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1. 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: 3,930

2. Meeting People Is Easy (1998)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien

Votes: 2,967 | Gross: $0.05M

3. 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: 5,544 | Gross: $8.60M

4. 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: 3,196 | Gross: $0.28M

5. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Director: Paul Justman | Stars: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Richard 'Pistol' Allen

Votes: 3,258 | Gross: $1.60M

6. Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

The GET THRASHED journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica and several other bands laid the groundwork for what would become a lasting impression on the face of heavy metal music. ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Ernst | Stars: Death Angel, Tom Angelripper, Phil Anselmo, Tom Araya

Votes: 1,405

7. 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: 1,649

8. 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: 262

9. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Def Leppard: Hysteria (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

One of the most successful hard rock bands, Def Leppard was plagued by death and tragedy. Hysteria is the band's most successful album, and here the surviving members explain its making as ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Rick Allen, Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott

Votes: 193

10. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Duran Duran: Rio (2009)

52 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the behind-the-scenes creation of the Duran Duran album Rio, released in 1982.

Director: George Scott

Votes: 69

11. 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: 389

12. 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: 680

13. 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: 363

14. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Paul Simon: Graceland (1997)

60 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary examining the production of Paul Simon's most commercially successful and critically acclaimed solo album, which brought South African music to a massive pop audience.

Director: Jeremy Marre | Stars: Linda Ronstadt, Philip Glass, Morris Goldberg, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 185

15. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Steely Dan: Aja (2000)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Aja was the biggest selling album of Steely Dan's career, reaching #3 on the U.S. Billboard chart and #5 in the UK. This is a portrait of the making of this 1977 jazz-rock album. It ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Lewens | Stars: Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Ian Dury, Donald Fagen

Votes: 212

16. 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: 433

17. 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

18. Guns N' Roses: The Story (2007 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A look at the history of Guns N' Roses.

Director: Randy Martin | Stars: Steven Adler, Bryn Bridenthal, Jonathan Brown-Tea, Marc Canter

Votes: 54

19. Classic Artists: Yes (2007 Video)

300 min | Documentary, Music

The story of Yes is as controversial as their music. The twists and turns of band's career is now told for the first time in a series of exclusive interviews with Yes members past and ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Brewer | Stars: Jon Anderson, Peter Banks, Jack Barrie, Jon Brewer

Votes: 26

20. The Rocker: Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott (1996 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

An in-depth look at the life, career and tragic death of legendary rock star Phil Lynott, the founding member of Thin Lizzy.

Director: Shay Healy | Stars: Eric Bell, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono, Brian Downey

Votes: 21

21. Queen: The Days of Our Lives (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music

An informative and sometimes tragic look into the lives of four childhood friends that would come to form the band Queen.

Stars: Axl Rose, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May

Votes: 151

22. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? (2004)

91 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the growing influence of the Christian rock music scene, featuring concert footage and many interviews of band members.

Directors: Vickie Hunter, Heather Whinna

Votes: 9

24. David Bowie: An Earthling at 50 (1997 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary, Music

Interview with David Bowie, in an original format of non-linear edition, cut-and-paste style.

Director: Steven Lock | Stars: Frank Black, David Bowie, Billy Corgan, Dave Grohl

Votes: 40

25. Artifact (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music

Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, this riveting and award-winning documentary gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto ("Requiem for a Dream," "Dallas Buyers ... See full summary »

Director: Jared Leto | Stars: Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, Tomo Milicevic, Irving Azoff

Votes: 4,449

26. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

The video contains old footage of Metallica concerts as well as a performance of the song in Metallica's San Francisco headquarters which is included in its entirety on the St. Anger DVD.

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

Votes: 16,930 | Gross: $1.22M

27. Prog Rock Britannia (2009 TV Movie)

89 min | Music

The story of the perennially unfashionable music genre, featuring interviews with several of its key players.

Director: Chris Rodley | Stars: Steve Howe, Bob Harris, Arthur Brown, Richard Coughlan

Votes: 112

28. 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: 11,375

29. Global Metal (2008)

93 min | Documentary, Music

A continued examination of the heavy metal subculture focusing on the adaptation and performance of heavy metal in various global communities, and how the increased import of Western cultural forms has impacted new global markets.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Tom Araya, Ken Ayugai, Rafael Bittencourt, Max Cavalera

Votes: 4,415

30. 4 (2007)

G | 88 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and four outstanding violinists are the threads the filmmakers use to weave this exploration of how nature shapes who we are. As Spring reaches Toyko and the ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Slade | Stars: Sayaka Shoji, Niki Vasilakis, Cho-Liang Lin, Pekka Kuusisto

Votes: 62

31. The Bolero (1973)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Music, Documentary

The first part of this Academy Award-winning short consists of a behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as it prepares to perform Ravel's "Bolero." Individual ... See full summary »

Directors: William Fertik, Allan Miller | Star: Zubin Mehta

Votes: 68

32. Rhythm Is It! (2004)

100 min | Documentary, Music

RHYTHM IS IT! records the first big educational project of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra ventured out of the ivory tower of high culture into ... See full summary »

Directors: Thomas Grube, Enrique Sánchez Lansch | Stars: Simon Rattle, Royston Maldoom, Susannah Broughton, Marie Theinert

Votes: 630

33. The Transformation of the World Into Music (1996 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Music

This film was prepared as a introduction to a series of opera broadcasts on German television. It depicts the behind-the-scenes maneuverings in preparation for the annual opera festival in ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Norbert Balatsch, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Dieter Dorn

Votes: 63

35. The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin (1997)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary on how composer Dmitri Shostakovich used his Fourth to Ninth Symphony as a silent protest against the crimes of Stalin.

Director: Larry Weinstein | Stars: Valery Gergiev, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Flora Litvinova, Graham Haley

Votes: 115

36. Brasslands (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Music

Half a million people descend upon a tiny Serbian village for the 50th anniversary of the world's largest trumpet festival. Brasslands chronicles the cultural and musical collisions through... See full summary »

Directors: Alison Brockhouse, Bryan Chang, Sara Huneke, Meerkat Media Collective, Dara Messinger, Eric Phillips-Horst, Adam Pogoff, Zara Serabian-Arthur, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg, Jeffrey Sterrenberg, Karim Tabbaa | Stars: Emerson Hawley, Dejan Petrovic

Votes: 80

37. I Love Kuduro (2014)

96 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

Kuduro (literally meaning 'hard arse') is an urban cultural movement that was born in Angola during the last decade of the Civil War. Created in discos and raves in downtown Luanda through ... See full summary »

Director: Mário Patrocínio

Votes: 52

38. Midsummer Night's Tango (2013)

84 min | Documentary, Music

Finns have a quirky sense of humour - and are a bit shy. But: Tango is THE folk music of the Finns. The documentary discovers the Finnish tango from the viewpoint of the singer Chino ... See full summary »

Director: Viviane Blumenschein | Stars: Aki Kaurismäki, Chino Laborde, Pablo Greco, Diego Kvitko

Votes: 125

39. Song from the Forest (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

70 Metascore

25 years ago, Louis Sarno, an American, heard a song on the radio and followed its melody into the Central Africa Jungle and stayed. He than recorded over 1000 hours of original BaAka music... See full summary »

Director: Michael Obert | Stars: Louis Sarno, Samedi Mathurin Bokombe, Jim Jarmusch, Albert Angende

Votes: 210

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