50 FURIOUS FILMS THAT ROCK

Director Sergio Leone once said that music makes up 40% of a movie. That is certainly true for his films in which his composer the legendary Ennio Morricone created a unique musical landscape of sound that would take film scores to entirely new level and inspire generations of musicians both in film and in pop music.

The art of film scoring and the use of soundtracks have become such an integral part of cinema over the decades. By taking the dramatic elements of a scene and adding specific music over that whether it be a melancholy piano solo, a rowdy rock and roll guitar instrumental or a funky bass jam, it’s a furious combination that heightens the overall effect a scene or sequence has and almost always exhillerates the viewer in that special way the director wants.

This Furious 50 list is dedicated to all the works of film from the 1950s to the present that revolve around popular music. The films represented cover several genres such as classic rock and roll, hip hop, folk, funk, blues and reggae. We’ve also mixed in different cinematic subgenres like documentaries, genre stories and musicals to give readers a richer variety of forms in which music can be integrated into film. All of these titles celebrate a medium of art that we all love and they do it in their own unique, exciting ways.

Jailhouse Rock

Jailhouse Rock (1957, Dir: Richard Thorpe/rock n’ roll-drama)

ROCK OUT

 

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Days Night (1964, Dir: Richard Lester/rock n’ roll-comedy)

ROCK OUT

 

Tommy

Tommy (1975, Dir: Ken Russell/conceptual-rock n’ roll-musical)

ROCK OUT

 

The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same (1976, Dir: Peter Clifton & Joe Massot/conceptual-rock n’ roll-concert)

ROCK OUT

 

Pink Floyd: The Wall

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982, Dir: Alan Parker/conceptual-rock n’ roll)

ROCK OUT

 

Krush Groove

Krush Groove (1985, Dir: Michael Schultz/hip hop-drama)

BUST A MOVE

 

Purple Rain

Purple Rain (1985, Dir: Albert Magnoli/rock n’ roll-funk-drama)

ROCK OUT

 

Beat Street

Beat Street (1984, Dir: Stan Lathan/hip hop-drama)

BUST A MOVE

 

La Bamba

La Bamba (1987, Dir: Luis Valdez/biographical- rock n’roll)

ROCK OUT

 

Coal Miner's Daughter

Coal Miners Daughter (1980, Dir: Michael Apted/biographical-country music-drama)

WATCH A CLIP

 

Honkytonk Man

Honkytonk Man (1982, Dir: Clint Eastwood/country music-drama)

WATCH A CLIP

 

The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz (1976, Dir: Martin Scorsese/documentary-concert, rock n roll)

ROCK OUT

 

Woodstock

Woodstock (1970, Dir: Michael Wadleigh/documentary-concert-rock n’ roll)

ROCK OUT

 

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004, Dir: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky/documentary-heavy metal)

ROCK OUT

 

The Story of Anvil

The Story of Anvil (2008, Dir: Sascha Gervasi/documentary-heavy metal)

ROCK OUT

 

This is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap (1984, Dir: Rob Reiner/rock n roll-comedy-mockumentary)

ROCK OUT

 

Phantom of The Paradise

Phantom of The Paradise (1974, Dir: Brian DePalma/horror-rock-comedy-thriller)

ROCK OUTREVIEW

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains

Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains (1982, Dir: Lou Adler/punk rock-drama)

ROCK OUTREVIEW

 

Sid and Nancy

Sid and Nancy (1986, Dir: Alex Cox/biographical-punk rock-drama)

ROCK OUT

 

The Great Rock N Roll Swindle

The Great Rock N’ Roll Swindle (1980, Dir: Julien Temple/conceptual-punk rock)

ROCK OUT REVIEW

The Decline of Western Civilization

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981, Dir: Penelope Spheeris/documentary-punk rock)

ROCK OUT

 

200 Motels

200 Motels (1971, Dir: Tony Palmer & Frank Zappa/conceptual-fantasy-comedy)

ROCK OUT

 

The Doors

The Doors (1991, Dir: Oliver Stone/biographical-drama-rock n roll)

ROCK OUT

 

The Rose

The Rose (1979, Dir: Mark Rydell/semi-biographical-drama, rock n’ roll)

LISTEN TO THEME SONG

 

Don't Look Back

Don’t Look Back (1967, Dir: D.A. Pennebaker/documentary-folk-rock)

WATCH A CLIP

 

Wild Style

Wild Style (1983, Dir: Charlie Ahearn/hip hop-documentary)

BUST A MOVE

 

Control

Control (2007, Dir: Anton Corbijn/biographical-new wave-drama)

ROCK OUT 

 

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart (2009, Dir: Scott Cooper/country-drama)

GROOVE ALONG

 

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005, Dir: Tim Irwin/documentary-punk rock)

ROCK OUT

 

The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come (1972, Dir: Perry Henzell/reggae-crime-drama)

ROCK OUTREVIEW

 

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter (1970, Dir: Albert & David Maysles/rock n’ roll – documentary-concert)

ROCK OUT 

 

Tougher Than Leather

Tougher Than Leather (1988, Dir: Rick Rubin/hip hop-crime-drama)

BUST A MOVE

 

The Ramones: End of the Century

End of the Century (2003, Dir: Jim Fields & Michael Gramaglia/documentary-punk rock)

WATCH A CLIPREVIEW

 

Lady Sings The Blues

Lady Sings the Blues (1972, Dir: Sidney J. Furie/biographical-drama-blues)

GROOVE ALONG

 

Ray

Ray (2004, Dir: Taylor Hackford/biographical-R&B-Soul-drama)

ROCK OUT

 

New York Dolls: All Dolled Up

All Dolled Up (2005, Dir: Bob Gruen & Nadya Beck/glam rock-documentary)

ROCK OUT

 

Bird

Bird (1988, Dir: Clint Eastwood/biographical-jazz-drama)

GROOVE ALONG

 

A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd (1957, Dir: Elia Kazan/country-drama)

ROCK OUT

 

Leadbelly

Leadbelly (1976, Dir: Gordon Parks/biographical-blues-drama)

GROOVE ALONG

 

Backbeat

Backbeat (1994, Dir: Iain Softley/biographical-drama-rock n’ roll)

ROCK OUT

 

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers (1980, Dir: John Landis/comedy-adventure-soul-rock n’ roll)

BUST A MOVE

 

Head

Head (1968, Dir: Bob Rafelson/conceptual-rock n’ roll)

ROCK OUT

 

Beyond The Valley of the Dolls

Beyond The Valley of The Dolls (1970, Dir: Russ Meyer/fantasy-drama-rock n’ roll)

ROCK OUTREVIEW

 

Wattstax

Wattstax (1973, Dir: Mel Stuart/funk-soul-documentary-concert)

BUST A MOVE

 

The Buddy Holly Story

The Buddy Holly Story (1978, Dir: Steve Rash/biographical- drama-rock n’ roll)

ROCK OUT

 

Crossroads

Crossroads (1986, Dir: Walter Hill/adventure-rock n’ roll- blues-drama)

ROCK OUT

 

No Direction Home

Bob Dylan: No Direction Home (2005, Dir: Martin Scorsese/documentary-folk-rock)

WATCH A CLIP

Scratch

Scratch (2001, Dir: Doug Pray/documentary-hip hop)

BUST A MOVE

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006, Dir: Jonathan Demme/performance-documentary)

ROCK OUT

 

bfg

Bound For Glory (1976, Dir: Hal Ashby/biopic)

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Peter

Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database/Furious Cinema contributor. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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4 Responses

  1. Madamehell says:

    No Velvet Goldmine? Shame

  2. Tim says:

    American Hot Wax

  3. Tim says:

    a film that doesn’t get nearly the praise it should.

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