From Fantastic Mr. Fox to Boogie Nights to Almost Famous, the Beach Boys’ characteristic catchy surf rock music sound has appeared in a number of films.
The Beach Boys have been a major force in music since their peak in the 1960s. They’ve sold over 100 million records worldwide and have been inducted into nearly every music hall of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the magazine’s list of all-time great musical artists, they are listed as the 12th best.
It is the band’s distinctive blend of surf rock and psychedelic that has gained a significant fan following. Many directors have obtained the rights to utilize the Beach Boys’ music in their films, which is not surprising.
10 “California Girls” In Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour flicks aren’t fantastic, but Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan’s chemistry made them worth seeing. At the end of Rush Hour 2, Lee and Carter may be seen singing “California Girls” in the car together.
The Beach Boys and Rush Hour are inseparable. In the first film, the song “Surfin’ USA” made an appearance, and in the third film, the song “California Girls” is revealed to be Lee’s ringtone.
9 “Sail On, Sailor” In The Departed
The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” and Roger Waters’ “Comfortably Numb” are among the soundtrack highlights of Martin Scorsese’s criminal drama The Departed.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Jack Nicholson’s character, mob leader Frank Costello, goes up to some priests and hands them a note.
8 “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” In Pirate Radio
Featuring a fantastic soundtrack, Pirate Radio depicts a pirate radio station moored out in the middle of the ocean. It is also known as The Boat That Rocked. On the pirate radio station, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” is the final song before the ship sinks.
“Little Saint Nick” by the Beach Boys appears in the movie at a scene in which Quentin tells Carl that his mother is coming for Christmas.
7 “I Get Around” In Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated rendition of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox includes a few Beach Boys tunes.
When the farmers evict the animals from their farm and Mr. Fox begins devising a strategy based on the underused talents of his pals, “I Get Around” is playing on the soundtrack.
6 “Let’s Go Away For Awhile” In Baby Driver
The score for Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is nothing short of amazing. An action-packed Jukebox Musical in which the protagonist, a getaway driver, executes criminal acts in accordance with his iPod playlists is the premise of the film
‘Let’s Go Away for a While’ by the Beach Boys is playing at the cafe where Baby and Debora, a young waitress, are having their first date.
5 “Surfin’ Safari” In American Graffiti
This coming-of-age comedic classic American Graffiti by George Lucas captures the cruising culture of Modesto in which Lucas grew up. The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” is featured on the film’s great period music.
When John is pulled over by the cops, “Surfin’ Safari” begins to play. Finally, “All Summer Long” by The Beach Boys is played over the credits.
4 “Good Vibrations” In Us
Josh and Kitty are listening to the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” on their Alexa-style virtual assistant, Ophelia, on the night that the Tethered come after their surface-level counterparts in Jordan Peele’s Us. Peele creates an unsettling contrast between the song’s lighthearted melody and the movie’s blood-spattered antics.
During Kitty’s final breaths, the virtual assistant mishears her final words, “Ophelia, call the police,” and substitutes “F**k the Police” in its place.
3 “Feel Flows” In Almost Famous
A teenage Rolling Stone reporter on the road with an iconic rock band is the subject of Cameron Crowe’s dramedy Almost Famous. “Feel Flows” by the Beach Boys is playing in the backstage area when William first meets Penny Lane and the other members of Stillwater.
Penny describes William as enigmatic when they first meet. Towards the end of the film, the song plays over a montage of Polaroids.
2 “God Only Knows” In Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights, a thriller about the adult film industry, was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson with the goal of emulating the style of Goodfellas.
God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys is used to illustrate scenes of individuals returning to their everyday routines: the Colonel is in prison; Maurice launches a new nightclub; Amber films an advertisement for Buck’s store; Rollergirl takes an exam; etc.
1 “Heroes And Villains” In Fantastic Mr. Fox
When it comes to Beach Boys songs, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox makes the best use of “Heroes and Villains” in the opening sequence.
Before they break into a squab farm and become confined in a cage, Mrs. Fox informs Mr. Fox that she is pregnant. Mrs. Fox makes Mr. Fox vow that if they survive, he will look for a more reputable line of business. As the gun-toting farmers approach.