I may have just been a clueless young girl when I was first exposed to Malcolm McLaren, and to this day, I'm still not entirely sure what Madame Butterfly was about, but I quickly learned about the legend of the punk Svengali. So whether you loved him or hated him, you can't deny that the world is short one pop-culture legend because of his passing. Most people might know McLaren from his early days in fashion with his partner, Vivienne Westwood, but he will forever be known as the manager (and some argue, creator) of The Sex Pistols. Above all, McLaren was a self-promoter of ruthless intensity, and long after the Pistols had imploded, McLaren had moved on to the next big thing and found new proteges; '80s one hit wonders, Bow Wow Wow and Adam Ant, and he remained a fixture on the art scene up until his death.
Now you might be wondering what all of this has to do with the movies. Well, if you know your music history, then you know that it didn't turn out so well between the Pistols and their former manager -- and one of their more notorious battles was on the big screen, in the film The Great Rock and Roll Swindle. Which got me thinking about all the other tales of punk rock at the movies, so as a tribute to one of the most controversial men in music history, I've put together a little list of some of the better punk flicks around.