There are few things better than a solid film rooted in — or fueled by — the power of rock music. There are a host of rock documentaries out there, and delightful features like the Beatles A Hard Day’s Night, but there’s something about films boasting the traditional narrative structure — iconic satire — that deserve a nod of appreciation, and a list of their own. Here are 10 fantastic films that couldn’t exist, or would totally suck without rock ‘n’ roll.
Hesher pretty much flew under the radar. It’s an odd one. It was an indie gem from 2010, and those who’ve seen it probably left the viewing thinking, “I don’t know what the heck I just saw, but I’m pretty sure it was awesome.” There’s nothing quite like an antihero who hates the world, cruises around in a van, listens to high-octane thrasher music and has a soft spot for helping people who are missing a lot of love in their lives. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson and Devin Brochu, who offers one of the finest performances by a child actor… ever! There is sex. There are drugs. There is rock ‘n’ roll. There is a most incredible impromptu pool party, and there is a eulogy offered that would make Shakespeare jealous. Well. Maybe not, but it totally rocks.