They say music soothes the savage beast, but it seems to us that the best musically-driven movie scenes do just the opposite: They get our toes tapping, our hands clapping and our rumps shaking. When executed the right way, scenes that heavily involve music -- such as the 'Tiny Dancer' sing-along in Cameron Crowe's 'Almost Famous' -- can leave unforgettable impressions for decades to come.

Just how near and dear to cinephiles' hearts are such scenes? Well, take it from us: They are very important. As we set about to determine our list of the 50 all-time best music scenes in film history, the arguments that erupted around the Moviefone office as we whittled down our list were more contentious than a Rabbit vs. Papa Doc rap battle.

Yet even with our impassioned back-and-forths, we're sure our list omits some cinematic contenders that you love. We encourage you to argue along with us in the comments section. Before we begin the countdown, however, let's discuss the two rules that guided us as we shaped our list:
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The Bridge on the River Kwai
Based on 14 critics

Adaptation of the Pierre Bouelle novel about POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort... Read More

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Pulp Fiction
Based on 24 critics

Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical... Read More

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Apocalypse Now
Based on 15 critics

In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey... Read More

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Blue Velvet
Based on 15 critics

College student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) returns home after his father has a stroke. When he... Read More

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Based on 17 critics

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves... Read More

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Based on 17 critics

Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is a banker, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) is an artist, and the two are madly... Read More

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Breakfast at Tiffany's
Based on 6 critics

Based on Truman Capote's novel, this is the story of a young woman in New York City who meets a young... Read More

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A Clockwork Orange
Based on 10 critics

In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high... Read More

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My Best Friend's Wedding
Based on 23 critics

Childhood friends Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) and Michael O'Neal (Dermot Mulroney) had a deal to... Read More

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The Silence of the Lambs
Based on 19 critics

Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott... Read More

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This Is Spinal Tap
Based on 13 critics

"This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get... Read More

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Based on 13 critics

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it.... Read More

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Annie Hall
Based on 20 critics

Comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) examines the rise and fall of his relationship with struggling nightclub... Read More

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Dirty Dancing
Based on 20 critics

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while... Read More

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National Lampoon's Animal House
Based on 13 critics

When they arrive at college, socially inept freshmen Larry (Thomas Hulce) and Kent (Stephen Furst) attempt... Read More

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Boogie Nights
Based on 28 critics

In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) gets discovered by porn... Read More

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Based on 14 critics

Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), an eccentric child-like man, loves his red bicycle and will not sell it... Read More

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Pretty in Pink
Based on 12 critics

Andie (Molly Ringwald) is an outcast at her Chicago high school, hanging out either with her older boss... Read More

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Office Space
Based on 31 critics

Corporate drone Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) hates his soul-killing job at software company Initech.... Read More

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Risky Business
Based on 8 critics

Ecstatic when his parents leave on vacation for a few days, high school senior Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise)... Read More

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The Deer Hunter
Based on 12 critics

In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends... Read More

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The Wedding Singer
Based on 21 critics

Set in 1985, Adam Sandler plays a nice guy with a broken heart who's stuck in one of the most romantic... Read More

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10 Things I Hate About You
Based on 26 critics

Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite abrasive to most of her fellow teens, meaning... Read More

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Wayne's World
Based on 14 critics

A big screen spin-off of the "Saturday Night Live" skit. Rob Lowe plays a producer that wants to take... Read More

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Based on 18 critics

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid... Read More

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Young Frankenstein
Based on 10 critics

Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his... Read More

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In Theaters on July 30, 1972

Four city-dwelling friends (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) decide to get away from... Read More

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Top Gun
Based on 15 critics

The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying... Read More

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Some Like It Hot
Based on 19 critics

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy,... Read More

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American Psycho
Based on 35 critics

In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives... Read More

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Reservoir Dogs
Based on 24 critics

A group of thieves assemble to pull of the perfect diamond heist. It turns into a bloody ambush when... Read More

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Almost Famous
Based on 38 critics

Set in 1973, it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William, an unabashed... Read More

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Reality Bites
Based on 26 critics

After college, Lelaina (Winona Ryder) films a documentary about herself and friends as they flounder... Read More

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The Breakfast Club
Based on 11 critics

Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry... Read More

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8 Mile
Based on 38 critics

The people of Detroit know 8 Mile as the city limit, a border, a boundary. It is also a psychological... Read More

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Based on 20 critics

After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) into a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), he heads... Read More

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Adventures in Babysitting
In Theaters on July 1, 1987

When plans with her boyfriend fall through, high school senior Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) ends up... Read More

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Back to the Future
Based on 12 critics

In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back... Read More

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The Fabulous Baker Boys
In Theaters on November 2, 2003

Frank (Beau Bridges) and Jack Baker (Jeff Bridges) are brothers who have performed together in a small... Read More

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Coming to America
Based on 16 critics

Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the prince of a wealthy African country and wants for nothing, except... Read More

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Shaun of the Dead
Based on 34 critics

Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he's not working at the... Read More

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Hustle & Flow
Based on 37 critics

DJay (Terrence Howard) is a pimp living day to day on the tough streets of Memphis, Tennessee. Pushing... Read More

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Where the Wild Things Are
Based on 37 critics

Feeling misunderstood at home and at school, mischievous Max (Max Records) escapes to the land of the... Read More

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Sacred Ground
In Theaters on 1983

An Oregon trapper (Tim McIntire) and his pregnant Apache mate (Serene Hedin) make their home on a Paiute... Read More

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The Big Chill
Based on 11 critics

A once close-knit gang of friends -- including an actor (JoBeth Williams), a doctor (Glenn Close) and... Read More