A few that spring to mind:
“Are You Man Enough?” (The Four Tops from “Shaft In Africa”)
“Theme from Shaft” (Isaac Hayes from “Shaft”)
“Superfly” (Curtis Mayfield from “Superfly”)
“Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye” (The Juicy Fruits from “Phantom of the Paradise”)
“A View To A Kill” (Duran Duran from “A View To A Kill”)
I imagine a lot of blaxploitation and James Bond movies are great for this sort of thing. Two more that work extremely well…
“Everybody’s Talking At Me” (Harry Nilsson from “Midnight Cowboy”)
“The Sound of Silence” (Simon and Garfunkel from “The Graduate”)
whatever happened 2 the opening credits with a nice entire song? it seems 2 be a thing of the past now…
and why is there now a 77% increase in movies i see at the cinema starting the end credits so everybody starts 2 leave before restarting the film so everybody trips over each other and falls down the stairs
Tom Waits’ “Invitation to the Blues” is sheer perfection at the beginning of Bad Timing.
“Let the River Run” (Carly Simon from “Working Girl”)
“The Hands that Built America” (U2 from “Gangs of New York”) The credits are in the end, but…
“Across a 110th Street” in Jackie Brown.
We Got the Beat in Fast Times at Ridgemonet High
Sound of Silence is one of my two all time favorite songs, but I love the way the GoGo’s get things going
Speaking of Tom Waits, “Jockey Full of Bourbon” in Down By Law.
People shouldn’t be leaving the cinema until the credits have finished, anyway. Look at the “Iron Man” films: there’s always something extra at the end of the credits.
Max, you ought to be spanked for attributing “Across 110th Street” to “Jackie Brown”. Bobby Womack’s tune belongs to the Barry Shear film of the same name. I know it need not be exclusive, but still…
Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man” is another one of the same era.
Frank Sinatra singing “All My Tomorrows” at the beginning of Frank Capra’s “A Hole In The Head.” It goes without saying that it is the high point of the film.
This one has been jangling in my head recently, from 1966’s ADULTERY, ITALIAN-STYLE, written by Armando Trojavoli:
Lon Chaney Jr wrote and sang this creepy little number as well as starring in Jack Hill’s cult classic B horror film Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told. This movie is hilariously creepy and just plain bizarre!
Speaking of Tom Waits, “Dead and Lovely” from Wristcutters
also I liked Ghost Dog and The Travelling Players
Vangelis’ theme is, for me, about the only good thing about Chariots of Fire
The classical theme to Lolita as James Mason is painting her toenails is one of the best set-ups ever.
‘Fly Me to the Moon’ works beautifully in Wall Street.
‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’ is used skillfully at the beginning of The Big Chill, as is Gershwin in Manhattan.
And, say what you will, but the opening instrumental version of ‘Moon River’ as Audrey, indeed, has her Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is as hauntingly beautiful as anything that’s ever been filmed, only to be matched the next year by the same director/composer combo in The Days of Wine and Roses.
“Reservoir Dogs”. Game over.
Correction on the Spider Baby clip above; Ronald Stein composed the score, Lon Chaney Jr. sang the opening song (as you can hear) and the lyrics I believe were a collaborative effort.
Across 110th Street – Jackie Brown
Be My Baby – Mean Streets
A Hard Day’s Night – A Hard Day’s Night
Help! – Help!
Goldfinger – Goldfinger
Live and Let Die – Live and Let Die
Suicide is Painless – MASH
Ain’t Now, But I’m Gonna Be – Cotton Comes to Harlem
Amoreena – Dog Day Afternoon
Science Fiction Double Feature – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Staying Alive – Saturday Night Fever
Grease – Grease
Life of Brian – Life of Brian
Miserlou – Pulp Fiction
Shipping Out to Boston – The Departed
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’s animation sequence for opening credits.
‘Peaches’ by The Stranglers in Sexy Beast
Love the freeze-frame too
arm yourself because no one else here will save you love that line
Enter the void
A Clockwork Orange
not really a song, but I love that John Lurie music during the opening credits to GET SHORTY
Ah, the ragman draws circles
Up and down the block
Kenny Lynch – You can’t fight [inexplicably absent from the soundtrack cd]
I’d say Apocalypse Now with “The End” by The Doors, but there aren’t any actual credits so technically it wouldn’t count. It’s what came to mind first though. Recently though, I’ll have to second Alex and say Drive and that Kavinsky song “Nightcall” – perfect.