25 Greatest Punk Rock Movies of All Time

From U.K.-to-L.A. scene rockumentaries to riot-grrl portraits and the Ramones' fictional alma mater, our favorite portrayals of punk on screen

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8. 'Sid and Nancy' (1986)

It’s tough to watch Gary Oldman portray Sid Vicious, the doomed bassist of the Sex Pistols, less than a decade after the iconic punk’s demise — but man, can that actor nod off! A classic biopic that chronicles the relationship of punk's original celebrity couple, Sid and Nancy achieved almost instant cult status due to its critical reception and gritty portrayal of addicts in love. Chloe Webb embodies eternal punk groupie Nancy Spungen, nailing her caustic squeal (though up-and-comer Courtney Love was originally vying for the role) and Oldman easily pulls off singing like Sid on covers like “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “My Way.” But what makes the film a classic is the skill with which the leads are so believable as heroin addicts, pivoting from intense love to hatred and dope sickness, all while maintaining the couple's signature snarl. EGP

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