Hit Songs Made Into Movies

Musician Country Song Banjo Ukulele Guitar

Bohemian Rhapsody is the name of the upcoming Queen biopic, named after Critter Control the group’s most well-known tune. Other movies about music artists have used their favorite song for the name, such as Mamma Mia about Abba and”I Walk the Line” about Johnny Cash. Famous songs also have been used for names of film concerts by particular classes, such as Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same and The Last Waltz from the Band.

In most cases when both productions have the exact same title, the movie has very little to do with the tune. By way of instance, the movie American Pie has no connection to the Don McLean song, nor does Pretty Woman bear any similarity to the hit by Roy Orbison.

Sometimes, hit tunes have born such fantastic story lines they film manufacturers have shifted the lyrics into a film. Here are eleven examples of songs that were later made into movies.

Kris Kristofferson was selected as the star of the film about a group of truckers who use their CB radios to make a powerful coalition against corrupt practices of highway policemen.

The Peach State is the clear setting for this story of murder, romance, and police exemption, depending on the song that reached number one a couple of years prior.

Barbara Eden stars as the sexy blonde mother who gets fed up with all the hypocrites in her small town, exactly like the main character in the famous song from the Sixties.

Obviously the Tallahatchi Bridge will be contained in the movie, for it served as part of the chorus from the song about a secret affair and its mysterious aftermath.

Since the song was autobiographical, it made perfect sense to assign it as well to the Sissy Spacek film about the country legend’s life.

The made for TV movie, starring the singer himself, didn’t have anywhere near the success as the number one album.

Ruben Carter suffered from false imprisonment for murder, an injustice that Bob Dylan made into the biggest hit from the Wish album. Three years later, the story of this heavy weight champ was made in an unforgettable movie.
Tom Dooley from the Kingston Trio
Murder serves as the background for this folk classic, which quite naturally fit into a Hollywood Western.

Pretty Boy Floyd by Woody Guthrie
He was a gangster that Woody painted as a Robin Hood from the tune, which twenty years later was developed into a script.

Copa Cabana by Barry Manilow
Rico and Tony become a deadly fight over Lola the dancer in the song and the movie, the former of which has been much more enduring than the latter.

Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie
Everybody’s favorite Thanksgiving song is almost as long as (but much funnier than)/the film itself, which appeared a couple of years later with Arlo himself as the star.

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