Disco Movies

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1. Xanadu (1980)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

35 Metascore

A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan

Votes: 11,344 | Gross: $22.76M

The greatest disco film, perfect beyond all words. Michael Beck likes to whine that it ended his career but Olivia Newton-John seems to be doing ok.

2. Thank God It's Friday (1978)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Music

A Friday in the life of the disco club the Zoo, where the staff and clients meet and dance their their lives away.

Director: Robert Klane | Stars: Donna Summer, Valerie Landsburg, Terri Nunn, Chick Vennera

Votes: 2,058 | Gross: $7.30M

Donna Summer! Jeff Goldblum! Disco perfection

3. Roller Boogie (1979)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Music

Skaters band together to keep their roller-disco open.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Linda Blair, Jim Bray, Beverly Garland, Roger Perry

Votes: 1,503 | Gross: $13.25M

Stars Linda Blair of 'The Excorcist' fame as a rich girl who inexplicably gives up her place in a posh conservatory to enter the shitty local roller disco competition. Good luck with that career after 1980

4. Fame (1980)

R | 134 min | Drama, Music, Musical

58 Metascore

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean

Votes: 19,159 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

R | 118 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

Anxious about his future after high school, a 19-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn tries to escape the harsh reality of his bleak family life by dominating the dance floor at the local disco.

Director: John Badham | Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali

Votes: 66,847 | Gross: $94.21M

*The* disco film, really. 'Taxi Driver' with more dancing

6. The Apple (1980)

PG | 90 min | Music, Musical, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

In 1994, a young couple enters the world of the music industry, and subsequently the world of drugs.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, George Gilmour, Grace Kennedy, Allan Love

Votes: 1,805

A mind-blowing film that has to be seen to be believed. Set in a sci-fi future (1994!!), shot in empty Berlin shopping malls & culminating in the Rapture

7. Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979)

PG | 98 min | Comedy

At a roller disco competition, two rivals find themselves becoming good friends while competing for a prize of one thousand dollars in cash.

Director: William A. Levey | Stars: Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Ron Palillo, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 434

Featuring the excellent roller disco song 'Hell on Wheels' by Cher. Another film set in a club where the whole plot revolves around a stupid contest.

8. Can't Stop the Music (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

A pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.

Director: Nancy Walker | Stars: Ray Simpson, David Hodo, Felipe Rose, Randy Jones

Votes: 3,451 | Gross: $2.00M

A masterpiece of camp cinema, the 'Gone With the Wind' of disco movies. It's a two-hour musical starring the Village People. You will want to watch the Milkshake song bit over and over again (also, great cameo by The Ritchie Family).

9. ABBA: The Movie (1977)

G | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

An incompetent radio DJ tries to get an interview with the Swedish pop group during their famous week-long 1977 tour of Australia.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog

Votes: 2,898

Absurd non-story about a reporter following them around, plus some stunning footage of their famous Australia tour.

10. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross

Votes: 13,103 | Gross: $21.05M

Often panned but still visually fascinating, & what a cast! Only feature film Michael Jackson ever made

11. Car Wash (1976)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A comedic take on the daily life of car-wash employees, chronicling their hopes, fears, joys, dreams, and tribulations, and meeting some eccentric customers along the way.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Darrow Igus, Otis Day

Votes: 6,020

Great musical comedy, great soundtrack, obviously.

12. Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978 TV Movie)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror, Music

KISS, a rock band made up of superheroes, battles an evil inventor who has plans for destruction at a California amusement park.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley

Votes: 2,690

13. Roll Bounce (2005)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

59 Metascore

In the summer of 1978, a teenager and his group of friends face new challenges when their neighborhood roller-skating rink closes, forcing them to visit a different rink.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Shad Moss, Nick Cannon, Meagan Good, Chi McBride

Votes: 6,419 | Gross: $17.38M

14. The Last Days of Disco (1998)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

76 Metascore

Story of two female Manhattan book editors fresh out of college, both finding love and themselves while frequenting the local disco.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Mackenzie Astin

Votes: 11,651 | Gross: $2.99M

Why is the music in clubs in films always quiet enough for them to have conversations so easily?

15. Boogie Nights (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama

85 Metascore

The story of a young man's adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 226,998 | Gross: $26.40M

Scorsese-esque romp though the golden age of porn and disco.

16. Mahogany (1975)

PG | 109 min | Drama, Romance

Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring ... See full summary »

Directors: Berry Gordy, Tony Richardson, Jack Wormser | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Aumont

Votes: 1,616 | Gross: $5.00M

Costumes designed by Diana Ross, starring Diana Ross. The children love me! They all love me! Mahogany!

17. The Main Event (1979)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A bankrupt entrepreneur attempts to recoup some of her losses by getting a washed-out boxer she picked up as a tax loss back into the ring - an idea her protégé isn't fond of.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Sand, Whitman Mayo

Votes: 2,531 | Gross: $42.80M

Stupid film but great theme song.

18. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 8,169 | Gross: $20.00M

Gorgeous & bizarre film with Faye Dunaway as a fashion photographer with psychic visions. Great disco soundtrack

19. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter, Sophie Lee

Votes: 33,308 | Gross: $15.19M

A flawless and heartbreaking film.

20. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

70 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 44,475 | Gross: $11.22M

Another Australian film with a lot of ABBA in the soundtrack.

21. Carlito's Way (1993)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo

Votes: 191,051 | Gross: $36.95M

Set in the late 70's with a fun disco soundtrack. Almost as good as 'Scarface'

22. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Drama, Music, Musical

72 Metascore

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Votes: 25,714 | Gross: $37.82M

It's really wonderful that Bob Fosse made a musical film all about himself.

23. Nocturna (1979)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

Dracula's granddaughter falls in love with a disco guitarist and runs away to New York City with him.

Director: Harry Hurwitz | Stars: Nai Bonet, John Carradine, Yvonne De Carlo, Theodore Gottlieb

Votes: 190

Perfect Halloween viewing, an absolute camp joy with a great cast including Yvonne De Carlo. How many other disco vampire movies are there??

24. Staying Alive (1983)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Music, Romance

23 Metascore

Five years later, Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenge yet: succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Steve Inwood

Votes: 13,793 | Gross: $64.89M

Highly recommended if you're a fan of so-bad-they're-good campy musicals.

25. Foxes (1980)

R | 106 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh

Votes: 3,728

Young Jodie Foster in a cute film with a great disco soundtrack.

26. The Stud (1978)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Fontaine (Dame Joan Collins) is the London wife of Benjamin (Walter Gotell), a wealthy Arab businessman. She spends his money on her nightclub, "The Hobo", and partying. She hires a ... See full summary »

Director: Quentin Masters | Stars: Joan Collins, Oliver Tobias, Sue Lloyd, Mark Burns

Votes: 740

The film that revived Joan Collins' career. She runs a disco in grotty late-70's London - includes some famously hilarious sex scenes.

27. 54 (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Music

33 Metascore

The famous 1970s New York City nightclub seen and told through the eyes of a young employee.

Director: Mark Christopher | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, Mike Myers

Votes: 30,729 | Gross: $16.57M

Very bad film about Studio 54 but at least Ryan Philippe is shirtless in almost every scene.

28. The Bitch (1979)

R | 89 min | Drama, Romance

The owner of a trendy disco starts having problems with the men in her life and the Mafia, which is trying to move in on her place.

Director: Gerry O'Hara | Stars: Joan Collins, Antonio Cantafora, Kenneth Haigh, Ian Hendry

Votes: 868

Enjoyaby bad sequel to 'The Stud'

29. Disco Godfather (1979)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A retired cop becomes a DJ/celebrity at the Blueberry Hill disco-- he's the "Disco Godfather!" All is well until his nephew flips out on a strange new drug that's sweeping the streets, ... See full summary »

Director: J. Robert Wagoner | Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch, Jerry Jones

Votes: 1,109

This film is bizarre beyond words. Enjoyable as blaxploitation but the soundtrack is a letdown.

30. The Music Machine (1979)

93 min | Drama, Music

Lovely live venue The Music Machine in Camden provides the glitzy glitter-ball backdrop for this hugely entertaining North London disco dance contest drama.

Director: Ian Sharp | Stars: Gerry Sundquist, David Easter, Michael Feast, Ferdy Mayne

Votes: 30

Very obscure British film shot entirely in and around the club that is now Koko in Camden. Stupid campy fun with a weird cameo by Esther Rantzen.

31. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 222,060 | Gross: $188.76M

The opening soundtrack is disco-y, ok?

32. ABBA in Concert (1980 TV Special)

52 min | Documentary, Music

ABBA's 1979 tour of North America and Europe, with emphasis on performances at Wembley Arena, London.

Director: Urban Lasson | Stars: Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus

Votes: 201

Yes, ABBA are disco...ish.

33. The Warriors (1979)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

65 Metascore

In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler

Votes: 88,644 | Gross: $22.49M

Cult classic starring that guy from 'Xanadu'. Worth seeing for the costumes alone.

34. ABBA in Australia (1976 TV Special)

41 min | Music

The export version of an Australian television special that ABBA made in 1976, featuring the super group singing a number of their songs in the TV studio, interspersed with filmed scenes in... See full summary »

Director: Tony Culliton | Stars: ABBA, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Votes: 9

Awkward but fun TV special shot in Australia. Some hideous clothes.

35. Nighthawks (1978)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

A homosexual man is forced to hide his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night.

Director: Ron Peck | Stars: Ken Robertson, Tony Westrope, Rachel Nicholas James, Maureen Dolan

Votes: 498

Not really a "disco film" but it does have some good late-70's gay club scenes, all in a very cheap gritty realism.

36. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

R | 136 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton

Votes: 6,370 | Gross: $16.90M

Extremely depressing film with a great performance by Keaton. She also goes to the disco a lot

37. Jukebox (I) (1978)

R | 92 min | Drama, Music

Jaded night club owner stages the comeback of an ex-teen idol for revenge.

Director: Lamar Card | Stars: Fabian, Casey Kasem, Phoebe Dorin, Susette Carroll

Votes: 38

38. Prom Night (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 14,221 | Gross: $14.80M

It is worth watching this entire mostly-dull film just for the bit near the end where Jamie Lee Curtis dances

39. Saturday Night at the Baths (1975)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

A musician from Montana finds work and other things at The Continental Baths in New York City, 1974.

Director: David Buckley | Stars: Robert Aberdeen, Ellen Sheppard, Don Scotti, Steve Ostrow

Votes: 350

Fascinating low-budget gay film about a musician working in New York's bath houses

40. Logan's Run (1976)

PG | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

An idyllic science fiction future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of thirty.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 49,353 | Gross: $25.00M

Ok fine this is not a disco film at all, but aesthetically it's extremely of that era.

Hightlight of this TV special / concert is Diana Ross singing with Michael Jackson. Quincy Jones & Muhammad Ali also show up

42. Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2017)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

Sex Fashion and Disco is a documentary film concerning Antonio Lopez (1943-1987), the most influential fashion illustrator of 1970s Paris and New York, and his colorful and sometimes outrageous milieu.

Director: James Crump | Stars: Joan Juliet Buck, Paul Caranicas, Michael Chow, Tina Chow

Votes: 140 | Gross: $0.04M

Flawed but enjoyable documentary on the 70s fashion illustrator & his friends

43. Studio 54 (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary, History

70 Metascore

The story of the notorious 1970s New York City nightclub.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Ian Schrager, Steve Rubell, Donald Rubell, Neil Schlesinger

Votes: 1,879 | Gross: $0.20M

Fun documentary that mainly follows Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager & their downfall

44. Cher... and Other Fantasies (1979 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Music

After an opening number featuring women from history (all wearing Bob Mackie fashions), Cher finds herself lost in an abandoned building's atrium. With the help of a mystical sign painter (... See full summary »

Director: Art Fisher | Stars: Cher, Lucille Ball, Elliott Gould, Andy Kaufman

Votes: 48

Great Cher TV special from the height of her disco era

45. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 1,965

46. Olivia (1978 TV Special)

60 min | Music