~ A Hard Day’s Night (1964) A day in the life of The Beatles! The film, released at the height of Beatlemania, was well received by critics, and remains one of the most influential jukebox musicals. It was the only movie to knock Mary Poppins off her number one spot in the box office!
~ Help! (1965) The Beatles in color! Golly! The band finds themselves in a situation where they’re being chased down by a cult because Ringo wears their sacrificial ring and he can’t get it off! Incredibly racist. This movie was actually responsible for getting George Harrison into Indian music, actually.
~ The Magical Mystery Tour (1967) A Film essentially Paul’s idea. While the film has historical importance as an early advance into the music video age, at the time many viewers found it plotless and confusing. A warning though, there’s a really gross scene with spaghetti, and… Yeah.
~ Yellow Submarine (1968) The animated adventure! But had little direct input from The Beatles, save for a live-action epilogue and the contribution of five new songs (including “Only a Northern Song”, an unreleased track from the Sgt. Pepper sessions). A wild movie from beginning to end.
~ Let It Be (1970) 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. If you love Yoko, you have to watch just for the little screentime she has.