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Great Movies About Starting a Band

Updated July 13, 2020 660 votes 119 voters 5.3k views24 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies about the early days of a music group.

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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  • Sing Street1
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    Sing Street

    Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor

    Released2016

    Directed byJohn Carney

    Sing Street is a 2016 musical coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by John Carney. A boy...  more
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • The Blues Brothers3
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • The Commitments4
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    The Commitments

    Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney

    Released1991

    Directed byAlan Parker

    The Commitments is a 1991 comedy-drama film directed by Alan Parker. A film adaptation of...  more
  • The Runaways5
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    The Runaways

    Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning

    Released2010

    Directed byFloria Sigismondi

    The Runaways is a 2010 American drama film about the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name...  more

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  • This Is Spinal Tap6
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and...  more

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  • Rock Star7
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    Rock Star

    Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Herek

    Rock Star is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring...  more

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?8
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    George Clooney, John Goodman

    Released2000

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and...  more

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  • La Bamba9
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    La Bamba

    Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano

    Released1987

    Directed byLuis Valdez

    La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows...  more

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  • Sid and Nancy10
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    Sid and Nancy

    Courtney Love, Gary Oldman

    Released1986

    Directed byAlex Cox

    Sid and Nancy is a 1986 British biopic directed by Alex Cox. The film portrays the life of Sid...  more

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  • Dreamgirls11
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    Dreamgirls

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy

    Released2006

    Directed byBill Condon

    Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced...  more

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  • Selena12
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    Selena

    Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie

    Released1997

    Directed byGregory Nava

    Selena is a 1997 American biographical musical drama film about the life and career of the...  more

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  • That Thing You Do!13
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    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Hanks

    That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and...  more

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  • The Doors14
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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which...  more

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  • Eddie and the Cruisers15
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    Eddie and the Cruisers

    Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byMartin Davidson

    Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay...  more
  • Hearts Beat Loud16
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    Hearts Beat Loud

    Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons

    Released2018

    Directed byBrett Haley

    Hearts Beat Loud is a 2018 drama music film directed by Brett Haley. A father (Nick Offerman)...  more
  • Not Fade Away17
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    Not Fade Away

    James Gandolfini, Lisa Lampanelli

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Chase

    Not Fade Away is a 2012 drama film written and directed by David Chase....  more
  • The Sapphires18
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    The Sapphires

    Chris O'Dowd, Jessica Mauboy

    Released2012

    Directed byWayne Blair

    The Sapphires is a 2012 Australian musical comedy-drama film produced by Goalpost Pictures and...  more

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  • Hustle & Flow19
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    Hustle & Flow

    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris

    Released2005

    Directed byCraig Brewer

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  • Control20
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    Control

    Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell

    Released2007

    Directed byAnton Corbijn

    Control is a 2007 British-American biographical film about the life of Ian Curtis, singer of...  more
  • Garage Days21
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    Garage Days

    Marton Csokas, Holly Brisley

    Released2002

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    Garage Days is a 2002 Australian film directed by Alex Proyas and written by Proyas, Dave...  more

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  • Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains22
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

    Diane Lane, Laura Dern

    Released1982

    Directed byLou Adler

    Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains is a 1982 film about three teenage girls, played by...  more
  • Bandslam23
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    Bandslam

    Vanessa Hudgens, David Bowie

    Released2009

    Directed byTodd Graff

    Bandslam is a 2009 summer film release directed by Todd Graff, starring Aly Michalka, Vanessa...  more

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  • The Glenn Miller Story24
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    The Glenn Miller Story

    James Stewart, Louis Armstrong

    Released1953

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Glenn Miller Story is a 1954 American film about the eponymous American band-leader,...  more

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