Rock forever: 20 films about rock musicians

The creators of the best films about rock musicians do not even have to invent anything. The biography of each star of rebellious music is already full of events: incendiary concerts and long tours, creative insights and irreconcilable differences, addictions and stubborn pursuit of a dream … Cool and loud films from our new selection are worth watching to feel a real drive and go headlong into atmosphere of freedom, sex and rock and roll.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2019)

A sensational biopic tells the story of the legendary band Queen. The revolutionary sound, dizzying songs and the incredible charisma of frontman Freddie Mercury brought the team a huge success. Due to disagreements, the team was on the verge of disintegration, but the musicians managed to triumphantly unite again. The exact hit in the image brought the actor who played Mercury six prestigious film awards for best male role.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Bohemian Rhapsody

Genre:
Biography, music, drama

Actors:
Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilim Lee …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Compromising evidence (2018)

A biopic about the controversial rock band Mötley Crüe will show the life of glam metal legends without embellishment. Four losers in defiant clothes boldly challenge the whole world and win a multi-million army of fans. In life, the stars are no less shocking than on stage: guys use drugs , have adventurous romances with girls and get into serious problems with the law.

Original title:
The Dirt

Genre:
Music, biography, comedy, drama

Actors:
Douglas Booth, Ivan Rheon, Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Hard Ride (2018)

In a comedy film about metal, four guys from a Finnish village play music so hard and furious that even the deer on the farm can hardly keep themselves from committing suicide. Meeting with the promoter of a famous international festival inspires musicians to seek public recognition. Friends go towards fame and success. The four are waiting for incredible adventures , ridiculous situations and even irreparable losses.

Original title:
Hevi reissu

Genre:
Comedy, music

Actors:
Johannes Holopainen, Samuli Jaskio, Antti Heikkinen …

Country:
Finland, Norway, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0


Lords of Chaos (2018)

The crime film about Norwegian rockers is based on real events – the scandalous story of the black metal band Mayhem. Team founder Euronymous is the first in Norway to promote a style of heavy music based on satanic and neo-pagan aesthetics. The band’s new vocalist Varg believes that one should not be limited only to the stage image – aggressive principles must be translated into reality, which leads to church burnings and murders.

Original title:
Lords of Chaos

Genre:
Biography, music, crime, drama

Actors:
Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer…

Country:
UK, Sweden, Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Metallica: Through the Impossible (2013)

The roar of guitars rushes from the stage, the crowd of fans rages, the concert of the legendary thrash metal band Metallica begins at the stadium. It suddenly turns out that for the final part of the performance, the contents of one bag forgotten by the participants are missing. Trip, a young technician, is sent to fetch the luggage. Because of the riots raging in the city, the hero finds himself in the most amazing situations, but you can’t hesitate – the show must take place.

Original title:
Metallica Through the Never

Genre:
Music, adventure, concert

Actors:
Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Metalist (2013)

The dramatic Icelandic film about rock music, which received good reviews from the audience, has a sincere and original atmosphere. The family lost their beloved son. Father and mother are in frustrated feelings and gradually move away from each other. The depressed sister joins in drinking and thinks about death. The old bass guitar of her brother tells the girl a proven way out of life’s impasse.

Original title:
Málmhaus

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Tora Bjorg Helga, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Halldour Geirhardsdouttir …

Country:
Iceland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1


Welcome to POP (2013)

Little-known gothic metallers receive an offer to perform at a major rock festival. On the way, the owner of a provincial restaurant persuades the musicians to play for a fee, but the performance of the rockers infuriates the villagers. The owner of the tavern shoots at the guests with a gun, but he himself gives up the ghost, killed by a coffin from the props of the artists. Due to a tragic incident, the heroes are forced to hide from the police . In order not to arouse suspicion, brutal men take off their leather jackets, spikes and wristlets and dress up as harmless hippies singing peace and love.

Original title:
Pop Redemption

Genre:
Comedy, music

Actors:
Julien Doré, Gregory Gadebois, Jonathan Cohen …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Rock for Ages (2012)

A film about rock stars based on the popular Broadway musical. The young singer comes from Oklahoma to Los Angeles full of hope and ambition. The city of the dream factory shows its violent nature. Sherry is forced to work first as a waitress and then as a stripper. But the failed soloist meets her love here – an unknown guy who dreams of the laurels of a rock star. But for now, the talented Drew Pain has to perform as part of a pop boy band.

Original title:
Rock of Ages

Actors:
Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Lemonade Mouth (2011)

Five non-conformist teenagers are left after school as punishment for bad behavior. After getting to know each other, the teenagers decide to write hits together and storm the top of the music charts. The principal of the school in every possible way opposes such amateur creativity, but the guys enthusiastically perform at the local pizzeria and intend to go to the festival.

Original title:
Lemonade Mouth

Genre:
Musical, drama, comedy, family, music

Actors:
Bridget Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Runaways (2010)

Top movies about rock music continues the history of one of the first successful girl groups in the history of heavy music. A cynical producer gathers girls who play hard rock with elements of punk and glam for purely commercial purposes. The debut album remains almost imperceptible, but the compositions from the next one ascend to the first places of the charts. The thorny path to the glory of hard rock performers from the Runaways group was full of scandals, disagreements and conflicts.

Original title:
The Runaways

Genre:
Drama, biography, music

Actors:
Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Hesher (2010)

After the death of his mother, the boy is forced to live with his father and grandmother. The boy takes the loss hard, and the first love and conflicts with peers are added to the feeling of grief. Neither relatives nor a psychotherapist are able to help the poor fellow, but the hero suddenly has a new friend – a shaggy rocker with homemade tattoos. A brutal lone wolf shows the kindness and complicity that a teenager needs so much.

Original title:
Hesher

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Rainn Wilson, Natalie Portman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Rock Wave (2009)

In the 60s, British rock music was flourishing, but the songs demanded by listeners did not sound on the air. A pirate radio came to the aid of music lovers, broadcasting from a ship with a 10-kilowatt radio transmitter installed on it in the open sea. A gripping dramedy full of nostalgic hits, the story of dashing underground DJs and the government’s attempts to curb recalcitrant new music lovers.

Original title:
The Boat That Rocked

Genre:
Drama, comedy, music

Actors:
Tom Sturridge, Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman…

Country:
UK, France, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+


Bandslam (2009)

American feature film about a rock band created by a guy who came to a new school . A young man in love with music quickly finds like-minded people. The guys are looking for their own unique style and special sound. Creative searches turn into both offensive failures and unsteady glimpses of success. The first feelings are mixed with the typical problems of any novice ensemble.

Original title:
Bandslam

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, music

Actors:
Alison Michalka, Vanessa Ann Hudgens, Galan Connell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


The Naked Drummer (2008)

The drummer, in love with music, created the successful Vesuvius band, but having achieved money and fame, the band continued on its way without its founder. The life of a drummer went downhill until the musician joined the youth ensemble. The success of the new project was ensured not only by cool music, but also by videos scattered over the Internet, where the drummer undresses during rehearsals in a stuffy basement.

Original title:
The Rocker

Genre:
Comedy, music

Actors:
Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger, Josh Gad, Emma Stone …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Choice of Destiny (2006)

Comedy movie with elements of a musical about rock musicians-losers. The guy runs away from religious parents to become a star. A young man teams up with a bald, unemployed guitarist. The strange duo fails to write a real hit. Musicians decide that the problem is not lack of talent. To achieve fame, you just need to find a magical mediator that can turn even a loser into a genius .

Original title:
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Genre:
Musical, comedy, adventure, music

Actors:
Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Jason Reed …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


School of Rock (2003)

Outrageous guitarist due to scandalous behavior flew out of the group. To get rid of depression and pay off his debts, the musician responds to the vacancy of a teacher in a private school. At a new place of work, the hero manages to infect children with a love for music and put together a real rock band from teenagers. Mastering the professional skills of performers, technicians, managers, the guys grow up and overcome their complexes.

Original title:
The School of Rock

Genre:
Comedy, music

Actors:
Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Rock Star (2001)

An amazing story of a musician who managed to fulfill his most cherished dream. A talented man repairs copiers, and at night he performs covers of the hits of a super popular band. When a vocalist position becomes vacant in the gang, the team decides to invite a talented imitator to become a singer. Although the band featured in the film is fictional, the plot is based on the true story of Tim Owens and Judas Priest.

Original Title :
Rock Star

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
16+


Almost Famous (2000)

A teenager receives an assignment from a music magazine to write an article about the tour of the legendary rockers. Together with the group, the guy goes on tour. The young man is captivated by the world of long flights, carbon monoxide concerts, fun drinking parties and fangirls ready for a lot. During a long journey, the hero will have time to fall in love, lose his virginity, almost die and really grow up.

Original Title :
Almost Famous

Genre:
Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Music

Actors:
Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Francis McDormand, Kate Hudson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age Limits :
16+


Detroit Rock City (1999)

A group of small-town teenagers learn that legendary hard rockers Kiss will be singing in nearby Detroit. Schoolchildren secretly take their parents’ car and go to the concert. On the way, the guys get into trouble, get involved in a showdown and even lose their cherished tickets. A sincere craving for music will help you find a way to break into a concert of your favorite performers. Thanks to its sparkling humor, this film ranks high on the lists of the best “rock” comedies.

Original title:
Detroit Rock City

Genre:
Comedy, music

Actors:
Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Edward Furlong…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Doors (1991)

The highly rated biopic about cult rock musician Jim Morrison, founder of The Doors, is not a complete story, but a set of highlights: early childhood memories, forming a band, meeting his future wife, successful performances … Odiver Stone’s film crew was consulted by a guitarist and drummer for The Doors, as well as the wife of the protagonist.

Original title:
The Doors

Genre:
Drama, biography, music

Actors:
Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan …

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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