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Great Music Moments In Movies

Updated on November 20, 2012
Those Great Musical Moments
Those Great Musical Moments

Those Great Musical Moments

Movies are great. A well made movie can make you laugh and it can make you cry. And sometimes there are those moments in movies that just make you smile. Some of those moments are created by the combination of the movie and the music the movie uses. The following is a short list of great musical movie moments.

Ferris Bueller Performing At The Parade
Ferris Bueller Performing At The Parade

Fry Cook on Venus

Twist & Shout - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off was released in 1986 was directed by John Hughes. It stars Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, Alan Ruck as Ferris' best friend Cameron, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey and Jeffrey Jones. Charlie Sheen also makes a small appearance as a jail detainee.

The movie follows Ferris Bueller who decides that him and his friends need a day off from the stress of high school. The trio spends the day in downtown Chicago seeing the sights. Throughout the movie, Ferris outsmarts his school's Dean of Students Ed Rooney.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a classic comedy. The memorable music scene comes why Ferris is trying to convince Cameron that they have had an amazing day. Ferris appears on a float taking part in the Von Steuben Day Parade singing Danke Schoen and then the Beatles' Twist and Shout.

The movie itself has inspired such bands as Save Ferris and Rooney.

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd Worked Together To Bring A Great Musical Moment
Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd Worked Together To Bring A Great Musical Moment

Your Kids Are Gonna Love It

Back To The Future - Johnny B. Goode

The first Back to the Future was released in 1985 and become an instant blockbuster. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg. It stars Michael J. Fox as Marty, Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, as well as Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson.

Back to the Future tells the story of Marty McFly, a high school student who is sent back in time where he meets his parents in 1955. Marty manages to interrupt the space time continuum when his mother falls in love with him instead of his father. Marty spends the rest of movie trying to get his parents together because if he doesn't, he will never be born.

Back to the Future is a classic comedy. Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown is specifically humerous. The memorable music moment comes during the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance after Marty's parents fall in love. Marty, who was denied the chance to play the school dance in 1985, now has the opportunity to rock the house.

Old Time Rock & Roll

Risky Business - Scrubs Style

Risky Business - Heidi Klum Style - Enjoy Guys

Risky Business - Old Time Rock & Roll

Risky Business was released in 1993 and starred Tom Cruise. Cruise plays Joel, a you high school kid whose parents leave him alone for the weekend. The weekend, of course, is filled with parties and fun. Cruise meets and falls in love with a hooker, whose pimp robs the house. To buy back his parents' belongings, Joel throws a party with help from his new friends' business associates.

Rebecca Demornay plays Lana, Joel's love interest. The movie also featured Joe Pantoliano, Curtis Armstrong, and Richard Masur. The movie also included Bronson Pinchot, also known as Balki.

Risky Business launched Tom Cruise into stardom. Of course, the memorable music scene is young Joel, enjoying his weekend of freedom, dancing in his underwear to Bob Segar's Old Time Rock & Roll. This scene has been spoofed and mimicked a hundred times over.

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I Thought This Was A Party: Let's Dance


The wife insisted on this one. Footloose was released in 1984 and starts Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack, a teenager who is forced to move from Chicago to a small town where the town government has banned rock & roll and dancing. When Ren and his classmates want to have a Senior Prom they figure out away to get around the town's laws.

Footloose is a classic, so says my wife. It also stars John Lithgow as Reverend Moore and Lori Singer as Ren's love interest Ariel. There are also appearances by Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Wiest, and Chris Penn.

The memorable music moment comes from the Prom itself. My question: for a group of kids that lived in a town that had banned dancing, where did they learn all those moves?

Kevin Bacon, may you never live it down.

Michael Keeton As BeetleJuice
Michael Keeton As BeetleJuice



Beetle Juice was released in 1988 and was directed by Tim Burton. The film stars Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis who play a sweet couple who die in a car accident and come back to their quaint New England Home to find horrible people are now living there. In order to get rid of the new owners, the couple seeks the help of a "bio-exorcist", Beetle Juice, played by Michael Keaton.

This move was very funny. It also starred Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. The memorable music moment comes at a dinner scene when the new owners have friends over for dinner and the mild mannered ghosts attempt to scare them away.

The Famous Lift
The Famous Lift

Dirty Dancing - Time Of My Life

Dirty Dancing was released in 1987 and is another movie my wife insisted I include, so you know it is a chic flick. It stars Partrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. The movie tells the story of a teenage girl and her family's trip to a summer retreat in the 1960s. There, young woman meets a dance instructor and the two fall in love.

The movie includes numerous dance scenes and has a great soundtrack. The memorable music moment comes at the end when Swayze's character and Grey's character finish the summer with what one critic called "the most goosebump-inducing dance scene in movie history." (Vernon, Polly (2006-10-10). ""Hey Baby – we're all Swayze now""

The Mask - Cuban Pete

Pulp Fiction - You Never Can Tell

The Blues Brothers - We're On A Mission From God



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    • bgpappa profile image

      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks Mighty Mom, that is a good one as well. It is added.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      This hub brought me back to a happy time -- well, a fairly long stretch of happy time, actually. These are all great picks.

      How about "Unchained Melody" from the movie "Ghost"??

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      bgpappa 9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks for your commments. James Brown has been added. All requests are considered.

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      HappyCamper 9 years ago

      You are spot on with your pick of "Johnny B. Goode" from "Back to the Future" -- it's a mind bending, great musical moment from a mind bending, great movie.

      Now I'd like to nominate another great scene from a movie half a decade older. How about James Brown's rendition of "Old Landmark" from 1980's "Blues Brothers"? Preaching, dancing, singing, this is the Energizer Bunny on steroids.

      I've been enjoying your hubs, and this is a good one. Nice to have those embedded video clips.

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      bgpappa 9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I know, Back to the Future freaked me out a little with the 20th Anniversity Edition. I went to see that in the theatres.... Life goes on.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Hawkesdream 9 years ago from Cornwall

      Ohhhhhhhh are these termed as movie history now, you do make me feel soooooooo old, Thanks for that. Great remeniss though.