Cult Film, TV, Geek Art
In no particular order, these are some of my favorite love songs written for, or featured prominently in, films. Not all of them are happy and romantic. They range from sweet to silly to sorrowful, so hopefully there’s something here for everyone, whether you’re in love or forever alone.
What are your favorite movie love songs? Let me know in the comments!
Performed by Steve Martin as Navin Johnson and Bernadette Peters as Marie
Probably my favorite movie duet ever…
Navin: “You know, while you were playing that just now, I had the craziest fantasy that I could rise up, float right down the end of this cornet, right through here through these valves, right along this tube, come right up against your lips and give you a kiss.”
Marie: “Why didn’t you?”
Navin: “I didn’t want to get spit on me.”
Beck’s studio version of the song Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) writes for Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in the movie.
Trey Parker as Alferd Packer sings about his beloved horse Liane (named after his real-life ex-fiancée who cheated on him).
Performed by The Zombies
The scene where this song is played is heartbreaking. In the context of the movie, it’s about the love between a father and son, but it’s also a great song for those who are in love and stuck in the friend zone.
Performed by Catherine O’Hara. Written by Danny Elfman.
Melancholic song about a love that’s not meant to be.
“And will we ever end up together? No, I think not, it’s never to become for I am not the one.”
Performed by Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn and Ellen Greene as Audrey
A classic nerd love ballad where the geek gets the girl.
Performed by When in Rome
“If you need a friend, don’t look to a stranger. You know in the end, I’ll always be there.”
Performed by Frank Oz as Miss Piggy and Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog
You wouldn’t think watching a frog and a pig getting married would be so emotional, but there you have it. Jeff Moss, the songwriter for this film and most of the classic songs from Sesame Street, had a real knack for pulling at the heartstrings.
Performed by Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara as Mitch and Mickey
A really sweet duet with a killer autoharp solo.
Performed by Jon Brion
This one is not as much about romantic love as it is about being strange and lonely and wanting to find someone who understands you.
Performed by The Delfonics
The song that underscores Robert Forster as Max Cherry’s love for Pam Grier as Jackie Brown.