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The Best David Bowie Movies

Updated September 22, 2020 3.2k votes 1.1k voters 61.0k views28 items

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List of the best David Bowie movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. David Bowie is best known for writing classic songs like "Changes" and "China Girl," but he also has an engaging filmography to his name. David Bowie's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top David Bowie movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated David Bowie movies will be at the top of the list. David Bowie has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest David Bowie movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining David Bowie films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best David Bowie role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest David Bowie performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Examples of films on this list include Labyrinth and The Man Who Fell to Earth.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best David Bowie movies?" and "What are the greatest David Bowie roles of all time?" If you are a fan of rock stars who act, you might enjoy our list of best Iggy Pop movies and best Tom Waits movies.
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  • Labyrinth1
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

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  • The Man Who Fell to Earth2
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    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    David Bowie, Rip Torn

    Released1976

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

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  • The Prestige3
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • SpongeBob's Truth or Square4
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    Released2009

    Directed byAlan Smart, Andrew Overtoom, Tom Yasumi

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  • Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars5
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    Released1973

    Directed byD. A. Pennebaker

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  • Basquiat6
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    Basquiat

    David Bowie, Courtney Love

    Released1996

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

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  • Jazzin' for Blue Jean7
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    Jazzin' for Blue Jean

    David Bowie, Richard Fairbrass

    Released1984

    Directed byJulien Temple

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  • Absolute Beginners8
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    Absolute Beginners

    David Bowie, Sade Adu

    Released1986

    Directed byJulien Temple

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  • The Last Temptation of Christ9
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    The Last Temptation of Christ

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe

    Released1988

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me10
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    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

    David Bowie, Heather Graham

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • Just a Gigolo11
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    Just a Gigolo

    David Bowie, Kim Novak

    Released1979

    Directed byDavid Hemmings

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  • A Reality Tour12
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    A Reality Tour

    A Reality Tour is a DVD released in 2004 of David Bowie's performance at Point Theatre in... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Mr. Rice's Secret13
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    Mr. Rice's Secret

    David Bowie, Teryl Rothery

    Released2000

    Directed byNicholas Kendall

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  • Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo14
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    Released1981

    Directed byUli Edel

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  • The Linguini Incident15
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    The Linguini Incident

    David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette

    Released1991

    Directed byRichard Shepard

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  • Baal16
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    Baal

    David Bowie, Zoë Wanamaker

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Clarke

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  • Love You till Tuesday17
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    Love You till Tuesday

    David Bowie, Hermione Farthingale

    Released1969

    Directed byMalcolm J. Thomson

    Love You till Tuesday was a promotional film designed to showcase the talents of David Bowie,... more on Wikipedia
  • Into the Night18
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    Into the Night

    David Bowie, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Arthur and the Invisibles19
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    Arthur and the Invisibles

    Madonna, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Arthur and the Invisibles is a French/American CGI animated/live-action feature film... more on Wikipedia
  • The Image20
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    The Image

    David Bowie, Michael Byrne

    Released1969

    Directed byMichael Armstrong

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  • Everybody Loves Sunshine21
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    Everybody Loves Sunshine

    David Bowie, Goldie

    Released1999

    Directed byAndrew Goth

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  • A Dog's Tale22
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    A Dog's Tale

    Anne Lockhart, Gordon Jump

    Released1999

    Directed byCraig Clyde

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  • Remember That Night23
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    Remember That Night

    David Bowie, David Gilmour

    Directed byDavid Mallet

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  • August24
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    August

    David Bowie, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Released2008

    Directed byAustin Chick

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  • The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch25
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    The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch

    David Bowie, Tom Hanks

    Released2005

    Directed byEric Idle

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