From eclectic ballads to rock anthems, you can always find a moving Queen song to fit any mood. The English band produced genre-bending music which ultimately served as the soundtrack to some of the most iconic film scenes ever. Here are the best movie moments featuring Queen songs.
‘A Knight’s Tale’ — ‘We Will Rock You’
Starring Heath Ledger as the brave knight William Thatcher, the 2001 medieval rom-com A Knight’s Tale opens with Queen’s biggest rock anthem, “We Will Rock You.” In the scene, Ledger enters a jousting tournament on his horse while the audience stomps and claps to the iconic track.
‘Wayne’s World’ — ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
In 1992, Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey brought their headbanging Saturday Night Live characters, Wayne and Garth to the big screen with Wayne’s World. The hit comedy featured quite possibly one of the most memorable scenes featuring Queen’s music.
While Wayne and Garth are in the car with their buddies, the radio blasts “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to which each passenger lip-syncs their own part. With this scene, Wayne’s World brought the song back to the top of the music charts 17 years after it was first released.
‘Baby Driver’ — ‘Brighton Rock’
In Baby Driver, Ansel Elgort is Baby, the speedy getaway driver who likes to drive to his own tunes. In one of the final scenes of the 2017 film, Baby gets into a car fight/dance with Buddy (Jon Hamm). And Queen’s 1974 hit, “Brighton Rock” perfectly adds to the drama.
‘Iron Man 2’ — ‘Another One Bites the Dust’
In Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle fight it out as Tony Stark and James Rhodes with an iconic Queen song drumming in the background. In the scene, Tony is in his Iron Man suit, throwing what he thinks is his last birthday.
Rhodes dons on a prototype suit and comes to the party in hopes of bringing Tony to his senses. The two pals get into an amazing fight, while a mash-up of “Another One Bites the Dust” and Rob Base’s “It Takes Two” plays in the background.
‘T2 Trainspotting’ — ‘Radio Gaga’
T2 Trainspotting, the sequel to the 1996 movie featuring Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlysle, and Ewen Bremner, brings the cast back together to play the group of close friends. When the crew goes to a nightclub, the entire crowd is chanting and dancing to Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga.”
‘Shazam!’— ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’
In the 2019 superhero film, Shazam!, Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is given the power to turn into Shazam (Zachary Levi). When his foster brother, Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) realizes he has powers, the two set out to try and test them.
Shazam and Freddy test the superhero’s strength, his ability to fly, and his immunity to fire. As Shazam passes test after test, Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” serves up as the perfect hero anthem.
‘High Fidelity’ — ‘We Are the Champions’
Not to be confused with Hulu series (which featured its own curation of amazing music), the 2000 film High Fidelity used Queen’s “We Are the Champions’ in one of the funniest ways possible. In the scene, John Cusack’s character, Rob, has a conversation with his ex and asks her if she’s slept with her new boyfriend.
When she tells him she hasn’t yet, Rob is elated. And as he leaves the building, he dances in celebration as the song plays in the background.