Aretha Franklin Queen Of Soul a list of the some of the most powerful uses of Franklin songs in films over the years. Each one shows how her music could add new meaning to all kinds of different scenes and contexts.
The Blues Brothers (1980): “Think”
One of the few times where Franklin actually showed up on screen to perform her music came in the iconic 1980 comedy film based on the popular Saturday Night Live sketch. When Jake and Ellwood Blues stop by a soul food restaurant on their journey to recruit a member of their old band, his wife (Franklin) has some choice words for him, and performs “Think” with the help of some backup dancer friends. It doesn’t have much of an effect on the band members, who leave as soon as she finishes her song, but it raises the question: Why they didn’t just recruit her, one of the greatest singers of all time, to be the band’s lead vocalist? A mystery for the ages.
St. Elmo’s Fire (1985): “Respect”
Franklin’s voice was so powerful and charismatic that it could often prove irresistible fodder for private jam sessions. Even normally-sullen writers like Kevin Dolenz (Andrew McCarthy) were not immune to the music’s pull.
Goodfellas (1990): “Baby I Love You”
Martin Scorsese’s iconic gangster film features an incredible soundtrack of pop, rock, and R&B, because he only wanted to soundtrack scenes with songs that could have been heard at the time The added bonus, of course, is that his criminal protagonists also get infused with the same kind of cultural energy that produced that music. Franklin’s song delivers, scoring one of the scenes where things are going well and the characters feel on top of the world, before it all comes crashing down.
Here are other classic movies with amazing songs from Aretha Franklin!
Paris Is Burning (1991): “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, and Moonlight (2016): “One Step Ahead”.
Credited to Entertainment Weekly