Those who have been reading for awhile will know my favourite genre of music is rock, and that I sometimes talk about movies here. Sometimes the lines between these two gets blurred, and you end up with these stellar films. Here’s what are in my opinion, the top five rock musical movies:
Bohemian Rhapsody is the most recent release on this list. The biopic tells of Queen’s story from Freddie Mercury’s point of view, from their humble college band days to their legendary Live Aid set. Freddie was so much larger than life that no one could ever fully capture his character but Rami Malik came pretty damn close. As it’s a film it’s not 100% factually accurate but it’s still enjoyable for Queen fans and those not very familiar with them.
Music: 10/10, in my opinion you can’t get better than over two-hours of Queen.
Based on Cherie Currie’s autobiography “Neon Angel: a memoir of a Runaway”. The movie documents the rise and fall of the 70’s all-girl teenage rock band. The movie is lighter than the book though as they had a rough career and were taken advantage of. Kristin Stewart and Dakoka Fanning give pleasantly surprising performances as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. I would have preferred if they used the original music, instead of using covers of Dakota singing.
Music: 7/10 – I would have given a higher score if the original tracks were used
Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
Tenacious D is unique as it’s not a biopic but rather a comical adventure starring Tenacious D. It tells of a fictitious journey to becoming the best band in the world. If you’ve dreamt of being in the greatest band in the world, then you’ll find JB (Jack Black) endearing. It’s like a caricature of wannabe rockstars.
Music: 7/10 – light, funny, and Dave Grohl was a wonderful cameo.
The film starring David Bowie isn’t about him as a musician but is one of his best roles as an actor. The cult classic follows Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) as she tries to get her baby brother back from the Goblin King (Bowie). Bowie was very much involved in the music for the film so it’s just as weird and wonderful as he was. It’s not without it’s flaws; the Goblin King’s obsession with a very young Sarah is uncomfortable, as is his crotch bulge.
Music 8/10 – Within You and Underground became staple Bowie songs
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky horror isn’t about a band. Although Tim Curry is the star of this cult classic, Meat Loaf deserves some recognition for his role. Albeit a short one. The first time I saw this was at an outdoor screening so there was people in costume doing the Time Warp in sync with the movie so it was the best and most fitting way to watch Rocky Horror. Hot Patooie is by far one of the best songs in the film, but doesn’t get the attention Time Warp does. This movie is also great to rewatch for Halloween.
School of Rock
School of Rock didn’t make the top 5, because Jack Black featured in Tenacious D, but School of Rock has been a favourite since childhood. Whenever a teacher in school was out sick, we always hoped someone like him would show up and teach us music but were always disappointed.
What are your favourite rock musical movies?
11 thoughts on “Top Five Rock Musical Movies”
Ooh lots of great films here! I loved Bohemian Rhapsody and School of Rock is a classic fave! I need to watch The Runaways again, I’ve only seen it once, but I really enjoyed it.
Emily from http://emilyunderworld.co.uk x
I adore The Runaway! Joan Jett is such an idol, love that you have included this movie lovely! 🌸💜
With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com
Such a great post idea. I love The Runaway, there’s a couple here that I haven’t seen though. Everyone was hoping for Jack Black as their teacher as a kid!!! School of Rock is such a great movie x
I love this list! Not actually seen The Runaways but it sounds like one to add to my list. I adored Bohemian Rhapsody even though the critics seemed to give it a mauling. And Labyrinth is one of my all time favourite films, I wrote about it on my blog once actually 🙌
BohRhap is amazing!
Great line up! I am absolutely IN LOVE with Rocky Horror Picture Show – It’s SO much fun! I heard there’s a local group looking at putting it on this year and I can’t wait for the details to roll out.
Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca
That’s amazing, seeing Rocky Horror live should be on everyone’s bucket list
I love The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Labyrinth! But my favourite here is Bohemian Rhapsody – absolutely ADORE that film! Rami Malek was spectacular xxx
I’ve only seen 2 on your list. Will definitely be checking out your recommendations