Rock and roll music is arguably one of the biggest and most influential of the music genres to come out of the 20th century. It’s a huge genre filled with various subcategories, originally inspired by the earlier jazz and blues movements and going on to create pop music (aka popular music), its diversity is a strength that has helped it to become a an extremely well-loved genre. The music was also fortunate enough to coincide with a boom of consumerism and a change in technology all over the world, it was around this time broadcasting really took off, radio was broadcast in almost every home in the western world and televisions were introduced meaning people all over the world could see Elvis perform from their living rooms. It should come as no surprise then that rock music would enter the world of the cinema in just as big a way and there are some awesome films to do with the genre. Here are our top 10 rock and roll movies.
Perhaps because rock is something of a rebellious genre of music it seems to mesh quite perfectly with comedy films. There are a few comedy classics on the list ahead and our first entry is none other than Wayne’s World. Before it was film it was a popular sketch in the famous Saturday Night Live TV show in America, somehow, they managed to create an entire feature length film out of it and a great one at that. Wayne’s World manages to hilariously poke fun at the many tropes of rock and roll in an entire loving an endearing way with a pair of characters that are both as lovable and stereotypical as the humour. It’s worth watching for sing-along scene of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody alone.
School of Rock
School of rock may well be a family film but it manages to instil within it the very essence of why it is such a well-loved genre. It tells the story of a seemingly hopeless musician named Dewey Finn (Jack Black) who fakes his way into a teaching job for a bit of extra cash. Whilst there he ends up teaching a bunch of private school kids how to rock out and let their hair down, proving that you can be rock and roll no matter what your roots are. It’s arguably Jack Black’s best on screen performance to date and will make you laugh no matter what your age is.
A film that also features Jack Black, High Fidelity is a film based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name. The story follows a record store owner by the name of Rob Gordon (John Cusack) who despite owning a sweet record collection, having a killer taste in music and the edgiest pop-culture opinions going he still can’t seem to get lucky in love. The film revolves around the rock scene of the times and any fan can draw parallels, particularly to their young adult life.