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 aren’t many films in which you can see a musical legend pondering the correct way to punch a joint of pork – but then Scott Walker is hardly your typical artist, and 30 Century Man demonstrates exactly why such flights of fancy make the pop idol-turned arty recluse so revered.

A-list stars queued up to get involved – David Bowie acted as executive producer, and interviewees include Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn and Johnny Marr.

Best music moment: The material from late-period avant-garde album ‘The Drift’ is powerful stuff, if you’ve got the stomach for it.

Luke Lewis

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