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Music related movies you must watch during this lockdown

An essential selection of awesome music-related movies, documentaries and biopics recommended by real musicians like you.

We know most of you are keen on films, as well as guitar enthusiasts, so we asked our Instagram followers to vote for the best movies about music. Thanks to the recent success of Queen’s biopic, it seems that this genre has recently begun a tendency, but there are many other movies that talk about bands and musicians which are worth having a look at.

From best to worst, according to your answers, we will go through a list of the best 28 music-related movies of all time. Some have reached an iconic status, others haven’t had so much repercussion, but there is definitely hours of entertainment here.

We love all the films that have been mentioned, but we would probably add up Walk the Line if asked if we are missing one!

Without further ado, behold the list of top music movies chosen by you: 

TOP 10 - The best music related movies

1. Wayne’s World (1992) - 94%

Comedy, music

"Wayne is still living at home. He has a world class collection of name tags from jobs he's tried, but he does have his own public access TV show. A local station decides to hire him and his sidekick, Garth, to do their show professionally and Wayne & Garth find that it is no longer the same. Wayne falls for a bass guitarist and uses his and Garth's Video contacts to help her career along, knowing that Ben Oliver, the sleazy advertising guy who is ruining their show will probably take her away from him if they fail." (Storyline from I Written by John Vogel) Know more

2. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) - 91%

Animation, Drama, Fantasy

"Rock star Pink Floyd is a tortured soul. Because of his childhood, he has always tried to make meaningful emotional connections to other living creatures. That childhood includes not having a male role model with his father having been killed in the war, his overprotective mother smothering him, and an oppressive school system quashing his natural creativity. Being a rock star, he is often wanted more because of what he is than who he is. The most recent failure in that true connection to someone or something else is his marriage, when on tour, he discovers that his wife back home is cheating on him. His response is to go in the opposite direction, by building a figurative wall around him to isolate himself from the rest of the world, but not before showing graphically his feelings on different gut levels. The question becomes if he or anyone else can do anything to tear down the wall in a meaningful way." (Storyline from I Written by Huggo) Know more

3. School of rock (2003) - 89%

Comedy, music

"After being kicked out of his rock band, guitarist Dewey Finn faces a mountain of debts and depression. He shares an apartment with an old band member, Ned Schneebly, who is now a substitute teacher. Dewey accepts a job as a substitute teacher at a snobbish private elementary school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful result on his students. He learns they are talented young musicians, and he decides to form a rock band with them to win the $10,000 prize money in a local band contest. Once Dewey wins a competition called "Battle of the Bands", the prize money would solve his financial problems and put him back in the rock music spotlight." (Storyline from I Written by Steve Shedloski). Know more

4. This is Spinal Tap (1984) - 88%

Comedy, music

"In 1982, the legendary English heavy metal band Spinal Tap attempt an American comeback tour accompanied by a fan who is also a film-maker. The resulting documentary, interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis, culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop." (Storyline from I Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}). Know more

5. The Last Waltz (1978) - 86%

Documentary, Biography, Music

"Thanksgiving, 1976, San Francisco's Winterland: the Band performs its last concert after 16 years on the road. Some numbers they do alone, some songs include guest artists from Ronnie Hawkins (their first boss, when they were the Hawks) to Bob Dylan (their last, when as his backup and as a solo group, they came into their own). Scorsese's camera explores the interactions onstage in the making of music. Offstage, he interviews the Band's five members, focusing on the nature of life on the road. The friendships, the harmonies, the hijinks, and the wear and tear add up to a last waltz." (Storyline from I Written by J<>). Know more

6. Almost famous (2000) - 84%

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

"The early 1970s. William Miller is 15-years old and an aspiring rock journalist. He gets a job writing for Rolling Stone magazine. His first assignment: tour with the band Stillwater and write about the experience. Miller will get to see what goes on behind the scenes in a famous band, including the moments when things fall apart. Moreover, for him, it will be a period of new experiences and finding himself." (Storyline from I Written by grantss). Know more

7. The Blues Brothers (1980) - 83%

Adventure, Comedy, Crime

"After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time?"  (Storyline from I Written by Sami Al-Taher). Know more

8. The Commitments (1991) - 81%

Comedy, Drama, Music

"Funny, musical and occasionally dramatic, this is the story of tumultuous rise and fall of a Dublin Soul band, The Commitments. Managed by Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed wheeler and dealer with a vision to create "The Worlds Hardest Working Band"." (Storyline from I Written by Rockpile). Know more

9. Jason Becker: Not dead yet (2012) - 80%

Documentary, Biography, Music

"A documentary film about the extraordinary life of a famous, musical prodigy who has been battling against Lou Gehrig's Disease for 22 years. A paralyzing, terminal illness with no real treatment or cure, it has trapped Jason inside of his body for over 15 years; unable to move, unable to speak, and unable to play the instrument which propelled him to international stardom at just 19 years of age. Using an eye communication system invented by his father, Jason is able to escape the confines of his own body and release the music that is trapped inside of his mind." (Storyline from I Written by Anonymous). Know more

10. Stop making sense (1984) - 79%

Documentary, Music 

"David Byrne walks onto the stage and does a solo "Psycho Killer." Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz join him for two more songs. The crew is busy, still setting up. Then, three more musicians and two back-up singers join the band. Everybody sings, plays, harmonizes, dances, and runs. They change instruments and clothes. Bryne appears in the Big Suit. The backdrop is often black, but sometimes it displays words, images, or children's drawings. The band cooks for 18 songs, the lyrics are clear, the house rocks. In this concert film, the Talking Heads hardly talk, don't stop, and always make sense."  (Storyline from I Written by <>). Know more

More musical movies recommendations you have to watch if you are a guitar player:

If you are not happy enough with the TOP 10 of music related movies, keep reading because the list, keeps growing!

11. The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (1968) - 78%

Animation, Short, Music


12. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) - 77%

Documentary, Biography, Music


13. Anima (2019) - 74%

Short, Drama, Music


14. Frank (2014) - 72%

Comedy, Drama, Music


15. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) - 68%

Comedy, Music


16. Amy (2015) - 65%

Documentary, Biography, Music


17. Love & Mercy (2014) - 63%

Biography, Drama, Music


18. Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) - 62%

Documentary, Biography, Music


19. Still crazy (1998) - 57%

Comedy, Drama, Music


20. Rockstar (2011) - 56%

Drama, Music, Musical


21. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - 56%

Biography, Drama, Music


22. As the palaces burn (2014)  - 56%

Documentary, Music


23. Metallica: Some kind of monster (2004) - 56%

Documentary, Music


The music-related movies you didn’t like at all:

24. A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2002) - ❌ 49%

Documentary, Biography


25. A star is born (2018) - ❌ 48%

Drama, Music, Romance


26. Metallica through the never (2013) - 45%



27. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2012) - 32%

Documentary, Biography


Thanks for your participation in our first survey form via Instagram. We hope it helps to give ideas for those who weren’t aware of some of the options in the list. Many hours of great music and stories lie ahead, so don’t miss them.

We’ve enjoyed this survey so much that we are open for suggestions! If you have any list proposal or recommendation for future surveys send an email to and we will try to put it in operation.

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