We all once dreamed of being rockstars and touring the world with our band. Playing the biggest stadiums and then going down and partying all night in a hotel room. A dream that helped create some great movies and television shows. Through films and documentaries we have seen the life and work of the most important singers and musicians in history.
These films have become essentials and just like comedy or drama, rockumentary is a film genre that has become one of the people’s favorite things to watch: the true story behind the greatness.
What do all these movies have in common? They seek to convey the spirit of rock and roll, channeling the feeling that music ignites in our ears, but this time through the eyes. A good rock movie has the power to connect in the same way that the musicians who inspired it did.
That’s why here we bring a list of the 10 most epic rock and roll movies that are essential if you consider yourself a fan from hell of the most rebellious, non conforming, in your face genre that exists. Did we miss any? Let us know, through our social media.
10 – The Dirt (2019)
‘The Dirt’ illustrates for almost two hours the life of Mötley Crüe from the early years of formation, the burst into success and the subsequent decline.Those who have read the stories of madness and drama that their book recounted are ready for what was coming on the screen. Somehow the creative team managed to make the gritty and crude details of their story fit into the screen. It makes for quite a watch.
9 – Detroit Rock City (1999)
Remember the feeling of attending your first rock concert? That’s what this movie is all about. The adventure of four teenagers whose night is about to turn crazy as they try everything to get into the KISS concert after losing their tickets. A bad dream that we would all like to wake up from, but that will give them an unforgettable lesson for the rest of their lives.
8 – Almost Famous (2000)
Almost Famous is based on the personal experiences of Cameron Crowe, director of the film, during his time as a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine, he was able to join different legendary bands such as Led Zeppelin, Eagles and The Allman Brothers Band on their chaotic tours. Meet the groupies, see the hotel trashing and be part of the story.
7 – Rockstar (2001)
This movie tells the story of Izzy, a young rocker obsessed with his favorite band, Steeldragon. He dresses just like the singer, imitates his movements and even has a group where he plays his songs. His biggest dream is to become the vocalist of this band. Will he make it?
6 – Sing Street (2016)
If there’s one movie that captures just how important music can be to young people, it has to be Sing Street. The story follows an Irish teenager who is very unhappy with his life, but with the help of his older brother finds a refuge and eventually an escape through music. Bands like A-Ha and The Cure are referenced throughout the film.
5 – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
There is only one word that fully describes this movie: Queen. In Bohemian Rhapsody, actor Rami Malek did justice to Freddie’s personality in such a way that he received an Oscar for his work from him.
4 – The Doors (1991)
There have always been rumors about mysticism, drugs, strange beliefs and the overall life of Jim Morrison and the Doors. This movie digs deep into that from the change Morrison underwent as a child when he was taken over by an American Indian spirit and how that change affected the creation and music of The Doors, as they became a hippies, used hallucinogenic drugs and became an iconic band of the 60’s and 70’s. A deep dive into a non conforming band.
3 – Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982)
Considered a cult film, this work based on the 1979 album “The Wall” by Pink Floyd has had a great cultural impact. It’s directed by Alan Parker, animated by Gerald Scarfe and written by Roger Waters himself. This is a work full of metaphors and symbolism, as well as a philosophy of life that analyzes the vices, the sins and evils of 20th century society.
2 – School Of Rock (1982)
An ideal film to enjoy with the family and awaken the love of music in the little ones. It’s a musical comedy in which a decadent musician gets a job as a teacher and gradually gains the respect and affection of his students, whom he prepares to participate in a band contest.
1 – Wayne’s World (1992)
‘Wayne’s World’ was born as a sketch inside ‘Saturday Night Live’. When it arrived on the big screen it became a rock extravaganza with references to bands like Queen and Led Zeppelin and appearances by musicians like Alice Cooper and Meat Loaf. Wayne and his introverted friend Garth stream their rock TV show from a basement, but when a network offers them a juicy contract, they discover that the road to success is trickier than they imagined.