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45 Great Concert Movies to Watch Now

Itching to go and see live music but can’t because… well… you know? We’ve got the next best thing: Bring the live music into your living room/kitchen/bathroom/onto your laptop with some of the most electric live performances ever committed to screen. In this 45-film guide to the greatest concert movies out there, you’ll find arena pop extravaganzas (with a little emotion – thanks Katy Perry: Part of Me); more intimate – but no less rousing – moments of music history (witness Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace); an epic street party (remember those? Dave Chappelle does…); and some of the biggest festival events out there (from Beychella to Woodstock).

You’ll also find some of the biggest names in music: Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Janis Joplin, Springsteen, Wu-Tang Clan, and more. The majority of films included are pure concert docs – recordings of live shows with little fuss and extraneous material – but a handful do take a more traditional documentary format, with interviews and behind-the-scenes tour footage. We included those because of the amount of live concert footage they feature, Marley and Madonna: Truth or Dare among them.

To be included in the list, the movie had to have a Tomatometer score – which unfortunately means we could not include The T.A.M.I. Show, with the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Chuck Berry, and more – and that score needed to be Fresh. We then ranked the list by adjusted Tomatometer, a weighted calculation that takes into consideration year of release and number of reviews counted. To find out where to stream, buy, or rent each movie, click into the title for more details.

So, lighters up – sorry, phone lights on – and let’s bring the party home.

What’s your favorite concert movie? Let your fellow fans know in the comments. 

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 29808%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The British rock group's 1986 tour includes "We Will Rock You," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions."... [More]
Directed By: János Zsombolyai

#44

Coachella (2006)
88%

#44
Adjusted Score: 30541%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Kool Keith, Zero 7, Cut Chemist, Fischerspooner, Prodigy and others perform at an annual music festival in California.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Drew Thomas

#43
Adjusted Score: 34644%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: The Cure
Directed By: Tim Pope

#42

The Show (1995)
80%

#42
Adjusted Score: 34717%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Brian Robbins' profile of rap and hip-hop performers includes footage of preparations for a Philadelphia concert.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Brian Robbins

#41
Adjusted Score: 39520%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Emmett Malloy follows the White Stripes as they tour Canada in 2007.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Emmett Malloy

#40

Heima (2007)
90%

#40
Adjusted Score: 38518%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Dean DeBlois follows the music group Sigur Rós as it performs free concerts in Iceland.... [More]
Directed By: Dean DeBlois

#39

Rock the Bells (2006)
83%

#39
Adjusted Score: 63994%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: More than 20 cameras document countless hours of concert footage, the final performance of the original lineup of Wu-Tang Clan.... [More]
Starring:

#38
Adjusted Score: 70118%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Audience members capture the energy and spectacle of a live Beastie Boys concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.... [More]

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 62884%
Critics Consensus: The unconverted will remain just as perplexed as ever, but for gleeful Gleeks, The 3D Concert Movie delivers exactly what it promises.
Synopsis: Highlights of the "Glee" cast (Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss) summer 2011 concert tour feature songs "Raise Your Glass,"... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Tancharoen

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 61362%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Phil Joanou shows the Irish rock band on tour, in Harlem, at Elvis Presley's mansion and in concert, mostly... [More]
Directed By: Phil Joanou

#35
Adjusted Score: 67610%
Critics Consensus: As a tour documentary, it's rather uninspired -- but as a 3D glimpse of a building pop culture phenomenon, Never Say Never is undeniably entertaining.
Synopsis: The young singer rises from humble beginnings as a street performer in Stratford, Ontario, to become a global superstar with... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 77166%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Icelandic musician Björk performs in concert at London's Alexandra Palace in 2013.... [More]

#33
Adjusted Score: 72150%
Critics Consensus: This high-energy concert film should please Cyrus' rabid pre-teen fan base -- and may come as a pleasant surprise for parents.
Synopsis: The young performer does a musical tour in 2007, with special backstage footage and guests, the Jonas Brothers.... [More]
Starring: Miley Cyrus
Directed By: Bruce Hendricks

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 74156%
Critics Consensus: Gaga: Five Foot Two offers an absorbing glimpse of its superstar subject's backstage life, albeit one weakened by inconsistent focus and a dearth of performance footage.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Chris Moukarbel introduces the woman behind the performer, the costumes, the glitz and the glamour.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Moukarbel

#31

Let It Be (1970)
75%

#31
Adjusted Score: 76000%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (The Beatles) jam, clown and perform on a London roof.... [More]
Starring: The Beatles
Directed By: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

#30
Adjusted Score: 77290%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Cinema-verite footage of the rock singer, as his androgynous alter ego, in concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1973.... [More]
Directed By: D.A. Pennebaker

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 76885%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The rock band performs on tour and in fantasy sequences, doing "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love."... [More]
Directed By: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 78509%
Critics Consensus: Katy Perry: Part of Me succeeds on the strengths of the pop star's genuine likability, inspiring work ethic, and dazzling stage show, even if it plays somewhat like a PR puff piece at times.
Synopsis: Filmmakers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz follow singer Katy Perry on her yearlong California Dreams tour, capturing the highs and... [More]
Directed By: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz

#27

Wattstax (1973)
90%

#27
Adjusted Score: 90971%
Critics Consensus: From the stage to the street, Wattstax brilliantly captures a musical moment -- and a poignantly passionate response to painful social upheaval.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Mel Stuart chronicles a 1972 concert commemorating the 1965 uprising in the Watts section of Los Angeles.... [More]
Directed By: Mel Stuart

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 85403%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: LCD Soundsystem prepares for their biggest concert at Madison Square Garden.... [More]

#25

Soul Power (2008)
84%

#25
Adjusted Score: 86066%
Critics Consensus: Featuring some incredible performances from many 70s soul legends, Soul Power is an exhilarating snap-shot of a bygone era.
Synopsis: James Brown, B.B. King, the Spinners, Miriam Makeba and others perform in concert in the days leading up to the... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 80659%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Highlights from Prince's 1987 European concert tour, including selections from the rock star's album of the same title.... [More]
Directed By: Prince, Albert Magnoli

#23
Adjusted Score: 86644%
Critics Consensus: While it may not be the definitive concert film (or the insightful backstage look) some will hope for, Michael Jackson's This Is It packs more than enough entertainment value to live up to its ambitious title.
Synopsis: Behind-the-scenes footage captures pop superstar Michael Jackson as he creates and rehearses for a series of sold-out shows that were... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 89192%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Alek Keshishian shows the pop star Madonna on stage and behind the scenes with her entourage.... [More]
Directed By: Alek Keshishian

#21
Adjusted Score: 88878%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Little Richard, Roy Orbison and Linda Ronstadt appear in a 60th-anniversary salute to Chuck Berry.... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#20
Adjusted Score: 92000%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Clips show Elvis Presley backstage, in rehearsal, and on the road before his 1970 Las Vegas opening night.... [More]
Directed By: Denis Sanders

#19

Shine a Light (2008)
86%

#19
Adjusted Score: 90021%
Critics Consensus: It may offer little new for fans, but Martin Scorsese's document of the Rolling Stones' electrifying live show should provide satisfaction to audiences.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Martin Scorsese documents a 2006 Rolling Stones concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, featuring guest appearances by Buddy Guy,... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 89206%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Canadian-born singer Neil Young returns to his hometown of Omemee, Ont., and later performs a solo concert at Toronto's Massey... [More]
Starring: Neil Young
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#17
Adjusted Score: 91603%
Critics Consensus: This documentary focuses less on the music and more on the personality clashes and in-group tensions to great, compelling effect.
Synopsis: Actor Michael Rapaport examines the music of the 1990s hip-hop group as well as the conflicts that drove the band... [More]
Directed By: Michael Rapaport

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 92761%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Wim Wenders shows a number of renowned Cuban musicians of all ages who gathered to create a Grammy-winning album.... [More]
Directed By: Wim Wenders

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 92305%
Critics Consensus: Proving that it's neither better to burn out nor fade away, Neil Young: Heart of Gold works both as a concert film and a meditation on mortality.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Jonathan Demme captures the rocker in concert before a live audience at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#14
Adjusted Score: 96335%
Critics Consensus: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese lives up to its unwieldy title with a delightfully unorthodox look at a pivotal period in its subject's career.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Martin Scorsese chronicles the troubled spirit of America in 1975 along with the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#13
Adjusted Score: 96623%
Critics Consensus: Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a raucous return to the spotlight for the comic, buoyed by witty, infectious humor and outstanding musical performances.
Synopsis: Actor, writer and comic Dave Chappelle loads up a bus with residents of his Ohio hometown and takes them to... [More]
Starring: Dave Chappelle
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 95355%
Critics Consensus: The Boss holds court with arresting charisma and storytelling skill in this one-man show, delivering a rollicking rumination on America's past, present, and future.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Unknown Director

#11

Marley (2012)
95%

#11
Adjusted Score: 98711%
Critics Consensus: Kevin Macdonald's exhaustive, evenhanded portrait of Bob Marley offers electrifying concert footage and fascinating insights into reggae's greatest star.
Synopsis: The life story of musician, revolutionary and legend Bob Marley, from the early days to international superstardom. Features rare footage,... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Macdonald

#10

Festival Express (2003)
96%

#10
Adjusted Score: 98087%
Critics Consensus: Festival Express is a spellbinding documentary that nostalgically chronicles five days in the summer of 1970, when a train full of now- legendary rock perfomers jammed its way across Canada.
Synopsis: The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Band and a host of other musicians embark on a railway tour of Canada... [More]
Directed By: Bob Smeaton

#9

Monterey Pop (1969)
96%

#9
Adjusted Score: 98833%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: At the 1967 concert: the Mamas & the Papas, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, the Who, Ravi Shankar, Simon... [More]
Directed By: D.A. Pennebaker

#8

Gimme Shelter (1970)
93%

#8
Adjusted Score: 96833%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts essential and chilling, Gimme Shelter provides a spine-tingling look at how the Rolling Stones' music paralleled the end of the counterculture movement.
Synopsis: Filmmakers Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin show the Rolling Stones' 1969 California concert.... [More]

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 100335%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Interviews, TV clips and concert footage make up this comprehensive profile of the Who, Britain's premiere rock band.... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Stein

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 97897%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Highlights of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival include Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, George Shearing Quintet, Gerry Mulligan, Anita... [More]
Directed By: Bert Stern

#5
Adjusted Score: 100181%
Critics Consensus: Beychella forever.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Beyoncé
Directed By: Unknown Director

#4

Stop Making Sense (1984)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 103533%
Critics Consensus: Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense captures the energetic, unpredictable live act of peak Talking Heads with color and visual wit.
Synopsis: David Byrne and Talking Heads perform "Psycho Killer," "Take Me to the River," "Burning Down the House."... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#3

Woodstock (1970)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103157%
Critics Consensus: By documenting arguably the most renowned music festival in history, Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music achieves the rare feat of capturing the unique spirit of its time.
Synopsis: Performers at the 1969 outdoor rock concert include Joan Baez, Ten Years After, the Who, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Jefferson... [More]
Directed By: Michael Wadleigh

#2

The Last Waltz (1978)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103998%
Critics Consensus: Among one of, if not the best rock movie ever made, The Last Waltz is a revealing, electrifying view of the classic band at their height.
Synopsis: The Band's 1976 farewell concert includes Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#1

Amazing Grace (2018)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 107254%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly capturing a remarkable performer near the peak of her prodigious power, Amazing Grace is a thrilling must-watch documentary for Aretha Franklin fans.
Synopsis: Singer Aretha Franklin performs gospel songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.... [More]
Starring: Aretha Franklin
Directed By: Alan Elliott


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