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1. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Black Sabbath: Paranoid (2010)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Music

The story of how the classic album "Paranoid" was made with stories from the horses-mouth to those who were influenced by its content, form and vitality.

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Phil Alexander, Tom Allom, Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler

Votes: 389

2. The Harmony Game (2011)

72 min | Documentary

The end of a decade when the world was in crisis and inspiration and hope needed resurrecting, an influential duo released a masterpiece of popular music, Bridge Over Troubled Water. ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Lebeau | Stars: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Mort Lewis, Roy Halee

Votes: 121

5. Tapsa (1980 TV Movie)

74 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Peter von Bagh | Stars: Tapio Rautavaara, Timo, Liisa Rautavaara

Votes: 16

6. Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation (2012)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Explores the music scene in Greenwich Village, New York in the 60's and early 70's. The film highlights some of the finest singer/songwriters of the day.

Director: Laura Archibald | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Happy Traum, Tom Bernadin, Doug Yeager

Votes: 266 | Gross: $0.02M

7. RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary which examines copyright issues in the information age.

Director: Brett Gaylor | Star: Cory Doctorow

Votes: 1,188

8. Arena (1975– )
Episode: Produced by George Martin (2011)

90 min | Documentary

A profile of legendary music producer Sir George Martin with the help of his son Giles and wife Judy with contributions from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Howard Goodall, Cilla Black, Bernard Cribbins and Rolf Harris.

Director: Francis Hanly | Stars: George Martin, Judy Martin, Giles Martin, Margaret Asher

Votes: 173

9. Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

70 Metascore

When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again. 22 years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes.

Director: Jesse Vile | Stars: Jason Becker, Dan Alvarez, Ehren Becker, Gary Becker

Votes: 1,111

12. Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance (2014 TV Movie)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary portrait of the chameleon musician Elvis Costello, chronicling the extraordinary journey from his childhood under the influence of his singer father to his early success with ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Kidel | Stars: Elvis Costello, Mark Ellen, Paul McCartney, Steve Nieve

Votes: 61

13. Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life (2010)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

Krzysztof Komeda was a jazz pianist and film composer. With compositions like the lullaby for Rosemary's Baby (1968) by Roman Polanski, Komeda succeeded in writing his own chapter in the ... See full summary »

Director: Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy | Stars: Krzysztof Komeda, Noam Buthenhoff, Henning Carlsen, Simon Großmann

Votes: 45

14. Kraftwerk - Pop Art (2013 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

A documentary on the German band Kraftwerk, pioneers in electronic pop.

Directors: Hannes Rossacher, Simon Witter | Stars: Kraftwerk, Derrick May, Holger Czukay, François Kevorkian

Votes: 146

15. 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: 1,480

17. The Saimaa Gesture (1981)

128 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary of three Finnish bands on tour around lake Saimaa. Bands on boat are Hassisen Kone, Eppu Normaali and Juice Leskinen Slam.

Directors: Aki Kaurismäki, Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Juice Leskinen Slam, Eppu Normaali, Hassisen Kone, Juice Leskinen

Votes: 453

20. Help! (1965)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Sir Ringo Starr finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult, and his fellow members of The Beatles must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 16,101

21. Punksters & Youngsters (2008)

80 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

A documentary on the 1970s Finnish punk rock scene.

Director: Jouko Aaltonen | Stars: Akupunktio, Atte Blom, Briard, Creepy Crawlie

Votes: 127

22. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Cream: Disraeli Gears (2006)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Cream were rock's first true supergroup combining the extraordinary talents of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce in a power trio that formed the template for most hard rock during ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Ginger Baker, Pete Brown, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton

Votes: 122

23. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (2001)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

A behind the scenes look at the making of Iron Maiden's critically praised album 'The Number of the Beast'

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Martin Birch, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray

Votes: 431

24. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' (2013)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Al Hendrix

Votes: 401

25. Wild Thing (2010)

106 min | Documentary

A documentary about The Troggs (performers of Wild Thing) and other Rock bands.

Director: Jérôme de Missolz | Stars: Iggy Pop, Eric Burdon, Reg Presley, Kevin Ayers

Votes: 31

26. Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (1976)

PG | 137 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.

Directors: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot | Stars: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham

Votes: 7,268

27. 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: 59,286 | Gross: $3.97M

28. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 14,467

29. Global Metal (2008)

93 min | Documentary, Music

A continued examination of the heavy metal subculture focusing on the adaptation and performance of heavy metal in various global communities, and how the increased import of Western cultural forms has impacted new global markets.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Tom Araya, Ken Ayugai, Rafael Bittencourt, Max Cavalera

Votes: 4,334

30. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 11,174

31. Metal Evolution (2011–2014)

Documentary, Music

Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper, Slash, Lemmy, Rob Zombie, members of ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Dunn, Scott Ian, Bruce Dickinson, Deena Weinstein

Votes: 2,054

32. Until the Light Takes Us (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

54 Metascore

Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson.

Directors: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell | Stars: Fenriz, Varg Vikernes, Euronymous, Hellhammer

Votes: 5,027 | Gross: $0.12M

33. Nightwish: The Whole Story (2003 Video)

135 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A journey to the world of Nightwish. This documentary reveals all the ups and downs of the band's history as well as some of the most hilarious and embarrassing moments from their world tours.

Director: Timo Halo | Stars: Tuomas Holopainen, Jukka Nevalainen, Mape Ollila, Tapio Wilska

Votes: 276

34. Promised Land of Heavy Metal (2008)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Promised Land of Heavy Metal is a documentary about Finland, the only country where heavy metal has become mainstream. Starring Alice Cooper, Mr Lordi, and Ville Valo.

Director: Kimmo Kuusniemi | Stars: Kuisma Aalto, Alice Cooper, Mike D'Antonio, Bruce Dickinson

Votes: 67

36. Eternal Flame of Gehenna (2011)

51 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary about the Finnish black metal scene.

Director: Sami Kettunen | Stars: Miikka Ojala, Karri Suoraniemi, Molestor Kadotus, Janne Kuru

Votes: 175

37. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 15,099 | Gross: $0.67M

38. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

92 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 121,468 | Gross: $0.19M

39. The Magnetic Man (2009)

79 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A look at the life and music of Pekka Streng who died at the age of 26 in 1975.

Director: Arto Halonen | Stars: Atte Blom, Sinikka Haapanen, Jukka Hakoköngäs, Arto Halonen

Votes: 100

40. Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' - The Story of L.A. Woman (2012)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

The Doors didn't simply "break on through" in the late 1960s. Led by rock poet and frontman Jim Morrison, they exploded onto the music scene. Over four years, they provided the soundtrack ... See full summary »

Director: Martin R. Smith | Stars: Jim Ladd, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Michael McClure

Votes: 228

42. A Technicolor Dream (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

The story of the underground movement during the 60s leading up to its culmination at The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, a "musical happening" at Alexandra Palace on April 29 1967.

Director: Stephen Gammond | Stars: Kevin Ayers, Joe Boyd, John Hopkins, Nick Mason

Votes: 62

44. 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: 3,243

45. 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: 15,062 | Gross: $50.00M

46. Tolonen (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A documentary film about music and life - about letting go and starting over In the early 70s, the Finnish guitarist Jukka Tolonen, celebrated by the international music press, chose to ... See full summary »

Director: Lasse Keso | Stars: Jukka Tolonen, Vesa Aaltonen, Heikki Virtanen, Liisa Tolonen

Votes: 64

48. Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

"Wish You Where Here" was released September, 1975. Interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright as they tell the story of the creative process of this album.

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Syd Barrett, Joe Boyd, Venetta Fields, Jill Furmanovsky

Votes: 1,422