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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.


It’s one of the great misfortunes in life that Bill Murray was never a songwriter. So music fans should instead make do with this slice of Wes Anderson movie magic that features wonderful David Bowie covers from Brazilian musician Seu Jorge and a golden soundtrack.

Murray plays an off-the-wall, Jacques Cousteau-esque oceanographer for whom murderous pirates and a killer fish are only the start of his troubles. His career is in tragic decline and his personal life is in disarray.

Musical highlights include the angelic strains of Sigur Ros as a magnificent shark cruises alongside Murray’s submarine, as well as Joan Baez, Scott Walker and tracks by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo.

Best music moment: Seu George strumming a tender, lo-fi version of 'Life On Mars' in Portuguese.

David Moynihan

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