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To celebrate the launch of NME.COM/movies we've put together our pick of the greatest music films ever made.

And we're not just talking about rockumentaries and biopics – this list also encompasses any movie that is defined by its soundtrack. These are films for music fans to love.

Hence you'll find Trainspotting rubbing shoulders with Control, Almost Famous celebrated alongside Meeting People Is Easy.

So please, take your seat and grab an oversize tub of popcorn as we count down the 50 best music movies ever to grace the big screen.

What have we missed? Should 8 Mile be higher than 30 Century Man? Have your say now here.


Bursting with violence, drugs, sexual longing and despair, Quadrophenia - loosely based on The Who's 1973 rock opera - is often dismissed as a mod film, but its appeal is universal.

The character of Jimmy Cooper speaks across generations to anyone who's ever felt young, lost, and hungry for self-definition. The fact it's accompanied by the best music Pete Townshend ever wrote only magnifies the film's deathless power.

Best music moment: Jimmy's climactic, cliff-top Lambretta ride, soundtracked by 'Love Reign O'er Me' .

Luke Lewis

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