Disco Moviesby Glamorous_Matt | created - 21 Oct 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
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1. Xanadu (1980)
PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance
A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness.
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.
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.
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
5. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
R | 118 min | Drama, Music
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.
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
In 1994, a young couple enters the world of the music industry, and subsequently the world of drugs.
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.
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.
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.
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
An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.
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
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.
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.
13. Roll Bounce (2005)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 6,419 | Gross: $17.38M
14. The Last Days of Disco (1998)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Story of two female Manhattan book editors fresh out of college, both finding love and themselves while frequenting the local disco.
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
The story of a young man's adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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 »
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.
Votes: 2,531 | Gross: $42.80M
Stupid film but great theme song.
18. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller
A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.
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
A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.
Votes: 33,308 | Gross: $15.19M
A flawless and heartbreaking film.
R | 104 min | Comedy, Music
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
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
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.
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
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 »
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
The famous 1970s New York City nightclub seen and told through the eyes of a young employee.
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.
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 »
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.
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
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?
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.
Yes, ABBA are disco...ish.
33. The Warriors (1979)
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
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 »
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.
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
A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.
Votes: 6,370 | Gross: $16.90M
Extremely depressing film with a great performance by Keaton. She also goes to the disco a lot
38. Prom Night (1980)
R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
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.
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
An idyllic science fiction future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of thirty.
Votes: 49,353 | Gross: $25.00M
Ok fine this is not a disco film at all, but aesthetically it's extremely of that era.
41. Diana (1981 TV Special)
60 min | Music
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.
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
The story of the notorious 1970s New York City nightclub.
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 »
Great Cher TV special from the height of her disco era
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.
46. Olivia (1978 TV Special)
60 min | Music