Movies that are music related don’t tend to get a lot of press. It’s hard to get people’s attention for a movie without cars exploding, guns blazing, bikini clad women and serial killers.
But every now and then a gem surfaces, with a good storyline and incredible soundtrack. Movies about music have a certain magic to them, a feeling of possibility and inspiration. Today we bring you a list of the most kickass music movies ever made, and if you are truly a music junkie, I’m sure you have seen all of them. Multiple times.
7. Detroit Rock City
A coming of age story about four teens in the 70’s who are in a KISS cover band, Detroit Rock City is a day in the life of the boys trying to see KISS live. The movie is actually funny and very well written; soundtrack is AMAZING, from David Bowie to Thin Lizzy being featured throughout the film. “Your clothes may say disco but your eyes say rock n’ roll.”
Based on Cherie Currie’s recollection in her book Neon Angel, The Runaways tells the story of the first all girl rock band. Incredible to see girls who were underage kicking ass in a male dominated industry. No one is more badass than Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Joan Jett and Jackie Fox. “Maybe I am the luckiest dog after all.”
5. School Of Rock
A substitute teacher enlightens a classroom full of middle schoolers, teaching them all about rock n’ roll. Jack Black is beyond cool. “I’m not a satanic sex god anymore.”
4. Almost Famous
A teenage journalist for Rolling Stone magazine in the 70’s tries to catch his big break, writing a cover story while touring with a rock band. Based on writer and director Cameron Crowe’s experience writing for the mag as a teen. “Isn’t it funny? The truth just sounds different.”
A story about a metal singer who hit the big time, and along the way realizes his dreams are not what he expected. The soundtrack is incredible, from Ted Nugent to Steel Panther, and the message behind goes for all of us trying to find ourselves within the music world; fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so stay true to yourself. “How does it feel to know everyone wants you?”
2. This Is Spinal Tap
A movie/mockumentary portraying a heavy metal band called Spinal Tap, depicting the behavior of famous bands at the time. “He choked on vomit. They can’t prove whose vomit it was.”
Not to be confused with the Britney Spears movie, please. If you play guitar you have seen this movie. Based on the life of blues legend Robert Johnson, Crossroads is the ultimate guitar movie, with a special performance by Steve Vai. “I’m the blues, he’s from Long Island.”
Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!
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