One's Rockabilly obsession could never be complete without all of the glory that is Rockabilly in the movies! Whether it was created in the '50s or today, Rockabilly movies have a special kind of magic that we just can't get enough of. Greasers, fast cars, and rock n' roll? Sign us up.
We've wrangled together a list of our top 5 favorite Rockabilly movies and if you're as in love with Rockabilly as we are, you definitely need these in your life!
How can you go wrong with a movie about Johnny Cash? Released in 2005 and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, this film explores the life of Johhny Cash from the days of his humble upbringing to his rise to fame, his beautiful love story, and his tendencies towards self-destruction.
This one's a Rockabilly must and you'll ooh and ahh over that rock n' roll country aesthetic and the movie's incredible soundtrack, a little taste of it included below. Give it a watch and you'll see what we mean!
This Rockabilly gem is centered around a New York gang in the 1960's, bringing in the elements of high school, rock n' roll, and fast cars. Starring Ken Wahl and Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), this classic will make you laugh, it'll make you dance, and it'll make you wish you could time travel back to this too-cool-for-school era. What more could you want in a movie?
Check out the trailer below to get a little sneak peek of all of the magic!
Another classic coming-of-age story, American Graffiti is a Rockabilly movie staple! Starring a young Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard (The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days), the film follows a group of recent high school grads over the span of a single night, cruising the streets of their small town in California, looking for a big night before they set off into the real world.
This film is chock-full of classic rock n' roll tunes, lots of laughs, and the contagious idealism and excitement of youth. Check out the trailer below and see what we're talking about!
You're the one that I want! Okay so this one's an obvious choice, but we just couldn't make a list of Rockabilly movies without Grease.
Starring a dreamy John Travolta and irresistible Olivia Newton-John in their iconic roles of Danny and Sandy, Grease is an absolute classic and holds the perfect combination of high school drama, turbulent romance, rock n' roll, 1950's fashion, and the magic of youth. If that isn't enough, the soundtrack is in a league completely of its own.
If you haven't seen Grease, we recommend that you stop what you're doing and change that immediately! If that isn't a possibility right this moment, give this trailer a watch to tide you over.
We're rounding out our list of Rockabilly movie classics with arguably one of the most essential Rockabilly movies of all time! Starring Johnny Depp and Ricki Lake and set in 1950's Baltimore, Cry Baby is a musical romantic comedy centered around the classic scenario of the bad boy winning the heart of the good girl.
Cry Baby has all the essential elements of a Rockabilly movie, with music and fashion that you will go crazy over, taking your Rockabilly obsession to heights that have yet to be seen. You truly need this one in your life!
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Well, there you have it! Our 5 Rockabilly movies that we see as incredibly essential for your viewing pleasure. We hope that this list has gotten you excited about all of the magic that is Rockabilly, and we have so much more where that came from!
Check out some tutorials on some of our favorite Rockabilly hairstyles and get the low-down on all things Rockabilly with our Guide To Rockabilly Fashion! We love sharing this obsession with you and we can't wait to see all of the fun ways that you incorporate this era into your lives.
Be sure to head on over to our website and check out the plethora of beautiful Rockabilly dresses for you to drool over, and as always, please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions about this post or about anything in general at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing from you!
Until next time, Atomic Fans!