5 Favorite Films with a great Soundtrack

I love movies with a good soundtrack. When you see the visuals of a film up on screen, placed in sequence with just the right music, something magical happens. It plays with your emotions and gets you to feel what the filmmaker wants you to feel. I would say at least half the enjoyment and experience of watching a film is the soundtrack.

I have listed five movies that I think have an incredible soundtrack. Now the soundtrack of these films comes from various artists and is not based on an original score. Those are placed in a whole different category. I have also added the songs of the soundtrack(in case you want to know).


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This wonderful movie about two strangers who meet and share a connection with life and music is full of original songs written and performed by the two stars of the film. They actually won an Academy Award for best original song, for "Falling Slowly." This was one of my favorite films the year it came out and it was one of my favorite albums.

"Falling Slowly" Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová
"If You Want Me" Irglová and Hansard.
"Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy" Hansard
"When Your Mind's Made Up" Hansard and Irglová
"Lies" Hansard and Irglová
"Gold" (Fergus O'Farrell) Interference
"The Hill" Irglová
"Fallen from the Sky" Hansard
"Leave" Hansard
"Trying to Pull Myself Away" Hansard
"All the Way Down" Hansard
"Once" Hansard and Irglová
"Say It to Me Now" Hansard
"And the Healing Has Begun" (Van Morrison, Collector's Edition only) Hansard
"Into the Mystic" (Morrison, Collector's Edition only)

500 Days of Summer

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The soundtrack of this film had a good mix of indie and classic hits that are blended together to bring this love story that is not really a love story to life in a vividly fantastic way. The music in this film helps move the story forward and gives you a sense of who the characters are.

"Us"-Regina Spektor
"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" - The Smiths
"The Boy With The Arab Strap" - Belle & Sebastian
"Bad Kids" - Black Lips
"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want." - The Smiths
"She's Like The Wind." - Patrick Swayze
"Have I Been a Fool? " - Jack Penate
"There Goes the Fear" - The Doves
"You Make My Dreams" - Hall & Oates
Knight Rider Theme
"Sweet Disposition" - Temper Trap
"Quelqu'un M'a Dit" - Carla Bruni
"Veni, Vidi, Vici" - Black Lips
"The Music" - Paper Route
"Mushaboom" - Feist
"Hero" - Regina Spektor
"Infinite Pet" - Spoon
"Bookends" - Simon & Garfunkel
"Vagabond" - Wolfmother
"She's Got You High" - Mumm-Rah

Garden State

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The Grammy Award winning soundtrack for this film just sets the whole tone for the story perfectly. After this movie came out I started seeing more films turn to smaller independent bands to fill their movies with music.

1. "Don't Panic" - Coldplay
2. "Caring is Creepy" - The Shins
3. "In the Waiting Line" - Zero 7
4. "New Slang" - The Shins
5. "I Just Don't Think I'll Get Over You" - Colin Hay
6. "Blue Eyes" - Cary Brothers
7. "Fair" - Remy Zero
8. "One of These Things First" - Nick Drake
9. "Lebanese Blonde" - Thievery Corporation
10. "The Only Living Boy In New York" - Simon & Garfunkel
11. "Such Great Heights" - Iron and Wine
12. "Let Go" - Frou Frou
13. "Winding Road" - Bonnie Somerville


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One thing that director Wes Anderson really knows how to do perfectly, is pick the right music for his films. Wes Anderson has said that he picks out the soundtrack for the movie before he writes it for inspiration. Although I love all of his movie and the songs that he chooses to put in them, Rushmore is my favorite.

"Hardest Geometry Problem in the World" – Mark Mothersbaugh
"Making Time" – The Creation
"Concrete and Clay" – Unit 4 + 2
"Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" – The Kinks
"Sharp Little Guy" – Mark Mothersbaugh
"The Lad With the Silver Button" – Mark Mothersbaugh
"A Summer Song" – Chad & Jeremy
"Edward Appleby (In Memoriam)" – Mark Mothersbaugh
"Here Comes My Baby" – Cat Stevens
"A Quick One While He's Away" – The Who
"Snowflake Music" (from Bottle Rocket) – Mark Mothersbaugh
"Piranhas Are a Very Tricky Species" – Mark Mothersbaugh
"Blinuet" – Zoot Sims
"Friends Like You, Who Needs Friends" – Mark Mothersbaugh
"Rue St. Vincent" – Yves Montand
"Kite Flying Society" – Mark Mothersbaugh
"The Wind" – Cat Stevens
"Oh Yoko!" – John Lennon
"Ooh La La"" – Faces
"Margaret Yang's Theme" – Mark Mothersbaugh

Almost Famous

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When it comes to putting together a classic soundtrack for a movie, director Cameron Crowe knows what he's doing. Almost Famous is one of my favorite movie soundtracks of all time. You just can't go wrong with the music he chose to put in the movie, and the scenes he puts the music to turns out magical.

Below is one of my favorite scenes of all time.

"America" - Simon and Garfunkel
"Sparks" - The Who
"It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" - Todd Rundgren
"I've Seen All Good People: Your Move" - Yes
"Feel Flows" - The Beach Boys
"Fever Dog" - Stillwater
"Every Picture Tells A Story" - Rod Stewart
"Mr. Farmer" - The Seeds
"One Way Out" - The Allman Brothers Band
"Simple Man" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
"That's The Way" - Led Zeppelin
"Tiny Dancer" - Elton John
"Lucky Trumble" - Nancy Wilson
"I'm Waiting For The Man" - David Bowie
"The Wind" - Cat Stevens
"Slip Away" - Clarence Carter
"Something In The Air" - Thunderclap Newman

Honorable mentions would include the Forest Gump soundtrack, which is a classic. And most recently the Where the Wild Things are soundtrack by Keren O and the Kids.

Don’t you sometimes wonder what your life would be like if it had a soundtrack? I guess if we are all walking around with ipod’s we kind of do, but no one else is listening. If you had a soundtrack to your life what musical artists and songs would you compile in the movie of your life?

These are just a few of the great movie soundtracks out there. What are some of your top choice’s for best movie soundtracks?

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