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The Best Rock Music Movies

Updated May 30, 2020 6.9k votes 810 voters 27.1k views123 items

List RulesOnly 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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    A Hard Day's Night is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    A Hard Day's Night

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard Lester

    A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Doors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Tommy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Tommy

    Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson

    Released1975

    Directed byKen Russell

    Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Woodstock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Woodstock

    Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin

    Released1970

    Directed byMichael Wadleigh

    Woodstock is a 1970 American documentary of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    La Bamba

    Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano

    Released1987

    Directed byLuis Valdez

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    The Buddy Holly Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    The Buddy Holly Story

    Gary Busey, Buddy Miles

    Released1978

    Directed bySteve Rash

    The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film which tells the life story of rock musician... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Help! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Help!

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1965

    Directed byRichard Lester

    Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Jailhouse Rock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Jailhouse Rock

    Elvis Presley, Dean Jones

    Released1957

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 American musical drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Detroit Rock City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Detroit Rock City

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Edward Furlong

    Released1999

    Directed byAdam Rifkin

    Detroit Rock City is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Adam Rifkin and written by Carl... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Tenacious D in The Pick of Des is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Released2006

    Directed byLiam Lynch

    Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a 2006 American musical comedy film about comedy rock... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Eddie and the Cruisers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Eddie and the Cruisers

    Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byMartin Davidson

    Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rock Star is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Rock Star

    Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2001

    Rock Star is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Last Waltz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Great Balls of Fire! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Great Balls of Fire!

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1989

    Directed byJim McBride

    Great Balls of Fire! is a 1989 American biographical film directed by Jim McBride and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rock 'n' Roll High School is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Rock 'n' Roll High School

    Clint Howard, Dick Miller

    Released1979

    Directed byAllan Arkush, Joe Dante

    Rock 'n' Roll High School is a 1979 musical comedy film produced by Roger Corman, directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    The Runaways

    Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning

    Released2010

    Directed byFloria Sigismondi

    The Runaways is a 2010 American drama film about the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Crossroads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Crossroads

    Steve Vai, Jami Gertz

    Released1986

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Crossroads is a 1986 musical dramatic feature film inspired by the legend of blues musician... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Music Movies
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

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