Legs McNeil and surfboard- photo © Tom Hearn
Legs McNeil – Photo by Tom Hearn

1. Over The Edge (1979) — Matt Dillon’s first movie about kids in some suburban California town that rebel against the cops is fantastic, though it didn’t really get much attention when it came out.


2. The Warriors (1979) — “Warriors, come out and plaa-aa-ay!”



MV5BOTQ0MDAxNDIyNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjQ4NDAzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_3. The Wild One (1953) — Because no list in of punk movies is complete without it. Set the standard for all that followed. (Also, A Clockwork Orange, Taxi  Driver, Repo Man and Nightmare Ally tie for third place, so just shut up.)



MV5BMjExNjA5NzY4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjQ2NzI5NA@@._V1_SX214_4. Sid and Nancy (1986) — Because it’s so fucking good! As Richard Hell  said, “Chloe Webb is not portraying Nancy, she IS Nancy!” (God bless you Nancy, and thanks for letting us take showers at your apartment.)



MV5BMTM4ODgyNzUxNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNDE3MDA5._V1_SY317_CR6,0,214,317_5. Dont Look Back (1967) — Just for the drunken scene where Dylan blows away Donovan with the new song he’s been writing, “Baby Blue.” So great that they captured this moment on film!



Rivers Edge6. River’s Edge (1986) — Crispin Glover’s best performance ever!




At Close Range7. At Close Range (1986) — The  best teen-robbery-gang movie ever made! Excellent performances by Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Crispin Glover, etc, etc…




American Hot Wax poster8. American Hot Wax (1978) — Floyd Mutrux’s bright shinning moment.





9. Suburbia (1983) — Just because. Just go fuck yourself!




10. Dig (2004) — Don’t you just love to hate the characters in Brian’s Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhol’s? Gillian does!





36 thoughts on “LEGS MCNEIL’S TOP 10 PUNK MOVIES!”

  1. Wow my list is sooo different Legs: D.O.A., Rude Boy, The Swindle, Decline of Western Civilization, The Filth and the Fury, The Last Pogo, Hard Core Logo, Straight To Hell, A Clockwork Orange, Kids.

  2. THE HUNGER! More New Wave than Punk, but worth the props
    What about LYQUID SKY. That’s Punk at it’s finest

  3. “Suburbia” (early 80’s) is my personal number 1 Punk film . It was filmed around 5 miles from where I grew-up ; the T.R. House was where I-105 sits now (it was about 2 blocks west of I-605 , Alondra Blvd off-ramp) .
    Those abandoned homes sat until late 1989 at the eastern-terminus of where the Century Freeway now resides.
    Where else is one going to see and hear “Darker My Love” (TSOL) and “The Legend of Pat Brown” (Vandals) in their prime performances ??

  4. Everyone gets this wrong. Dylan was not in the process of writing It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, it had already been finished and released. Listen closely and you can hear Donovan request that Dylan play Baby Blue. But sure, Dylan blows away the puny song Donovan played. Also, there is no apostrophe in the title Dont Look Back.

  5. Blank Generation (Feature Film), Decline of Western Civ, 1977 the Coolest Year in Hell, Smithereens, faster pussycat kill kill, Kill your idols, Blank Generation (doc)………and more

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