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The Best Pop Music Documentaries

Updated August 22, 2021 3.5k votes 77 voters122 items

List RulesVote up your favorite documentaries about pop stars and pop music.

What is the best pop music documentary? When it comes to the history of pop music, there's nothing like a good popumentary filled with amusing anecdotes, tales from the tour, and fun trivia about musicians. This list of the best pop music documentaries for pop music lovers includes documentary films about all the best pop musicians and bands to ever grace the microphone. If you love pop music, but also want the scoop on your favorite pop stars, these great documentary films about pop music are what you need. What are the best pop music documentaries of all time? What pop music stars do you love?

Whether you're interested in Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Pink, Demi Lovato, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, or even The Beatles, there's a great pop documentary movie out there for you. This list ranks the best documentaries about pop music in the history of film. The pop music documentary films featured on this list includes Amy, Miss Americana, Tina, Amazing Grace, Black is King, Five Foot Two, Twenty Feet from Stardom, Eight Days a Week, What Happened Miss Simone?, and more!

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  • 1
    Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson
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    Released2015

    Directed byAsif Kapadia

    Amy is a 2015 British documentary film about the life and death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Directed by Asif Kapadia, it covers Winehouse's life and her struggle with substance abuse,...  more
  • 2
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    Released2021

    Directed byMichael D. Ratner

    Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil (YouTube Originals, 2021) is an American documentary series. In this four-part docuseries Demi Lovato shares every aspect that led to her nearly fatal overdose in...  more

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  • 3
    Angela Bassett, Tina Turner
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    Released2021

    Directed byDaniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin

    Tina is an 2021 American-British music documentary film, directed by Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin. A revealing and intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner, charting her...  more
  • 4
    Taylor Swift, Harry Styles
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    27

    Released2020

    Directed byLana Wilson

    Miss Americana (a.k.a. Taylor Swift: Miss Americana) is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Lana Wilson. An in depth look at American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift....  more
  • 5
    Billie Eilish, Finneas O'Connell
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    20

    Released2021

    Directed byR. J. Cutler

    Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry is a 2021 American musical documentary film directed by R. J. Cutler. A deeply intimate look at the extraordinary teenage musician Billie Eilish, following...  more
  • 6
    Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett
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    23

    Released2017

    Directed byChris Moukarbel

    Gaga: Five Foot Two is a 2017 documentary film directed by Chris Moukarbel. In addition to covering the production of Lady Gaga's fifth studio album, Joanne, and her halftime performance at Super...  more
  • 7
    Pink, Carey Hart
    47
    19

    Released2021

    Directed byMichael Gracey

    Pink: All I Know So Far is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Michael Gracey. A behind-the-scenes look at P!NK as she balances family and life on the road, leading up to her first Wembley...  more
  • 8
    Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland
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    Released2019

    Directed byAlan Elliott, Sydney Pollack

    Amazing Grace is a 2018 American documentary film, directed by Sydney Pollack, and Alan Elliott. American singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin performs various songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist...  more
  • 9
    James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael
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    Released2015

    Directed byLiz Garbus

    What Happened, Miss Simone? is a 2015 biographical documentary film directed by Liz Garbus. Exploring the life of Nina Simone, the documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and...  more
  • 10
    Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus
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    7

    Released2021

    Directed byLaura Segura

    Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute is a 2021 American concert documentary film directed by Laura Segura. In a star-studded evening of music and memories, a community of iconic performers honor Dolly...  more
  • 11
    Bella Hadid, Ja Rule
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    Released2019

    Directed byJenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason

    Fyre Fraud is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason that premiered on Hulu on January 14, 2019. A look at the whistleblowers, victims, and the lack of...  more
  • 12

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Smith

    Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Chris Smith, released on Netflix on January 18, 2019. An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous...  more
  • 13
    Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Dr. Dre
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    Released2021

    Directed byEmmett Malloy

    Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell is a 2021 American biographical music documentary film directed by Emmett Malloy. Featuring rare footage filmed by Christopher Wallace's best friend, Damion "D-Roc"...  more
  • 14
    Wade Robson, James Safechuck
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    Released2019

    Directed byDan Reed

    Leaving Neverland is a 2019 documentary film directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed. Leaving Neverland describes how Michael Jackson allegedly began relationships with two young fans,...  more

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  • 15
    Bob Dylan, B.J. Rolfzen
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    Released2005

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    No Direction Home is a documentary film by Martin Scorsese that traces the life of Bob Dylan, and his impact on 20th-century American popular music and culture. The film focuses on the period between...  more
  • 16

    Released2019

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese. The documentary is made up of outtakes from Dylan's movie Renaldo and...  more
  • 17
    Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones
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    Released2018

    Directed byAlan Hicks, Rashida Jones

    Quincy is a 2018 documentary filmed directed by Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones. An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones, a unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years who...  more
  • 18
    Britney Spears, Dave Holmes
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    Released2021

    Directed bySamantha Stark

    Framing Britney Spears is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Samantha Stark. The film revolves around the career of American singer Britney Spears, her celebrity and popularity within...  more
  • 19
    Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett
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    Released2020

    Directed byJames Erskine

    Billie is a 2019 documentary film about Billie Holliday directed by James Erskine. Based around interviews recorded on audio cassettes in the 1970s while researching a book on Billie Holiday that was...  more
  • 20
    Hank Aaron, Dina R. Andrews
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    Released2019

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    The Black Godfather is a 2019 documentary film directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film depicts the story of music executive Clarence Avant, told by the people he worked with....  more
  • 21
    Darlene Love, Merry Clayton
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    Released2013

    Directed byMorgan Neville

    20 Feet from Stardom is a 2013 American documentary film directed by Morgan Neville. Shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and...  more
  • 22
    Michael Jackson, Michael Bearden
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    Released2009

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    Michael Jackson's This Is It is a 2009 American documentary–concert film directed by Kenny Ortega that documents Michael Jackson's rehearsals and preparation for his concert series of the same name...  more
  • 23

    Released2019

    Directed byKelly Duane

    ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Kelly Duane. On December 11, 1964, at the age of 33, Cooke was shot and killed by Bertha Franklin, the...  more
  • 24
    Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas
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    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Taylor

    Chasing Happiness is a 2019 American biographical music documentary directed by John Taylor. A behind-the-scenes look at the life and work of The Jonas Brothers as they prepare their first album in...  more
  • 25
    Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell
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    Released2020

    Directed byBeyoncé

    BLACK IS KING is a 2020 American film and visual album directed, written, and executive produced by American singer Beyoncé. It is a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift,...  more
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