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.


For Pixies fans, the band’s 2004 reunion was a momentous event. The band themselves were a little less enthusiastic, and that tension comes through in this illuminating backstage documentary.

Featuring a dramatic moment in which the band confront drummer David Lovering over his rampant drug use, the film otherwise captures an often-overlooked truth about life on the road: musicians often don’t have a whole lot to say to each other.

Best music moment: The hits sound as mighty as you’d expect, but the live footage is not the most compelling part of the film.

Luke Lewis

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