The 10 Greatest Music Videos Based on Movies
Many of the best music video directors and artists borrow their concepts from films, and they're geniuses to do it. Shrinking a classic cinematic treasure to three minutes and imbuing it with pop urgency creates a whole new experience, one that reaffirms and adds to our appreciation of the original film. Now, Movieline revisits ten videos that rejiggered moments from film history to staggering effect. Do you want stark Orson Welles shoutouts? What about two movie-lovin' videos from the greatest music video artist of all time? All that and more await you.
10. Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom"
Film: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
In this loving homage to the Spicoli-featuring classic, a hawny adolescent spies his classmate's mom (Rachel Hunter, in full, drenched Phoebe Cates glory) ascending from a swimming pool. Naturally, he's sitting in the bathroom, palming lotion, and "Judging the Reinhold," if you will.
9. Berlin, "No More Words"
Film: Bonnie and Clyde
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty never looked this soul-tortured. Eighties legend and above-average RuPaul's Drag Race judge Terri Nunn owns the screen as a peroxide-friendly Bonnie Parker.
8. Paula Abdul, "Rush Rush"
Film: Rebel Without a Cause
Paula Abdul's second album Spellbound was a torrid confection, and its lead video called upon Rebel's famous Griffith Park Observatory locale. It also called upon Keanu Reeves to dress as James Dean, and it's not apologizing.
7. Faith No More, "Last Cup of Sorrow"
It's surprising that more music videos haven't referenced Hitchcock films, with their vast wealth of culturally recognizable images. Faith No More goes beyond a mere nod here -- this video is chockablock with recreations of the sinister goings-on between James Stewart and Kim Novak. Look out for that bell tower!