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The 50 Greatest Rock and Roll Movies of All Time

The 50 Greatest Rock and Roll Movies of All Time
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This text is being revisited in honor of Dazed and Confused turning 25 this week.

I’d argue that it’s simpler to determine a rock and roll film than outline one. Wanting via this listing, there are docs and biopics, live performance movies and musicals, films with flick-making and generation-defining soundtracks, and movies that don’t appear to have very a lot to do with music in any respect. And but, all of them really feel like they need to be categorized beneath the previous satan horns indirectly. They boast a standard ethos, carry a sure swagger, and really feel rebellious in their very own, typically unlikely, methods. So, right here they’re: The 50 Greatest Rock and Roll Movies of All Time.

For all these films (and others) that rock, we salute them.

–Matt Melis
Editorial Director

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50. Child Driver (2017)

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Let’s begin our listing proper, with the newest entry, one which’ll invariably go down as one of the greats in due time. Edgar Wright’s opus of quick automobiles, gun violence, and Hollywood romance is constructed round its soundtrack, and whereas it’s not solely a rock and roll affair (shout-out to Wright’s use of a Younger MC deep reduce), Child Driver options the uncommon trendy film soundtrack that features because the lifeblood of the movie itself. From the crackerjack modifying to the right scene-by-scene placements, rock music turns into an extension of the storytelling. And since of Child Driver, a brand new era has found the glories of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. What’s to not love? —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

Music to Stream: “Bellbottoms” by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

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49. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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Phantom of the Paradise is Brian De Palma’s most whimsical and historically humorous movie. Good rock and roll has a way of humor amid the cynicism and melodrama of the music. Phantom sardonically skewers the music business, turning a document contract right into a Faustian cope with the satan. Paul Williams brilliantly performs towards sort because the evil Swan and supplies a splendidly weird collections of tunes for the soundtrack, that includes fake ‘50s nostalgia with “Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye”, the Linda Ronstadt-style country-tinged pop of “Special to Me”, the glammy “Life at Last”, and the gloriously cynical nearer, “The Hell of It”. –Mike Vanderbilt

Music to Stream: “The Hell of It” by Paul Williams

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48. That Factor You Do! (1996)

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That Factor You Do! hums with authenticity. Tom Hanks’ ode to ‘60s pop rock gets all the details just right. Top-notch set design and costuming paint the snappy tale of the one-hit Wonders. The interaction between the band members feels familiar to anyone who has spent time playing rock and roll with a group at any level of success. It’s the soundtrack that propels the movie, with every tune completely recreating the favored sounds of the day from Merseybeat to surf rock to Motown woman teams. –Mike Vanderbilt

Track to Stream: “That Thing You Do!” by The Wonders

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47. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

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Should you ever noticed The Nice Rock ‘n’ Swindle, you understand that it was kinda simply that, much less a documentary about The Intercourse Pistols and extra an arty dupe (“presented as a mockumentary”) on the half of Malcom McClaren, who sought to regulate the narrative concerning the legendary UK band he managed. The Filth and the Fury, additionally directed by Julian Temple, is an equally biting however correct delving into the historical past of the Pistols, with interviews, stay footage, and Swindle snippets that spotlight the true trajectory taken by Rotten, Jonesy, Prepare dinner, Matlock, and Vicious, full with all of the scornful phrases and scathing performances the movie’s title suggests. You by no means get the sensation you’ve been cheated watching this one. –Lina Lecaro

Music to Stream: “Anarchy in the U.K.” by Intercourse Pistols

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46. Heavy Metallic (1981)

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Dungeons, dragons, well-endowed barbarians, bad-ass feminine warriors, zombie pilots, spaceships, and robots: these are the issues that youngsters on the perimeter adore. A lot of rock and roll is intrinsically tied to teenage lust, and the Ivan Reitman-produced Heavy Metallic is 88 minutes of simply that. Reitman even brings alongside SCTV forged members — arguably probably the most rock and roll comedy troupe round in 1981 — to offer the voices of intergalactic legal professionals and nyborg snorting aliens. The gangbusters arduous rock soundtrack options Low cost Trick, Blue Oyster Cult, and Sammy Hagar, making the midnight film smoke like a Gibson via a Marshall. –Mike Vanderbilt

Track to Stream: “Reach Out and Take It” by Low cost Trick

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45. Jailhouse Rock (1957)

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Regardless of the identify and best-known (striped t-shirt) scenes, Jailhouse Rock isn’t actually a “prison flick.” Elvis Presley’s character does go to jail, the place he discovers his musical prowess and pursues it as soon as he will get out, however his journey to stardom proves much more difficult than his time behind bars. His James Dean-ish “bad boy” character makes dangerous decisions, and all of it results in an apparent journey of redemption. However this one ain’t concerning the story; it’s concerning the exhilarating music and its star, whose charisma was so off the charts that it was fairly fittingly felony. –Lina Lecaro

Track to Stream: “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley

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44. Forrest Gump (1994)

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Most movies depending on pop songs rely on them to take us to a selected place in time inside the film. The Forrest Gump soundtrack takes us via many years of time. There’s lil’ Forrest dancing to Elvis’ “Hound Dog”. Creedence leads the cost in Vietnam with “Fortunate Son” (a tic that has been utilized in numerous movies since). Forrest and Jenny reconnect in “Sweet Home Alabama”. An older Forrest finds himself “Running on Empty” all the best way throughout America (and again once more). The songs advance the film, and you by no means know what you’re gonna get (I couldn’t resist). –Justin Gerber

Track to Stream: “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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43. The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

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The Buddy Holly Story might not get all of the little particulars proper (Holly’s fundamental axe was a Strat, not a Tele), however rock and roll is much less about hitting all the appropriate notes and extra concerning the essence of cool. Gary Busey is a revelation as Buddy Holly — a efficiency that earned him an Academy Award nomination — even performing vocal duties on the Holly tunes featured within the movie. Many years on, Buddy Holly’s affect on rock and roll music — from his songwriting to his recording and manufacturing methods to his fearlessness — must be studied by each aspiring guitar slinger. Additionally, Paul Mooney is sensible as Sam Cooke. –Mike Vanderbilt

Music to Stream: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” by Gary Busey and Jerry Zaremba

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42. Massive Time (1988)

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Tom Waits’ Massive Time exists someplace within the overlap between live performance movie, dreamland, and carnival freak present. Waits and spouse/songwriting associate Kathleen Brennan determined to document the final North American exhibits of a tour and launch a mixture of the footage as a live performance movie. Whereas the manufacturing’s narrative or a exact account of Waits’ alter ego, Frank O’Brien, could also be troublesome to decipher, the movie one way or the other appears to faucet into a brand new dimension of the avant-garde performer’s songs because the emotive Waits, for instance, sings “16 Shells from a 30.6” right into a workman’s lantern whereas the movie cuts to him banging on pipes with a hammer or, in one other occasion, struts alongside to a madcap model of “Rain Dogs” that resolves right into a festive jig straight out of the previous nation (which one, who might say?). It’s over-the-top, weird, and one of the few live performance movies that leaves you feeling as if you perceive a singular artist just a bit higher for having been completely absorbed and confused. –Matt Melis

Music to Stream: “16 Shells from a 30.6” by Tom Waits

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41. Tommy (1975)

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The Who’s Tommy started as an formidable double album in 1969. Arguably the primary “rock opera,” the plot is threadbare, crammed with weird concepts (a pinball-playing messiah?) from the wild thoughts of guitarist Pete Townshend. Ken Russell was an impressed option to deliver the story of Tommy to the sliver display in 1975. Russell’s bonkers visuals praise Townshend’s ideas, and the movie options two showstopping performances (Tina Turner’s “The Acid Queen” and Elton John’s “Pinball Wizard”) and an odd studying of “Go to the Mirror” by Jack Nicholson. The movie is bizarre, excessive, and persistently takes possibilities — the whole lot you need out of rock and roll. Play this one loud. –Mike Vanderbilt

Music to Stream: “Pinball Wizard” by The Who and Elton John

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