Music: Concerts, Documentaries & Biographies

by babett3 | created - 11 Apr 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

I have seen several music concerts and documentaries. I am trying to complete a list of what I have seen. I have noticed that this is easier said then done. When I look at performers (bands & artists) on IMDb, you get a long list of credits but the music concerts and documentaries don't seem to be listed in one place. ............................................................................................................................ In general these films don't get rated by a big audience which I don't understand. I love music and I love to see performers at work. For me this has everything to do with film. The stage caught on screen by camera work. The lighting, the sound. All these elements can make or break a performance. ............................................................................................................................ I need to work some more on this list. For example I saw documentaries and music concerts about Van Morrison, Björk, The Rolling Stones, U2, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Salif Keita, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Eminem, Tupac, Kate Bush, Rod Stewart, Elvis, Japan, Sade, Herman Brood, Doe Maar, Simply Red, David Bowie, The Spice Girls, Ricky Martin, Phil Collins, Mink DeVille, Snoop, Shakira and Sting. ............................................................................................................................ I have decided to include (dramatised) biographies. ............................................................................................................................ I have decided to include the music concerts and documentaries on my watchlist. ............................................................................................................................ I am not sure yet if I want to include music videos, like the ones MJ did. ............................................................................................................................ This list only includes my personal interest and is in no particular order.

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1. The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

55 Metascore

A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 8,758 | Gross: $0.24M

2. Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden (2011 TV Special)

TV-MA | 117 min | Music

A live concert performance of Grammy-winning pop sensation Lady Gaga at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Director: Laurieann Gibson | Stars: Lady Gaga, Allison Hagendorf, Lady Starlight, The Lady Bunny

Votes: 2,023

3. This Is It (2009)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova, Nick Bass

Votes: 37,226 | Gross: $72.09M

4. The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990 Video)

115 min | Documentary, Music

A recording of the 1990 Berlin benefit concert in which Roger Waters leads an all star cast in performing his famous concept album.

Directors: Ken O'Neill, Roger Waters | Stars: Bryan Adams, The Band, The Bleeding Heart Band, Graham Broad

Votes: 2,050

5. Roger Waters: In the Flesh Live (2000 Video)

Unrated | 153 min | Music

The documentary of Roger Waters' "In the Flesh" tour. This includes interviews and his solo version of some Pink Floyd songs.

Director: Ernie Fritz | Stars: Roger Waters, Doyle Bramhall II, Graham Broad, Jon Carin

Votes: 1,361

6. Live Aid (1985 TV Special)

960 min | Documentary, Music

The broadcast of the biggest benefit concert in history, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

Directors: Vincent Scarza, Kenneth Shapiro | Stars: Bob Geldof, Bryan Adams, Stuart Adamson, Mo Amin

Votes: 1,932

7. Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, History, Music

59 Metascore

A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Cameron Crowe

Votes: 7,374 | Gross: $0.45M

8. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 11,236 | Gross: $5.02M

9. Shine a Light (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

76 Metascore

A career-spanning documentary on The Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 10,615 | Gross: $5.36M

10. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

Director: Alek Keshishian | Stars: Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho

Votes: 8,357 | Gross: $15.01M

11. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Candi Staton

Votes: 3,315 | Gross: $0.70M

12. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,992 | Gross: $0.25M

13. The Doors (1991)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley

Votes: 79,364 | Gross: $35.18M

14. La Vie en Rose (2007)

PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 78,674 | Gross: $10.30M

15. Nowhere Boy (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall

Votes: 33,389 | Gross: $1.45M

16. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Music

Originally filmed in December 1968, "The Rock and Roll Circus" was originally intended to be released as a television special. The special was filmed over two nights and featured not only ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: Ian Anderson, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker, Tony Iommi

Votes: 1,687

17. Sign 'o' the Times (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

A concert film with theatrical staging, featuring live performances by Prince and his band.

Directors: Prince, Albert Magnoli | Stars: Prince, Sheila E., Sheena Easton, Dr. Fink

Votes: 1,585 | Gross: $3.00M

18. 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: 1,620

19. The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness (1992 TV Special)

Unrated | 175 min | Documentary, Music

The benefit concert in memory of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, who died of AIDS in November 1991.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: Freddie Mercury, Queen, David Bowie, Gary Cherone

Votes: 1,423

20. I'm Not There (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 54,588 | Gross: $4.02M

21. Madonna: Ciao, Italia! - Live from Italy (1987 Video)

100 min | Documentary, Music

Filmed during Madonna's 1987 "Who's That Girl World Tour."

Directors: Jeffrey Hornaday, Mark Aldo Miceli, Mitchell Sinoway, Egbert van Hees | Stars: Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Jai Winding, Jonathan Moffett

Votes: 567

23. The Stones in the Park (1969)

53 min | Documentary, Music

Extensive footage of the Rolling Stones performing on July 5th 1969 in Hyde Park in front of an audience of appropriately 500,000 people just two days after the untimely death of former lead gutiarist and band founder Brian Jones.

Director: Leslie Woodhead | Stars: The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor

Votes: 221

Weekly presentation of the Dutch Music Hit Charts including interviews, (live) performances and music videos.

26. Reincarnated (2012)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

42 Metascore

Hip-Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, and produces his first reggae record.

Director: Andy Capper | Stars: Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dr. Dre, Damian Marley

Votes: 2,225

27. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

88 Metascore

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Van Morrison

Votes: 14,956 | Gross: $0.32M

28. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 15,150 | Gross: $50.00M

29. Sweet Dreams (1985)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon

Votes: 3,898 | Gross: $9.09M

30. The Karen Carpenter Story (1989 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulimia.

Directors: Joseph Sargent, Richard Carpenter | Stars: Cynthia Gibb, Mitchell Anderson, Peter Michael Goetz, Michael McGuire

Votes: 1,142

31. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Elvis Presley (2001)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

The story behind Elvis's first album features performances from 1955 and '56, interviews with the King and rare home movies of him at play and work. There are also interviews with Sam ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Marre | Stars: Elvis Presley, Ernst Jørgensen, D.J. Fontana, Chick Crumpacker

Votes: 102

32. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 219,353 | Gross: $119.52M

33. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 14,645

34. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 345,379 | Gross: $51.97M

35. El cantante (2006)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

46 Metascore

The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

Director: Leon Ichaso | Stars: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez

Votes: 4,509 | Gross: $7.56M

36. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers

Votes: 15,937 | Gross: $39.10M

37. La Bamba (1987)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 25,919 | Gross: $54.22M

38. The Soloist (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

61 Metascore

A newspaper journalist discovers a homeless musical genius and tries to improve his situation.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander

Votes: 49,481 | Gross: $31.67M

39. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Biographical story of the legendary country singer's rise from humble, poverty-stricken beginnings in Kentucky to worldwide superstardom and how she changed the sound and style of country music forever.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Votes: 15,581 | Gross: $67.18M

40. Madonna: The MDNA Tour (2013 TV Special)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Music

Madonna returns to stadiums and arenas for her ninth tour, and the highest grossing tour of 2012! EPIX is proud to exclusively broadcast this thrilling, dazzling, cutting edge and controversial concert. In HD.

Directors: Mark Ritchie, Stéphane Sennour, Danny Tull, Tom Munro | Stars: Madonna, Kevin Antunes, Monte Pittman, Rickey Pageot

Votes: 843

41. Let's Spend the Night Together (1982)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Music

51 Metascore

The Rolling Stones' shows in Tempe, Arizona and East Rutherford, New Jersey during their 1981 US tour.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman

Votes: 614 | Gross: $3.82M

42. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1973)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Music

A concert film taken from two Rolling Stones concerts during their 1972 North American tour.

Director: Rollin Binzer | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 595

43. At the Max (1991)

89 min | Documentary, Music

A filming of the 1990 Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels" concert that traveled Europe. This was filmed in the IMAX process, which allows the film to be projected in a size ten times the size of a regular 35mm projected image.

Directors: Noel Archambault, David Douglas, Roman Kroitor, Julien Temple, Christine Strand | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 309

44. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 665,450 | Gross: $32.57M

45. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' (2013)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Al Hendrix

Votes: 402

46. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 233,866 | Gross: $116.72M

47. Purple Rain (1984)

R | 111 min | Drama, Music, Musical

55 Metascore

A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.

Director: Albert Magnoli | Stars: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos

Votes: 17,966 | Gross: $68.39M

48. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

R | 117 min | Biography, Crime, Drama