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specific moments or scenes, no musicals/concert films. movies are ranked based on their best musical moment but for many I’ve also listed others as well SIMPLE MEN – Sonic Youth, “Kool Thing”; Hal Hartley, “Opening” COOL HAND LUKE – Paul Newman, “Plastic Jesus”; Harry Dean Stanton, “Ain’t No Grave” CHUNGKING EXPRESS – The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin’”; Dennis Brown, “Things in Life”; Faye Wong, “Dream Person” FUCKING ÅMÅL – Broder Daniel, “Whirlwind” and “Underground”; Foreigner, “I Want To Know What Love Is” KOYAANISQATSI – Phillip Glass, “Koyaanisqatsi” and “Prophecies” NADJA – Portishead, “Roads”; The Verve, “One Way to Go”;… Read more

specific moments or scenes, no musicals/concert films.

movies are ranked based on their best musical moment but for many I’ve also listed others as well

SIMPLE MEN – Sonic Youth, “Kool Thing”; Hal Hartley, “Opening”
COOL HAND LUKE – Paul Newman, “Plastic Jesus”; Harry Dean Stanton, “Ain’t No Grave”
CHUNGKING EXPRESS – The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin’”; Dennis Brown, “Things in Life”; Faye Wong, “Dream Person”
FUCKING ÅMÅL – Broder Daniel, “Whirlwind” and “Underground”; Foreigner, “I Want To Know What Love Is”
KOYAANISQATSI – Phillip Glass, “Koyaanisqatsi” and “Prophecies”
NADJA – Portishead, “Roads”; The Verve, “One Way to Go”; Portishead, “Strangers”
DAYS OF HEAVEN – Ennio Morricone, “The Return”
FALLEN ANGELS – Laurie Anderson, “Speak My Language”; Shirley Kwan, “Forget Him”; Flying Pickets, “Only You”
LOLA – Barbara Sukowa, “Die Capri-Fischer”
BEFORE SUNRISE – Kath Bloom, “Come Here”
THE BLUES ACCORDIN’ TO LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS – Hopkins jams with his cousin Billy Bizor (if the song has a name, I don’t know it)
BRONSON – The Walker Brothers, “The Electrician”; Pet Shop Boys, “It’s a Sin”
CHINATOWN – Jerry Goldsmith, “Love Theme”
MILLER’S CROSSING – Frank Patterson, “Danny Boy”
STRANGER THAN PARADISE – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, “I Put a Spell on You”
BLUE VELVET – Roy Orbison, “In Dreams”; Bobby Vinton, “Blue Velvet”; Julee Cruise, “Mysteries of Love”
LAST NIGHT – Pete Seeger, “Guantanamera”
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VÉRONIQUE – Zbignew Preisner, “Van den Budenmayer Concerto in E Minor”
INLAND EMPIRE – Nina Simone, “Sinnerman”; Beck, “Black Tambourine”; Little Eva, “The Loco-Motion”
NEVER LET ME GO – Judy Bridgewater, “Never Let Me Go”
BEAU TRAVAIL – Corona, “The Rhythm of the Night”; Benjamin Britten, excerpts from BILLY BUDD
THE GUEST – Love and Rockets, “Haunted When the Minutes Drag”; Annie, “Anthonio (Berlin Breakdown Version)”
MAUVAIS SANG – David Bowie, “Modern Love”
PARIS IS BURNING – Cheryl Lynn, “Got to Be Real”
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE – Shigeru Umebayashi, “Yumeji’s Theme”; Nat King Cole, “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”
SHAUN OF THE DEAD – Queen, “Don’t Stop Me Now”
THREE COLORS: BLUE – Zbigniew Preisner, “Song For The Unification Of Europe (Julie’s Version)”
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER – Robert Mitchum, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
MULHOLLAND DR. – Rebekah Del Rio, “Llorando”
THE DAYS BETWEEN – Brian Eno, “The Big Ship”; Eddie Jefferson, “So What”
UPSTREAM COLOR – Shane Carruth, “As if It Would Have a Universal and Memorable Ending”
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT – White Lies, “Death”
DOWN BY LAW – Tom Waits, “Jockey Full of Bourbon”
DRIVE – Kavinsky, “Nightcall”; College, “A Real Hero”; Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri, “Oh My Love”
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB – Vera Lynn, “We’ll Meet Again”
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY – Ennio Morricone, “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” and “The Ecstasy of Gold”
ERASERHEAD – Peter Ivers, “In Heaven”
THE BREAKFAST CLUB – Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
TROUBLE EVERY DAY – Tindersticks, “Trouble Every Day”
SOUTHLAND TALES – The Killers, “All These Things That I’ve Done”; Pixies, “Wave of Mutilation”
CRÍA CUERVOS – Jeanette, “Porque te vas”
NÉNETTE AND BONI – Tindersticks, “Tiny Tears”
MANHUNTER – Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY – Richard Strauss, “Also sprach Zarathustra”; Douglas Rain, “Daisy Bell”
WE ARE THE BEST! – Liv Lemoyne, “Sex Noll Två”
PHOENIX – Nina Hoss, “Speak Low”
THE INNOCENTS – Isla Cameron, “O Willow Waly”
GIRLHOOD – Rihanna, “Diamonds”
ROCKY – Bill Conti, “Gonna Fly Now”
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS – David Bowie, “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)”
BARRY LYNDON – Franz Schubert, “Piano Trio in E-Flat Op. 100”
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW – Sinoia Caves, “Run Program: Sentionauts”
THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL – The Cars, “Moving in Stereo (Instrumental)”; The Fixx, “One Thing Leads to Another”
SPIRITED AWAY – Joe Hisaishi, “One Summer’s Day”
MAGIC MIKE XXL – R. Kelly, “Cookie”; Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way”; Ginuwine, “Pony”; probably a few others worth mentioning, I’d have to go back through to be sure
THE BIG LEBOWSKI – Bob Dylan, “The Man in Me”; The First Edition, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE – Yasmine Hamdan, “Hal”; SQÜRL feat. Madeline Follin, “Funnel of Love”
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED – Tunde Adebimpe, “Unknown Legend”
JACKIE BROWN – Bobby Womack, “Across 110th Street”
WINGS OF DESIRE – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “From Her to Eternity”

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