Prince: 10 Memorable (and Surprising) Movies Featuring His Songs

4:51 PM 4/21/2016

by THR Staff

The late legendary artist might be most famous for his turn on the big screen in 'Purple Rain,' but his songs have played in countless other films, from 'Risky Business' to 'Pretty Woman' to 'Happy Feet.'

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Prince’s flirtation with celluloid was most widely recognized in Purple Rain, the 1984 rock musical that spawned an award-winning soundtrack and solidified his status as a 1980s musical icon. Prince, who was found dead at his Minnesota home Thursday, also wrote one of two soundtracks for Batman (1989), including the hit song “Batdance,” while Julia Roberts’ character infamously sang his song “Kiss” during a sudsy bubble-bath scene in Pretty Woman. Prince’s music was featured in dozens of other movies, the last being The Equalizer in 2014 (Janelle Monae's “Givin ‘Em What They Love” featuring Prince). Here, THR samples some of his more memorable moments on the big screen.

Due to Prince’s career-long dedication to keeping his music from streaming services and licensing in order to avoid commercial use, many of the clips for the below films weren't available. Read more about the pop icon's legal legacy and copyright battles here.

  • Risky Business

    1983

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    Prince’s hit "D.M.S.R.," off of his fifth studio album 1999, is featured on the soundtrack for the Tom Cruise starrer Risky Business.

  • Purple Rain

    1984

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    The musical drama, composed by and starring Prince in the lead role, was accompanied by a studio album titled Purple Rain, which Prince released as a soundtrack to the film. The album, the singer's best-known record to date, featured hits such as "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" and won the Academy Award for best music, original song score (a category which no longer exists).

  • Under the Cherry Moon

    1986

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    The singer’s eighth record Parade (featuring tracks “Kiss” and “Christopher Tracy’s Parade”) is the soundtrack album to his 1986 directorial debut Under the Cherry Moon. In the musical film, Prince plays a gigilo named Christopher Tracy who swindles rich women with his partner (played by Jerome Benton).

  • Batman

    1989

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    Prince released a soundtrack album titled Batman for Tim Burton's film, starring Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader. It featured original songs "The Future," "Vicki Waiting," "Electric Chair," "Partyman," "Trust," and "Scandalous" and stayed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart for six consecutive weeks upon release.

  • Pretty Woman

    1990

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    In a memorable scene from the romantic comedy, Julia Roberts’ character sings the lyrics to “Kiss” while sporting headphones in a large bubble bath. The actual song performed by Prince doesn’t play in the film and isn’t featured on its soundtrack album.

  • Graffiti Bridge

    1990

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    Graffiti Bridge, directed and written by and starring Prince as The Kid, is the sequel to 1984’s Purple Rain. Prince’s 12th studio album, which has the same title, served as the soundtrack for the musical drama and features tracks such as "New Power Generation," "We Can Funk" and "Release It."

  • Showgirls

    1995

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    Prince's songs "319" (from his 1995 album The Gold Experience) and "Ripopgodezippa" (from his unreleased album Crystal Ball) were featured in the drama starring Elizabeth Berkley.

  • Girl 6

    1996

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    The R-rated Spike Lee film about a phone-sex operator was accompanied by a soundtrack album entirely written by Prince, featuring tracks "She Spoke 2 Me," "Hot Thing" and "Don't Talk 2 Strangers."

  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

    2001

    "Jungle Love," performed by The Time and written by Prince (credited as Jamie Starr), is featured in the comedy, starring Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

  • Happy Feet

    2006

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    Prince’s "The Song of the Heart" plays as the closing credits for the 2006 animated film (directed by George Miller, Warren Coleman and Judy Morris) scrolls down the screen. The song, which the singer wrote, produced and performed specifically for the film, won the Golden Globe for best original song in 2007.

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