Next Stop, Nowhere (Punk Rock Clubs in films)

by osloj | created - 15 Mar 2017 | updated - 07 Sep 2018 | Public

I really love the atmosphere of the 1970's/1980's club scenes in films of that era.

The classics are The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), Suburbia (1983), Another State of Mind (1984 Documentary), and Urgh! A Music War (1981 Documentary), since they were the only ones available at the time.

Also check out Flipside Videos (Los Angeles Flip Side, was a 1980s punk zine) and Target Video (Target was a San Francisco-based studio which recorded punk shows in the late 1970s to the early 1980s).

"Kids in a fast lane living for today No rules to abide by and no one to obey Sex, drugs and fun is their only thought and care Another swig of brew another overnight affair

House of the filthy, house not a home House of destruction where the lurkers roamed House that belonged to all the homeless kids House of the filthy, house not a home House of destruction where the lurkers roamed House that belonged to all the homeless kids Kids of the black hole"

"Kids of the Black Hole", The Adolescents.

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1. Jubilee (1978)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Jenny Runacre, Nell Campbell, Toyah Willcox, Jordan

Votes: 2,619

The Slits, Adam Ant and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

2. D.O.A. (1980)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.

Director: Lech Kowalski | Stars: Stiv Bators, Terry Chimes, The Clash, Paul Cook

Votes: 457

Live performances by The Dead Boys, The Sex Pistols, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69.

3. Another State of Mind (1984)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary on punk rock.

Directors: Adam Small, Peter Stuart | Stars: M. Otis Beard, Dennis Danell, Brent Liles, John Macias

Votes: 678

Social Distortion and Youth Brigade (Los Angeles' Stern brothers band, not the Washington, D.C. band (1980 - 1981)) on tour.

Minor Threat do some great tunes at Washington, D.C's Dischord house.

4. Suburbia (1983)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay, Timothy O'Brien

Votes: 3,869

D.I. performs "Richard Hung Himself", T.S.O.L. performs "Darker My Love," and "Wash Away" (with new member keyboardist Greg Kuehn), and The Vandals perform "The Legend of Pat Brown" with original vocalist Steven Ronald "Stevo" Jensen (RIP (1959-2005).

Listen for The Germs - No God in the kid's room on a vinyl record LP.

5. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

93 Metascore

The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks

Votes: 3,107

Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, Catholic Discipline, X, and Alice Bag Band.

Awesome.

6. The Punk Rock Movie from England (1978)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary on the London punk-rock scene, circa '78.

Director: Don Letts | Stars: Soo Catwoman, Steve Strange, Robin Banks, Mark Perry

Votes: 238

7. Repo Man (1984)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash

Votes: 31,075 | Gross: $3.57M

8. Fast Forward (1985)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Musical

Eight young people from Ohio, who are dancers, come to New York City to compete in a major talent competition. But, when they get there, they learn that they have to wait some time before ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: John Scott Clough, Don Franklin, Tamara Mark, Tracy Silver

Votes: 575

9. Rude Boy (1980)

R | 133 min | Drama, Music

A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England.

Directors: Jack Hazan, David Mingay | Stars: Dave Armstrong, Barry Baker, Terry Barry, Reg Bazell

Votes: 978

10. Sid and Nancy (1986)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

76 Metascore

The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop

Votes: 27,754 | Gross: $2.83M

11. Dudes (1987)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

Two punks from the big city, traveling across the country in a Volkswagen bug, embrace the western ethos when they must take revenge against a group of rednecks for killing their friend in ... See full summary »

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck, Flea, Lee Ving

Votes: 1,108

The Vandals do "Urban Struggle" (1987 Re-Recording) without original vocalist Steven Ronald "Stevo" Jensen.

12. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

After her mother's death, teenager Corinne Burns forms a punk band with her sister and cousin, despite their lack of musical experience and talent.

Director: Lou Adler | Stars: Peter Donat, Diane Lane, Marin Kanter, Laura Dern

Votes: 2,204

13. Breaking Glass (1980)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Musical

A rock singer is determined to rise to the top of the profession, letting nothing stand in the way of that goal.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Phil Daniels, Hazel O'Connor, Jon Finch, Jonathan Pryce

Votes: 1,053

14. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: The Day My Kid Went Punk (1987)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Teen decides to make noticed from the rest of the crowd by becoming a Punk Rocker.

Director: Fern Field | Stars: Jay Underwood, Christine Belford, Bernie Kopell, Albert Hague

Votes: 62

15. Intrépidos punks (1980)

91 min | Action, Crime

A gang of punks, led by a masquerader named Tarzan; terrorizing a small Mexican city, robbing banks, raping women, and killing people with cruelties. Two enforcers Marco and Javier fight this gang of punks.

Director: Francisco Guerrero | Stars: Juan Valentín, Juan Gallardo, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Princesa Lea

Votes: 137

Mexican punk exploitation film.

16. La venganza de los punks (1987)

90 min | Action

After breaking out of jail, our fearless punks go after their arch-nemesis, pudgy federal agent Marco. After ruining his daughters birthday party, the punks head back to their hideout. ... See full summary »

Director: Damián Acosta Esparza | Stars: Juan Valentín, Olga Rios, Bruno Rey, Luz María Jerez

Votes: 53

Mexican punk exploitation film.

+ Wheels of Fire (1985)

17. The Runnin' Kind (1989)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

An Ohio teen moves to L.A. to find fame as a rock musician and to find a drummer.

Director: Max Tash | Stars: David Packer, Steven Eckholdt, Larry Cox, Tom Shell

Votes: 86

Screamin' Sirens, a cowpunk girl band (1982 to 1987), are in the film.

18. Scenes from the Goldmine (1987)

R | 99 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A young songwriter/musician joins a rock group but pays the price for success when she becomes involved with the band's leader and he tries to steal her music.

Director: Marc Rocco | Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Cameron Dye, Steve Railsback, Joe Pantoliano

Votes: 82

19. Starstruck (1982)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

Young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Joey Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee, Max Cullen

Votes: 826

20. Liquid Sky (1982)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual ... See full summary »

Director: Slava Tsukerman | Stars: Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Susan Doukas, Otto von Wernherr

Votes: 5,142

21. Smithereens (1982)

R | 93 min | Drama, Music

A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Susan Berman, Brad Rijn, Richard Hell, Nada Despotovich

Votes: 1,308

22. Times Square (1980)

R | 111 min | Drama, Music

Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York City by its ears.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson, Peter Coffield

Votes: 1,206

23. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum

Votes: 19,443 | Gross: $27.40M

24. Twisted Issues (1988 Video)

Horror

Low budget shot-on-video gore film with comical overtones concerns a skateboarding teen's murder. Rising from the dead with his skateboard, he embarks on a vengeful killing spree.

Director: Charles Pinion | Stars: Stephen L. Antczak, Charles Pinion

Votes: 40

25. Roadie (1980)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Music

A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous travelling rock-and-roll show.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Art Carney, Gailard Sartain

Votes: 1,022 | Gross: $4.23M

26. Out of the Blue (1980)

R | 94 min | Drama

A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell, Don Gordon

Votes: 2,065

27. SLC Punk! (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

50 Metascore

In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.

Director: James Merendino | Stars: Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 24,656 | Gross: $0.30M

+ Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)

28. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock

Votes: 5,352 | Gross: $0.61M

29. CBGB (2013)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

30 Metascore

A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB.

Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Richard de Klerk

Votes: 8,173 | Gross: $0.04M

30. Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB (2009)

Documentary

An East Village performance space fought against the Bowery homeless shelter who threatened to shut them down. Some of the most iconic figures in music have performed here.

Director: Mandy Stein | Stars: Dicky Barrett, Michael Bloomberg, Clem Burke, David Byrne

Votes: 41

31. Bad Brains Live at CBGB OMFUG 1982 (2006 Video)

60 min | Music

This is a musical program/documentary about the Bad Brains who are a well known black punk hardcore band performing at CBGBs for 4 nights over Christmas in 1982 It was shot at a whim and kept in vault from 1982 till 2006.

Director: Richard Oretsky | Stars: Bad Brains, Earl Hudson, Paul 'H.R.' Hudson, Darryl Jenifer

Votes: 22

+ Bad Brains: A Band in DC (2012 Documentary)

32. Blondie: Live at CBGB 1977 (2014 Video)

Not Rated | 48 min

This 47-minute piece of video verite captures an iconic band and front woman on the rise playing in their natural habitat: New York's legendary CBGB

33. The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead (2015)

110 min | Documentary, Music

A history of the influential English punk band The Damned from their inception in 1976 through to 2015.

Director: Wes Orshoski | Stars: Gaye Advert, Fred Armisen, Roger Armstrong, Jimmy Ashhurst

Votes: 252

34. The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Stephen Chambers, Flea, Gary Fredo, Ron Martinez

Votes: 914

35. Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer.

Director: George Hickenlooper | Stars: Rodney Bingenheimer, David Bowie, Joey Ramone, Exene Cervenka

Votes: 1,398 | Gross: $0.26M

36. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

69 Metascore

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman | Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, James Drescher, Lucky Lehrer

Votes: 3,117 | Gross: $0.28M

37. Hype! (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History, Music

Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament

Votes: 2,182 | Gross: $0.27M

38. Punk's Not Dead (2011)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of crotchety codgers attempt to revive the punk-rock band they all played in 17 years earlier in "Punk Is Not Dead," from Macedonian scribe-helmer

Director: Vladimir Blazevski | Stars: Jordan Simonov, Kamka Tocinovski, Toni Mihajlovski, Kiril Pop Hristov

Votes: 873

39. Salad Days (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

"Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)" examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Crawford | Stars: Fred Armisen, Brendan Canty, Dave Grohl, Tim Kerr

Votes: 455

40. End of the Century (2003)

Unrated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

The story of the punk rock band The Ramones.

Directors: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia | Stars: Rick Rubin, Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone

Votes: 3,352 | Gross: $0.39M

41. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

66 Metascore

A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985.

Director: Tim Irwin | Stars: Milo Aukerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett, Scott Becker

Votes: 871

42. Punk's Not Dead (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

On the edge of the 30th anniversary of punk rock, Punk's Not Dead takes you into the sweaty underground clubs, backyard parties, recording studios, and yes, shopping malls and stadium shows... See full summary »

Director: Susan Dynner | Stars: Craig Aaronson, Colin Abrahall, Adri, Lorraine Ali

Votes: 898

43. What We Do Is Secret (2007)

R | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.

Director: Rodger Grossman | Stars: Shane West, Rick Gonzalez, Bijou Phillips, Noah Segan

Votes: 1,703 | Gross: $0.06M

44. Looking for Johnny (2014)

94 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about legendary rock n roll guitarist Johnny Thunders. The film looks at his time with the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers and also details his solo career and tragic life.

Director: Danny Garcia | Stars: Rachel Amodeo, Nina Antonia, Nite Bob, Leee Black Childers

Votes: 136

45. Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a ... See full summary »

Directors: Deedle Lacour, Matt Riggle | Stars: Bill Stevenson, Milo Aukerman, Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton

Votes: 828

46. Clockwork Orange County (2012 Video)

73 min | Documentary

A Documentary about the rise of west coast punk rock in the 1970s featuring concert clips from Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and more.

Director: Jonathan W.C. Mills | Stars: Rikk Agnew, Tony Alva, Jello Biafra, Rodney Bingenheimer

Votes: 67

47. You Weren't There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977 to 1984 (2007)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary

You Weren't There: a History of Chicago Punk 1977-1984 is a documentary that looks back on the impact that the Punk movement had on the Windy City. Though overlooked in the annals of Rock ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Losurdo, Christina Tillman | Stars: Steve Albini, Vic Bondi, Scotty Brown, Lorna Donley

Votes: 64

48. Instrument (1999)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary

A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen | Stars: Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto

Votes: 773

49. Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, Music