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List Rules Movies must have the punk rock mentality.

A list of the best punk movies. These are movies about punk culture, feature either punk characters, or punk culture as a central theme in the film genre punk. We believe we've got them all, but if your favorite punk film isn't on the list of the best punk films, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Punk was a music movement born in the late 1970s in both America and Great Britain.

At the heart of punk was the concept of "being yourself". Today though, with mainstream retailers still trying to cash in on "punk culture", punk has become more of an image than a set of values. The music has also become plagued with "mallcore" bands pre-packaged to appear punk.

The best punk bands often play for years before they're discovered. And like those bands that play to a hard-core audience before they're discovered, some of these punk films may be new discoveries for you. If you're into punk, then these are the punk movies for you.

What are the best punk movies? The funnest thing is that not all of these movies are about punk rock or music. They can be about people acting like punks, like in Fight Club or A Clockwork Orange, just to name a few. 
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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter - Released: 1999

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carlybobarly added Sid and Nancy Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Movies
RichardBeecher added Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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The Decline of Western Civilization Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, John Doe - Released: 1981

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Kurmit23456789 added SLC Punk! Jason Segel, Matthew Lillard, Devon Sawa

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clash1977 added Repo Man Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton - Released: 1984

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Rock 'n' Roll High School Clint Howard, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov - Released: 1979

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American Hardcore Released: 2006

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clash1977 added The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle Sid Vicious, John Lydon, Steve Jones

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emilyl added Suburbia Flea, Chris Pedersen, Derek O'Brien

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SubUrbia Parker Posey, Giovanni Ribisi, Steve Zahn - Released: 1983

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End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones Debbie Harry, Rob Zombie, Joey Ramone - Released: 2005

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Another State of Mind Mike Ness, Adam Stern, Keith Morris - Released: 1984

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punksnotdead added Control Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell, Alexandra Lara

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The Filth and the Fury Steve Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Glen Matlock - Released: 2000

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clash1977 added The Clash: Westway to the World Joe Strummer, Siouxsie Sioux, Shane MacGowan

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The Damned - Don't You Wish We... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Movies

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Quadrophenia Sting, Ray Winstone, Timothy Spall - Released: 1979

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punksnotdead added Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Released: 2007

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clash1977 added What We Do Is Secret Bijou Phillips, Shane West, Lauren German

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Romper Stomper Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie - Released: 1992

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santiago-estrada-lópez added Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All

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We Who Wait is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Movies
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punksnotdead added Cha Cha Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich

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punksnotdead added Breaking Glass Jim Broadbent, Jonathan Pryce, Jonathan Ross

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Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'r... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Movies
punksnotdead added Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'roll

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clash1977 added Rude Boy Ray Gange

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Diy or Die is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Movies
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Noise and Resistance is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Movies
nolimits added Noise and Resistance