The 5 best music documentaries of all time

Some of the most memorable films of our time have been influenced by rock, pop, and current music. If HBO and Netflix have anything to do with it, that trend isn’t going away anytime soon. The trajectory of “popular” music has often been affected by fads and fashions.

Below is a must-watch list and trailer for our Whatson readers:

Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back (1967)

Don’t Look Back is an American documentary film is directed by D. A. Pennebaker which covered Bob Dylan’s 1965 concert tour in England. The Library of Congress chose the picture for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1998. Film reviewers rated Don’t Look Back the equal eighth finest documentary film of all time in a 2014 Sight & Sound survey. Joan Baez, Donovan and Alan Price, Marianne Faithfull, John Mayall, Ginger Baker, and Allen Ginsberg are among the cast members. Probably this film was released on 17th May 1967. In the beginning, it was available on DVD it was digitally remastered on 27, 2007. This trailer features the opening sequence of the now-iconic proto-music video of Dylan standing in an alleyway discarding cards with lyrics written on them.

Madonna: Truth Or Dare (1991)

Madonna: Truth Or Dare was filmed in 1991 by director Alek Keshishian chronicling the life of American entertainer Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. Madonna’s 1990 documentary Truth Or Dare, directed by Alek Keshishian, was one of the most influential films of the 1990s and marked the birth of the celebrity reality show. The film went behind the scenes during Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour and documented her growing relationships with her dancers and seductions of married stars. It was also screened at the 1991 Cannes festivals. Although Madona was nominated as the worst actress besides its this film gross $29 million which become the hight grossing documentary ever. This film is also noted as a portrayal of homosexuality.

Miss Americana (2020)

Miss Americana is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Lana Wilson. It is also known as Taylor Swift: Miss Americana. The film follows American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and her life over several years. It was released on Netflix and in select theaters on January 31, 2020. Accompanying the film’s release, “Only the Young”, a song by Swift featured in the end credits, was released as a promotional single. The film follows the transitional phase in her career on the 2018 Reputation tour and also the making of 2019s Lover. It was directed by Lana Wilson. Taylor Swift’s biopic looks at the singer-songwriter’s rise from fame and stardom to political activism like the LGBTQ movement.

Amy (2015)

Amy is a 2015 English documentary film directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees. The film covers British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse’s life and her struggle with substance abuse, both before and after her career blossomed. Amy premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, being shown in the Midnight Screenings section. Distributed by the Altitude and A24, it was released theatrically on 3 July 2015. The film mainly focused on the song-writes deadly issues that she found dead at her home in North London for alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry (2021)

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry is a 2021 American documentary film directed by R. J. Cutler and centered around the singer-songwriter. Starring Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, Maggie Baird, and Patrick O’Connell as themselves. The film was released in select theaters via Neon and on Apple TV+ on February 26, 2021. Recording for the film began in 2018 and was completed in early 2020.