11 films where the music ‘made the movie’

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music and moviesSometimes a movie stands on it’s own just based on the story, but sometimes the music captures the essence of the story and makes it bigger and better. Here’s a list of films that included music that propelled them to a totally different level – maybe it created a mood, captured a moment in time, or just completely upped the adrenaline in the plot. Hopefully you’ve seen all of them, if not, get going and knock them all off your to watch list.


High Fidelity (2000)

The story revolved around record store employees – how could music not play a huge part in the movie?


Lost In Translation (2003)

Music set the mood for this film – stark, isolating, distant…and lots of Kevin Shields.


Velvet Goldmine (1998)

When your film is about rock stars, you have to bring in lots of rock music.


This Must Be The Place (2011)

Quirky film about a retired goth. Awesome retro soundtrack perfectly sets the mood.


24 Hour Party People (2002)

Factory Records was build on music…so, a film about Factory Records has to be built around music.


This is Spinal Tap (1984)

The comedic songs turned this film up to 11.


Trainspotting (1996)

Without the iconic soundtrack, I doubt this film would have been as successful. It definitely took it to another level.


Judgement Night (1993)

Combining a rock band with a hip-hop act together on every song on the soundtrack was the first of its kind.


Human Traffic (2000)

They went out clubbing and music set the atmosphere for their lifestyle.


Quadrophenia (1979)

Mods vs. rockers and The Who set the stage.


Pulp Fiction (1994)

This film has a perfect soundtrack. Pretty much everyone at the time owned a copy.


Purple Rain (1984)

This soundtrack has some of the best songs of all time.


Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Starlord’s mixed tape is a big part of the movie and drives the soundtrack.


Rock and Roll High School (1979)

The Ramones…nothing else is needed to be said about it.


Pretty in Pink (1986)

John Hughes was the king of 80’s comedy and knew how to put together an amazing soundtrack.