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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.


Gotta give it to those Vice documentary guys. From True Norwegian Black Metal through to the more recent Guide To Liberia, they know how to consistently produce some of the smartest, most balls-out filmmaking online.

Flying into the Baghdad war zone to trail Iraq’s only heavy metal band Acrassicauda, their heart-in-mouth mission is best summed up by presenter (and Vice founder) Suroosh Alvi: “This is risky, it’s dangerous. People would say that it’s really fucking stupid for us to be doing this. But, y’know, heavy metal rules.”

Best music moment: Watching Acrassicauda put their lives on the line to rock out live: “Most of our fans are either dead or out of this country. They just disappeared.”

David Moynihan

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