Truth or Dare - 20 Must-See Concert Movies!

Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

Madonna
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Following the Material Girl on her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, this doc showed everything from

Madonna's Vatican-condemned show to inside her boudoir and interactions with Kevin Costner,

Al Pacino and Antonio Banderas. Hey, there's a reason it was titled In Bed with Madonna

in some parts of the world!

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (2009)

Michael Jackson,This Is It
Sony Pictures

Filmed by High School Musical honcho Kenny Ortega, This Is It shows what could have been.

The doc follows the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as he prepared for a world tour that

would never be. It's now the most successful concert flick ever.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture (1973)

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, The Motion Picture, David Bowie
 

Shortly after David Jones became David Bowie, the musician adopted the persona of an androgynous,

over-the-top glam rocker named Ziggy Stardust. The result was legendary, until David decided to finish

off his sci-fi alter-ego in an extravagant concert send off, all captured for the big screen.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2011)

Ozzy Osbourne
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Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to cameras documenting his life (he did, after all,

have an MTV reality show), but this documentary focuses less on his shenanigans and

more on his four decades as the rock icon known as the Prince of Darkness.

Britney Spears: Live from Miami (2004)

Britney Spears
Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Broadcast on Showtime, Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel tour featured everything the

blonde bombshell does best: Killer dance moves! Live singing (well, some)!

And controversy galore (imitation erotica in a prop bathtub, anyone?!)

Woodstock (1970)

Woodstock
Warner Bros.

It makes sense that one of the most iconic music festivals ever would produce one

of the most praised concert documentaries ever. Which is exactly the case with Academy Award-winning

Woodstock, which features performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Janis Joplin.

The Union (2011)

Elton John
Jo Hale/Getty Images

Director Cameron Crowe helmed this documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes look

at Elton John as he came together with musician Leon Russell. The two had not spoken

for 38 years, before deciding to record an album and hit the road together.

Big Easy Express (2012)

Big Easy Express, Mumford & Sons
 

Folk-infused bands Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

and Old Crow Medicine Show didn't just name their tour the Railroad Revival Tour—they lived it,

traveling by train from California to Louisiana. And they captured the whole thing on film!

Under Great White Northern Lights (2009)

White Stripes
©Jason Moore/ZUMA Press

Featuring some of the duo's last performances together (the band has since split),

this concert flick follows The White Stripes as they embark on a truly impressive Canadian tour,

playing impromptu shows on buses and coffee shows in addition to the usual stops.

Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (1976)

Led Zeppelin
Atlantic Records

Presented as "a front row seat to Led Zeppelin," the film was a true passion project for the band.

Not only did they fund the filming of a three-night concert series at Madison Square Garden,

but added "fantasy sequences" for a truly in-depth experience.

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Rolling Stones, 1969, Mick Jagger
David Fenton/Getty Images

Shot by documentary legends The Maysle brothers, this documentary about the

The Rolling Stones is a stellar look at the band as it heads toward its tragic,

Hells Angels-policed free concert at the Altamont Speedway in northern California, even capturing

on screen the crazed violence that lead to the stabbing death of one concertgoer.

Fade to Black (2004)

Jay-Z
Rolf Klatt/WireImage.com

Back in 2004, Jay-Z claimed he was retiring from the rap game and Fade to Black was

intended to document his final concert at Madison Square Garden. Thankfully for us,

that didn't turn out to be the case. But it's still a killer show.

U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)

U2, Rattle and Hum, Bono, BB King
 

U2 has released a handful of concert movies, but U2: Rattle and Hum shows them at their

best (well, one of their bests): During their fall 1987 tour of North America. It's got great

performances and guests, but don't expect to see Bono's signature shades, though!

Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008)

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
Disney Enterprises, Inc

Before she couldn't be tamed, Miley Cyrus donned her trademark blonde wig for

double duty on a kid-friendly, 3D Disney concert that showcased both her small screen

alter-ego (Hannah Montana) and herself.

Stop Making Sense (1984)

TALKING HEADS, Stop Making Sense
Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Shot by Academy Award-winning director Jonatham Demme (The Silence of the Lambs),

this film showcases a three-day concert series The Talking Heads performed in Hollywood,

and took amazing liberties with the music film format, like not showing the audience, and slowly

builds from a solo performance by David Byrne to incredible funktacular blasts

by its expanded touring band.

The Last Waltz (1978)

The Last Waltz
United Artists Films

Held on Thanksgiving, The Band's "farewell concert appearance" had everything a good

concert movie should: An A-List director (Martin Scorsese!), a Who's Who of musical guests

(Bob Dylan! Neil Diamond! Joni Mitchell!) and killer tunes.

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
Frank Masi, SMPSP, Disney Enterprises

Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas—AKA the Jonas Brothers—mix Disney 3D concert

fun (three dates worth of footage from shows in Anaheim, Calif.) with some killer celeb

cameos from eventual Nick Jonas exes Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift.

Concert for George (2002)

Concert for George, The Beatles, Eric Clapton
concertforgeorge.com

Held on the first anniversary of The Beatles' George Harrison's death, Concert for

George not only featured music from his remaining bandmates Paul McCartney and

Ringo Starr, but also famous friends Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and…Tom Hanks, too!

Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Director Cameron Crowe also helmed this flick, a "rockumentary" that documents

the ups and downs (the breaking up of old bands, lawsuits, a 2000 tragedy at the

Roskilde Festival that left 9 concertgoers dead) of the grunge band that lasted, Pearl Jam.

Talihina Sky: The Story of the Kings of Leon (2011)

Caleb Followill, Kings Of Leon
Dove Shore/Getty Images

Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill—the brothers who make up the band Kings of Leon—put

their family dynamics at the forefront of this doc, which fully explores their conservative,

religious Oklahoma roots while also showcasing their newfound rock star status.

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