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One of the most influential rock bands of all time, The Rolling Stones and their music continue to be used in movies all the time – especially their earlier music.
Here, I’ve narrowed down the list to the ten movies that make the best use out of the music from the Stones.
10. Cameron Crowe’s “Jerry Maguire” (1996) (Bitch) – Cameron Crowe’s movies always have perfect soundtracks, and “JERRY MAGUIRE” is no exception. This may not be the best track in the movie, though, considering several songs by “The Who” are also featured in the film.
9. James Foley’s “Fear” (1996) (Wild Horses) – Undoubtedly the cheesiest and least significant film on this list, it’s still quite entertaining to watch Markie Mark put his hands down Reese Witherspoon’s pants on a roller coaster while some random chick covers Wild Horses.
8. Lawrence Kasdan’s “The Big Chill” (1983) (You Can’t Always Get What You Want) – The use of this particular song is a bit cliché in this film, but it works nonetheless because it’s one of the Stones’ most recognizable classics.
7. Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” (1979) (I Can’t Get No Satisfaction) – Because the Stones were such a huge deal during Vietnam, this soundtrack choice somehow fits right in in this eerie war drama.
6. Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” (1987) (Paint It, Black) – This was the only movie Kubrick made that featured pop music, and although it’s not a lengthy soundtrack, it is about as true to its time as movies featuring pop music come.
5. Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009) (Street Fighting Man) – There are lots of great music riffs in this animated flick, but there probably is none better than this piece amidst some fast-paced editing. Wes Anderson just loves using the Stones’ music in his movies – almost as much as Martin Scorsese.
4. Hal Ashby’s “Coming Home” (1978) (Sympathy For The Devil) – Hal Ashby is perhaps one of the most underrated great American directors; his soundtracks were always on point. Having just watched “COMING HOME,” I’m not quite sure where to rank it among the other Ashby classics I’ve seen, but it is surely one of the best pop music soundtracks I’ve ever heard.
3. Alfonso Cuarón’s “Children of Men” (2006) (Ruby Tuesday) – Although the Stones didn’t perform this song for the movie, the lyrics are everlasting – especially in a movie as depressing and eye opening as “CHILDREN OF MEN.”
2. Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” (2010) (Under My Thumb) – Amidst a soundtrack of mostly original music, this is the most recognizable song in the entire film – and perhaps the most well placed too. It plays just as Gideon gets Ramona Flowers “under his thumb.”
1. (Tie) Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” (1990) (Monkey Man, Memo From Turner, Gimme Shelter) and Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets” (1973) (Tell Me, Jumpin’ Jack Flash) – This is a fair tie. The Rolling Stones are clearly one of Scorsese’s favorite bands, considering he made a documentary about them (“SHINE A LIGHT,” 2008). Both movies use the Stones’ music completely differently, which is why they both deserve to be at #1.
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