Musicians lead extraordinary lives filled with experiences most people can only dream of happening to them. They travel the world, fill concert halls and auditoriums with adoring fans, party with actors and other famous people, and often have immeasurable wealth. Not only is there interest in their music, but there also is an interest in their lives.
One of the best ways to find out about musicians is with the help of filmmakers who are as fascinated with them as everyone else. These artists turn their lens on the musicians who captivate audiences and bring their stories to life. The filmmakers focus on the musicians’ paths to fame, the relationships they forged and destroyed, their loves, and their histories.
Stacker looked at the most highly rated documentaries on Metacritic and ranked the top 25 music documentaries on the list. Initial ties are broken by the IMDb user rating, and further ties are broken by the number of reviews on Metacritic. To qualify, the film must be about musicians or music groups.
There are tales about the female musicians who broke through the glass ceiling in both electronic music and jazz instrumentation. Another story takes audiences on a tour as a train travels with some of the greatest musicians. These films are uplifting, informative, entertaining, inspiring, and tragic. Each is a reminder of just how extraordinary these musicians are and how they have influenced our lives.
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