17. 'Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm'
The most enduring documentary about the Band, Martin Scorsese's 1978 concert film The Last Waltz, has often drawn criticism for its focus on Scorsese's buddy Robbie Robertson at the expense of his bandmates. Decades later, Ain't In It For My Health offers a gratifying corrective: a film dedicated to the Band's brilliant, golden-throated drummer Levon Helm. Released just a couple years before Helm's 2012 passing, Jacob Hatley's documentary catches the legend in the middle of his late-career renaissance, holding the famous Midnight Ramble concerts at his home in Woodstock and releasing Grammy-winning solo albums. But his decade-long battle with cancer, and the problems with money and drugs that plagued Helm after the Band's dissolution, aren't glossed over, as his complicated life and undeniable talent are captured with warts-and-all honesty.