Next time you watch your favorite movie, close your eyes and imagine if there was no background music. I'm sure it would be awful, right?
A great movie soundtrack effortlessly blends into the background and perfectly weaves the storyline together. Sometimes the characters don't need to say anything, the song does all the talking.
It's a powerful tool, and if it's well done, these soundtracks will go down in history, even if the movie isn't as loved as it used to be.
Here are 8 movies that have an incredible soundtrack. You're going to be making a new music playlist in no time!
1. Pretty In Pink
Thirty years later, this '80s flick has stood the test of time and outshone all the other coming-of-age romance movies out there. It's all thanks to the movie's screenwriter, John Hughes, who happens to also have a knack for putting together great soundtracks for his movies. In Pretty In Pink, you can hear a beautiful blend of songs that you make you want to jump up and down and also cry in a corner.
2. The Pianist
The movie is based on the life of Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, so it's not a surprise that the movie's soundtrack is full of exquisite classical music. It's not just Szpilman's beautiful compositions that bring tears to our eyes, it's the way director Roman Polanski places the songs in the narrative that make you appreciate this soundtrack even more.
3. Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino's film contains a mix of rock and roll, surf music, pop, and soul songs. If we didn't hear "Misirlou" by Dick Dale & The Del Tones in the 1994 classic film, would we have loved the song as much? But then again, the song really added something special to the movie.
4. The Lion King
Disney movies in general have incredible soundtracks, but The Lion King definitely beats all of them. It's the most well-known Disney movie in the world, and if someone hasn't seen the movie, they at least know all the words to at least one of their songs.
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5. The Bodyguard
Whitney Houston starred in the film, so you know that the soundtrack is going to be magical. To be frank, I think I loved the soundtrack more than I loved the movie. It wasn't just Whitney's songs that made everyone fall in love with the music selections, Lisa Stanfield's "Someday I'm Coming Back" and Kenny G's "Waiting For You" are equally as beautiful.
6. Garden State
The soundtrack of the 2004 drama featured some great artists, such as Coldplay and Simon & Garfunkel. There were some artists we never even heard of on there, but that's what makes these soundtracks masterpieces, when the people involved in choosing these songs are able to find underrated musical gems.
7. Top Gun
The action film starring cool and collected Tom Cruise would be nothing without it's incredible soundtrack. "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin is still one of my favorite songs.
8. The Breakfast Club
John Hughes had done it again! Every time these teenagers were on the move, we wanted to move along with them. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds was THE song of the century, and thanks to the movie, we will never be able to forget the lyrics. There's also a bunch of other coming-of-age style songs that kick you in the nostalgia.