A commercial flop when it was released in 1986, Big Trouble in Little China has become a beloved cult classic and one of the best collaborations between John Carpenter and Kurt Russell.
A deep cut UK musical drama, Absolute Beginners co-starred David Bowie and received a title track from the legend himself, the song “Absolute Beginners” faring much better than the movie itself as far as critical reception and performance.
When buddy cops Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal are forced into taking a vacation following the sloppy bust of a drug dealer in Chicago, the pair head to Key West, Florida and relax to the dulcet tones of Michael McDonald’s “Sweet Freedom”, with the pair also appearing in the music video for the song.
When his heavy metal hero Sammi Curr dies, a young fan is given a copy of his unreleased final album from a radio DJ friend but he soon finds out that Sammi’s soul has returned from hell and is trapped inside the record and looking to get out and cause mayhem.
When the 1986 classic Stand By Me came out, Ben E. King’s iconic song, which gives the movie its title, saw a massive resurgence, jumping back into the Billboard charts and the man himself even starred in a music video featuring cast members River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton.
One of the many cinematic appearances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (or at least one of the members) over the year, the band appeared and performed in the cult 80s skateboarding movie Thrashin, which starred a young Josh Brolin as an amateur skateboarder who dreams of becoming a professional downhill racer.
Apparently a favorite song of director Michael Mann, “Heartbeat” by the short-lived band Red 7 was not only in an episode of Miami Vice but also as the end credits song for the first cinematic adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, Manhunter, in 1986.