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Punk Rock Movies. Oi! Oi! Oi!

Updated on January 15, 2015
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Best Punk Movies

If you're looking for a list of great Punk Rock Films, you're in the right place.

Here are reviews of the best Punk Rock Movies. What you won't find here are Punk documentaries - that would be a much longer list for sure.

Why no documentaries?

Well, the main reason is because I've never watched one from beginning to end. These productions often feature interviews with middle aged relics from the 70s and 80s Punk scenes - the names are familiar but they're just not the same. They've lost their Punk Rock attitudes. That's not how I want to remember these people.

Even worse is the interviews of people on the fringe of the Punk Rock culture - managers... record producers... concert promoters... very unPunk-like!

The second reason that I haven't reviewed an documentaries is just the nature of a documentary. Documentaries are historical reviews. Doing a review of someone else's review just isn't something I wanted to do at this time.


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SLC Punk - 5 Anarchies
SLC Punk - 5 Anarchies | Source

SLC Punk

Directed by:

James Merendino

Starring:

Matthew Lillard

Michael A. Goorjian

Annabeth Gish

Jennifer Lien

Christopher McDonald

Devon Sawa

Jason Segel

Adam Pascal

Til Schweiger

James Duval

Summer Phoenix

SLC Punk - a "coming of age" Punk Rock film.

Steveo and Heroine Bob are the first Punk Rockers in very conservative SLC (Salt Lake City) in the 80s. As they age, they begin to realize that they're angry but, they're not really sure why. The Anarchy that they've been singing about isn't really going to come. Can they become normal and still stay Punk?

This film will be enjoyed by both Punk Rockers and non-enthusiats.

5 Anarchies out of 5 - Great Punk Rock Movie

Rock 'N' Roll High School - Ramones - runk Rock Movie
Rock 'N' Roll High School - Ramones - runk Rock Movie

Rock 'N' Roll High School

Directed by:
Allan Arkush

Starring:
P. J. Soles

Vincent Van Patten

Clint Howard

Dey Young

the Ramones:

- Joey Ramone

- Johnny Ramone

- Marky Ramone

- Dee Dee Ramone

The Ramones come to town for a concert and then help the students take over their local high school.

If you like the Ramones, you'll like this movie... a lot! If you like "B" movies, you'll like this movie. If you like P. J. Soles, you'll like this movie. If you don't like any of these, then this is not the movie for you (but, then you probably would've hit your back-arrow key by now).

4 Anarchies out of 5 - Good Punk Rock Movie

Valley Girl - Punk Rock Film
Valley Girl - Punk Rock Film

Valley Girl

Directed by:
Martha Coolidge

Starring:
Nicolas Cage

Deborah Foreman

Elizabeth Daily

Michael Bowen

Cameron Dye

A pretty girl from the Valley meets a Punk Rocker from the wrong side of the tracks - of course they fall in love. What's the problem? Her friends, not to mention her ex-boyfriend, don't approve.

This truly is one of the movies that define the 80s. Nicolas Cage's first starring role.

4 Anarchies out of 5 - Good Punk Rock Movie

This Is England - Punk Movie
This Is England - Punk Movie

This Is England

Directed by:
Shane Meadows

Starring:
Thomas Turgoose

Stephen Graham

Jo Hartley

Andrew Shim

Vicky McClure

Joseph Gilgun

Rosamund Hanson

An socially awkward 12 year old boy is befriended by a group of Punks. As often happens in subcultures, these new friends quickly become closer than family.

Through powerful words about social change, a concept that Punk Rock has always embraced, these Punks becomes involved with a group of Skinheads. For the benefit of the uninitiated, Punks and Skinheads are not the same thing and they don't seek the same types of social change. Fortunately, most of the Punks realize that they have little more than shaved heads and Doc Martens in common with the Skinheads.

4 Anarchies out of 5 - Good Punk Rock Movie

Sid & Nancy - Punk Rock Movie
Sid & Nancy - Punk Rock Movie

Sid & Nancy

Directed by:

Alex Cox

Starring:
Gary Oldman

Chloe Webb

I didn't like Sid & Nancy. This movie is supposed to be a biographical account of the lives and relationship between Sex Pistols bassist - Sid Vicious and his girlfriend - Nancy Spungen.

Is it historically accurate? I don't know, nor do I care. Watching Sid self-implode might be somewhat interesting but why would anyone be interested in Nancy Whatshername? Would anyone even know that there was a Nancy where it not for this film?

I've heard that John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten - lead vocalist of the Sex pistols and later PIL, denounced this film. I don't think that Sid would've endorsed it, either.

1 Anarchy out of 5 - Bad Punk Rock Movie

Punk Rock Movie - The Filth and the Fury
Punk Rock Movie - The Filth and the Fury

The Filth and the Fury

A Sex Pistols Film

Yes, I said that I wasn't reviewing any documentaries - but, this is the Sex Pistols!

The Filth and the Fury - A Sex Pistols Film is just a little peek back at 1976. This documentary is presented from a clearly pro-Johnny Rotten / anti-Glen Matlock viewpoint.

This isn't something that you'll want to watch over-and-over, but it's much better than Sid and Nancy.

3 Anarchies out of 5 - OK Punk Rock Movie

Punk and Disorderly
Punk and Disorderly

Punk and Disorderly

THE Punk Event of the Year

Directed by:

MAD Tourbooking

Starring:
the Buzzcocks

Sham69

the Business

999

Chemical Chaos

many, many more...

Punk and Disorderly - THE Punk Concert of the Year

The Punk and Disorderly is the seminal Punk Rock concert of the year - and they film it! There's a new DVD released every year. PUNK AND DISORDERLY, VOL. 1 (2008) is more than 5 hours long. With the average Punk Rock song lasting less than 2 minutes, that's more than 150 great songs.

5 Anarchies out of 5 - Great Punk Rock Movie

Some People Like Documentaries!

American Hardcore - The History of Punk Rock 1980 - 1986

Sex Pistols - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

Punk's Not Dead

You Weren't There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977-84

Punk in London

End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones

CBGB - Punk From The Bowery

Punk: Early Years

Rage - 20 Years of Punk Rock, West Coast Style

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains - Punk Movie
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains - Punk Movie

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

Directed by: Lou Adler

Starring:
Diane Lane

Laura Dern

Ray Winstone

Peter Donat

Barry Ford

Marin Kanter

Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains is about a fictitious all-girl punk band's rise to fame. Sex, drugs and violence are themes, but they're not as in-your-face as might be expected from a Punk Rock movie. Still, this is not a kids' movie.

*Note: There is a Punk band called the Stains; this is not their story. The girls in this movie are much prettier than the guys of the real band.

4 Anarchies out of 5 - Good Punk Rock Movie

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      SilverLotus1 3 years ago

      Good list!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock-N-Roll High School!! One of my favorite goofy movies of all times! For awesome documentary, try "Another State of Mind" featuring Social Distortion before their first album.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I didn't even know that there are punk rock movies!