Songs that could be made into movies

Right now there’s a thread about songs about movies (and this one). Flipping that around, what songs do you think could be a good basis for a movie?

I’d like to see a vampire movie based on “Closer” by Kings of Leon. I really like the mental image that being stranded in “a spooky town” gives.

What else?

Possum Kingdom by the Toadies would also be an awesome vampire movie!

Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan
Let Him Dangle - Elvis Costello
Kinder Murder - Elvis Costello
The Last Days of May - Blue Oyster Cult
The Running Man - Al Stewart
The Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
Persephone - Wishbone Ash
Haitian Divorce - Steely Dan
The Royal Scam - Steely Dan
I Hurt You - The Pretenders
The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
Radar Love - Golder Earring

“Let Him Dangle” was already made into the movie “Let Him Have It”, although it’s more accurate to say they were based on the same source.

Fastball’s “The Way” could make a good movie. It’s all mysterious and possibly allegorical and stuff.

Not really the song itself, but after seeing the music video for Muse’s “Knights of Cydonia” I thought it would make a good movie.

Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller Band. It would be like a 70’s era Bonnie and Clyde.

The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks. Just add “: the ____ story” and it’s ready for Lifetime.

Lying Eyes - The Eagles. This one probably wouldn’t be on Lifetime.

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues. Part Feel-good holiday movie, part Syd and Nancy.

The Night that the Lights Went Out in Georgia


I’ve thought that since the first time I heard the song.

This is already a movie.

For me, I’d say that Tim Burton needs to do an imagining of “All Along the Watchtower.”

Kevin Smith is planning to make a movie based on Warren Zevon’s “Hit Somebody.”

Nearly every song by Coheed and Cambria and My Chemical Romance (yeah, even their pouty ones could more easily be made into movies than most songs, even if they wouldn’t be good movies :).)

Ha! Who knew… :o Of course I was just a little girl when it came out and obviously the movie never made it to be the classic that the song remains :wink: so that’s my excuse…

Maybe they need to re-make the movie…yeah that’s the ticket…

I almost suggested this one in my first post too :slight_smile:

There was this long rambling song my dad played me once (think “hurricane” by Bob Dylan) about this guy, a girl, a convertable, the highway, and a murder. If I could recall what the hell that was, I bet it’d make an interesting movie too.

Copperhead Road–Disillusioned vet plants a little “stimulus”, defends same against terrorists. Action/adventure sorta like the “Gator McCluskey” movies Burt Reynolds made in the 70s.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia–as a comedy, or swap “to” for “on” and make a porno.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald–not gonna be a happy ending.

Whiter shade of pale - by I have no idea

The Band-‘Long Black Veil’–a deep South Gothic drama, directed by Clint Eastwood
Thom Yorke-‘The Eraser’–an Orwellian dystopia kind of thing
Belly-‘Dusted’–a horror movie about an abused, murdered child’s ghost. But somehow not sucky, because it’s a really good song.
Tom Waits-you could pick so many. I’d like to see the Coen Bros do something inspired by ‘Chocolate Jesus’ or maybe ‘Gun Street girl’
The Zombies-‘Care of Cell 44’–super-cute romcom directed by Cameron Crowe: boy meets girl, girl goes to prison, serves hard time, gets out, and…
Velvet Underground-‘Murder Mystery’–dunno what the plot would be but I’d just put the director of ‘Pi’ in a room with a bottle of absinthe and that song on repeat.
Mazzy Star-‘Taste of Blood’–a vamp movie for NON-teenagers. About a reaally old vampire on a cross country trip. Christopher Walken stars, naturally.
Tori amos-any of her songs. She would write it, thereby being forced to explain what her lyrics actually mean. I say this fondly.

The Road Goes On Forever-- Robert Earl Keen

Dylan’s Tangled Up In Blue.
The snippets of the narrator’s on-and-off relationship with a fiery redhead in the song are fascinating, though it’d take a very deft touch to fill in the blanks enough to make a film of it.

Springsteen’s Darlington County.
I’m thinking rowdy buddy road picture.

Really? I’d like to see a movie made out of “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner!”