This Friday night, RTÉ One are treating us to a screening of Almost Famous, the Cameron Crowe movie that won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album in 2001.

Inspired, we thought we would make a list of films that are applauded for their exemplary music... 

Almost Famous (RTÉ One, Friday 29th January, at 23:30)

The coming-of-age classic from Cameron Crowe follows an aspiring teen journalist as he teams up with a rock band on the road - the Grammy-winning soundtrack plays a vital role in the film, bringing us right back to the 1970s with tracks such as Led Zeppelin's That's The Way, America from Simon and Garfunkel and - in a rather memorable sequence - Elton John's Tiny Dancer. 

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La La Land (available via IFI At Home)

With all the hallmarks of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire’s golden age of Hollywood, La La Land is a modern musical love story starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. With (literal) hat tips to classic musicals of times gone by, the soundtrack features big showbiz numbers such as Another Day Of Sun, soundtracking the film’s spectacular opening scene. In contrast, the melancholy mood of City of Stars provides a contemporary jazz feel - and earned the film an Oscar for Best Original Song. 

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Reservoir Dogs (available via IFI At Home)

The soundtrack plays a vital role in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 debut, setting the score for one of cinema's most glittering careers. An unforgettable (and rather gory) scene set to Stuck in The Middle with You by Steeler's Wheel will stay with you forever...

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Pulp Fiction (available to rent via Sky Store)

Another quintessential Tarantino movie, one that features an iconic soundtrack of rock n roll, pop and surf music classics. You Never Can Tell (aka C’est La Vie) by Chuck Berry features in one of the film’s most memorable scenes - watch above.

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Rocketman (available via Now TV)

The acclaimed Elton John biopic features many of his iconic songs, from I’m Still Standing to Crocodile Rock; Taron Egerton (Sing, Kingsman) sings all of the hits himself. Elton and writing partner Bernie Taupin wrote a new tune for the film, I’m Gonna Love Me Again, winning an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2019.

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Romeo and Juliet (available via Amazon Prime)

Lovefool by The Cardigans is perfectly set to Shakespeare in Baz Luhrman’s memorable 1996 adaption of Shakespeare's play. Arguably the film’s most iconic song, however, is Kissing You by Des’ree which serves as the love theme throughout. Angel by Ireland’s own Gavin Friday also features on this splendid soundtrack.

The Commitments (available to rent via YouTube)

Roddy Doyle's tale of a Dublin soul band trying to make it big is full of heart, wit and deadly music in equal measure. Andrew Strong gives us some big belter covers on the soundtrack and Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher and Maria Doyle Kennedy form a harmonious female trio. Fun Fact: despite not appearing in the actual film, Niamh Kavanagh of Eurovision fame sings Destination Anywhere on the film's soundtrack.