David Bowie

David Bowie Movies and TV Shows

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. Bowie also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

Personal info

  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: 1/8/1947 (77 years old)
  • Place of birth: Brixton, London, England, UK
  • nationality: British
  • height: 1.78 m
  • Net worth: $230,000,000
Year
Genre
IMDB
TMDB
Available on the following streaming services in the UK
Wham!
IMDB 7.5
TMDB 72%
role:
Self (archive footage)
2023

Documentary

Music

7.5
72%
2022

Documentary

Music

7.7
78%
The Velvet Underground
IMDB 7.3
TMDB 69%
role:
Self (voice)
2021

Documentary

Music

7.3
69%
Moby Doc
IMDB 6.7
TMDB 66%
role:
Self
2021

Documentary

6.7
66%
2019

Documentary

Music

7.8
75%
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David Bowie: Finding Fame
IMDB 7.2
TMDB 70%
role:
Himself (archive footage)
2019

Documentary

Music

7.2
70%
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
IMDB 7.6
TMDB 74%
role:
Jack Celliers (Archive Footage)
2017

Documentary

Music

7.6
74%
2017

Documentary

Music

6.8
69%
2017

Documentary

Music

7.3
81%
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait
IMDB 6.8
TMDB 73%
role:
Self (archive footage)
2017

Documentary

6.8
73%
David Bowie: The Last Five Years
IMDB 7.5
TMDB 71%
role:
Himself (archive footage)
2017

Documentary

Music

7.5
71%
Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World
IMDB 5.3
TMDB 58%
role:
Self (archive footage)
2016

Documentary

Music

5.3
58%
Burden
IMDB 7.0
TMDB 57%
role:
(archive footage)
2016

Documentary

7.0
57%
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989
IMDB 7.8
TMDB 77%
role:
Self
Not available
2015

Documentary

Music

7.8
77%
Not available
Soul Boys of the Western World
IMDB 6.9
TMDB 58%
role:
Self (archive footage)
2014

Documentary

Music

6.9
58%
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Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
IMDB 7.6
TMDB 74%
role:
Phillip Jeffries
Not available
2014

Crime

Horror

Mystery

Thriller

7.6
74%
Not available
David Bowie: Five Years
IMDB 7.7
TMDB 74%
role:
Self (Archival Footage) & 1 more
Not available
2013

Documentary

Music

7.7
74%
Not available
Krautrock : The Rebirth of Germany
IMDB 7.6
TMDB 78%
role:
Self (archive footage)
Not available
2009

Documentary

Music

7.6
78%
Not available
Bandslam
IMDB 6.3
TMDB 57%
role:
Himself
2009

Comedy

Drama

Family

Music

Romance

6.3
57%
Arthur and the Invisibles
IMDB 6.0
TMDB 64%
role:
Maltazard (voice)
2006

Adventure

Animation

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.0
64%
The Prestige
IMDB 8.5
TMDB 82%
role:
Nikola Tesla
2006

Drama

Mystery

Thriller

8.5
82%
Laurel Canyon
IMDB 6.4
TMDB 59%
role:
Thanks
2003

Drama

6.4
59%
Zoolander
IMDB 6.5
TMDB 62%
role:
David Bowie
2001

Comedy

6.5
62%
2000

Crime

Drama

Horror

Thriller

7.6
74%
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The Filth and the Fury
IMDB 7.6
TMDB 71%
role:
Himself (archive footage)
2000

Documentary

Music

7.6
71%
Gunslinger's Revenge
IMDB 4.4
TMDB 45%
role:
Jack Sikora & 1 more
1998

Western

4.4
45%
1992

Drama

Mystery

7.3
73%
Law & Order
IMDB 7.8
TMDB 74%
role:
Andy Warhol
1990

Crime

Drama

Mystery

7.8
74%
1988

Drama

7.5
72%
When the Wind Blows
IMDB 7.7
TMDB 73%
role:
Main Title Theme Composer
1986

Animation

Drama

War & Politics

7.7
73%
Labyrinth
IMDB 7.3
TMDB 73%
role:
Music & 1 more
1986

Adventure

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

7.3
73%
Into the Night
IMDB 6.4
TMDB 66%
role:
Colin Morris
1985

Action

Comedy

Crime

Drama

Romance

Thriller

6.4
66%
Yellowbeard
IMDB 5.9
TMDB 55%
role:
The Shark (uncredited)
1983

Adventure

Comedy

5.9
55%
1983

Drama

History

War & Politics

7.2
74%
The Hunger
IMDB 6.6
TMDB 66%
role:
John Blaylock
1983

Drama

Horror

6.6
66%
The Snowman
IMDB 8.2
TMDB 76%
role:
Older Boy
1982

Adventure

Animation

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

8.2
76%
Christiane F.
IMDB 7.5
TMDB 73%
role:
Himself
1981

Drama

7.5
73%
The Man Who Fell to Earth
IMDB 6.6
TMDB 65%
role:
Thomas Jerome Newton
1976

Drama

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.6
65%

FAQs

Some movies or TV shows available in the UK starring or involving David Bowie are, for example, Wham!, Moonage Daydream and The Velvet Underground.
The streaming services with the largest selection are Prime Video, iTunes and Amazon.
The best StreamHint ratings are David Gilmour - Remember That Night (8.5), The Prestige (8.4) and The Snowman (7.9).
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