Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Movies about music, a list

I've decided to make this list because I can't find any one list that has all the music-movies that I want, so I'm making it myself. Ths will feature documentaries, some live movies and other movies where music plays a big part.
I'm only including movies I've actually seen.

- Metal: A Headbangers Journey
A documentary on heavy metal, the history, culture and some cool interviews. 
- Classic Albums: (VH1 Series) (I've seen some of them)
Very interesting documentaries on how some of the best albums in the world are made.
- Some Kind Of Monster
Follows Metallica in the making of St. Anger.
- Global Metal
Metal in different countries.
- Anvil! The story of Anvil
The story of Anvil. A band who were a big part of the thrash metal movement, but didn't become very successful. 
- Until the light takes us
A documentary on black metal.
- Iron Maiden: Flight 666
Iron Maiden gets their own airplane :)
- Heavy: The story of Metal
Pretty much the same concept as Metal: A Headbangers Journey.
- This Is Spinal Tap
A rockumentary parody that is hilarious.
- It Might Get Loud
Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White meets to talk about guitar. Very awesome!
- When You're Strange
A documentary about The Doors
- Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (Not a documentary, but based on the actual history of the band)
A movie where the plot is very much based on the history of Def Leppard. Very cool and moving.
- Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman 30th anniversary.
About Ozzy's transition to a solo career and his work with Randy Rhoads.
- Dream Theater The Spirit Carries On
Documenting their drummer auditions. Quite interesting.

Movies based on classical composers:
- Amadeus
- Immortal Beloved
- Copying Beethoven
- Eroica
- Impromtu (Not very much focus on the music)

Live concert movies:
- Avantasia: The Flying Opera
- Edguy: Fucking with F***
- Def Leppard: In The Round, In Your Face
- Hartmann: Handmade

Other movies where music is important:
- August Rush (Highly recommended)
- The Wedding Singer
- 8 Mile
- The Runaways
- The School Of Rock
- Tenacious D in The Pick Of Destiny
- The Rocker
- The Blues Brothers (both)
- The Soloist
- Bandslam
- Airheads
- Music and Lyrics
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
- The Boat That Rocked
- Rock Star
- Waynes World (1&2)
- Crossroads
- Taking Woodstock

I hope you like it :) I'll probably update the list as I remember more movies.


  1. Is Taking Woodstock any good? I really wanted to see it. And one of my favorite music movies is Across the Universe. I'm a major sucker for Beatles music!!!

    1. I don't think there is any Beatles on there, actually. You can see the soundtrack here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1127896/soundtrack
      I really liked the movie, though :)

  2. What about movie "Once"? It's a beautiful story about two musicians. The movie casts and includes music made by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. You should definitely check it out. I'm sure you're gonna like that.

  3. Dammit I forgot about "Almost Famous" and "Across The Universe" mentioned by Jaggerfan1. EPIC MOVIES!

    1. I'll add those 3 movies to my "to watch-list". Thanks for the tip :)