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Some of the best pieces of cinema have been defined by music - whether they be biopics focusing on musical stars, movies starring musicians branching out or simply films with a totally killer soundtrack. There are a whole host of ways that music can make the difference between a killer or a filler film in your collection and here we celebrate them in all their glory. Remotes at the ready...

20Pretty In Pink (1986)

Inspired by and featuring the Psychedelic Furs track ‘Pretty In Pink’, this quintessential John Hughes movie is a story of teenage love, high school troubles and social cliques that's both of-its-time (its time being the '80s) and in thrall to the cosy certainties of '50s America.
The film also features New Order tracks ‘Shell-Shock’, ‘Thieves Like Us (Instrumental)’, ensuring that the soundtrack has aged well, even if the on-screen drama hasn't.
Best Music Moment: Psychedelic Furs – ‘Pretty In Pink’.
Abby Tayleure

19Glastonbury (2006)

From the opening mud squelches onwards this documentary does what all great docs do – makes you wish you were right there in the thick of it.
Composed by Julien ‘Filth And The Fury’ Temple from live footage, interviews and stuff sent in by punters, it’s the ultimate postcard from the world’s greatest festival. It doesn’t claim to cover the sprawling bender in minute detail, rather offers a snapshot of the experience.
Best music moment: Re-arranging the tracks via the interactive options to create your own perfect setlit featuring Paul McCartney, The White Stripes and The Killers.
Tim Chester

18Love & Mercy (2015)

Director Bill Pohlad's sensitive biographical film about the Beach Boys' songwriting genius, Brian Wilson, takes place at two key stages in the iconic musician's life: Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) portrays Wilson at his 1960s creative peak, while John Cusack plays him as he endures a personal crisis in the 1980s. Love & Mercy bounces back and forth between the two eras effortlessly, offering an enlightening portrait of a troubled but well-meaning man who is preyed upon by questionable therapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Sideways' Paul Giamatti) before being saved by an intervention from his future wife Melinda Ledbetter (Pitch Perfect's Elizabeth Banks). Available on Blu-ray and DVD now, it's a compelling, well-informed and ultimately very moving music movie. Best music moment: Paul Dano's Brian Wilson asks his Beach Boys bandmates for time off from touring so he can work on an album that will "take us further" than The Beatles. Nick Levine

17Meeting People Is Easy (1998)

If you ever wondered why Radiohead went all leftfield and electronic on ‘Kid A’ – rather than taking the baton from U2 as the biggest band in the world – look no further than this on-tour documentary, which captures the full horror of the promotional treadmill that ‘OK Computer’ set them on.
It’s an anti-tour film, exposing the tedium rather than the glamour of being on-the-road.
Moreover, MPIE prefigured Radiohead’s later fondness for unorthodox methods of releasing music: the film is studded with clips of work-in-progress songs, some of which (‘Nude’) didn’t surface in studio form until a decade later.
Best music moment: An early version of ‘How To Disappear Completely’ is pretty devastating.
Luke Lewis

16Gimme Shelter (1970)

Borrowing its title from one of the greatest tunes of all time, ‘Gimme Shelter’ is one of the essential music documentaries.
Recorded fly-on-the-wall – which seemed revolutionary at the time, honest – it follows the Stones at the height of their ‘70s excess, from playing Madison Square Garden to the unfortunate death of a fan at Altamont. One of the camera operators was an unknown rookie called George Lucas.
Best music moment: ‘Brown Sugar’ live, ‘Wild Horses’ in the studio, ‘Honky Tonk Woman’, ‘Sympathy For The Devil’… it’s one long music moment. Tim Chester

15Pulp Fiction (1994)

John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman star in the film that sees violence, comedy, crime and pop culture collide as mobsters, a boxer and a gangster's wife find that their stories inter-link.
The soundtrack was a hit in itself, reaching Number 21 in the US billboard charts. With no score written for the film, Quentin Tarantino chose rock, soul and surf tracks to accompany the movie.
Best Music Moment: Dick Dale’s version of ‘Misirlou’ during the opening credits.
Abby Tayleure

14No Direction Home (2005)

You don’t have to be a rabid Dylanologist to enjoy Martin Scorsese’s high-minded documentary about Bob Dylan’s career between 1961 and 1966.
Sure, it’s enormously reverent – but any fears of fustiness or tedium are expelled by some genuinely illuminating archive material, including newly-discovered colour footage of the infamous “Judas” moment at the Manchester Free Trade Hall concert, May 1966.
Best music moment: For curiosity value (rather than musical quality), the grainy footage of Dylan’s high-school rock band is a highlight.
Luke Lewis

13Dazed And Confused (1993)

Richard Linklater’s love-note to his mid-70s schooldays pulls of the neat trick of making you nostalgic for a time you (probably) never even lived through.
Even if you’ve never smoked reefer, attended a keg party, or ‘hazed’ a freshman, you’ll still feel a pang of recognition from this heartfelt hymn to discovering the joys of girls and guitars.
Best music moment: When Mitch comes home after losing his virginity, puts his headphones on, and immerses himself in Foghat’s ‘Slow Ride’.
Luke Lewis

12Stop Making Sense (1984)

The highest-ranking concert movie in our list, Stop Making Sense was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater, during Talking Heads' 1983 ‘Speaking In Tongues’ tour.
What’s noteworthy is how far it deviates from the norms of live performance footage. By largely avoiding crowd shots and quick jump-cuts, the film represented an arty counterpoint to the growing clichés of MTV, which had launched three years previously.
Best music moment: ‘Once In A Lifetime’ - for most of the song’s duration we see only David Byrne, shot in severe black and white.
Luke Lewis

11Dig! (2004)

Controversial Ondi Timoner documentary Dig! tracks the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols over seven years.
Labelled by Newcombe as unfair and “at best a series of punch-ups and mishaps taken out of context”, the film charts the pair's fascinating rivalry - starting from similar backgrounds, the two musicians diverge further and further, Newcombe fading into anguished obscurity while Taylor finds fame and fortune. The resulting tension makes for compelling - yet often painful - viewing, while ultimately Newcombe has the last laugh: BJM are still going strong as a cult favorite while the Dandys are merely a sideline thought.
Best music moment: Courtney's 'Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth' and Anton's 'Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth' - what better way to argue than by the medium of song? Abby Tayleure

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