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The Best David Bowie Movies

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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.

Notable directors that have worked with David Bowie include names like Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese and David Lynch. Is David Bowie your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Joe Strummer and Bj

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    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie
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    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

    Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars David  ...more

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    David Bowie, Candy Clark
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    Released1976

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is an alien who has come to Earth in search of water to save his home planet. Aided by lawyer Oliver Farnsworth (Buck Henry), Thomas uses his knowledge of advanced  ...more
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    Released1973

    Directed byD.A. Pennebaker

    Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker focuses his lens on a 1973 concert by David Bowie, who performs under the moniker Ziggy Stardust with his glam-rock backing band, the Spiders From Mars. While some  ...more
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    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
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    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy Award-winning  ...more

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    David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette
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    Released1991

    Directed byRichard Shepard

    The Linguini Incident is a 1991 American comedic film set in New York starring David Bowie and Rosanna Arquette. The film was directed by Richard Shepard, who co-wrote the script with Tamar Brott.  ...more
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    David Lynch, David Bowie
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    Released2021

    Directed byRob Gordon Bralver

    Moby Doc is a 2021 American Documentary directed by Rob Gordon Bralver. It's a surrealist biographical documentary about trailblazing electronic musician and animal rights activist Moby.  ...more
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    Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel
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    Released1988

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) -- despite his  ...more

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    David Bowie, Richard Fairbrass
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    Released1984

    Directed byJulien Temple

    Jazzin' for Blue Jean is a 20-minute short film featuring David Bowie and directed by Julien Temple. It was created to promote Bowie's single "Blue Jean" in 1984 and released as a video single.  ...more
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    Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott
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    Released1996

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

    Despite living a life of extreme poverty in Brooklyn, graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) strives to rise up through the heady New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. He becomes  ...more

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    Eddie O'Connell, Patsy Kensit-Healy
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    Released1986

    Directed byJulien Temple

    Colin (Eddie O'Connell), an aspiring young British photographer and jazz aficionado, falls for the beautiful Crepe Suzette (Patsy Kensit), a model on the rise. When she leaves him to pursue her  ...more
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    David Bowie, Heather Graham
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    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a 1992 American psychological horror film, directed by David Lynch and written by Lynch and Robert Engels. The film can be viewed as both prologue and epilogue to the  ...more

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    Released1981

    Directed byUli Edel

    Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is a 1981 German film directed by Ulrich Edel that portrays the drug scene in West Berlin in the 1970s, based on the non-fiction book of the same name  ...more
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    A Reality Tour

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    A Reality Tour is a DVD released in 2004 of David Bowie's performance at Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 2003 during the Reality Tour.  ...more
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    David Bowie, Kim Novak
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    Released1979

    Directed byDavid Hemmings

    Just a Gigolo is a 1978 film directed by David Hemmings and starring David Bowie. Set in post-World War I Berlin, it also featured Sydne Rome, Kim Novak and, in her last screen appearance, Marlene  ...more
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    David Bowie, Bill Switzer
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    Released1999

    Directed byNicholas Kendall

    Owen Walters (Bill Switzer) is a terminally ill preteen who must also cope with all the other rigors of early adolescence. But, after the death of his whimsical next-door neighbor, Mr. Rice (David  ...more
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    Baal

    David Bowie, Zoë Wanamaker
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    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Clarke

    Baal is a 1982 Drama Film written by Bertolt Brecht and John Willett and directed by Alan Clarke.
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    David Bowie, Emmanuelle Chriqui
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    Released2008

    Directed byAustin Chick

    August is a 2008 American drama film directed by Austin Chick and presented by 57th & Irving. The screenplay by Howard A. Rodman focuses on two brothers, ambitious dot-com entrepreneurs attempting to  ...more
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    Love You till Tuesday

    David Bowie, Hermione Farthingale
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    Released1969

    Directed byMalcolm J. Thomson

    Love You till Tuesday was a promotional film designed to showcase the talents of David Bowie, made in 1969. The film was the latest attempt by his manager, Kenneth Pitt, to bring Bowie to a wider  ...more
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    David Bowie, Michelle Pfeiffer
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    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Into the Night is a 1985 American comedy-thriller film directed by John Landis, starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film is notable for a large number of cameo appearances made by  ...more
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    Madonna, David Bowie
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    Released2006

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Arthur and the Invisibles is a French/American CGI animated/live-action feature film adaptation of the 2002 children's book Arthur and the Minimoys, and the 2003 sequel Arthur and the Forbidden City,  ...more
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    Released2009

    Directed byAlan Smart, Andrew Overtoom, Tom Yasumi

    The Krusty Krab celebrates its eleventy-seventh anniversary, and Mr. Krabs plans to sell lots of Krabby Patties. But SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs accidently get locked in the freezer  ...more
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    Anne Lockhart, Gordon Jump
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    Released1999

    Directed byCraig Clyde

    A Dog's Tale is a 1999 adventure fantasy film directed by Craig Clyde. Tim Webster wants a dog more than anything, but his parents say it’s out of the question. Against his better judgment, Tim  ...more
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    The Image

    David Bowie, Michael Byrne
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    Released1969

    Directed byMichael Armstrong

    The Image is a 1969 black and white short film directed by Michael Armstrong with starring Michael Byrne and David Bowie in his first film role. The film is one of the few short films ever to receive  ...more
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    David Bowie, Goldie
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    Released1999

    Directed byAndrew Goth

    Everybody Loves Sunshine, is a 1999 British independent film written and directed by Andrew Goth, and starring Rachel Shelley, David Bowie and Goldie.  ...more
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    David Bowie, David Gilmour
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    Directed byDavid Mallet

    Remember That Night is a live concert recording of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's solo concerts at the Royal Albert Hall on 29, 30 & 31 May 2006 as part of his On an Island tour. The title is  ...more
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