Documentaries - Music

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1. Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas (2013 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary celebrating some of the greatest female jazz singers of the 20th century, including what it took to be a jazz diva during a turbulent time in America's social history.

Director: Chris Rodley | Stars: Carleen Anderson, Bob Dorough, Ella Fitzgerald, Holly Foster Wells

Votes: 11

2. Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Music

"It must 'schwing!'" was the motto of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two German Jewish immigrants who in 1939 set up Blue Note Records, the jazz label that was home to such greats as Miles ... See full summary »

Directors: Julian Benedikt, Andreas Morell | Stars: Freddie Hubbard, Gil Mellé, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver

Votes: 213

3. Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)

TV-PG | 81 min | Documentary, Music

62 Metascore

A portrait of Keith Richards that takes us on a journey to discover the genesis of his sound as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Steve Jordan, Keith Richards, Waddy Wachtel, Tom Waits

Votes: 2,586

4. The Search for Robert Johnson (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A UK television documentary film about the legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson.

Director: Chris Hunt | Stars: Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Hammond, Gayle Dean Wardlow

Votes: 136

5. David Bowie: Five Years (2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie's career.

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: David Bowie, Rick Wakeman, John Harris, Ken Scott

Votes: 1,524

6. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Deep Purple: Machine Head (2002)

85 min | Documentary, Music

This classic album features the seminal Smoke On The Water and brought worldwide superstardom to Deep Purple putting them at the peak of hard rock. We follow the album's creation, track by ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Martin Birch, Ritchie Blackmore, Chris Charlesworth, Ian Gillan

Votes: 261

7. 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: 2,317

8. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1997)

74 min | Documentary, Music

The making of Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours in 1976/77.

Director: David Heffernan | Stars: Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks

Votes: 388

9. Guns n' Roses: Sex n' Drugs n' Rock n' Roll (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the history of the rock band Guns N' Roses.

Director: Clare Milward | Stars: Steven Adler, Bernard Baur, Buddy Brundo, Karen Crumpton

Votes: 16

10. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,824

14. Behind the Music (1997–2014)
Episode: Meat Loaf (1998)

Documentary, Biography, Music

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Director: Martin R. Smith | Stars: Karla DeVito, Jim Forbes, Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren

Votes: 17

15. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (1999)

58 min | Documentary, Music

The story behind the making of the epic album "Bat Out of Hell" by Meatloaf and Jim Steinman.

Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Karla DeVito, Max Weinberg

Votes: 245

16. Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama

"Meat Loaf" Aday is an overgrown Texas youngster, the son of a gentle woman dying of cancer and an alcoholic, abusive father. Tormented by his father and schoolmates over his size, he ... See full summary »

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: W. Earl Brown, Dedee Pfeiffer, Zachary Throne, Tim Kelleher

Votes: 454

17. Meat Loaf: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (2004 Video)

124 min | Music

Meat Loaf is back with a show recorded live in Melbourne, Australia, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Director: Michael Simon | Stars: Meat Loaf, Patti Russo, Kasim Sulton, John Miceli

Votes: 87

18. Meat Loaf: Three Bats Live (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 145 min | Music

Meat Loaf's epic rock opera features live performances from the trilogy of Bat Out of Hell albums. Filmed in breathtaking 5.1 surround sound and filmed in High Definition, this concert ... See full summary »

Director: Red Hamilton | Stars: Meat Loaf, Kasim Sulton, John Miceli, Paul Crook

Votes: 60

19. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | 141 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo

Votes: 16,832 | Gross: $1.22M

20. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Metallica: The Black Album (2001)

93 min | Documentary, Music

The story of the making of this remarkable album is told here via exclusive interviews, archive footage and performance, with contributions from producer Bob Rock, band members James ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Michael Kamen, Metallica

Votes: 679

21. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (2006)

49 min | Documentary, Music

A detailed look at the production of the biggest album in the history of progressive rock and one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Roger Waters, Storm Thorgerson, Nigel Williamson, David Fricke

Votes: 1,631

22. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond (2001)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

"The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story" (video release title) tells the full bizarre, tragic, but also celebratory story of Syd Barrett, the co-founder of Pink Floyd. With contributions from... See full summary »

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Kirsty Wark, Syd Barrett, Joe Boyd, Graham Coxon

Votes: 534

23. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Queen: A Night at the Opera (2006)

100 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary examining the production of Queen's most iconic and critically acclaimed album.

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Roy Thomas Baker, Nuno Bettencourt, Anthony DeCurtis, Bob Harris

Votes: 359

24. Queen: Champions of the World (1995)

120 min | Documentary, Music

This documentary on the music group Queen includes performance and rehearsal footage, and exclusive interviews from backstage at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.

Directors: Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher | Stars: Queen, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor

Votes: 153

25. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Bob Marley & the Wailers: Catch a Fire (1999)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

In the late '60s, the notion that reggae would become more than just a novelty act would have been laughed at. To break into the mainstream, the movement needed a powerful voice of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Marre | Stars: Chris Blackwell, John Bundrick, Rita Marley, Peter Tosh

Votes: 188

27. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1997)

75 min | Documentary, Music

Musicians, producers, family, colleagues and the artist himself look back on the making of Stevie Wonders's classic album "Song In the Key of Life".

Director: David Heffernan | Stars: Dorothy Ashby, Shirley Brewer, Ben Bridges, Isiah 'Greg' Brown

Votes: 84

28. U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary of the Irish rock group U2 on their Fall 1987 tour of North America.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 5,536 | Gross: $8.60M

29. U2's Beautiful Day (2002 Video)

132 min | Documentary, Music

The world's greatest rock band return to Ireland to play a sold out Slane Castle, in a concert that will live long in the memory of everyone there.

Directors: Hamish Hamilton, Maurice Linnane | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 1,160

30. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: U2: The Joshua Tree (1999)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary examining the production of U2's most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album.

Directors: Philip King, Nuala O'Connor | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 431

31. Eat That Question (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

Director: Thorsten Schütte | Stars: Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel, Chuck Ash

Votes: 1,086 | Gross: $0.35M

32. B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds.

Director: Jon Brewer | Stars: Morgan Freeman, B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Albert King

Votes: 584

33. Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and others tell the story of the creative process of the album "Wish You Were Here", released in September 1975.

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Syd Barrett, Joe Boyd, Venetta Fields, Jill Furmanovsky

Votes: 1,486

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