Let It Be was an ill-fated documentary of the band that was shot over a four-week period in January 1969. The documentary — which was originally intended to be simply a chronicle of the evolution of an album and the band's possible return to live performances — captured the prevailing tensions between the band members, and in this respect it unwittingly became a document of the beginning of their break-up.
The band initially rejected both the film and the album, instead recording and issuing the Abbey Road album. But with so much money having been spent on the project, it was decided to finish, and release, the film and album (the latter with considerable post-production by Phil Spector) in the spring of 1970. When the film finally appeared, it was after the break-up had been announced, which gave the film's depiction of the band's acrimony and attempts to recapture the group's spirit a significant poignancy.
Several fictional films not depicting The Beatles have been entirely based on Beatles themes and songs
Pinoy Beatles (1964), a Tagalog musical made in the Philippines. It was released 3 months after A Hard Day's Night
The Girls on the Beach (1965), a beach party film in which college coeds mistakenly believe the Beatles are going to perform at their sorority fundraiser
All This and World War II (1976), documentary of World War II using Beatles music
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), a musical based on the Beatles' album of the same name
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), a coming of age film about Beatlemania
All You Need Is Cash (1978), TV mockumentary featuring The Rutles, a parody of the Beatles
Secrets (1992), a drama about five Australian teenagers who get locked in the basement of a hotel where the Beatles are staying
I Am Sam (2001), a drama about the story of an intellectually disabled father who loves the Beatles and his efforts to retain custody of his daughter
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2005), mockumentary featuring The Rutles
Across the Universe (2007), a musical
Beatles (2014) Norwegian film based on Beatles (novel) written by Lars Saabye Christensen. It's about five boys in the seventh grade in school, they live on the west side of Oslo, they are all great fans of the band "The Beatles".
Birth of The Beatles (1979), focusing on period from ca. 1957 at art college through Hamburg days to first number one
Beatlemania (1981), a poorly received movie version of the Broadway show of the same name
The Hours and Times (1991), speculation about the weekend Brian Epstein and John Lennon spent together in Barcelona in 1963
Backbeat (1994), the Stuart Sutcliffe story
The Linda McCartney Story (2000), A TV film covering the relationship between Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman
Two of Us (2000), covering a mid-1970s meeting between Paul McCartney and John Lennon
In His Life: The John Lennon Story (2000), focusing on period from 1957 to 1964
Nowhere Boy (2009), a John Lennon biopic, focusing on his teens
Lennon Naked (2010), a TV movie based on the life of Lennon from 1967 to 1971 starring Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon
Cilla (2014), a miniseries about Cilla Black, features the Beatles in supporting roles
The Beatles have been the subject of a number of documentary films.
The Beatles at Shea Stadium
The Compleat Beatles
The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit
The Beatles Anthology
All Together Now
Good Ol' Freda (December 3, 2013) Documentary about Freda Kelly, secretary of Brian Epstein and The Beatles Fan Club and her life near to the Fab Four for 11 years.
Let It Be
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
In late 1966, John Lennon took time off to play a supporting character, Gripweed, in a film called How I Won the War, also directed by Lester. It was a satire of World War II films, and its dry, ironic British humour was not well received by American audiences. He would later produce avant-garde films with his second wife Yoko Ono, such as Rape which was produced for the Austrian television network ORF.
In 1969, Ringo Starr took second billing to Peter Sellers in the satirical comedy The Magic Christian, in a part which had been written especially for him. In 1971, Starr played the part of Frank Zappa in Zappa's epic cult film about a rock and roll band touring, entitled 200 Motels. In 1973, Ringo played the part of Mike in That'll Be The Day along with David Essex as Jim MacLaine. In 1974, Ringo starred with musician Harry Nilsson in the film Son of Dracula and in 1981, starred in the film Caveman with Shelley Long.