There is a slew of past and present movies with memorable musical scenes. Whether it’s Gene Kelly singing in the rain or Chris Farley singing about a fat man in a little coat, movies are filled with the magic of music. Here’s a list of our pick for top five musical moments that made the big screen a little bit bigger.
Top Gun (1986) – Pre-crazy Tom Cruise and pre-ejector seat mishap Goose, the most famous bar scene in Top Gun portrayed a pilot and his wingman, both in and out of the air. As Maverick and Goose performed "You’ve Lost That Lovin' Feeling" in an attempt to sway Maverick’s crush, the fighter pilots looking on couldn’t help but join in. While this scene made us grateful that neither Tom Cruise nor Anthony Edwards decided to pursue careers as singers, it also cemented both of them in movie music history. Even now, over two decades later, it’s hard to hear "You’ve Lost That Lovin' Feeling" without having a need, a need for speed.
Big (1988) – If ever there was a movie that speaks for the mantra “be careful what you wish for,” it was this one. Big tells us the tale of Josh Baskin, played by Tom Hanks, who wishes to be “big” on a magic carnival machine. He wakes up the next morning to find himself as a 13-year-old boy trapped in a grown man’s body. While this movie had many memorable moments, the most beloved came when Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia played "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks" with their feet on a giant FAO Schwarz keyboard. Not only did this scene leave kids everywhere actually wanting to take piano lessons, but it left us falling instantly in love with Tom Hanks.
Say Anything (1989) – John Cusack can be in as many movies as he wants, but to us, he will always be Lloyd Dobler. An aspiring kick boxer determined to woo high school valedictorian Diane Court, Lloyd is nothing if not adorable. Winning Diane over, he eventually succumbs to heartbreak when she dumps him. But wait, he has a plan: standing outside her bedroom window, Lloyd holds a boom box over his head, playing Peter Gabriel’s "In Your Eyes". Though this scene has been parodied by everyone under the sun, it still remains one of the most romantic of all times. Of course, in this day and age, we don’t call this so much “romantic” as we do “stalking.”