I Wanna Rock!!!

Films that made me want to get up on stage with a guitar and rock the joint. Any joint. Please come and see my band play. Please?

Note: Check the detail view for notes. Documentaries are not included. That's a whole other kettle of fish...

  • Almost Famous

    1.Almost Famous


    Those scenes where they walk up on to the stage and play. Holy shit yes. Give me my guitar, I'm coming with you... wait for me guys!


  • Rock Star

    2.Rock Star

    Drunk on the glory of the crowd and the thrill of performing, Wahlberg plays an underdog making his way up in the world aided only by manscara, tight pants and the power to wail. What's not to like? Definitely makes you want to get up there.

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    3.This Is Spinal Tap


    So much fun, so much spandex. A staple watch for any musician, and for very good reason.

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  • Control



    It's a depressing story in the end, but the live scenes are some of the most realistic I've seen in cinema — the audio makes it feel like you're in the room with them, and the fact that the actors learned and performed the songs helps make it feel like you can do the same.

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  • 24 Hour Party People

    5.24 Hour Party People

    Based on the real life of Tony Wilson, the founder of Factory Records in Manchester, this thing is LOADED with music and bands. If you're a fan of the old british music scene from that era, this is a must-see.

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    6.Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


    Combining weird comic-book super powers with rock music? Yes please.

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  • The Runaways

    7.The Runaways


    While I didn't enjoy the film as much as I wanted to, getting to see the progression of a band like this is great. Lots of raw energy on stage, guitar-heavy sound, and all the attitude in the world.

  • The Rocker

    8.The Rocker

    A kind of 'second chance' film, where a drummer that's booted from his old band makes a comeback 20 years later with some young up-and-comers. Funny, and a little cheesy, but gives you that band-overcoming-all-odds feeling, like you and your guitar really could make it if you can just find the right ragtag team of outcasts to embark on an adventure with.