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Did You Catch The Movie References In These Classic Music Videos?

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all jammed out to Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom,” and have rapped along to Tupac’s “California Love.” But while obsessing over those hit songs, did you catch the movie reference embedded in their stellar music videos?

From ’90s rock music, to current pop hits, check out this list of awesome videos that you probably didn’t realize were just recreations of popular films. How many can you actually place?


  1. “Rush Rush”—Paula Abdul

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    Movie: Rebel Without A Cause

    Opposite Keanu Reeves, Paula went full on actress in this music video. Shooting at the original locations, and including a direct reenactment of one of the main scenes, it should be clear to anyone who saw the film that the former American Idol judge was vying for the role of Judy.

  2. “Walking On Broken Glass” – Annie Lennox

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    Movie: Dangerous Liasons

    Set in 18th century France, Annie reimagined the classic ’80s film about passion and deception for “Walking On Broken Glass.” The mellow tune and tender message definitely fit the tone of her elaborate video.

  3. “Material Girl” – Madonna

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    Movie: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Decked out in a floor-length pink dress and Marilyn Monroe’s signature hair, this pop diva did a nearly-identical remake of the famous “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” scene as she crooned about only loving a man for his money.


  1. “Teenage Love Affair” – Alicia Keys

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    Movie: School Daze

    Alicia picked the perfect movie to accompany her tale of young love. Similar to the main characters from the film, Dap and Rachel, Alicia fell for her man because she admired his activism and he admired her beauty.

  2. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake

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    Movie: Scarface

    Drake’s acting skills reappear in this video as he dons a white suit and revives the classic role of Tony Montana. Much like the original, this video has lot of action, famous actors, and beautiful women. What’s not to love?

  3. “South Side” – Lloyd ft. Ashanti

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    Movie: A Bronx Tale

    Starting from the intro, where Lloyd is explaining his love for a girl that his “family” may not accept, to the credits that label the video as an “ATL Tale,” the Murder Inc. crew do their best to align this story with that of the popular ’90s film.


  1. “Stacey’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne

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    Movie: Fast Times At Ridgemont High

    The little boy in this video basically embodies every male attending Ridgemont High, but the scene in which Stacy’s mom models that famous itsy-bitsy red bikini tells us exactly who Linda Barrett is.

  2. “Everlong” – Foo Fighters

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    Movie: Evil Dead

    To go along with the tortured love that the lyrics of “Everlong” relay, the band recreated Sam Raimi’s ’80s horror classic for the music video. Luckily, they included a lot less blood and gore and replaced it with one really big hand.

  3. “Dope Hat” – Marilyn Manson

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    Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    Only slightly creepier than the original film, Marilyn Manson conjured up his darkest Willa Wonka for this twisted video. The kids ride down a tunnel of blood as opposed to chocolate, and his oompa loompas are singing about anguish and pain as opposed to ethical puzzles.


  1. “California Love” – Tupac ft. Dr. Dre

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    Movie: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Tupac and Dr. Dre turned Oakland into the desert from Mad Max for this California anthem. The action-packed video ended up being arguably more popular than the actual film.

  2. “Body Movin’” – Beastie Boys

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    Movie: Danger: Diabolik

    While everyone could tell that this video alluded to some movie, most people couldn’t figure out which it was. Why not? Because the boys took it international and based this hit off of an Italian spy film.

  3. “Mesmorize” – Ja Rule ft. Ashanti

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    Movie: Grease

    It seems that the Murder Inc. crew loves molding their videos after movies, as they return for a second time on this list. Ashanti and Ja Rule recreate the infamous last scene of Grease, but instead of riding off into the sky as Danny and Sandy miraculously do, Ashanti rides off in a van with Ja and his crew. It’s less romantic—but hey, it’s a modern take.

  4. “I Love My Chick” – Busta Rhymes ft. Will.I.Am and Kelis

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    Movie: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

    Busta Rhymes and Gabrielle Union spiced up the screen with their reenactment of staple scenes from Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The video opens with the two leads sitting in couples therapy, bickering just as humorously as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie do in the original.

New York mind, L.A. heart, Greek hair.