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The Best Pop Music Documentaries

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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!

Vote up your favorite pop music documentaries, and check back for new pop music documentary releases.

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  • David Bowie


    Directed byAlan Yentob

    Cracked Actor is a 53-minute-long BBC television documentary film about the rock star David Bowie. It was filmed in 1974. At the time he was a cocaine addict and the documentary has become notorious  ...more
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    Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix


    Directed byJohn Head, Gary Weis

    Made shortly after his death, this documentary explores the brief life and remarkable legacy of guitarist Jimi Hendrix. After finding fame in the U.K., Hendrix brought his act to the U.S., where his
  • Who is Harry Nilsson... is a documentary about the musician Harry Nilsson that premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2006. It was released to theatres and on DVD in the Fall  ...more
  • Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the life of Beatles member George Harrison. It earned six nominations at the 64th  ...more
  • Tomoya Kanki, Ryota Kohama


    Directed byNaoto Amazutsumi

    Flip a Coin: ONE OK ROCK Documentary is a 2021 Japanese music documentary film directed by Naoto Amazutsumi. Unable to tour in 2020, the members of ONE OK ROCK work for months to put on an online  ...more
  • Released2020

    Directed byFrank Marshall

    The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Frank Marshall. An exploration of the history of the Bee Gees, featuring revealing interviews with oldest  ...more
  • Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman


    Directed byD.A. Pennebaker

    In 1965, the iconic troubadour Bob Dylan toured the United Kingdom at the age of 23, and director D.A. Pennebaker was allowed behind the scenes to provide one of the most intimate glimpses of the  ...more
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    David Bowie - Five Years

    David Bowie


    An intimate portrait of five key years in David Bowie's career. Featuring a wealth of previously unseen archive this film looks at how Bowie continually evolved, from Ziggy Stardust, to the Soul Star
  • David Bowie, Earl Slick


    Directed byFrancis Whately

    David Bowie: The Last Five Years is a 2017 American music documentary film directed by Francis Whately. In the last five years of his life, David Bowie ended nearly a decade of silence to engage in  ...more
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    George Harrison: The Quiet One

    George Harrison


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    Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras

    Elton John


    Directed byDavid Furnish

    Tantrums & Tiaras is a 1997 documentary about the musician Sir Elton John directed by his husband, David Furnish. It was recorded during Elton's tour Made in England in 1995 and includes parts of  ...more
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    Made in Sheffield: The Birth of Electronic Pop

    Made in Sheffield is a documentary film on the history of the music scene in the city of Sheffield, England from 1975 until 1983. The film was directed and produced by Eve Wood in 2001. It features  ...more
  • Bob Dylan, Dick Kangas


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    This documentary film traces musician Bob Dylan's evolution from folk troubadour to iconic rock star. Live concert footage and press conferences from the 1960s and a new interview with Dylan are used  ...more
  • Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey


    Directed byMalik Bendjelloul

    Though he faded into obscurity in the U.S., an early '70s musician known as Rodriguez became a huge hit in South Africa and was widely rumored to have died. Two obsessed fans set out to learn the  ...more
  • Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson


    Directed byScot McFadyen, Sam Dunn

    A documentary about the Canadian rock band Rush relates the group's 40-year history and examines its continuing popularity. Using extensive archival footage, it follows the resilient rockers, lead  ...more
  • Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett


    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
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    Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden

    Lady Gaga


    Directed byLaurieann Gibson

    Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden is a 2011 musical album by Lady Gaga.  ...more
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    Directed byEdgar Wright

    The Sparks Brothers is a 2021 music documentary film directed by Edgar Wright. It revolves around Ron and Russell Mael, members of the pop and rock duo Sparks.  ...more
  • Released2021

    Directed byMariem Pérez Riera

    Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Mariem Pérez Riera. For over 70 years, Rita Moreno has inspired audiences with her performances, the  ...more
  • Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus


    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
  • David Lynch, David Bowie


    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
  • John Lennon, Paul McCartney


    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Beatles: Get Back is a 2021 American-British-New Zealand three-part documentary film directed by Peter Jackson. It covers the making of the Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be, which had the working  ...more
  • Released2019

    Directed byChristopher Bird, Simon Lupton

    The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story is a 2019 American documentary directed by Christopher Bird and Simon Lupton. It is a documentary on how Adam Lambert took over from the legendary  ...more
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    Directed bySacha Jenkins

    Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Sacha Jenkins. A profile of legendary funk/R&B icon Rick James capturing the peaks and valleys of his  ...more
  • 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