I’ve seen that movie, too

So, I was getting ready to blog about the song Friends (from the 1971 movie of the same name), and I started thinking about the movies that Elton has either written music for or in which his music or vocals are featured.  I knew about some of those movies, but I figured there were more out there of which I wasn’t aware (yes, really)!  So, like any good blogger, I googled it.  OH.MY!  I am duly impressed!

The following compilation is extracted from IMDb – these are just the movies.  Don’t even get me started on TV!

And to think it all started with that unassuming little film in 1971…

2011
*Gnomeo & Juliet (Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, Your Song, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, The Bitch Is Back, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, I’m Still Standing, Bennie And The Jets, Hello Hello, Love Builds A Garden)

2010
StreetDance 3D (Tiny Dancer)
Cemetery Junction (Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting)

2009
*It’s Complicated (Bennie and the Jets)
This Is… Amir (Bennie and the Jets)
*My Sister’s Keeper (We All Fall In Love Sometimes)

2008
Australia (The Drover’s Ballad, The Drover’s Theme)
Lymelife (Daniel)
Hamlet 2 (Someone Saved My Life Tonight)
Pageant (Dance of the Robe)
*27 Dresses (Bennie and the Jets)

2007
Rush Hour 3 (Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word)
Catch-22 (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)
*Evan Almighty (Just Like Noah’s Ark)
Music Within (Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters)

2006
It’s a Boy Girl Thing (Candle in the Wind)
Running with Scissors (Bennie and the Jets)
*The Astronaut Farmer (Rocket Man)
Quatre étoiles (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)

2005
*Chicken Little (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)
Elizabethtown (My Father’s Gun)

2004
House of D (Harmony)
Laws of Attraction (Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours)
The Lion King 1½ (That’s All I Need, Hakuna Matata, Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Be Prepared, Can You Feel the Love Tonight)

2003
*Mona Lisa Smile (The Heart of Every Girl)
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting)

2002
*Moonlight Mile (Razor Face)
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (Crocodile Rock)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (Crocodile Rock)

2001
*K-PAX (Rocket Man)
Storytelling (Island Girl)
Moulin Rouge! (Your Song, The Pitch Medley, One Day I”l Flay Away Medley, Elephant Love Medley)

2000
Living It Up (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)
Greenfingers (The Power)
*Almost Famous (Tiny Dancer, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters)
*The Road to El Dorado (El Dorado, Someday Out of the Blue, Without Question, Friends Never Say Goodbye, The Trail We Blaze, Sixteenth Century Man, The Panic in Me, It’s Tough to Be a God, Trust Me, My Heart Dances, Queen of Cities, Hey Armadillo, The Perfect Love)
High Fidelity (Crocodile Rock)

1999
Women Talking Dirty (Sofa Love)
*The Muse (The Muse)
Dick (Crocodile Rock)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting)
Summer of Sam (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)

1998
Without Limits (Rocket Man)
Sliding Doors (Bennie And The Jets, Honkey Cat)

1997
RocketMan (Rocket Man)
The MatchMaker (Candle in the Wind)
The Ice Storm (Levon)

1996
The Associate (Border Song)
Carla’s Song (Your Song)
The Rock (Rocket Man)
Red Ribbon Blues (The Last Song)
Breaking the Waves (Love Lies Bleeding, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Your Song)

1995
*Toy Story (Hakuna Matata)
Nothing Personal (Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind)
Flora (Your Song)

1994
*The Lion King (Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel the Love Tonight)
Speechless (Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word)
The Raffle (Heartache All Over The World)
*Four Weddings and a Funeral (Crocodile Rock, But Not For Me, Chapel of Love)
*My Girl 2 (Bennie and the Jets, Tiny Dancer)

1993
The Heartbreak Kid (Teacher I Need You)

1992
Leap of Faith (Stones Throw from Hurtin’)
Peter’s Friends (I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues)
Crossing the Bridge (Love Song)
Lethal Weapon 3 (Runaway Train)
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (Some Other World)

1991
My Own Private Idaho (Blue Eyes)
Driving Me Crazy (I’m Still Standing)

1990
Rocky V (The Measure of A Man)
*Days of Thunder (You Gotta Love Someone)

1987
Running from the Guns (This Town)
The Lost Boys (Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me)

1985
Fandango (Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting)

1984
Razorback (Blue Eyes)

1982
The Entity (Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting)
Summer Lovers (Take Me Down to the Ocean)
L’ultimo schermo (Candle in the Wind)

1979
Walk Proud (We All Fall in Love Sometimes)

1977
Roseland (Super Cool)

1977
Slap Shot (Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word)
Macho Grande (Someone Saved My Life Tonight)

1976
All This and World War II (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds)
La marge (Funeral for a Friend, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting)

1975
Aloha Bobby and Rose (Bennie and the Jets, Your Song, Tiny Dancer, Honky Cat)
Tommy (Pinball Wizard)
The Sins of Johnny X (Someone Saved My Life Tonight)

1974
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Daniel)
The Millionairess (Friends)

1971
*Friends (Friends, Michelle’s Song, Seasons, Variation on Michelle’s Song-A Day in the Country, Can I Put You On, Honey Roll, I Meant to Do My Work Today-A Day In the Country)

Note: The ones marked with an * are those movies that I have seen (or, should I say, I’ve seen that movie, too).   I’ve hardly made a dent!

Anyway, I think that’s a pretty impressive and prolific list.  Some of the songs are frequent flyers; others have been written specifically for films.  I especially like being surprised – when I don’t know that his music is in a film (like It’s Complicated and My Sister’s Keeper).  I must admit that I always wait through the credits to make sure he’s dutifully included, surprised or not.

P.S. Can you believe I’ve never seen Tommy?!  I’m thinking this may be a new criteria for me to prioritize my NetFlix movies…

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