50 AWESOME MUSIC MOVIES

 

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.

 
 
 
 

Borrowing its title from one of the greatest tunes of all time, ‘Gimme Shelter’ is one of the essential music documentaries.

Recorded fly-on-the-wall – which seemed revolutionary at the time, honest – it follows the Stones at the height of their ‘70s excess, from playing Madison Square Garden to the unfortunate death of a fan at Altamont. One of the camera operators was an unknown rookie called George Lucas.

Best music moment: ‘Brown Sugar’ live, ‘Wild Horses’ in the studio, ‘Honky Tonk Woman’, ‘Sympathy For The Devil’… it’s one long music moment.
Tim Chester

 
 
 
 
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