Its Sunday. Movie night. You're cozy and all set. You've even made some popcorn. You switch on the TV and heck, you're not even sure what to watch today. Don't even worry, we got you covered, from some of the most brilliant moves you literally MUST watch to outstanding DJing and EDM performances, we have selected the best of the best lined up for you.
We got 2 DJ movie lists here.
Our first one is all about interesting DJ stories – from a documentary featuring Martin Garrix to a drama about a weekend filled with clubbing. Expect to hear the world-famous soundtracks from all-time-best DJs and a lot of dancing.
The second one is mostly educational – with a lot more insight into the world of dance music, DJing, and clubbing.
Alright, let's dive in!
6 Best DJ Movies
Need some inspiration to keep working on your passion or just feel like having a nice movie night? Either way, this list is a perfect fit!
1. STARK RAVING MAD (2002)
Seann W. Scott stars in this movie giving his highlight performance. While not exactly about DJing, the movie features a goldmine-like soundtrack, good cast, plenty of humor and a perfect mix of dance and music.
About Stark Raving Mad
The movie takes place in a club during a rave, where a crook plots revenge against his boss who killed his brother. His plan is to rob the club but the club is filled with drug dealers, undercover federal agents, gang stars and rave girls.
John Digweed and Nick Muir of Bedrock produced the soundtrack and it would leave you wishing you were at a rave party.
Though not so much of a DJ movie, it's definitely a worthy candidate for your “best movies about DJing” list.
- Movie Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
- Duration: 1h 41min.
- Music Genre: Rave, Progressive, Club
- IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
2. IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG (2004)
This movie takes you through a journey in the life of a superstar DJ who is living his dream life with his wife and son in Ibiza. Of course, everything slowly starts to go South (classic).
The soundtracks aren't the most memorable, but the movie features idols such as Tiesto, Carl Cox and Paul Van Dyk talking about the urban legend.
About It's All Gone Pete Tong
Our superstar DJ Frankie performs in the best clubs around the world and is on the verge of preparing an album that would “blow up” his career.
Unfortunately, overuse drugs, alcohol and the noisy environment in which his job takes place have caused a health problem – he is slowly going deaf. Now, he has to take a break from the scene.
After struggling with deafness and depression for over a year, he decides to make a major change in his life.
Unsure of if he would ever come back and produce again, as music is mainly for people that can hear, Frankie decided to give it a try.
- Movie Genre: Biography, comedy, drama
- Duration: 1h 30min
- Music Genre: Club, Dance
- IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
3. BERLIN CALLING (2008)
This is the most recent movie on our all-time favorite DJ movies list and it features Paul Kalkbrenner – the Techno Master. His tracks “Azure” and “Sky and Sand” have hit global, and he keeps on giving.
About Berlin Calling
In the movie, a DJ/ Producer who's at the peak of his career is touring the globe to promote his work. He travels with his girlfriend who's also his manager.
On tour, he overdoses and is later admitted into a psychiatric clinic. This, however, doesn't stop him from doing what he loves. Though he is on bed rest, he finds the spirit to finish his album.
This movie gave Paul Kalkbrenner a huge career boost. In the movie you see him produce his tracks on Ableton Live and it also has an amazing soundtrack.
Definitely a top-notch movie for someone who loved DJing (and perhaps a motivation to get up and get your dusty DJ setup from the basement?).
- Movie Genre: Comedy, drama, music
- Duration: 1h 40min.
- Music Genre: Techno, Club
- IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
4. GROOVE (2000)
Our fourth choice gives an inside look into San Francisco's underground rave scene that would leave you with memories you'd want to re-experience. At the end of the movie is John Digweed who comes to the rescue and plays the epic song Heaven Scent by Bedrock.
Groove teaches us how to plan an underground party. From email invites and finding an isolated underground warehouse with no one to pull the plug on the party to getting the perfect DJ to make the party a night of non-stop raving.
The movie stars real-life celebrity DJ Forest Green and Wish FM.
- Movie Genre: Drama, music
- Duration: 1h 26min.
- Music Genre: Rave, Progressive, Club
- IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
5. HUMAN TRAFFIC (1999)
This movie shows the true nature of clubbing and raving, unlike the other movies on our list, which is quite amusing.
About Human Traffic
Five teenage friends are planning an escape week from their boring jobs. They plan to spend the weekend having over the roof fun full of music, love, and clubbing. Unfortunately for the party, some guys just don't know their limits.
The movie has an amazing soundtrack and the real clubbing experience is felt throughout the scenes.
Howard Marks, Carl Cox and Pete Tong are featured in this wild movie.
- Movie Genre: Comedy, music
- Duration: 1h 39min.
- Music Genre: Rave, Club, Dance
- IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
6. WHAT WE STARTED (2017)
Movie night with Netflix? This documentary got you covered.
About What We Started
It features Martin Garrix and Carl Cox and takes you through the amazing life of dance music for more than a quarter of a century.
It features interviews from other heavyweights of the industry like Paul Oakenfold, David Guetta, Richie Hawtin, Erick Morillo, Moby, and Tiësto.
On top of that, it features behind-the-scene lives of popular DJs, visual techniques and secrets of electronic music. Honestly, this DJ documentary is a must-watch.
The best part? You can easily find this DJ movie on Netflix!
- Movie Genre: Documentary, dance music
- Duration: 1h 34min
- Music Genre: Club, Dance, Electronic
- IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
5 Best DJ Documentaries
If you are not trying to get hyped up about DJing and is interested in the history of DJing, EDM, alternative, and hip-hop music – this DJ movie list was made for you!
5. MOOG (1998) – IMDB Rating 6.2
Features Bob Moog with exceptional electronic instrumentation. Incredibly interesting, especially if you stan the guy (there are good reasons to).
4. Better Living Through Circuitry (1999)
This movie documents the history of the US rave culture. Worth it.
3. MODULATIONS – CINEMA FOR THE EAR (1998)
Here we are taken through the evolution of electronic music and its genres. My personal top DJ documentary pick.
2. 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (2002)
This movie takes us through the history of alternative music. Joy Division later became New Order and Happy Mondays.
1. SCRATCH (2001)
This documentary takes us deep into the rich history of DJing in hip-hop which is known as Turntablism. Nicely made and well-researched.
So there you have it. I sure hope these DJ movies will make your night a little more interesting. If you are a DJ, you will surely learn a thing or not only about the industry, but production and mixing techniques as well!