Movies and Drums

Drumming is an essential part of art and music. Any artistic song would probably be rhythmless if it doesn’t have beats, it not only brings music to life but also fills our hearts and ears with rhythm. To honor drumming and drummers we’ve compiled the greatest drum movies.

The Gene Krupa Story

Is a 1959 biographical film of the American drummer Gene Krupa is considered an old school drummer film? This movie centers in Krupa’s rise to success and his use of marijuana. This film has a mixture of comedy, drama and romance.

Wayne’s World

Is a 1992 American comedy film that tells the story of Garth Algar and Wayne Campbell, it was Produced by Lorne Michaels, with Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar. Garth got his first drum when he was young and then became a proficient drummer. Garth and Wayne are a pair of rock fans who broadcast a public television show. Garth was in the music store, in the drumming section, and starts playing an inspiring drum solo in a double kick Yamaha.



Is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Michael Lehman and starring Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler? Adam Sandler plays as Pip, an idiot drummer of a band that breaks into a radio station and forces them to play their record.

That Thing you Do

Is a 1996 American music comedy film produced by Jonathan Demme, Gary Goetzman and Edward Saxon, directed by Tom Hanks and starred by Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry and Tom Hanks. Is a Fable about a 60s band where the main character a drummer, Guy Patterson -Tom Everett Scott-. Joining the bant and putting a 4/4 beat into the band’s ballade.


Is a 2004 American film directed by Charles Stone III and starred by the now famous Zoe Saldana as Laila and Nick Cannon as Devon Miles. This film tells the story about a young drummer from New York who got accepted into the Atlanta A&T University. Is a very emotional movie, Devon has an unconventional attitude that helps the school band win a national competition.



Is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and starred by Michael Keaton. In this movie, drums are the musical instrument that help add insight and intrigue as the plot develops. Michael Keaton’s desperate turmoil is moved forward by Antonio Sanchez’s drumsticks.


Is a 2014 American drama film directed by Damien Chazelle and starred by Miles Teller as Andrew Nelman and Paul Reiser as Terence Fletcher. Andrew is a young talented drummer who’s attending a prestigious music academy and is under the wing of professor Fletcher, one of the most respected professors in the school. Fletcher is an abusive drum instructor. When Andrew needs to rehearse the Hank Levy piece “Whiplash”, he struggles to keep the tempo, resulting on Fletcher hurling chairs at him, slapping him and berating him in front of the ensemble.