Greatest Concert Films of All Time

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20. Metallica Through the Never (2013)
> Musicians: Metallica
> Directed by: Nimród Antal
> Runtime: 93 minutes

This visually imaginative concert film combines a powerful live performance by heavy metal band Metallica with a fictional, apocalyptic storyline. The movie was released in nearly 600 theaters in the U.S. and was screened in both 3-D and IMAX.

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19. The Song Remains the Same (1976)
> Musicians: Led Zeppelin
> Directed by: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot
> Runtime: 137 minutes

The documentary takes its title from a Led Zeppelin song by the same name. The film combines concert footage of one of rock’s greatest heavy metal bands with hazy interviews with band members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. There is also an odd and confusing sequence featuring manager Peter Grant dressed as a gangster pulling up to a house and discharging a machine gun. Zep fans gave the film an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics awarded “The Song Remains the Same” a Freshness score of 77%.

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18. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
> Musicians: LCD Soundsystem
> Directed by: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern
> Runtime: 108 minutes

“Shut Up and Play the Hits” presents a detailed portrait of James Murphy — the man behind electro indie act LCD Soundsystem — as the group prepares for and performs its final show at Madison Square Garden. The resulting film is moving and jubilant and, of course, features a spectacular live performance.

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17. Shine a Light (2008)
> Musicians: The Rolling Stones
> Directed by: Martin Scorsese
> Runtime: 122 minutes

Martin Scorsese has a history of including music by The Rolling Stones in his films, including “Mean Streets” (1973), “Goodfellas” (1990), and “Casino” (1995). The director took their relationship to the next level in 2008 with his concert film “Shine a Light,” which captured the band performing at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The Stones were reportedly hesitant to do another concert film, but they agreed due to Scorsese’s involvement.

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16. This Is It (2009)
> Musicians: Michael Jackson
> Directed by: Kenny Ortega
> Runtime: 111 minutes

“This Is It” is the rare concert film that does not actually feature a concert. The movie portrays the King of Pop Michael Jackson as he rehearses for a series of concerts in London called “This Is It.” Jackson passed away before the show ever opened, however, leaving these tapes as a record of his final performances.