Five great music films

By Matt Neal
Updated November 7 2012 - 12:23pm, first published January 16 2009 - 3:56am

IF you love movies and you love music, then there's nothing better than movies about music. The world of rock 'n' roll is an ideal breeding ground for film. Where there's rock, there's often passion, drama and tension - all key ingredients in great cinema. Here are five excellent narrative films about rock and pop. The list doesn't include any documentaries and concert films. We've saved them for another list at a later date.A Hard Day's Night (1964)IN 1964, The Beatles were everwhere - on the radio, on TV, on your lunchbox and, with the release of A Hard Day's Night, in cinemas. Richard Lester's film captures the manic spirit of Beatlemania wonderfully, especially in the opening scenes where the band find themselves chased through the streets. It also captured the Fab Four as four likeable Liverpudlian's perplexed by the mayhem around them. Heavy with humour, particular courtesy of Paul's "grandfather'' (Wilfrid Brambell), the movie not only summed up their hectic lifestyle, but it was also hugely influential on rock movies. And then there are the songs - the title track, Can't Buy Me Love, I Wanna Be Your Man, All My Loving, She Loves You and many more. Here's the first seven minutes of the film:

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