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The Best Rockumentaries Of All Time

List Rules
Documentaries about rock music and rock musicians only.

When it comes to the history of rock and roll, there's nothing like a good rockumentary. This list of the best rockumentaries has been ranked by rock music lovers and includes documentary films about all the best rock and roll musicians and bands, with trailers. If you need to rock out, but also get the scoop on your favorite rockers, these great documentary films about rock and roll are what you need.

What are the best rockumentaries of all time? Whether you're interested in The Beatles, Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, KISS, Steely Dan, or even the Dixie Chicks, there's a great rockumentary out there for you. Bill Drake first coined the term in 1969, in a History of Rock & Roll radio documentary broadcast and since then, it has been used broadly to define documentaries and concert films and become its own genre.

Notable filmmakers have even tried their hand at the rockumentary, including Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz), Jim Jarmusch (Year of the Horse), and Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense). More than just movies about music, these films take a closer, documentarian style look at the world of rock music, and the famous rock musicians who gave us all this great music. The best of these films provide historical context for these rockers and showcase much of their music as well.

This list ranks the best documentaries about rock music in the history of film. The rockumentaries featured on this list include Don’t Look Back, Woodstock, Cracked Actor, The Kids are Alright, AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, Bring on the Night, Rattle and Hum, Year of the Horse, and Back and Forth.

Don't see the rockumentary you think is the greatest on the list? Add it for other music and film fans to vote on and help make this the most comprehensive list of good rockumentaries anywhere on the Internet. And when you're done here, check out our list of the best rock music movies.

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  • Sound City
    1
    Frank Black, Lindsey Buckingham, Tim Commerford
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Dave Grohl
  • The Kids Are Alright
    2
    Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Jeff Stein
  • Woodstock
    3
    Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pete Townshend
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Michael Wadleigh
  • The Beatles Anthology
    4
    John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Geoff Wonfor, Bob Smeaton
  • History of the Eagles Part One
    5
    Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Alison Ellwood
  • This Is Spinal Tap
    6
    Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Rob Reiner
  • Searching for Sugar Man
    7
    Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
  • Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute
    8
    Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Laura Segura
  • Lemmy
    9
    Dave Grohl, Slash, Billy Bob Thornton
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
  • The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
    10
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
  • The Last Waltz
    11
    Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Tina
    12
    Angela Bassett, Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
  • Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
    13
    Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn
  • The Song Remains the Same
    14
    Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot
  • Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii
    15
    David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Adrian Maben
  • It Might Get Loud
    16
    The Edge, Jimmy Page, Jack White
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Davis Guggenheim
  • Stop Making Sense
    17
    Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Jonathan Demme
  • When You're Strange
    18
    Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Tom DiCillo
  • Monterey Pop
    19
    Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon
    • Released: 1969
    • Directed by: D.A. Pennebaker
  • Gimme Shelter
    20
    Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
  • Runnin' Down a Dream
    21
    Kevin Costner, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
  • AC/DC: Let There Be Rock
    22
    Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler
  • End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
    23
    Debbie Harry, Rob Zombie, Joey Ramone
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Michael Gramaglia, Jim Fields
  • Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
    24
    Shawn Cloninger, William Goldsmith, Jessy Greene
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: James Moll
  • Roger Water's The Wall
    25
    Roger Waters, Dave Kilminster, Snowy White
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Roger Waters, Sean Evans