10 of the Best Nightclub Scenes in Cinema

Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden opens this weekend — her new film set during the EDM scene in ’90s France. It features portrayals of several real-life DJs, including Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. For anyone heavily into the club scene during this time, Eden will surely feel somewhat nostalgic.

We couldn’t resist collecting a few of our favorite nightclub scenes in film to celebrate the release of Eden. Depending on how out of touch the director is with anyone under the age of 30, the nightclub scene in cinema can be a tricky thing to get right. But these movies have fun with it, putting a unique spin on what it means to dance all night.

Mulholland Drive

David Lynch’s surreal neo-noir film Mulholland Drive is an interconnected tale of shifting personalities, places, and time. One of the movie’s pivotal scenes takes place at a strange club known as Silencio (now a real thing). The club’s emcee announces that everything is an illusion before a woman takes the stage for an a cappella version of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” in Spanish. She collapses on stage, revealing her performance to be a lip-synched recording. Lynch isn’t exactly known for his cheery nightclub settings. In Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the Bang Bang Bar is a cover of sorts for a backroom club where drugs and sex have helped destroy the lives of Twin Peaks’ sobbing high schoolers.