When sitting down to watch a movie, the soundtrack can make the film flop or fly. Take a great story, great script, great filmmakers, great cast and offer it a poor score and marginal soundtrack, and it’s little more than blip on the radar of film history. In contrast, take those elements and add some iconic music that paints the picture of a certain historical era, or music that lends itself to thematic tone, and you’ll often end up with a film that is a true cinematic experience. For your consideration: 13 movies with the most incredible soundtracks.
13. The Big Chill
There’s something about hot-house movies that lure a generation. The Big Chill was marked by an incredible cast, and an even more incredible soundtrack. There’s nothing quite like a movie about a bunch of white people reminiscing about white people problems in the 1980s, and there’s no better way to set off the good times than to juxtapose such a scene with a soundtrack that blasted out Motown. Truly, the soundtrack echoes the bygone era of the main characters, and all stereotypical jokes aside, the cast, featuring Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and Jeff Goldblum, was superb. And it was directed by Lawrence Kasdan. That guy could do it all.