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The Best David Bowie Movies 

Updated September 23, 2019 4k votes 1k voters 60.3k views 28 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.

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best David Bowie Movies
Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

Released: 1986

Directed by: Jim 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 ...more

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David Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry

Released: 1976

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 1976 British science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg. The film is based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, about an extraterrestrial on ...more

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David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Angela Bowie

Released: 1973

Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is a 1973 documentary and concert movie by D.A. Pennebaker. It features David Bowie and his backing group The Spiders from Mars performing at the ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher 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 ...more

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David Bowie, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe

Released: 1996

Directed by: Julian Schnabel

Basquiat is a 1996 biopic/drama film directed by Julian Schnabel based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat, born in Brooklyn, used his ...more

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David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1988

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is a film adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' controversial 1953 novel of the same ...more

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David Bowie, Sade Adu, Ray Davies

Released: 1986

Directed by: Julien Temple

Absolute Beginners is a 1986 British rock musical film adapted from the Colin MacInnes book of the same name about life in late 1950s London. The film was directed by Julien Temple, featured ...more

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David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette, Marlee Matlin

Released: 1991

Directed by: Richard 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
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A Reality Tour

Released: 2004

Directed by: Marcus Viner

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.
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David Bowie, Natja Brunckhorst, Jens Kuphal

Released: 1981

Directed by: Uli 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
Jazzin' for Blue Jean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best David Bowie Movies
David Bowie, Richard Fairbrass, Mark Long

Released: 1984

Directed by: Julien 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
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David Bowie, Kim Novak, Marlene Dietrich

Released: 1979

Directed by: David 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, ...more
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David Bowie, Heather Graham, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1992

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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David Bowie, Teryl Rothery, Garwin Sanford

Released: 2000

Directed by: Nicholas Kendall

Mr. Rice's Secret is a 2000 drama, fantasy and family film written by J.H. Wyman and directed by Nicholas Kendall.
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Baal David Bowie, Zoë Wanamaker, Julian Wadham

Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan Clarke

Baal is a 1982 Drama Film written by Bertolt Brecht and John Willett and directed by Alan Clarke.
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Love You till Tuesday David Bowie, Hermione Farthingale

Released: 1969

Directed by: Malcolm 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 ...more
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David Bowie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1985

Directed by: John 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, Robert De Niro

Released: 2006

Directed by: Luc 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 ...more

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David Bowie, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Josh Hartnett

Released: 2008

Directed by: Austin 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 ...more
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David Bowie, P!nk, Clancy Brown

Released: 2009

Directed by: Alan 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 ...more
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David Bowie, David Gilmour, David Crosby

Directed by: David 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 ...more
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Anne Lockhart, Gordon Jump, David Bowe

Released: 1999

Directed by: Craig 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

Released: 1969

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more
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David Bowie, Goldie, Rachel Shelley

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andrew Goth

Everybody Loves Sunshine, is a 1999 British independent film written and directed by Andrew Goth, and starring Rachel Shelley, David Bowie and Goldie.
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David Bowie, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eric Idle

The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch is a 2002 re-telling of the 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash, in a modern setting.