Some of the best pieces of cinema have been defined by music - whether they be biopics focusing on musical stars, movies starring musicians branching out or simply films with a totally killer soundtrack. There are a whole host of ways that music can make the difference between a killer or a filler film in your collection and here we celebrate them in all their glory. Remotes at the ready...


Although not strictly a music film per se, this - like all John Hughes' movies - brought indie music to the mainstream.

From the ubiquitous "chick-a-chick-aahs" to the gratuitous use of The Beat, The Flowerpot Men, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and of course The Smiths' 'Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want' in the museum scene, 'FB's Day Off' seamlessly weaves iconic music into its goofy plot.

Weirdly, John Hughes refused to release the soundtrack as a seperate entity, thinking no-one would be interested in hearing Yello and Wayne Newston on the same CD. Which just means you have to watch the thing, and hear them all in the context they were intended.

Best music monent: The mass singalong to The Beatles' 'Twist And Shout'.

Tim Chester

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