Movies and songs often go hand in hand. A movie's soundtrack is the musical equivalent of its themes. When you recall a favorite film, chances are you remember the tune(s) you heard in it. Some songs are so inextricably linked with a movie that it immediately conjures up a plot, a scene or an image.
Producers put a lot of thought into soundtracks for a good reason. The song is what lingers long after the credits roll and will leave you humming as you recall the movie. If you've seen the movie, you're likely to remember the tune, and if you've heard the tune, you're likely to recall the movie. Sometimes you may even feel you have seen the movie from the theme song. Take Bond movies, for example. Their theme songs readily evoke the feeling and the tone of that particular film. The tune highlights the concepts of the film and what it aims to convey. Call it a symbiotic relationship, if you will.
With this in mind, we've compiled a list of songs that have a famous movie attached to it. How many of these can you identify? Take this quiz and find out just how many movies you can recall by the titles of their songs alone! Then test your friends' knowledge of the same titles. It's sure to be fun for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Hum along!
"Unchained Melody" was the love song of which movie?
The hit love song "Unchained Melody" had movie-goers swooning over the aural heat between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in "Ghost." The song became synonymous with the movie, linking the famous clay-bowl scene between the two stars with the super-romantic tune.
When you think of "What a Feeling," what do you think of?
"What a Feeling" may conjure up a lot of memories, but the movie that really brought the passion to the screen was "Flashdance." The desire and drive to dance, to push oneself to the limit, worked as thematic fuel for the "Flashdance" feeling.
Which dystopian movie gave "Singing in the Rain" an ironic twist?
"A Clockwork Orange" turned the beloved "Singing in the Rain" on its head, subverting the happy-go-lucky tone of the song. One for irony, director Stanley Kubrick gave "Singing in the Rain" another association altogether.
"Moon River" was simply and charming sung in which movie?
The song "Moon River" was plaintively sung by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." As the legend goes, the song was almost cut from the movie, but Hepburn protested. Good thing, too, as the song made Hepburn's character, Holly Golightly, all the more endearing to audiences.
"Pretty in Pink" was the title song in which '80s movie?
"Pretty in Pink" by the Psychedelic Furs was the title song in the eponymous film. Molly Ringwald rocks the pink dress and the style in this poor-girl-meets-rich-boy story. A timeless story with passionate performances and a great soundtrack made it a hit.
You think of "My Favorite Things" and which movie pops into mind?
Julie Andrews, the delightful governess of "The Sound of Music," turned "All My Favorite Things" into an unforgettable feel-good hit beloved by adults and children alike. The movie is so sweet that even those who find it corny and dated will have a hard time ignoring its charm.
"Mrs. Robinson" was the seductress in which movie?
Mrs. Robinson became iconic as the ultimate cougar in "The Graduate." Anne Bancroft seduces Dustin Hoffman's character in her no-nonsense fashion, luring him into an affair that ushered the new graduate into the pleasures of adulthood.
Madonna's "Crazy for You" played in which of these movies?
Mathew Modine and Linda Fiorentino star in this movie about an aspiring wrestler with a vision to win the love of a one-of-a-kind woman and a place for himself in a match. It underscores the pining of Modine's character with that of Fiorentino's. The song soon became a mainstay in proms.
"Eye of the Tiger" pumped its hero in which movie?
While "Eye of the Tiger" has been in the soundtrack of a few movies, the one that is most closely associated with the adrenaline-fulled song is "Rocky III." In it, Sylvester Stallone's character has to rise from complacency to reignite his fire for wrestling.
Elliott Smith's "Miss Misery" was played in which indie favorite?
Matt Damon and Robin Williams starred in this touching original movie co-written by Damon and Affleck. In it, Elliott's melancholic "Miss Misery" made a perfect match for Damon character's troubled past and inner struggle.
"Take My Breath Away" was in which movie?
Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis made the romantic pairing in "Top Gun" with the song "Take My Breath Away" scoring their attraction in the film. The scene in which the song plays became one of the most romantic bedroom scenes of the '80s.
"The Power of Love" was featured in which movie about time travel?
Michael J. Fox went "Back to the Future" in this major worldwide hit. We watched Fox's character outsmart his high-school bullies and kiss his girl while on roller skates as "The Power of Love" played.
Bowie's "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" was the theme song in which movie?
Described as a horror film bordering on erotica, "Cat People" with Natasha Kinski made the right use of David Bowie's offbeat sensibility. The song "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" carried the right kind of feline charm.
Which '80s movie had everyone singing "Don't You (Forget About Me)" afterward?
"The Breakfast Club" featured an ensemble of teenage stars that embodied major high-school types. Trapped in detention and forced to endure each other for the span of the day, by the end of it the characters as well the audience were bellowing "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds.
"Pusherman" was played in which '70s flick?
Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman" basically outlined the feel and the style of the gritty "Super Fly" with the ultra-smooth song. It became a classic in its own right.
This titular tune by Ennio Morricone scored which Spaghetti Western?
"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" featured this haunting instrumental tune scored by Ennio Morricone, the composer of other Spaghetti Western movies by Sergio Leone. It left many Western fans whistling.
Which animated children's movie featured "When You Wish Upon a Star"?
This classic tune "When You Wish Upon a Star" is a beloved hit and a jazz standard. Sentimental and filled with longing, it was just the right tune to score Disney's "Pinocchio," the story of a puppet who really wishes to be a real boy.
"I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" was featured in which Elvis Presley movie?
Elvis Presley struck the perfect note for "Blue Hawaii" with this sweet ballad. The song became dear to many artists, who made their own versions of this breezy romantic tune. In the movie, Elvis sings along to a music box he's brought as a present.
The theme song "Everybody's Talkin" was featured in which '70s movie?
One of the most iconic films of the '70s, "Midnight Cowboy" featured a song that would become identified with the times. "Everybody's Talkin" had a plaintive appeal that resonated with many people seeking a life in the big city.
"Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" fell on which classic movie?
It's hard to think of train robbers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid without recalling "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head." And yet, the scene matching the song was the one in which Paul Newman and Katherine Ross went on a romantic bike ride.
"Live and Let Die" was the title song of which Bond movie?
Featured in "Live and Let Die," Paul McCartney's enigmatic tune became one of the most memorable Bond scores. This multi-layered, bombastic song won a Grammy for McCartney and, later, Guns N' Roses also got one for their version of it.
"Staying Alive" is the hit song of which movie?
The catchy tune "Stayin' Alive" with its "ah-ha-ha-ha" chorus conjures up John Travolta strutting his stuff in the streets of New York. With plenty of swaggering appeal, the song talks about what it takes to survive by one's wits and grit.
Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" was played in which movie?
Stevie Wonder's '80s hit "I Just Called to Say I Love You" was featured in the romantic comedy "Woman in Red." Starring Gene Wilder and Kelly LeBrock as the alluring woman in red, the song made hero's obsession with her all the more relatable and endearing.
Which '80s movie featured "Twist and Shout" to great effect?
As one of those '80s movies that became a rite of passage for teenagers, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" also introduced the Beatles' classic "Twist and Shout" to a whole new generation. Matthew Broderick's character made the most of the song's triumphant zest as he belted it out in a parade.
The song is "Always Look on the Bright Side." What's the movie that goes with it?
As one of the most sardonic British comedy series, Monty Python was known to take a crack at any subject and make it hilarious. "Monty Python's Life of Brian" was no different, as it featured "Always Look of the Bright Side" during a crucifixion scene.
"Born to Be Wild" was first heard in which movie?
Although "Born to be Wild" has become a mainstay in many movies and TV series, the one that put the song on the map was "Easy Rider." Embodying the free-spirited, adventurous moxie of two men on motorcycles, it's the ultimate road movie, encompassing a style of life and a generation.
"Don't Rain on My Parade" was heard in which movie?
"Don't Rain on My Parade" was sung by Barbara Streisand in "Funny Girl." Credited as Streisand's first screen role, the movie introduced audiences to the singer/actress, showcasing her major star quality. It paved the way for her to turn into a legend.
Which romantic comedy featured "It Had to Be You" as a title song?
"When Harry Met Sally," starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, featured "It Had to Be You." The story revolved around two friends who eventually discovered what they were looking for was right there in front of them all along, so that "It Had to Be You" works as an epiphany for the hapless lovers.
"I Will Always Love You" was sung in which movie?
"I Will Always Love You" was sung by Whitney Houston to display her love for Kevin Costner's character in "The Bodyguard." The simmering romance between the characters made the story of a bodyguard in charge of protecting a diva chased by a stalker all the more engrossing.
"Seems Like Old Times" got played in which of these Woody Allen movies?
The song "Seems Like Old Times" captured the nostalgic allure and bittersweet romance of "Annie Hall." In the movie, it was sung by Diane Keaton herself in her last club act when she was finally able to command an audience with her charming presence.
The song is "Let the River Run" and the movie is ... ?
"Let the River Run" was played in "Working Girl," the movie starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. This Carly Simon song encompassed the drive and the impetus of making it in the big city as a working woman.
This "Old Time Rock and Roll" was played to great effect in which movie?
"This Old Time Rock and Roll" made quite a splash when it was sung by Tom Cruise in the coming-of-age hit "Risky Business." Cruise made the most of the tune by rocking out playing air guitar in his underwear the moment he was alone in his parents' house.
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" got played in which movie?
The satirical dramedy "The Big Chill" had the song "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" featured in it. Played on the turntable during a gathering of friends, it got the entire ensemble cast going, making a lasting impression as a feel-good song.
"Summer Nights" was a song played in which movie?
"Summer Nights" is one of those songs that scream "Grease," the classic summer flick. The song serves as an ode to the enchantment of falling in love in the summer and the carefree buzz of such nights.
"Nobody Does It Better" was the song of which '70s movie?
The Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" starring Roger Moore featured Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better." Lauded as one of the best Bond movies with Roger Moore, the song also lists as one of the more memorable Bond theme songs.
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