The Best Beatles Cues in Movie History

Happy 70th birthday, Sir Paul McCartney! (Oh, he’s a big Flavorwire reader, you didn’t know? Comments a lot. Really bad about the “first!” thing. ) The Beatles have been on our mind a lot lately, after their song “Tomorrow Never Knows” was used so hauntingly in the “Lady Lazarus” episode of Mad Men. Much of the subsequent chatter about the song’s appearance on the show was centered on its hefty price tag ($250,000), and indeed, the high cost of using Beatles songs is part of the reason why you hear so few of their original recordings in movies and on television (at least compared to, say, The Beach Boys). Producers will more often go the cheaper route of using covers or even sound-alikes, but a few films have made the effort to use the original Fab Four tracks, and to great effect. After the jump, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite Beatle moments in modern movies.

“Twist and Shout,” Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

No single sequence introduced more Gen-Xers to the Mersey sound than this memorable scene in John Hughes’ 1986 comedy, in which our hero follows up a parade float lip-sync of Wayne Newton’s “Danke Schoen” with a rousing rave-up of “Twist and Shout” that, it seems, gets the entirety of downtown Chicago going. Sir Paul was among the many critics of those parade horns being laid in atop the original recording (and in all fairness, it certainly doesn’t add anything), but that complain aside, the scene is a marvelous testament to the song’s continuing power to just plain make you happy.