 added Gary Busey, Buddy Miles, Paul Mooney

Released: 1978

Directed by: Steve Rash

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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#261 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #18 of 210 The Best Movies About Musiclisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
OCD Man added Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Luis Valdez

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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#14 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #50 of 301 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #5 of 15 The Best Movies That Capture The Mexican-American Experience

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blues68 added Clint Howard, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov

Released: 1979

Directed by: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante

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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#368 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #49 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #62 of 201 The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s

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bojanthebest added Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Hunter

Released: 2001

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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#28 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #14 of 24 Great Movies About Starting a Band #20 of 80 The Best Movies About Bands

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OCD Man added Elvis Presley, Dean Jones, Gloria Pall

Released: 1957

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

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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schuechen added Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed

Released: 2006

Directed by: Liam Lynch

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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AndyRoberts added Emmanuelle Chriqui, Edward Furlong, Gene Simmons

Released: 1999

Directed by: Adam Rifkin

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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#48 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #224 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #486 of 1,211 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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The Last Waltz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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Released: 1978

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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#177 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #27 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #386 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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OCD Man added Great Balls of Fire! Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jim McBride

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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#86 of 209 The Best Movies About Music #130 of 234 The Best Movies Based On True Stories #13 of 33 The Best Historical Movies Released in the 1980s

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dan808 added Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

Released: 1989

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more

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#52 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #91 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #160 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Tatum O'Neal

Released: 2010

Directed by: Floria Sigismondi

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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#40 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #595 of 802 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #198 of 235 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
MIKEBTM added Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

Released: 2005

Directed by: James Mangold

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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#349 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #4 of 210 The Best Movies About Musiclisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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chazzo added Steve Vai, Jami Gertz, Ralph Macchio

Released: 1986

Directed by: Walter Hill

Crossroads is a 1986 musical dramatic feature film inspired by the legend of blues musician Robert Johnson. Starring Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz, the film was written by John Fusco ...more

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#47 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #113 of 301 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #58 of 120 The Best College Movies Ever

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Eddie and the Cruisers ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
MIKEBTM added Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 1983

Directed by: Martin Davidson

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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#344 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #25 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #69 of 124 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals

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Rocketman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dexter Fletcher

Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The life of Elton John (Taron Egerton) is tracked from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of ...more