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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Top 50 Music Movies of All Time

This list was originally posted on the DMDB Facebook page on March 31, 2010. It was reposted on the DMDB blog on November 11, 2011 because of the anniversary of several major music movie premieres – Stop Making Sense (11/6/84), Sid and Nancy (11/7/86), Jailhouse Rock (11/10/57), and 8 Mile (11/10/02). All four make the DMDB list of best music movies of all time; the first two in the top 10.

The list was updated again on June 30, 2013, thanks to a top music-movies list on Ultimate Classic Rock. In all, more than 70 lists were aggregated to come up with the more definitive list below. It should be noted that the lists tended to fall into two categories: more traditional musicals and rock-oriented movies. The focus of this list is on the latter.

A Hard Day’s Night: The FULL movie!

1. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
2. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
3. Almost Famous (2000)
4. Gimme Shelter (1970)
5. The Last Waltz (1978)

famous scene from This Is Spinal Tap: “These go to 11.”

6. Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982)
7. The Blues Brothers (1980)
8. Stop Making Sense (1984)
9. Purple Rain (1984)
10. Sid & Nancy (1986)

“Tiny Dancer” tour bus scene from Almost Famous

11. Don’t Look Back (1967)
12. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
13. Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)
14. Woodstock (1970)
15. High Fidelity (2000)

trailer for the Rolling Stones’ documentary Gimme Shelter

16. The Doors (1992)
17. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2000)
18. Ray! (2004)
19. Quadrophenia (1979)
20. La Bamba (1986)

“Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” from The Blues Brothers

21. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
22. 24 Hour Party People (2002)
23. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
24. Tommy (1975)
25. Walk the Line (2005)

“Time Warp” from Rocky Horror Picture Show

26. Dreamgirls (2006)
27. 8 Mile (2002)
28. School of Rock (2003)
29. The Commitments (1991)
30. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

“Championship Vinyl/Monday Morning” scene from High Fidelity

31. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
32. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
33. Yellow Submarine (1968)
34. The Filth and the Fury (2000)
35. Amadeus (1984)

trailer for Ray!

36. Once (2007)
37. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
38. Last Days (2005)
39. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
40. Across the Universe (2007)

trailer for Saturday Night Fever

41. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
42. The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
43. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1990)
44. Singles (1992)
45. Control (2007)

“Pinball Wizard” from Tommy

46. Dig! (2004)
47. Monterey Pop (1968)
48. I’m Not There (2007)
49. Shine a Light (2008)
50. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

Elvis performs the title song from Jailhouse Rock


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