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1. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 15,227 | Gross: $0.67M

2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)

Not Rated | 239 min | Documentary, Music

"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Mick Avory, Ron Blair, Peter Bogdanovich

Votes: 1,639

3. Quiet Riot: Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Music

Some bands deserve another shot, and another...and another...and another.

Director: Regina Russell Banali | Stars: Steven Adler, Eric Baker, Frankie Banali, Kevin Boisvert

Votes: 439

4. We Are Twisted Fucking Sister! (2014)

Not Rated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

65 Metascore

They were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While microcosm of Punk/New Wave ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Horn | Stars: Sally Avellino, Donna Boccuzzi, Garry Bushell, Phil Carson

Votes: 1,551

5. Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul (2017)

90 min | Documentary

The story of singer Joe Cocker is told through archive footage and interviews for close associates.

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Joe Cocker, Phil Crookes, Vic Cocker, Ray Charles

Votes: 685

6. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 15,276 | Gross: $50.00M

7. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

58 Metascore

Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper

Votes: 3,136 | Gross: $0.37M

8. All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, History, Music

73 Metascore

'All Things Must Pass' is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.

Director: Colin Hanks | Stars: Russ Solomon, Chuck D, Chris Cornell, Heidi Cotler

Votes: 2,846 | Gross: $0.17M

9. Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago (2016)

113 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The history of legendary rock band Chicago is chronicled from their inception in 1967 all the way to the present.

Director: Peter Curtis Pardini | Stars: Lee Loughnane, Robert Lamm, Walter Parazaider, James Pankow

Votes: 524

10. Independent Lens (1999– )
Episode: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

R | 105 min | Documentary

53 Metascore

A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.

Director: Ramona S. Diaz | Stars: Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory

Votes: 1,199

11. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.

Directors: Beth Aala, Mike Myers | Stars: Shep Gordon, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Alice Cooper

Votes: 3,079 | Gross: $0.21M

12. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 26,827

13. Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Director: Jay Bulger | Stars: Ginger Baker, Femi Kuti, Eric Clapton, Stewart Copeland

Votes: 3,120 | Gross: $0.11M

14. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 60,568 | Gross: $3.97M

15. History of the Eagles (2013– )

Not Rated | 187 min | Documentary

The life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.

Stars: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh

Votes: 2,316

16. Paul Williams Still Alive (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

72 Metascore

A documentary about legendary songwriter and 70's icon Paul Williams.

Director: Stephen Kessler | Stars: Paul Williams, Warren Beatty, Robert Blake, Karen Carpenter

Votes: 853 | Gross: $0.04M

17. The Song Remains the Same (1976)

PG | 137 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.

Directors: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot | Stars: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham

Votes: 7,374

18. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 11,319

19. Who the Fuck Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago (2017)

85 min | Documentary, Music

'Who The Fuck Is That Guy'? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago tells the astonishing story of a gay Puerto Rican kid growing up in a Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood, who got on the subway ... See full summary »

Director: Drew Stone | Stars: Michael Alago, Phil Anselmo, Mina Caputo, Cheetah Chrome

Votes: 445

20. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Director: Denny Tedesco | Stars: Denny Tedesco, Brian Wilson, Dick Clark, Cher

Votes: 2,490 | Gross: $0.80M

21. Family Band: The Cowsills Story (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

The Cowsills are the real life inspiration behind The Partridge Family but The Cowsills' story is not a sitcom. Their story is raw and honest, tragic and beautiful. The Cowsills personify ... See full summary »

Directors: Bill Filipiak, Louise Palanker | Stars: Bill Cowsill, Bob Cowsill, Richard Cowsill, Paul Cowsill

Votes: 280

22. Hired Gun (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.

Director: Fran Strine | Stars: John 5, Kenny Aronoff, Corey Britz, Kara Britz

Votes: 1,611

24. If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (2018)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

This authorized documentary will explore the music and backstory of the legendary American band. With the songs from the first six Skynyrd albums driving the narration, the film focuses on ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant

Votes: 548

25. Woodstock (2019 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, History

67 Metascore

In August 1969, 500,000 people gathered at a farm in upstate New York. What happened there was far more than just a concert. Woodstock tells the story of a legendary event that defined a ... See full summary »

Directors: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron | Stars: John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Joel Makower, Bob Spitz

Votes: 1,016 | Gross: $0.08M

26. Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

A look at the life and work of music producer, Clive Davis.

Director: Chris Perkel | Stars: Clive Davis, Simon Cowell, Jimmy Iovine, Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Votes: 350

27. Echo in the Canyon (2018)

PG-13 | 82 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.

Director: Andrew Slater | Stars: Lou Adler, Fiona Apple, The Beach Boys, Beck

Votes: 1,625 | Gross: $3.33M

28. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Trent Reznor

Votes: 3,881



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