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Something magical happens when movies and music combine. The top movies about starting a band feature musicians ready to take on the world with powerful voices, shredding guitars, and maybe a washboard or two. This is a list of the greatest movies about bands, including everything from That Thing You Do! to The Doors to Eddie and the Cruisers.

What films will you find on this list of band movies? Rob Reiner's 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap follows the fictional British band through its ups and downs. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer found laughs in every note of this beloved comedy. School of Rock is another great movie about starting a band, while The Blues Brothers focuses on getting the band back together after years apart. Other good films featured on this list include Rock Star, Sing Street, and The Runaways.

Do you have a favorite film about the early days of a band? Give the best movies a thumbs up and add any great features that are missing.

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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
School of Rock Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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Sing Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Sing Street Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy

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That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
That Thing You Do! Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and co-starring Tom Hanks. Set in the summer of 1964, the movie tells the story of the quick rise and fall ...more

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Eddie and the Cruisers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Eddie and the Cruisers Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by the director and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P.F. Kluge. It was marketed with ...more

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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The Commitments is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
The Commitments Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy The Commitments is a 1991 comedy-drama film directed by Alan Parker. A film adaptation of Roddy Doyle's novel of the same name, the film tells a story of working class Dubliners who form a soul ...more

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This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
This Is Spinal Tap Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional ...more

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The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
The Runaways Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Tatum O'Neal The Runaways is a 2010 American drama film about the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name written and directed by Floria Sigismondi. It is based on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a ...more

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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
La Bamba Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...more

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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Sid and Nancy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Sid and Nancy Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke Sid and Nancy is a 1986 British biopic directed by Alex Cox. The film portrays the life of Sid Vicious, bassist of the seminal punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and his relationship with ...more

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Hearts Beat Loud is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Hearts Beat Loud Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson Hearts Beat Loud is a 2018 drama music film directed by Brett Haley. A father (Nick Offerman) and daughter (Kiersey Clemons) form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for ...more

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
The Doors Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Kelly Hu The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which emphasizes the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. It was directed by Oliver Stone, and stars Val ...more

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Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Hustle & Flow Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow is a 2005 American independent drama film written and directed by Craig Brewer and produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain. It was released on July 22, 2005. Terrence ...more

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Dreamgirls Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road ...more

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Control is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Control Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell, Alexandra Lara Control is a 2007 British-American biographical film about the life of Ian Curtis, singer of the late-1970s English post-punk band Joy Division. It is the first feature film directed by Anton ...more

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Not Fade Away is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Not Fade Away James Gandolfini, Lisa Lampanelli, Brad Garrett Not Fade Away is a 2012 drama film written and directed by David Chase.

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The Sapphires is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
The Sapphires Chris O'Dowd, Jessica Mauboy, Eka Darville The Sapphires is a 2012 Australian musical comedy-drama film produced by Goalpost Pictures and distributed by Hopscotch Films, based on the 2004 stage play of the same name which is loosely ...more

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Garage Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Garage Days Marton Csokas, Holly Brisley, Andy Anderson Garage Days is a 2002 Australian film directed by Alex Proyas and written by Proyas, Dave Warner and Michael Udesky. The Garage Days soundtrack includes the song "Garage Days" ...more

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Bandslam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Bandslam Vanessa Hudgens, David Bowie, Aly Michalka Bandslam is a 2009 summer film release directed by Todd Graff, starring Aly Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell, Scott Porter, Lisa Kudrow.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabu... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains Diane Lane, Laura Dern, Ray Winstone Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains is a 1982 film about three teenage girls, played by Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter, who start a punk band.

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Rock Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
Rock Star Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Hunter Rock Star is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. It tells the story of Chris "Izzy" Cole, a tribute ...more

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The Glenn Miller Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Starting a Band
The Glenn Miller Story James Stewart, Louis Armstrong, Marion Ross The Glenn Miller Story is a 1954 American film about the eponymous American band-leader, directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart in their first non-western collaboration. ...more