15. Stand by Me – “Lollipop” by The Chordettes
Stand by Me might give you the impression of a classic boyhood movie at first, but it goes beyond cheeky teenaged adventures and pukey pie-eating competitions, and this scene proves it.
On their way to see the infamous dead body, Vern (Jerry O’Connell) and Teddy (Corey Feldman) goof around singing along to “Lollipop.” Gordie (Wil Wheaton) and Chris (River Phoenix) hang back to have a serious conversation that makes them sound older than their years.
14. Reservoir Dogs – “Little Green Bag” The George Baker Selection
Be honest—how many times have you walked the streets with a gang of your friends, feeling incredibly cool whilst hearing the tune “Little Green Bag” playing in your head? Yeah, we thought so. And which film do you owe this little fantasy to?
Reservoir Dogs, of course!
Seeing several suited, anonymous men take to the street to the sound of The George Baker Selection says it all—these guys are as suave as it gets!
13. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” by Beck
It doesn’t happen too often that we get to see Jim Carrey in a serious role, so when we do, chances are the movie will have double the impact. Watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is like reading Alexander Pope’s Eloise to Abelard—captivating, curious and beautiful.
Seeing Jim Carrey pull anything other than a funny face is already a moment worth noting, but seeing him teary-eyed and vulnerable—that’s enough to get us all reaching for the tissues! This is a moment of great sorrow quietly lulled into a sense of relief, prompted by Beck’s words, “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime.”
12. Kids – “Casper the Friendly Ghost” by Daniel Johnston
Larry Clark’s 1995 film Kids hit us hard on several accounts. Not only was it the most authentic depiction of teenaged life and delinquencies, it also dealt with an important theme in an in-your-face manner, typical of Clark.
When Telly (Leo Fitzpatrik), Casper (Justin Pierce) and the gang get into a silly discussion at the local park, it soon ends up in a full-blown, violent and, above all, unfair fight. However, by using Daniel Johnston’s “Casper the Friendly Ghost” in the background, the scene feels almost normal and regular.
11. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – “Sugar Daddy” by Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch was by far one of the best musical comedy-dramas we’d seen in a long while. The performance is convincing and shrill at times, the soundtrack is incredible, and the play between drama and comedy is just right.
Watching Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell) and her band of angry inches perform “Sugar Daddy” was funny—but excruciatingly so. The entire restaurant is mortified by Hedwig’s show, especially the guy who had his head under her skirt for a few seconds.