In this dark biopic depicting the hunt for the Zodiac Killer the song “Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan is played chillingly.
- The Silence of the Lambs
In perhaps the most shocking scene on this list the killer Buffalo Bill dances in front of the camera. As he does this the song “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus is played. This scene has now become a memorable part of popular culture and has been parodied numerous times.
- Mean Streets
This early crime film from Martin Scorsese begins with the song “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes. The harmonies of the song sync up perfectly with the super 8 home movie footage shown on screen. It perfectly encapsulates the relationship between family life and crime that the characters must contend with.
- Fight Club
This trippy thriller ends with a shocking revelation and a bang. As the main character looks on at the explosions going on around him the song “Where Is My Mind” by the Pixies plays. It perfectly sums up the mental state of Edward Norton’s protagonist.
- Apocalypse Now
This movie is a 3-hour war epic with many memorable scenes. However, there is one sequence that is known even by people who has not seen the movie. During a helicopter raid on villagers the American commander plays “Flight of the Valkyries” by Wagner. It stands out as one of the greatest uses of film in the entire history of the medium.
In one of the most bizarre sequences on this list the evil poltergeist possesses the living characters and makes them mime a Caribbean tune. While “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte plays the characters do quirky dances and are attacked by monster shrimp hands. A truly strange and surreal scene that is done brilliantly thanks to the choice in music.