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.


A modern American classic. And all the more resonant when you consider that L.A's infamous 'Rodney King riots' took place in the same city just one year later.

Ice Cube and Cube Gooding Jr. (back when he was cool) star in a powerful coming-of-age film that inspired a host of brash, "inner-city gang wars" copycat movies; but none of them were as smart or memorable as director John Singleton's masterpiece.

Ice Cube's crossover from music to film was a resounding success, as he played his character 'Dough Boy' with impressive grit and restraint. This was a film that acted as a further loud 'n' proud voice for hip-hop, exploding some of the complex issues - gun violence, education, disenfranchisement - at black America's core.

Best music moment: Soundtrack highlights include screen-shaking tracks from Ice Cube, 2 Live Crew, Monie Love and Run DMC.

David Moynihan

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