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, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, KISS, 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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Actors: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams
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Actors: Bernard Shakey, Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot, Frank Sampedro
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Actors: Dave Grohl, Slash, Billy Bob Thornton, James Hetfield, Henry Rollins
Directed by: Greg Olliver, Wes OrshoskiLemmy is a 2010 documentary film written and directed by Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver.
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Actors: Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Paul McGuigan, Tony McCarroll
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Directed by: John Heyn, Jeff KrulikHeavy Metal Parking Lot is a documentary short produced by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn in 1986.
Actors: Patti Smith, Flea, Tom Verlaine, Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty
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Actors: Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic
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