Most Popular Music History Movies and TV Shows
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1. School of Rock (2003)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Music
After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.
Votes: 253,136 | Gross: $81.26M
2. Ray (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 131,259 | Gross: $75.33M
3. Hip-Hop Evolution (2016– )
TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary, Music
MC and journalist Shad Kabango meets with Hip-Hop's biggest stars to retrace how Hip-Hop became the world's most popular music, but realizes that Hip-Hop's true legacy is something much more profound.
5. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Votes: 60,350 | Gross: $3.97M
6. The New Edition Story (2017)
120 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Chronicles the ups and downs of legendary music group New Edition from their humble beginnings in Boston to individual solo success and everything in between.
8. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
Votes: 11,676 | Gross: $4.95M
10. Little Richard (2000 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of Little Richard Penniman, from his poor Southern upbringing to dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a black singer in the 1950s, to his born-again phase and brief "retirement" from rock and roll.
11. Stoned (2005)
R | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after being let go from the band.
12. Muscle Shoals (2013)
PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
Votes: 3,333 | Gross: $0.70M
13. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced.
Votes: 2,031 | Gross: $1.04M
14. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)
R | 96 min | Documentary, Music
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.
16. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music
Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.
Votes: 3,225 | Gross: $1.60M
18. The Linda McCartney Story (2000 TV Movie)
90 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A dramatization of the life of Linda McCartney. In her early years snapping photos for Rolling Stone magazine and rubbing elbows with much of Hollywood's Elite. The story follows her ... See full summary »
19. The Movie Orgy (1968)
420 min | Documentary, History
A compilation film designed to evoke nostalgia for the shared entertainment experiences of early baby boomers, "The Movie Orgy" includes clips from television programs and B-movies of the ... See full summary »
25. Led Zeppelin DVD (2003 Video)
Not Rated | 320 min | Documentary, Music
A double-DVD set which features over five hours of previously unreleased concert and archival performance footage from Led Zeppelin, spanning the years 1969 to 1979.
28. The Beatles: Made on Merseyside (2018)
87 min | Documentary, Music
The incredible story of how The Beatles emerged from post-war Liverpool and turned music on its head with their changes from skiffle to rock 'n' roll and the creation of the Mersey Beat sound.
29. No Distance Left to Run (2010)
Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
An insightful rockumentary looking at the history of the British rock band, Blur, as they head out on the road for their 2009 reunion tour.
32. Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1993)
PG | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesiser instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB as well as a history of his instrument.
Votes: 899 | Gross: $0.19M
95 min | Comedy, Music
An inept music manager documents his attempt of bringing about a comeback of the 80s techno pioneers Fraktus, who in the past 30 years have disconnected both from each other and their music.
36. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
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.
37. The Florence Foster Jenkins Story (2016)
93 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Florence Foster Jenkins is known as "the worst singer of all times" and yet she is a cult figure whose recordings still outsell many contemporary singers. Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato ... See full summary »
38. Pump Up the Volume (2001– )
In this documentary the origin of house music is being explained. It starts in Chicago in the "Warehouse" club. This later became the Genre called just "House" because people wanted to buy ... See full summary »
39. Play It Loud! (2003)
97 min | Music, Comedy, Drama
The year is 1981, the German New Wave is at the peak. Harry, otherwise Sparkasse trainee, wants to make it big as a manager of the band of his friends, Apollo Schwabing. He has booked the ... See full summary »
40. Lucy Worsley's Christmas Carol Odyssey (2019)
Documentary, History, Music
Lucy Worsley reveals the surprising stories behind our favourite Christmas carols. From pagan rituals to religious conflicts, French dances and the First World War, carols reflect our history.
42. 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 »
43. Modulations (1998)
75 min | Documentary, Music
The evolution of electronic music and its many genres. How the wide range of styles and scenes formed through experimentations on sound formation.
Votes: 363 | Gross: $0.14M
45. Howard Goodall's Story of Music (2013– )
Documentary, History, Music
Master musician Howard Goodall, puts his knowledge into power in various moving and inspirational episodes dealing from the beginning time, the birth of music. From cavemen to Lady Gaga, he... See full summary »
48. Syd Barrett's First Trip (1966)
11 min | Documentary, Short
This experimental silent short is very rare (filmed in 8mm) and only lasts 11 minutes. Nigel Gordon, film student, filmed Syd Barrett while he tripped on mushrooms. This film is made up of ... See full summary »
49. High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006 Video)
64 min | Documentary, Music
HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground ... See full summary »
50. Australian Made: The Movie (1987)
79 min | Documentary, History, Music
A concert film of the Australian Made tour from December 1986 to January 1987. The tour featured internationally performing Australian acts: INXS, Divinyls, Models, The Triffids, The Saints... See full summary »