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.


There’s an argument that Woodstock – the festival – would never have accrued so much cultural and historical significance, had it not been for Woodstock the movie, which won an Best Documentary Oscar in 1970.

Certainly, nothing makes a rock show seem more important than a feature-length film (edited by Martin Scorsese, among others).

Forty years on, some of the hippy-dippy talking head stuff can feel a bit directionless – but the live performances still stand up, in particular Sly And The Family Stone’s can’t-tear-your-eyes-away rendition of ‘I Want To Take You Higher’.

Best music moment: The aforementioned Sly Stone.

Luke Lewis

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