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1. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

93 Metascore

The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks

Votes: 3,265

2. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

69 Metascore

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman | Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, James Drescher, Lucky Lehrer

Votes: 3,167 | Gross: $0.28M

3. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

66 Metascore

A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985.

Director: Tim Irwin | Stars: Milo Aukerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett, Scott Becker

Votes: 885

4. Instrument (1999)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary

A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen | Stars: Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto

Votes: 783

5. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston, Laurie Allen

Votes: 8,910 | Gross: $0.33M

6. Suburbia (1983)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay, Timothy O'Brien

Votes: 4,056

7. 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: 4,403 | Gross: $0.44M

9. Death Wish 3 (1986 Video Game)

Action, Crime

In a tie-in computer game for Death Wish 3 (1985), Charles Bronson's vigilante Paul Kersey must eliminate vicious gang, rioting on the streets of New York.

Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Senter

Votes: 42

10. Repo Man (1984)

R | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash

Votes: 31,694 | Gross: $3.57M

11. Class of 1984 (1982)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Perry King, Merrie Lynn Ross, Timothy Van Patten, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 8,827

12. All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary film that explores the early Boston Hardcore music scene from the years 1981 through 1984. Unlike earlier films that were centered on the members of the bands, this film ... See full summary »

Director: Drew Stone | Stars: Jonathan Anastas, Curtis Casella, Chris Corkum, Mike Dreese

Votes: 60

13. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 97,006 | Gross: $3.22M

14. Der kleene Punker (1992)

74 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Amadeus is a small Punker living in a trash can. One day he has got the idea to participate in a punk concert in front of the Brandenburger Tor and convinces his friends to found a band. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schaack | Stars: Rainer Strecker, Ilona Schulz, Reinhard Krökel, Gerlach Fiedler

Votes: 163

15. Made in Britain (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama

Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Tim Roth, Terry Richards, Bill Stewart, Eric Richard

Votes: 5,723

16. Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

The word Taqwacore is a combination of hardcore, a genre of punk music, and taqwa, an Arabic word that translates as "piety" or "god-fearing." The first to use the term was writer, ... See full summary »

Director: Omar Majeed | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Arieb Azhur, Ammar Aziz, Chris Clover

Votes: 196

17. Urban Struggle

Music | Announced

Based on the true story of Jerry Roach and the infamous battle of "The Cuckoo's Nest". World Famous as the birthplace of Slam Dancing" and its stand against City Hall,this unlikely crusader... See full summary »

Director: York Alec Shackleton | Star: Dean Jagger

18. X: The Unheard Music (1986)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Music

This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X. There are studio and live performances by the band and interviews with ... See full summary »

Director: W.T. Morgan | Stars: John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, D.J. Bonebrake

Votes: 357

19. A Band Called Death (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett | Stars: Bobby Hackney, David Hackney, Dannis Hackney, Robbie Duncan

Votes: 3,370 | Gross: $0.13M

20. Jubilee (1978)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Jenny Runacre, Nell Campbell, Toyah Willcox, Jordan

Votes: 2,677

21. In the Shadow of the Sun (1981)

51 min | Fantasy

A collection of Super 8 films shot by Derek Jarman between 1972 and 1975, edited to the music of Throbbing Gristle.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Karl Bowen, Graham Dowie, Christopher Hobbs, Gerald Incandela

Votes: 215

22. Joy Division (2007)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Richard Boon, Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins, Ian Curtis

Votes: 3,036

23. Rock in Reykjavik (1982)

83 min | Documentary, Music

Rokk í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavik) gives a thorough overview of the powerful and expanding rock scene in Iceland. Most of the film consists of performances by a wide variety of ... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, Júlíus Agnarsson, Eyþór Arnaldsson, Sigtryggur Baldursson

Votes: 160

25. Better Than Something: Jay Reatard (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

For Jimmy Lee Lindsay, life was a mosh pit. Whether it was growing up among crack addicts on the rough side of Memphis, or his years in the rough-and-tumble underground rock scene of the '... See full summary »

Directors: Alex Hammond, Ian Markiewicz | Stars: Jay Reatard, King Louie Bankston, Shawn Foree, Ryan Rousseau

Votes: 136

26. Kill Your Idols (2004)

75 min | Documentary, Music

52 Metascore

A documentary on thirty years of alternative NYC rock 'n roll.

Director: Scott Crary | Stars: Ron Albertson, Angus Andrew, Tristan Bechet, Hisham Bharoocha

Votes: 525 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Punk in Africa (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, History, Music

Three chords, three countries, one revolution...PUNK IN AFRICA is the story of the multiracial punk movement within the recent political and social upheavals experienced in three Southern ... See full summary »

Directors: Keith Jones, Deon Maas | Stars: Paulo Chibanga, Michael Fleck, Ivan Kadey, Ruben Rose

Votes: 128

28. The Slog Movie (1982)

Unrated | 59 min | Documentary, Music

A raw and unparalleled DIY documentary about the West Coast Punk scene made by a group of young fans/filmmakers about the bands they loved.

Director: David Markey | Stars: Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, Greg Hetson, Lucky Lehrer

Votes: 63

29. You Weren't There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977 to 1984 (2007)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary

You Weren't There: a History of Chicago Punk 1977-1984 is a documentary that looks back on the impact that the Punk movement had on the Windy City. Though overlooked in the annals of Rock ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Losurdo, Christina Tillman | Stars: Steve Albini, Vic Bondi, Scotty Brown, Lorna Donley

Votes: 65

30. Afro-Punk (2003)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Music

Afro-Punk explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday "Behind the Music" or typical "black history month" documentary, this film tackles hard questions, covering ... See full summary »

Director: James Spooner | Stars: Ralph Darden, Matt Davis, Maya Glick, Mariko Jones

Votes: 242

31. Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story (2006)

Documentary, Music

Undisputedly written into the annals of rock history and dedicated to the most sincere methods of the DIY ethos, Northwest musicians Dead Moon (Andrew Loomis and Fred & Toody Cole) have ... See full summary »

Directors: Kate Fix, Jason Summers | Stars: Fred Cole, Toody Cole, Andrew Loomis

Votes: 80

32. Blank City (2010)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

During the punk rock stage in the late '70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of "Do it yourself" independent filmmaking.

Director: Celine Danhier | Stars: Amos Poe, Ann Magnuson, Becky Johnston, Beth B

Votes: 696 | Gross: $0.12M

33. Too Much Future (2006)

93 min | Documentary, Music

Tells the story of punk in the GDR.

Directors: Michael Boehlke, Carsten Fiebeler | Stars: Cornelia Schleime, Colonel, Daniel Kaiser, Bernd Stracke

Votes: 41

34. Punking Out (1978)

25 min | Documentary, Short

Documents the beginning of the punk rock movement in New York City at CBGB's, a punk night club, and the lifestyle that revolves around this scene. Presents a sometimes shocking look at the... See full summary »

Directors: Maggi Carson, Juliusz Kossakowski, Ric Shore | Stars: Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Richard Hell, Hilly Kristal

Votes: 37

35. They Eat Scum (1979)

73 min | Drama

The rise, fall and rise of a teen death-rock idol.

Director: Nick Zedd | Stars: Geoffrey Carey, Donna Death, Roy Dillard, Jim Giacama

Votes: 111

36. 1/2 Man (1986)

48 min | Documentary, Music

A visual documentary of Einstuerzende Neubauten, the German underground band, by Japanese cult director Sogo Ishii, made during their 1985 tour of Japan. The band makes an elaborate and ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Einstürzende Neubauten, Blixa Bargeld, Mark Chung, FM Einheit

Votes: 257

38. Salad Days (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

"Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)" examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Crawford | Stars: Fred Armisen, Brendan Canty, Dave Grohl, Tim Kerr

Votes: 477

39. The Day the Country Died (2007)

120 min | Documentary, Music

Through interviews with major players in the anarchist-punk movement, DAY THE COUNTRY DIED explores the evolution of a genre. Those sharing their views include Colin Jerwood of Conflict, ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Wallace | Stars: Jon Active, Petesy Burns, Francisco Carreno, Gerald Evans

Votes: 20

40. N.Y.H.C. (1999)

87 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Tim Cohen, Freddy Cricien, Vic Di Cara, Danny Diablo

Votes: 144

41. Underground U.S.A. (1980)

85 min | Drama

An older woman (Astor) looks for love with younger men in a take-off of Sunset Boulevard.

Director: Eric Mitchell | Stars: Patti Astor, Rene Ricard, Tom Wright, Eric Mitchell

Votes: 30

42. Reality 86'd (1991)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

Road documentary of last Black Flag tour - "In My Head"

Director: David Markey | Stars: Mitch Bury, Simeon Cain, Davo Claassen, Joe Cole

Votes: 33

43. Sir Drone (1989)

57 min | Comedy

Three teenagers from the industrial part of Los Angeles try to form a punk rock band in Hollywood, in this short film by renowned artist Raymond Pettibon.

Director: Raymond Pettibon | Stars: Mike Kelley, Mike Watt, Ricky Lee, Angela Taffe

Votes: 26

44. Twisted Issues (1988 Video)


Low budget shot-on-video gore film with comical overtones concerns a skateboarding teen's murder. Rising from the dead with his skateboard, he embarks on a vengeful killing spree.

Director: Charles Pinion | Stars: Stephen L. Antczak, Charles Pinion

Votes: 42

45. Black Box (1979)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Drama

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Directors: Beth B, Scott B | Stars: Lydia Lunch, Bob Mason, Chiara Smith, Christof Kohlhofer

Votes: 28

46. Black Wave

Adventure | Announced

John and Jean Silverwood and their four young kids face tragic consequences when they embark on a year-long sailing adventure around the world.

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