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1. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 60,568 | Gross: $3.97M

2. 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: 3,279

3. 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: 7,904

4. 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: 6,386

5. 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: 15,276 | Gross: $50.00M

6. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,687 | Gross: $0.42M

7. Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music (1969)

GP | 94 min | Documentary, Music

Footage of Johnny Cash at home and on the road.

Director: Robert Elfstrom | Stars: Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Anita Carter, Helen Carter

Votes: 194

8. Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Music

Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Director: Denis Sanders | Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge

Votes: 2,243

9. 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: 4,334 | Gross: $3.75M

10. The Search for Robert Johnson (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A UK television documentary film about the legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson.

Director: Chris Hunt | Stars: Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Hammond, Gayle Dean Wardlow

Votes: 136

11. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks (1991 Video)

60 min | Music

Shows the classic lineup of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recording their 1991 breakthrough album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik."

Director: Gavin Bowden | Stars: John Frusciante, Adam Horovitz, Anthony Kiedis, Nial LaPrell

Votes: 632

12. The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995)

Documentary, History, Music

The history of rock n' roll and pop music are explored are explored via interviews and footage of well-known music stars.

Stars: Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pete Townshend

Votes: 66

13. Hype! (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History, Music

Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament

Votes: 2,208 | Gross: $0.27M

14. Voodoo Child (2012 Video)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A girl uses voodoo to get the boy of her dreams.

Directors: Joe Kitaj, Roz Naimi | Star: Roz Naimi

15. 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: 5,782

16. David Bowie: Five Years (2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie's career.

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: David Bowie, Rick Wakeman, John Harris, Ken Scott

Votes: 1,524

17. B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds.

Director: Jon Brewer | Stars: Morgan Freeman, B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Albert King

Votes: 583

18. Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr Jekyll whose rock n roll Mr Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, preacher's son, who struck fear into the ... See full summary »

Directors: Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Alice Cooper, Sheryl Cooper, Jack Curtis, Pamela Des Barres

Votes: 951

19. 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: 45,699 | Gross: $8.41M

20. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 26,827

21. 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: 10,807

22. Gimme Danger (2016)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, Bob Waller, The Stooges

Votes: 4,450 | Gross: $0.44M

23. Eat That Question (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

Director: Thorsten Schütte | Stars: Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel, Chuck Ash

Votes: 1,085 | Gross: $0.35M

24. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.

Director: Mat Whitecross | Stars: Paul Arthurs, Christine Biller, Mark Coyle, Debbie Turner

Votes: 9,149 | Gross: $0.24M

25. Elvis (2005)

173 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rose McGowan, Randy Quaid, Tim Guinee

Votes: 3,452

26. Bird (1988)

R | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The troubled life and career of jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright

Votes: 10,803 | Gross: $2.18M

27. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 223,063 | Gross: $119.52M

28. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Votes: 3,487

29. I'm Not There (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 54,960 | Gross: $4.02M

30. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 131,794 | Gross: $75.33M

31. The Doors (1991)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley

Votes: 80,151 | Gross: $35.18M

32. Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop (2009 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

The inside story of Fleewood Mac from their formation in 1967 to the present day (2009) - as told by the members of the band.

Director: Matt O'Casey | Stars: Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie

Votes: 66

33. Fleetwood Mac: The Dance (1997 TV Special)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

The long-awaited reunion of the "Rumours" version of Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and Lindsey Buckingham) At this live MTV concert, they perform... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Gowers | Stars: Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks

Votes: 586

34. Rock Legends (2013– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Music

Looking at these major artists, we discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Interviews with well known music critics, news archive and performance.

Stars: John Aizlewood, Will Hodgkinson, Sunta Templeton, Ryan Mandrake

Votes: 72

35. Mr Pinkpop (2014)

Documentary

Documentary about Jan Smeets, founder of the Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands.

Director: Jaap van Eyck | Stars: Mick Jagger, Jan Smeets

36. Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker (2013 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 60 min | Documentary

A profile of the musician Nile Rodgers, who was one of the most successful artists of the disco era with Chic before becoming one of the biggest producers of the 1980s.

Director: Martyn Stevens | Stars: Alfa Anderson, Bob Clearmountain, Bryan Ferry, Debbie Harry

Votes: 33

37. Nile Rodgers: How to Make It in The Music Business (2017)

176 min | Documentary

Nile shares a lifetime of experience on how to make it in the music business. Using his songs as a guide, he explains the secrets of his success, his longevity and how he's stayed relevant.

Stars: Nina Sosanya, Nile Rodgers, Kate Mossman, Keith Harris

Votes: 18

38. Nile Rodgers: Secrets of a Hitmaker (2015 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 52 min | Documentary

King of disco in the 70s with the band Chic, producer of Bowie, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and many others, Nile Rodgers is a living legend. What are the secrets of ... See full summary »

Director: Marjory Dejardin | Stars: Avicii, David Bowie, Steve Dahl, Duran Duran

Votes: 11

39. Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017)

TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

62 Metascore

A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.

Director: Lili Fini Zanuck | Stars: Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Ginger Baker, Chuck Berry

Votes: 1,574

40. George Michael: Freedom (2017 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A frank and honest account of George Michael's professional life and career, made by the man himself with various artists adding to the narrative.

Directors: David Austin, George Michael, Philip Smith | Stars: Emmanuelle Alt, David Austin, Tony Bennett, Jellybean Benítez

Votes: 1,178

41. David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary about David Bowie's final two albums "The Next Day" (2013) and "Blackstar" (2016) and Broadway musical "Lazarus".

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: David Bowie, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey, Gerry Leonard

Votes: 2,063

42. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)

112 min | Documentary, Music

A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band's front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Iron Maiden, Vinny Appice, Pat Cash, Bruce Dickinson

Votes: 5,045

43. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 7,355

44. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2011)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Ozzy Osbourne's four decade track record as a culturally relevant artist is unprecedented, but his personal struggles have been shrouded in secrecy, until now. Featuring never before seen ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Fleiss, Mike Piscitelli | Stars: Blasko, Brandon Boyd, Mike Brodin, Geezer Butler

Votes: 1,755

45. Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, History, Music

59 Metascore

A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Cameron Crowe

Votes: 7,419 | Gross: $0.45M



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