10. Strange Days – “Can’t Hardly Wait” by Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis rocks the screen as much as she does the stage, and in Strange Days we get to see a combo. As the singer Faith Justin, she is trying to fend off her ex, the former LAPD officer Lenny (Ralph Fiennes).
We get to watch Faith make sweet love to her microphone when Lenny comes to see her in the nightclub she’s playing. The scene is so freaking hot, we completely forget about the potential danger she might be in….
9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show – “Sweet Transvestite” by Tim Curry
Whether he’s sweet we’re not entirely sure, but Tim Curry, aka “Frank N. Furter”, sure as hell was the sexiest transvestite we’ve ever seen walk the screen. The 1975 musical comedy/horror film has one of the most epic soundtracks to be revisited time and time again, but our favourite song is without a doubt the “Sweet Transvestite.”
In a pair of killer platform shoes complete with glitter and glitz, Frank N. Furter introduces himself to the nerdy couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) as the “sweet transvestite from transsexual, Transylvania”.
8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
We hadn’t really given it that much thought, but if we chose to go out by electrocuting ourselves in the bathtub, we’d probably choose “White Rabbit” as the soundtrack, too. Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) may be completely mad, but he sure has good taste in psychedelic tunes.
Dr. Gonzo’s mescaline-acid-cocaine-uppers-downers-screamers-laughters-tequila-induced freak-out and Raoul Duke’s (Johnny Depp) reaction to it is highlighted by Grace Slick’s order to feed their heads.
7. Fight Club – “Where is my Mind?” by Pixies
Chuck Palahniuk is the man when it comes to twisted storytelling and innovative writing techniques. We were a bit worried about how his 1996 novel Fight Club would translate into a movie, but David Fincher couldn’t have done any better.
Any movie that features a Tom Waits song has got to be special, but Fight Club’s most musically impactful moment was right at the very end, when the Pixies start playing “Where Is My Mind?” just as the city comes crashing down before Marla Singer (Elena Bonham-Carter) and The Narrator (Edward Norton).
6. Deathproof – “Down in Mexico” by The Coasters
Suffice to say Tarantino really knows how to choose the women for his movies: they’re all sexy, smart and too cool for school. But there’s one Tarantino chica who really stands out in terms of pure, raw sexuality: Vanessa Ferlito.
With her lap dance in Deathproof, she turned many a straight woman and danced herself into every man’s hopeful dreams. Daaayum, girl!