Courtney Love

Courtney Michelle Love (née Harrison; born July 9, 1964) is an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actress. A figure in the alternative and grunge scenes of the 1990s, her career has spanned four decades. She rose to prominence as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Love has drawn public attention for her uninhibited live performances and confrontational lyrics, as well as her highly publicized personal life following her marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. In 2020, NME named her one of the most influential singers in alternative culture of the last 30 years. Born to countercultural parents in San Francisco, Love had an itinerant childhood, but was primarily raised in Portland, Oregon, where she played in a series of short-lived bands and was active in the local punk scene. After briefly being in a juvenile hall, she spent a year living in Dublin and Liverpool before returning to the United States and pursuing an acting career. She appeared in supporting roles in the Alex Cox films Sid and Nancy (1986) and Straight to Hell (1987) before forming the band Hole in Los Angeles with guitarist Eric Erlandson. The group received critical acclaim from underground rock press for their 1991 debut album, produced by Kim Gordon, while their second release, Live Through This (1994), was met with critical accolades and multi-platinum sales. In 1995, Love returned to acting, earning a Golden Globe Award ...

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Kurt & Courtney (1998)

After rocker Kurt Cobain's death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Broomfield
CAST:  Nick Broomfield  •  Dylan Carlson  •  Kurt Cobain  •  El Duce

After rocker Kurt Cobain's death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Broomfield
CAST:  Nick Broomfield  •  Dylan Carlson  •  Kurt Cobain  •  El Duce

Man on the Moon (1999)

The story of the life and career of eccentric avant-garde comedian, Andy Kaufman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Courtney Love  •  Bob Zmuda  •  Danny DeVito

The story of the life and career of eccentric avant-garde comedian, Andy Kaufman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Courtney Love  •  Bob Zmuda  •  Danny DeVito

Sid and Nancy (1986)

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January 1978. After their success in England, the punk rock band Sex Pistols venture out on their tour of the southern United States. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious is forced by his band mates to travel without his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Cox
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Chloe Webb  •  David Hayman  •  Debby Bishop

January 1978. After their success in England, the punk rock band Sex Pistols venture out on their tour of the southern United States. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious is forced by his band mates to travel without his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Cox
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Chloe Webb  •  David Hayman  •  Debby Bishop

Straight to Hell (1987)

A gang of bank robbers with a suitcase full of money go to the desert to hide out. After burying the loot, they find their way to a surreal town full of cowboys who drink an awful lot of coffee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Cox
CAST:  Dick Rude  •  Sy Richardson  •  Courtney Love  •  Joe Strummer

A gang of bank robbers with a suitcase full of money go to the desert to hide out. After burying the loot, they find their way to a surreal town full of cowboys who drink an awful lot of coffee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Cox
CAST:  Dick Rude  •  Sy Richardson  •  Courtney Love  •  Joe Strummer

Tapeheads (1988)

The story of Ivan and Josh, two dim witted ex-security guards who love music videos. Out of work, with no job prospects, they form a music video production company. They soon learn the in's and out's of the business in LA and with some help from Mo Fuzz, they soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Fishman
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Tim Robbins  •  Mary Crosby  •  Clu Gulager

The story of Ivan and Josh, two dim witted ex-security guards who love music videos. Out of work, with no job prospects, they form a music video production company. They soon learn the in's and out's of the business in LA and with some help from Mo Fuzz, they soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Fishman
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Tim Robbins  •  Mary Crosby  •  Clu Gulager

The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Courtney Love  •  Edward Norton  •  Brett Harrelson

Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Courtney Love  •  Edward Norton  •  Brett Harrelson

Feeling Minnesota (1996)

Sam Clayton's marriage to ex-stripper Freddie comes about when she's strong-armed into the match by Red, a club proprietor who once did her a favor. But Freddie falls in love with Jjaks, Sam's brother, and the pair tries to escape the situation together. It isn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Baigelman
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Delroy Lindo

Sam Clayton's marriage to ex-stripper Freddie comes about when she's strong-armed into the match by Red, a club proprietor who once did her a favor. But Freddie falls in love with Jjaks, Sam's brother, and the pair tries to escape the situation together. It isn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Baigelman
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Delroy Lindo

1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992)

David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes in Toyland, The Ramones and Gumball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Markey
CAST:  Mark Arm  •  Lori Barbero  •  Kat Bjelland  •  Nic Close

David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes in Toyland, The Ramones and Gumball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Markey
CAST:  Mark Arm  •  Lori Barbero  •  Kat Bjelland  •  Nic Close

200 Cigarettes (1999)

In 1981 New York City, a collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses on New Years Eve.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Risa Bramon Garcia
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Casey Affleck  •  Dave Chappelle  •  Kate Hudson

In 1981 New York City, a collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses on New Years Eve.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Risa Bramon Garcia
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Casey Affleck  •  Dave Chappelle  •  Kate Hudson

Basquiat (1996)

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Schnabel
CAST:  Jeffrey Wright  •  Michael Wincott  •  Benicio del Toro  •  David Bowie

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Schnabel
CAST:  Jeffrey Wright  •  Michael Wincott  •  Benicio del Toro  •  David Bowie

Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)

A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper
CAST:  Rodney Bingenheimer  •  Kim Fowley  •  Exene Cervenka  •  John Doe

A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper
CAST:  Rodney Bingenheimer  •  Kim Fowley  •  Exene Cervenka  •  John Doe

Trapped (2002)

When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers, the Jennings turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Mandoki
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Courtney Love  •  Stuart Townsend

When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers, the Jennings turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Mandoki
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Courtney Love  •  Stuart Townsend

Bob and the Monster (2011)

Six years in the making, this documentary film follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest, through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the US today. BOB AND THE ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keirda Bahruth
CAST:  Bob Forrest  •  Flea  •  John Frusciante  •  Anthony Kiedis

Six years in the making, this documentary film follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest, through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the US today. BOB AND THE ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keirda Bahruth
CAST:  Bob Forrest  •  Flea  •  John Frusciante  •  Anthony Kiedis

(This Is Known as) The Blues Scale (2004)

While planning the eventual DVD release for "1991: The Year Punk Broke", Dave Markey cut a 40-minute film out of unused footage to create a companion piece to include. The film was also shown to a handful of lucky audiences before the DVD's eventual release in 2011 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Markey
CAST:  Kurt Cobain  •  Kim Gordon  •  Dave Grohl  •  Courtney Love

While planning the eventual DVD release for "1991: The Year Punk Broke", Dave Markey cut a 40-minute film out of unused footage to create a companion piece to include. The film was also shown to a handful of lucky audiences before the DVD's eventual release in 2011 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Markey
CAST:  Kurt Cobain  •  Kim Gordon  •  Dave Grohl  •  Courtney Love

Sunset Strip (2012)

A documentary on the famous Los Angeles street.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Fjellestad
CAST:  Cisco Adler  •  Slash  •  Kim Fowley  •  Alice Cooper

A documentary on the famous Los Angeles street.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Fjellestad
CAST:  Cisco Adler  •  Slash  •  Kim Fowley  •  Alice Cooper

Hit So Hard (2012)

The rise to fame (and the near-fatal fall from it) of Patty Schemel, drummer for Courtney Love's seminal rock band, Hole. Given a Hi-8 video camera just before Hole's infamous Live Through This world tour, Patty captured stunningly intimate footage of the scene ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  P. David Ebersole
CAST:  Patty Schemel  •  Courtney Love  •  Eric Erlandson  •  Melissa Auf der Maur

The rise to fame (and the near-fatal fall from it) of Patty Schemel, drummer for Courtney Love's seminal rock band, Hole. Given a Hi-8 video camera just before Hole's infamous Live Through This world tour, Patty captured stunningly intimate footage of the scene ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  P. David Ebersole
CAST:  Patty Schemel  •  Courtney Love  •  Eric Erlandson  •  Melissa Auf der Maur

Bounce: Behind The Velvet Rope (2001)

Steven Cantor's award-winning documentary chronicles of the lives of bouncers - the burly boys who guard both sides of the door in nightclubs across America. The film takes an inside look at the mindset of these frequently ridiculed, but always feared enforcers of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Cantor
CAST:  Black Prince  •  Omar Cook  •  Lenny McLean  •  Courtney Love

Steven Cantor's award-winning documentary chronicles of the lives of bouncers - the burly boys who guard both sides of the door in nightclubs across America. The film takes an inside look at the mindset of these frequently ridiculed, but always feared enforcers of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Cantor
CAST:  Black Prince  •  Omar Cook  •  Lenny McLean  •  Courtney Love

The Return of Courtney Love (2006)

This VH1 Rock Doc traces the highs and lows of Courtney Love's career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Will Yapp
CAST:  Billy Corgan  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Courtney Love

This VH1 Rock Doc traces the highs and lows of Courtney Love's career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Will Yapp
CAST:  Billy Corgan  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Courtney Love

Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005)

This is a short film based on the 1979 film of the same name. The film is stylized with the actors wearing modernized robes and Roman jewelry and females playing male characters and vice-versa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francesco Vezzoli
CAST:  Milla Jovovich  •  Helen Mirren  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Gerard Butler

This is a short film based on the 1979 film of the same name. The film is stylized with the actors wearing modernized robes and Roman jewelry and females playing male characters and vice-versa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francesco Vezzoli
CAST:  Milla Jovovich  •  Helen Mirren  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Gerard Butler

Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson (2005)

Pamela Anderson was roasted by Courtney Love, Adam Carolla, Bea Arthur, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Elon Gold, Eddie Griffin, Lady Bunny, Lisa Lampanelli, Tommy Lee, Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, roastmaster Jimmy Kimmel and pre-taped appearances by David ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Gallen
CAST:  Pamela Anderson  •  Jimmy Kimmel  •  Andy Dick  •  Sarah Silverman

Pamela Anderson was roasted by Courtney Love, Adam Carolla, Bea Arthur, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Elon Gold, Eddie Griffin, Lady Bunny, Lisa Lampanelli, Tommy Lee, Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, roastmaster Jimmy Kimmel and pre-taped appearances by David ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Gallen
CAST:  Pamela Anderson  •  Jimmy Kimmel  •  Andy Dick  •  Sarah Silverman
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