Rock ‘n’ Roll is one of the popular rhythms among people of different ages and streaming platforms have many options that cover productions from different genres, from biopics such as Bohemian Rhapsody, going through documentaries like Endurance Grave and comedies like School of Rock. Check out a list of 10 films about Rock ‘n’ Roll to follow up on streaming platforms.
Rock movies available on streaming platforms
A curiosity: the World Rock Day celebrated on July 13 is a Brazilian date. The celebration of this date is related to the exhibition of the festival Live Aid in 1985. The event brought together several rock names in order to raise funds to help fight hunger in Ethiopia.
The idea here is to present various titles of films about rock or films by rock bands. For that reason, the list includes some 18+ rated movies, such as Dirt, about the trajectory of the Motley Crue, but also lighter films like School of Rock.
The list is also focused on streaming services where you don’t need to pay any fees other than subscription. It is worth remembering that the positions in the list do not reflect the quality of the titles, that is, it is not a “worst to best” list. Explanations given, let’s get started.
10. Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams (2018) – Globoplay and Prime Video
Coldplay: A Full Head of Dreams, shows the group’s history, from its humble beginnings to the great phenomenon that today fills stadiums around the world. The members of the band Coldplay share their stories and reflections that emerged during their 20 years on the road.
The film brings together rare footage of the first rehearsals and unreleased versions of some of their most famous songs, they analyze and remake the trajectory and rise of the group from another perspective.
9. Raul, the Beginning, the End and the Middle (2012) – Netflix
The film shows the trajectory of the well-known singer-songwriter, polemic, icon and creator of the “alternative society” alongside his inseparable partner, now a writer, Paulo Coelho. An x-ray of the Brazilian rock star through documents, testimonials from family members, ex-wives, daughters, friends, musicians and composers.
8. Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015) – Netflix
Keith Richards is one of the most iconic rockstars in history. The man who incarnated and lived the maxim “sex, drugs and rock and roll” and survived it all.
The musician opens the backstage of his life in Keith Richards: Under the Influence, a complete documentary about his trajectory as a person and as a member of the Rolling Stones.
7. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) – Netflix
In 1975, Bob Dylan embarked on a tour across the United States alongside several artists, playing with new creative techniques and adopting a theatricality rarely seen in his career.
The documentary brings together restored archival footage and new interviews with Dylan, director Martin Scorsese captures the experience of this historic moment for both the music and the American spirit.
6. Tenacious D – An Infernal Duo (2006) – HBO Max
In sunny Venice Beach, California, rock history begins to change forever when a young, inexperienced fan named JB (Jack Black) meets a lazy fellow named KG (Kyle Gass). The two become friends almost instantly and together they form their own group, Tenacious D.
Despite having only two members, the title of ‘world’s biggest rock band’ becomes their biggest obsession. And to make their dream come true, they need to obtain the ultimate item: the palette of fate, kept safe in an imposing rock & roll museum.
5. Sepultura Endurance (2017) – Netflix
The documentary tells the band’s story with unpublished archival footage, follows the routine of Sepultura’s members on tour, addresses the conflicts between them, the process of creating songs and recording albums, concert and backstage scenes.
Several names from the rock world are present such as: Lars Ulrich, Metallica, David Ellefson, Megadeth, Phil Campbell, Motorhead, Scott Ian, Anthrax, Corey Taylor, Slipknot, Phil Anselmo, Pantera/Down appear in interviews and help to understand the relevance of the Brazilian band in the world music scene.
4. Rock School (2003) – Netflix
Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is a musician who has just been fired from his band. Full of debts to pay and with nothing to do, he accepts to teach as a substitute teacher in a private school with strict discipline. Soon Dewey becomes an example to his students, with some of them joining the teacher to set up a local band, unbeknownst to their parents.
The curiosity is that Jack Black was nominated for a Golden Globe for this film.
3. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – Prime Video
Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and bandmates Brian May (Gwilyn Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) change the music world forever by forming the band Queen during the 1970s. when Mercury’s extravagant lifestyle begins to spiral out of control, the band has to face the challenge of reconciling fame and success with their increasingly complicated personal lives.
The feature won 4 Oscar awards in 2019.
2. Sound of Silence (2020) – Prime Video
In Sound of Metal (Sound of Metal in the original), a young drummer fears for his future when he realizes that he is gradually going deaf. Two passions are at stake: music and his girlfriend, who is a member of the same heavy metal band as the boy. This drastic change brings a lot of tension and anguish in the drummer’s life, slowly tormented by silence.
The film received six Academy Award nominations from 2021, including “Best Picture” and ended up taking the statuette for “Best Sound.”
1. The Dirt: Mötley Crüe Confessions (2019) – Netflix
Considered one of the most important bands in the history of Glam Metal, Mötley Crüe was responsible for giving face to a strand of Rock that, until then, was not very well regarded by the general public.
The band lived the height of stardom in the 80s and 90s, its members experienced all the glamor of being a rockstar – even in the most unlikely moments, which even contemplate an unusual encounter with the prince of darkness, Ozzy Osbourne.
During the search I found other interesting titles, but as they weren’t on the offer to watch without paying extra fees, they were left out. Anyway, here are the names for anyone interested.
- 27: Gone Too Soon (2017)
- Heavy Metal – Universe in Fantasy (1981)
- Purple Rain/Long Live the Music (1984)
- This is Spinal Tap (1984)
That’s it guys, I hope you enjoy the list and enjoy the movies.
*Catalogues consulted on 07/08/2021