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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
Adjusted Score: 25.158%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Calling all Queen fans...Now's your chance to watch Queen's momentous concert movie, Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest '86 on... [More]
Directed By: János Zsombolyai

#44

Coachella (2006)
88%

#44
Adjusted Score: 27.462%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Drew Thomas brings California's popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the screen with a different kind of... [More]
Directed By: Drew Thomas

#43
Adjusted Score: 28.065%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: At 8pm on Sunday 9th July 1978 in The Rocket, a small smokey pub in Crawley Sussex, The Cure performed... [More]
Starring: The Cure
Directed By: Tim Pope

#42

The Show (1995)
80%

#42
Adjusted Score: 30.566%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This documentary offers viewers an in-depth look at the world of hip-hop and rap music as it chronicles a diverse... [More]
Directed By: Brian Robbins

#41
Adjusted Score: 34.551%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ever since the Detroit-bred duo the White Stripes rose to fame on the strength of their 2001 album White Blood... [More]
Directed By: Emmett Malloy

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 34.402%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On the heels of their 2006 concert tour, Icelandic alternative rockers Sigur Ros return to their picturesque homeland for a... [More]
Directed By: Dean DeBlois

#39

Rock the Bells (2007)
83%

#39
Adjusted Score: 57.108%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The efforts of one tireless concert promoter reuniting legendary hip-hop outfit the Wu-Tang Clan for one final farewell concert form... [More]

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 62.257%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Beastie Boys let their fans do the shooting as they take the stage of Madison Square Garden for the... [More]

#37
Adjusted Score: 62.221%
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: The multi-generational phenomenon that has inspired millions to embrace their inner-Gleek will soon bring them together to experience Glee a... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Tancharoen

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 62.132%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A combination concert/documentary, this focuses on the Irish band U2 and their 1988 world tour.... [More]
Directed By: Phil Joanou

#35
Adjusted Score: 67.829%
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: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is the inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 70.266%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Biophilia live' is a concert film by Nick fenton and Peter strickland that captures the human element of Björk's multi-disciplinary... [More]

#33
Adjusted Score: 71.917%
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: Fans of Miley Cyrus and her pop-star alter ego on her series Hannah Montana get the best of both worlds... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Hendricks

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 73.834%
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: In the Netflix original documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, Lady Gaga offers a vulnerable look of her life during one... [More]
Starring: Lady Gaga
Directed By: Chris Moukarbel

#31

Let It Be (1970)
75%

#31
Adjusted Score: 75.705%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The dissolution of the Fab Four is captured on camera in Michael Lindsay-Hogg's documentary, a filmed record of the sessions... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

#30
Adjusted Score: 76.633%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This documentary and concert film captures Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon on... [More]
Directed By: D.A. Pennebaker

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 77.59%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The 1973 Madison Square Concert is embellished with fantasy footage.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 78.761%
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: A3Dmotion picture event movie,Katy Perry: Part of Me is a backstage pass, front row seat and intimate look at the... [More]
Starring: Katy Perry
Directed By: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz

#27

Wattstax (2000)
90%

#27
Adjusted Score: 90.667%
Critics Consensus: From the stage to the street, Wattstax brilliantly captures a musical moment -- and a poignantly passionate response to painful social upheaval.
Synopsis: The climactic concert of the seventh annual Watts Summer Festival, commemorating the 1965 riots, and featuring performances by Isaac Hayes,... [More]
Directed By: Mel Stuart

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 85.128%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made... [More]

#25

Soul Power (2009)
84%

#25
Adjusted Score: 85.758%
Critics Consensus: Featuring some incredible performances from many 70s soul legends, Soul Power is an exhilarating snap-shot of a bygone era.
Synopsis: The three-day music festival Zaire '74 and the emerging musical crossover between Africa and America is documented.... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 86.315%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This 1987 concert film, shot by Purple Rain director Albert Magnoli, was released to coincide with the release of Prince's... [More]
Directed By: Prince

#23
Adjusted Score: 86.877%
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: "Michael Jackson's This Is It" will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer... [More]
Starring: Michael Jackson
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 88.622%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "Truth or Dare" is follows Madonna on her 'Blond Ambition' tour, also utilizing interviews with the performer.... [More]
Directed By: Alek Keshishian

#21
Adjusted Score: 88.597%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll features a concert organized to celebrate the 60th birthday of Chuck Berry. The show was... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#20
Adjusted Score: 92.705%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which... [More]
Directed By: Denis Sanders

#19

Shine a Light (2008)
86%

#19
Adjusted Score: 90.41%
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: This Rolling Stones documentary focuses on the two concerts from the group's current "A Bigger Bang" tour and includes scenes... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 90.633%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#17
Adjusted Score: 91.147%
Critics Consensus: This documentary focuses less on the music and more on the personality clashes and in-group tensions to great, compelling effect.
Synopsis: A documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Rapaport

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 93.456%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1996 Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names from the history of Cuban music to collaborate on... [More]
Directed By: Wim Wenders

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 92.823%
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: "Neil Young : Heart of Gold" is filmmaker Jonathan Demme's intimate musical portrait of legendary singer/songwriter Neil Young, filmed on... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#14
Adjusted Score: 95.163%
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: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#13
Adjusted Score: 95.954%
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: A genuine crowd-pleaser, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 96.113%
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: "Springsteen on Broadway" is a solo acoustic performance written and performed by Tony Award, Academy Award, and 20-time Grammy Award... [More]
Directed By: Thom Zimny

#11

Marley (2012)
95%

#11
Adjusted Score: 98.722%
Critics Consensus: Kevin Macdonald's exhaustive, evenhanded portrait of Bob Marley offers electrifying concert footage and fascinating insights into reggae's greatest star.
Synopsis: Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Macdonald

#10

Festival Express (2003)
96%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97.681%
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: In 1970 a train journeyed across Canada carrying some of the greatest rock bands of all time. Janis Joplin, The... [More]
Directed By: Bob Smeaton

#9

Monterey Pop (1968)
96%

#9
Adjusted Score: 98.076%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first Monterey International Pop... [More]

#8

Gimme Shelter (1970)
93%

#8
Adjusted Score: 96.12%
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: The original rude boys of British rock, The Rolling Stones, tour America, culminating in a death at Altamont.... [More]

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 100.117%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This collection of tunes from The Who include "Pinball Wizard," "My Generation" and many others. Includes promo clips, and other... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Stein

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 100.448%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer's Day features... [More]
Directed By: Aram Avakian, Bert Stern

#5
Adjusted Score: 99.573%
Critics Consensus: Beychella forever.
Synopsis: Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyoncé's historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America's historically black colleges and... [More]
Starring: Beyoncé Knowles
Directed By: Beyoncé Knowles

#4

Stop Making Sense (1984)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 102.791%
Critics Consensus: Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense captures the energetic, unpredictable live act of peak Talking Heads with color and visual wit.
Synopsis: Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director's subject is The Talking Heads,... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#3
Adjusted Score: 102.551%
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: This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger's farm that symbolized the... [More]
Directed By: Michael Wadleigh

#2

The Last Waltz (1978)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.007%
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: Martin Scorsese chronicles the most legendary night in rock history, as an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars -- including Bob... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#1

Amazing Grace (2019)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 105.344%
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: Concert footage from 1972 of Aretha Franklin performing songs from the best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist... [More]
Directed By:


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