Bohemian Rhapsody is the name of the upcoming Queen biopic, named after the band’s most well-known song. Other movies about music artists have used their most popular song for the title, such as Mamma Mia about Abba and”I Walk the Line” about Johnny Cash. Famous songs have also been used for titles of film concerts by certain groups, such as Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same and The Last Waltz by the Band.
In most cases when both productions have the exact same title, the movie has very little to do with the tune. For instance, the film American Pie has no relation to the Don McLean song, nor does Pretty Woman bear any resemblance to the hit by Roy Orbison.
Occasionally, hit songs have born such fantastic story lines they film makers have shifted the lyrics into a movie. Here are eleven examples of songs that were later made into movies.
Convoy by C.W. McCall
Kris Kristofferson was chosen as the star of this picture about a gang of truckers who use their CB radios to make a powerful coalition against corrupt practices of highway policemen.
The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia by Vicki Lawrence
The Peach State is the obvious setting for this tale of murder, romance, and police exemption, based on the song that reached number one a few years prior.
Barbara Eden stars as the sexy blonde mother who gets fed up with the hypocrites in her small town, just like the main character in the famous song from the Sixties.
Of course the Tallahatchi Bridge will be included in the film, for it served as part of the chorus from the song about a secret affair and its mysterious aftermath.
Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn
Since the song was autobiographical, it made perfect sense to assign it as well to the Sissy Spacek movie about the country legend’s life.
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
The made for TV movie, starring the singer himself, didn’t have anywhere near the success as the number one album.
Ruben Carter suffered from false imprisonment for murder, an injustice that Bob Dylan made into the biggest hit from the Desire album. Three years later, the story of the heavy weight champ was made in an unforgettable movie.
Tom Dooley from the Kingston Trio
Murder serves as the background for this folk classic, which quite naturally fit into a Hollywood Western.
Pretty Boy Floyd by Woody Guthrie
He was a gangster that Woody painted as a Robin Hood from the song, which twenty years later was developed into a script.
Copa Cabana by Barry Manilow
Rico and Tony become a fatal fight over Lola the dancer in both the song and the movie, the former of which has been far more enduring than the latter.
Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie
Everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving song is almost as long as (but much funnier than)/the film itself, which appeared a couple of years later with Arlo himself as the star.