Top 10 Movies with Rock Stars in Leading Roles
If you are here, hoping to find a good a movie, I’m afraid you are going to be greatly disappointed.
On the other hand, if you are hoping to catch a glimpse of one of your favorite, Rock Stars in a film, irrespective of the acting, the script or the directing then you might just be in the right place.
For me it’s quite a thrill to see these , Rock Legends live out a Hollywood role as they try their skills at acting. Needless to say they don’t really succeed and definitely should not be looking at giving up their singing careers for one on camera. I don’t believe Tom Cruise pulled off his stint as , Stacee Jaxx in, Rock of Ages and I do not believe any of these singers pulled off their Roles in the following movies.
Actors do not make good Rockers and Rockers do not make good actors.
But you gotta love them and give them props for trying. Here is my list of , TOP TEN MOVIES with ROCK STARS in Lead Roles…..check these out
If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Well Mick Jagger has definitely contributed his fair share of attempts at conquering the big screen. But alas, he gives no satisfaction.
From his debut in film acting, which came in 1968 with “Performance” through to “Freejack” in 1992 and onto his last attempt, “The Man from Elysian Fields” .in 2001, Mick has not quite managed to get it under his thumb.
“Performance” is a British crime drama released in 1970. Chas, ( James Fox ) is a psychotic and violent soldier of an East London gang. After carrying out an unplanned hit, and needing a place to hide out, he assumes the name, Johnny Dea. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house moving into the basement apartment. Running this establishment is the mysterious Mr.Turner (Mick Jagger ) a reclusive, eccentric former rock star whose mind is slightly painted black and is looking for the right spark to start him up.
We get to see Mick do one lonesome song, "Memo from Turner" by Mick Jagger which was released in 1970 reaching #32 on the UK singles chart.
#9 SILVER DREAM RACER ft DAVID ESSEX (1980)
I have always liked David Essex and as a teenager Silver Dream Racer was just one of the movies you had to see. Though not much can be said for his acting it is great to see the man behind the song do his thing
Silver Dream Racer stars David Essex as Nick Freeman, a down and out motorcycle racer. Inheriting a revolutionary prototype motorcycle from his recently deceased brother, takes on the commitment to race the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The scenes used at the beginning of the movie were filmed during the Grand Prix at Silverstone and another plus is that you get to hear David sing Silver Dream Machinethe rocking theme song.
#8 DUNE ft STING (1984)
Based on the 1965 Frank Herbert sci-fi novel of the same name , David Lynch gets most the discredit for this failure but Sting added his fair share which was definitely far from fields of gold.
In the future year of 10191, a desert planet Arrakis, from which come’s a spice used for space travel, the Atreides and the Harkonnens, two rival families, fight for control of the mining operations. The people of this planet await the coming of their Messiah who will lead them into a holy war against the evil Harkonnen Empire.
Meanwhile, in the industrial world of Giedi Prime, the sadistic Baron Vladimir Harkonnen tells his nephews Glossu Rabban and Feyd-Rautha (Sting) about his plan to eliminate the Atreides by manipulating someone into betraying and assassinating the Duke.
The film then tracks the rise of young Paul Atreides, son of noble Duke, to his discovery of the great secret behind the planet Dune and his own destiny, which is to free the planet and its denizens of the cruel rule of the Emperor
Toto composed music for the soundtrack.
Largely part to declining popularity Slade ( Noddy Holder, Dave Hill, Don Powell and Jim Lea) opted to try increase the numbers with a movie. Slade in Flame was the result. But did it increase the fan base, I don’t think so, more like confused them.
Slade in Flame is a dreary fable of the rise and fall of a fictional Rock group called Flame. Set in the 1960s, the story is based on true events that involved Slade and other Groups in that era.
Far Far Away which was featured in the movie reached number two in the UK top twenty. Noddy Holder has rated this as his favorite Slade song.
#6 ROADY ft MEAT LOAF (1980)
Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell was just always there and is part of a true rockers music arsenal,
Marvin Lee Adday Rocks, though I can’t quite place him as an actor. With a filmography of over 30, Meat manages to convince you in some roles but leaving a lot to be desired in others, like, Roady for instance.
Roadie marks, Meat Loaf in his first starring role in a film. The story embarks on the trip of an ex truck driver who becomes a roadie for a traveling rock and roll show. The Rock & Roll Circus
Cameo appearances are made by musicians such as , Blondie, Hank Williams Jr, Roy Orbison and Alice Cooper.
And remember…"Bands make it rock...Roadies make it roll."
What were they thinking? Starring KISS (Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and , Peter Criss) Here is an example of their rating of this movie:, For years after its airing, no , KISS employees were permitted to mention the film in their presence…LOL
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (AKA Kiss in the Attack of the Phantoms) focuses on , KISS, who are super heroes. They summon their super powers to do battle an evil inventor and to save a California amusement park from destruction. Can you imagine life without it?
Despite the hatred from KISS and fans alike , Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park has attained cult film status and our half way mark…..EISH
#4 THE PEOPLE vs LARRY FLYNT ft COURTNEY LOVE (1996)
The People vs. Larry Flynt is a biographical drama about the rise of pornographic magazine publisher and editor Larry Flynt.( Woody Harrelson)
Flynt, a habitual womanizer, becomes particularly smitten with Althea Leasure (Courtney Love), a runaway-turned-stripper who works at one of his dance clubs following his subsequent clash with the law. The film stars , Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and , Edward Norton
The film was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. It spans about 25 years of Flynt's life from his impoverished upbringing in Kentucky to his court battle with
Reverend Jerry Falwell, and is based in part on the U.S. Supreme Court case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell. The film grossed just over $20.3 million domestically with a budget of $35 million.
Another classic of all time and the first and only complete musical in this list,
, Tommy is based upon, The Who's 1969 rock opera album musical , Tommy and rocks a wicked star studded cast including the likes of , Roger Daltrey, who plays the key role, , Keith Moon, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John, and , Jack Nicholson.
Tommy tells the story about a "deaf, dumb and blind boy" who becomes the leader of a messianic movement;
In 1975 the film won the award for , Rock Movie of the Year in the , First Annual Rock Music Awards
#2 LABYRINTH ft DAVID BOWIE
David Bowie received a Saturn Award for Best Actor in the movie , The Man Who Fell to Earth. Sing? …yes, deliver lines? … maybe, but act? … this is a definite negative when it comes to, The Thin White Duke.
Labyrinth is a 1986 fantasy film based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. and stars , David Bowie as Jareth and , Jennifer Connelly as Sarah.
The story unfolds around Sarah's quest to reach the center of a phantasmagorical labyrinth in order to rescue her baby brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King. Racing against the clock and facing many challenges she is left to navigate the labyrinth.
This movie Rocks and anything lacking in David’s acting is more than made up by his singing.
My number one has to go to Mad Max, Beyond the Thunderdome. How wicked it is to watch the diva of rock herself, Miss , Tina Turner. Here I have to give Tina props for almost pulling off the role.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a post-apocalyptic film starring Mel Gibson (Mad Max) and , Tina Turner (Aunty Entity). It is the third movie in theMad Max series.
The story takes place fifteen years after that of the previous film. We see Max make his way to Bartertown, where electricity, vehicles and technology are made possible by a crude methane refinery, fueled by pig feces. Aunty uses Max to defeat her opposition and owner of the refinery, a duo team that go by the name of Master Blaster.
We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" the song, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song in 1986, and a 1986 Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
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