This is a list of films that use music in exciting and innovative ways. Sometimes it is smartly selected songs, other times fantastic score, or just great chemistry between music and picture. All worth watching, or re-watching, to appreciate the use of music as a storytelling device.
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Stanley Kubrick, 1968
  2. Psycho
    Alfred Hitchcock, 1960. Bernard Herrmann, composer.
  3. Boogie Nights
    Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997
  4. Goodfellas
    Martin Scorsese, 1990
  5. Pulp Fiction
    Quentin Tarantino, 1994
  6. Jaws
    Steven Spielberg, 1975. John Williams, composer
  7. Dazed and Confused
    Richard Linklater, 1993
  8. The Graduate
    Mike Nichols, 1967. Simon and Garfunkel, songs. Dave Grusin, score.
  9. Harold and Maude
    Hal Ashby, 1971. Cat Stevens, songs.
  10. The Big Lebowski
    The Coen Brothers, 1998. T-Bone Burnett, music supervisorc. Carter Burwell, composer.
  11. Saturday Night Fever
    John Badham, 1977. The Bee Gees, songs.
  12. Flashdance
    Adrian Lyne, 1983. Music by Giorgio Moroder.
  13. Rushmore
    Wes Anderson, 1998. Randall Poster, music supervisor. Mark Mothersbaugh, composer.
  14. New Jack City
    Mario Van Peebles, 1991.
  15. Donnie Darko
    Richard Kelly, 2001. Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe, music supervisors. Michael Andrews, composer
  16. Lawrence of Arabia
    David Lean, 1962. Maurice Jarre, composer
  17. Do The Right Thing
    Spike Lee, 1989.
  18. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Michel Gondry, 2004. Jon Brion, composer
  19. Birth
    Jonathan Glazer, 2004. Alexandre Desplat, composer.
  20. Shaun of the Dead
    Edgar Wright, 2004. Nick Angel, music supervisor
  21. Fight Club
    David Fincher, 1999. The Dust Brothers, composers.
  22. Trainspotting
    Danny Boyle, 1996.
  23. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    Sergio Leone, 1966. Ennio Morricone, composer.
  24. Apocalypse Now
    Francis Ford Coppola, 1979
  25. Midnight Cowboy
    John Schlesinger, 1969.
  26. Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid
    Sam Peckinpah, 1973. Bob Dylan, composer, songwriter.
  27. Buffalo '66
    Vincent Gallo, 1998
  28. Requiem for a Dream
    Darren Aronofsky, 2000. Clint Mansell, composer.
  29. Shaft
    Gordon Parks, 1971. Isaac Hayes, composer.
  30. Almost Famous
    Cameron Crowe, 2000.
  31. Silence of the Lambs
    Jonathan Demme, 1991.
  32. Easy Rider
    Dennis Hopper, 1969. Donn Cambern, editor, music supervisor.
  33. Blue Velvet
    David Lynch, 1986. Angelo Badalamente, composer.
  34. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    George Roy Hill, 1969. Burt Bacharach, composer, songwriter
  35. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    Milos Forman, 1975. Jack Nitzsche, composer.
  36. Run Lola Run
    Tom Tykwer, 1998. Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek, composers.
  37. Chinatown
    Roman Polanski, 1974. Jerry Goldsmith, composer.
  38. To Kill A Mockingbird
    Robert Mulligan, 1962. Elmer Bernstein, composer.