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Magic music moments don't come along that often on film (Click on the links for video). While many utilise or give birth to great soundtracks it takes a special kind of director to use music creatively as part of the film. It's these moments that both surprise and enthral the audience, standing out in the process. It's also really cool too, especially when:

Characters Sing to Each Other

Part of the beauty of Once lies in it's chemistry and sound. When good friends Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova sing

with so much energy the entire class of the 80s were singing along at the same time.

Characters Dance with Each Other

On a similar theme, it took 80s hero Ferris Bueller to loosen us all up with a terrific version of the Beatles' classic

complete with random strangers, a sunny day and lovely blue birds.

Characters Play Songs to Each Other

Iconic moments spring from simple gestures; none more so than John Cusack's boombox of love in Say Anything. As Peter Gabriel's

. How lovely.

Characters Deliver a Montage (even Rocky had one)

Here though, the true talent really emerges. Willing to forsake three minutes of valuable plot time to deliver a song in full which conveys a much deeper message, the following films should be applauded. One of the first to use the device, Magnolia remains the best example, even nabbing a clever

, it was just as effective.

However here it's Richard Kelly's masterpiece Donnie Darko that takes the award, for doing it not once but twice. First we're treated to Tears for Fears'

as the film builds to a revealing climax.

Where films and music meet, whoever says they don't make them like they used to has got a point - they're a lot lot better now.

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Donnie Darko is full of scenes set to great music. The opening scene was originally set to Echo & The Bunnymen's Killing Moon but was changed to INXS, Never Tear Us Apart for the Director's Cut. Luckily Killing Moon is moved to further in the...

Donnie Darko is full of scenes set to great music. The opening scene was originally set to Echo & The Bunnymen's Killing Moon but was changed to INXS, Never Tear Us Apart for the Director's Cut. Luckily Killing Moon is moved to further in the film. Isn't Love Will Tear Us Apart in there somewhere as well?

This is my favourite film of all time, think I need to watch it again.

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Sorry Bob but Donnie Darko is F***ing Awful!

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Shame on you Dave, it's a classic.

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