A great soundtrack can make the worst film out there a little more tolerable. There are times when a soundtrack can stand toe-to-toe in greatness with a movie.
Here’s our take on the movies featuring soundtracks as good or even more successful than the films that they’re associated with.
The Graduate (1968)
Considered as one of the greatest movies of all time, The Graduate boasts a soundtrack that is hard to beat. It’s loaded with some of Simon & Garfunkel’s most famous tunes like “The Sound of Silence” (used 3 times in the movie). Song placement is also critical to the movie and direction used by Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning director.
Cooley High (1975)
This bittersweet movie of black youth in Chicago paved the way for television hits of the same ilk such as “What’s Happening!!” and “Good Times”. From a soundtrack standpoint, it get nothing much better. It’s a Motown mix tape that features the likes of Diana Ross & The Supremes and the Four Tops (“Reach Out I’ll Be There”). Maybe the movie’s most poignant moment is led in by “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” of G.C. Cameron.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The disco-themed film was a huge commercial smash that made John Travolta an international star. It also produced the second-best-selling soundtrack in the history with more than $50 million units of the double-album soundtrack being sold. Moreover, it won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Composed, produced and mostly performed by the Bee Gees, the movie is noted for the group’s lasting disco classics such as “Jive Talkin,”” Stayin’ Alive,” and “Night Fever.”
The Last American Virgin (1982)
Although this early-1980s flick tends to get lost in the shuffle among more famous teen vehicles of the time, it is surprisingly poignant in spite of the overall theme of trying to score. For adolescent males, equally relatable. A stellar early-1980s soundtrack courtesy lends credibility to the picture. Other 1980s classics such as REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You” and Journey’s “Open Arms” also give the film a boost.