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:
In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey... Read More
After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves... Read More
Comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) examines the rise and fall of his relationship with struggling nightclub... Read More
Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while... Read More
In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) gets discovered by porn... Read More
Corporate drone Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) hates his soul-killing job at software company Initech.... Read More
The Deer Hunter
In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends... Read More
Four city-dwelling friends (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) decide to get away from... Read More
The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying... Read More
After college, Lelaina (Winona Ryder) films a documentary about herself and friends as they flounder... Read More
The people of Detroit know 8 Mile as the city limit, a border, a boundary. It is also a psychological... Read More
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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Hustle & Flow
DJay (Terrence Howard) is a pimp living day to day on the tough streets of Memphis, Tennessee. Pushing... Read More
An Oregon trapper (Tim McIntire) and his pregnant Apache mate (Serene Hedin) make their home on a Paiute... Read More
The Big Chill
A once close-knit gang of friends -- including an actor (JoBeth Williams), a doctor (Glenn Close) and... Read More