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1. The Beatles Anthology (1995–1996)

600 min | Documentary, Music

An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin

Votes: 6,579

2. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Unrated | 106 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney

Votes: 10,476 | Gross: $2.93M

3. Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 4,373 | Gross: $3.75M

4. Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album (2000 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Behind-the-scenes footage to document the production of one of John Lennon's most enduring works. A fluid context of conflict, community, and craftsmanship.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, George Harrison

Votes: 371

5. No Distance Left to Run (2010)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

An insightful rockumentary looking at the history of the British rock band, Blur, as they head out on the road for their 2009 reunion tour.

Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern | Stars: Damon Albarn, Mike Smith, Wayne Hernandez, Sam Freeman

Votes: 1,208

6. Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Music

63 Metascore

Britpop band Pulp found fame on the world stage in the mid-1990s with anthems including "Common People" and "Disco 2000". Twenty five years and 10 million album sales later, they return to their hometown for their last UK concert.

Director: Florian Habicht | Stars: Pulp, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle

Votes: 1,557

7. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 11,862 | Gross: $5.02M

8. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern | Stars: James Murphy, Chuck Klosterman, Keith Wood, Nancy Whang

Votes: 2,543 | Gross: $0.51M

9. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 15,357 | Gross: $50.00M

10. The Kids Are Alright (1979)

PG | 109 min | Documentary, Music

From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!

Director: Jeff Stein | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle

Votes: 3,294

11. Oil City Confidential (2009)

104 min | Documentary, Music

The story of Dr Feelgood, four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock'n'roll, leaving all that came before a burnt-out ruin - ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, John Martin, John B. Sparkes

Votes: 474

12. The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (2015)

92 min | Documentary

Tells the extraordinary story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson who, diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Wilko Johnson, Roger Daltrey, Charlie Chan

Votes: 248

13. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Music

Rising from the ashes of Nirvana, the Foo Fighters became a Grammy-winning sensation on their own. Sixteen years of the band's history comes to life in this documentary, from their demo ... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Shawn Cloninger, William Goldsmith, Jessy Greene, Dave Grohl

Votes: 5,814

14. Strange Parallel (1998)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Fantasy

Two documentarists set out to find and make a documentary about Elliott Smith, the musician famous for the Oscar nominated song "Miss Misery" on the "Good Will Hunting" Soundtrack. But the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Steve Hanft | Stars: Larry Crane, Marne Lucas, Elliott Smith, Amber Strom

Votes: 100

15. Searching for Elliott Smith (2009)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

The unauthorized biography of the Patron Saint of Indie Rock.

Director: Gil Reyes | Stars: David Bailey, Jennifer Chiba, Christopher Cooper, Larry Crane

Votes: 46

16. No Cameras Allowed (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

No Cameras Allowed is a documentary that follows James Marcus Haney's journey of breaking into music festivals and inserting himself into the world of some of the biggest names in the industry.

Director: James Marcus Haney | Stars: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, James Marcus Haney, Mumford & Sons

Votes: 254

17. We Grew Up Here (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Music

A musician struggling to cope with his split from his lover and muse begins to suspect his past is being erased in this unnerving film starring members of Chicago band, Paper Thick Walls. ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Pickman | Stars: Eric Michaels, Ann Sonneville, Ron E. Rains, Leena Kurishingal

Votes: 25

18. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Director: Denny Tedesco | Stars: Denny Tedesco, Brian Wilson, Dick Clark, Cher

Votes: 2,518 | Gross: $0.80M

19. The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2009)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

In 2007 the legendary American duo White Stripes toured Canada. Besides playing the usual venues they challenged themselves and played in buses, cafés and for Indian tribal elders. Music ... See full summary »

Director: Emmett Malloy | Stars: Alex Debogorski, Maria Durham, Jack White, Meg White

Votes: 2,309

20. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Director: Paul Justman | Stars: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Richard 'Pistol' Allen

Votes: 3,272 | Gross: $1.60M

21. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 10,211 | Gross: $0.25M

22. Cocksucker Blues (1972)

93 min | Documentary, Music

Follow the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour and their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont.

Director: Robert Frank | Stars: Truman Capote, Dick Cavett, Marshall Chess, Chris Collins

Votes: 734

23. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,976

24. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 46,151 | Gross: $8.41M

25. American Epic (2015– )

TV-14 | 310 min | Documentary, Music

At the height of the Roaring Twenties, music scouts set out across America to capture the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.

Stars: Taj Mahal, Robert Redford, Jack White, Nas

Votes: 173

27. Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire (1974)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Music

79 Metascore

Directed by celebrated British filmmaker Tony Palmer, "Bird on a Wire" follows Cohen on his 1972 European tour. Long lost 16mm prints were restored for this release, not seen since 1972.

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Leonard Cohen, Ron Cornelius, Bob Johnston, Udo Jürgens

Votes: 155

28. One More Time with Feeling (2016)

PG | 113 min | Documentary, Music

92 Metascore

Explores the creative process of Nick Cave and his band as the singer struggles with an unspoken personal tragedy.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos, Susie Bick

Votes: 4,081

29. The Possibilities Are Endless (2014)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Imagine your mind has been wiped: memories, knowledge, experiences, language - every word you ever spoke, has vanished. If eventually you found the words, what would you say? For Edwyn Collins, 'The Possibilities Are Endless'.

Directors: James Hall, Edward Lovelace | Stars: Edwyn Collins, Grace Maxwell, William Collins, Yasmin Paige

Votes: 326

30. Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Romance

A portrait, mostly chronological, of composer, cellist, and vocalist Arthur Russell (1951-1992). His parents, friends and colleagues such as Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, his long-time ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wolf | Stars: Bob Blank, Ernie Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

Votes: 506

31. A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Les Blank's first feature-length documentary captures music and other events at Leon Russell's Oklahoma recording studio during a three-year period (1972-1974).

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Leon Russell, Eric Andersen, Malissa Bates, Les Blank

Votes: 293 | Gross: $0.09M

32. Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary covering Neil Young's October 22, 1978 concert performance at the Cow Palace.

Director: Neil Young | Stars: Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro, Billy Talbot

Votes: 859

33. Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Music

66 Metascore

An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

Director: Steven Sebring | Stars: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray, Tony Shanahan

Votes: 917 | Gross: $0.03M

34. You're Gonna Miss Me (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his lengthy institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth, and his brother's struggle with their religious mother to improve Roky's care.

Director: Keven McAlester | Stars: Byron Coley, 13th Floor Elevators, Evelyn Erickson, Roky Erickson

Votes: 970 | Gross: $0.00M

35. The Fearless Freaks (2005)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

78 Metascore

A documentary on the evolution of the Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips.

Director: Bradley Beesley | Stars: Bradley Beesley, Steve Burns, Dolly Coyne, Kenny Coyne

Votes: 1,052

36. Meeting People Is Easy (1998)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien

Votes: 2,969 | Gross: $0.05M

37. Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, Music

For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a ... See full summary »

Director: Gorman Bechard | Stars: Robert Voedisch, Tommy Ramone, Tom Arnold, Dave Foley

Votes: 300

38. Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010)

Not Rated | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

68 Metascore

The life and work of the enigmatic folk rock singer-songwriter.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Gerry Beckley, Lee Blackman, Perry Botkin Jr., Ray Cooper

Votes: 1,389 | Gross: $0.03M

39. Bayou Maharajah (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

73 Metascore

Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever ... See full summary »

Director: Lily Keber | Stars: James Booker, Joe Boyd, Douglas Brinkley, Harry Connick Jr.

Votes: 173

40. Hip-Hop Evolution (2016– )

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary, Music

MC and journalist Shad Kabango meets with Hip-Hop's biggest stars to retrace how Hip-Hop became the world's most popular music, but realizes that Hip-Hop's true legacy is something much more profound.

Stars: Shad, LL Cool J, Alonzo Williams, Melle Mel

Votes: 4,337

41. Bunch of Kunst (2017)

103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

British punk duo Sleaford Mods have been called "the voice of Britain" by their fans, "Britain's angriest band" by the Guardian and "The world's greatest rock 'n' roll band" by Iggy Pop. "... See full summary »

Director: Christine Franz | Stars: Andrew Fearn, Steve Ignorant, Sleaford Mods, Iggy Pop

Votes: 217

43. We Are X (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary film about the legendary Japanese rock band X JAPAN.

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: Yoshiki, Hiroshi Morie, Sugizo, Toshimitsu Deyama

Votes: 827 | Gross: $0.05M

44. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez

Votes: 7,961

45. Let's Get Lost (1988)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Weber | Stars: Chet Baker, Carol Baker, Vera Baker, Paul Baker

Votes: 1,732