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From Rocketman to Kingsman: the 10 greatest Elton John movie moments


Actor Taron Egerton portrays British music icon Elton John in Rocketman, a biopic that explores how the latter emerged from humble beginnings to become one of the world's greatest pop artists.

Egerton has already drawn acclaim for his approximation of John's famously melodic voice, singing alongside the great man himself in several live performances of 'Tiny Dancer'. Here's one such example.

So to celebrate Rocketman's release in Cineworld, we've decided to recap the 10 greatest Elton John soundtrack moments. Will your favourites be included? Scroll down to find out.

1. 'Pinball Wizard' – Tommy (1975)

We're kicking off this list with an Elton John performance of somebody else's song. However it's so celebrated that we had to include it. We're talking about his take on The Who's 'Pinball Wizard', performed as part of Ken Russell's flamboyant and influential 'rock opera' Tommy, based on The Who's 1969 album.

It reached number seven in the UK charts and The Who later returned the favour with their cover of John's 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting'.

2. 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me' – The Lost Boys (1987)

Joel Schumacher's vampire cult classic The Lost Boys adds big-haired, MTV-styled atmosphere to bloodsucker mythology. Kiefer Sutherland is the seductive vampire leader parading around in leathers to the tune of one of John's most famous hits.

In this instance however it's performed by The Who's Roger Daltrey, emerging as one of the most popular covers of an Elton John number.

3. 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' – The Lion King (1994)

Disney's 1994 masterpiece The Lion King offers an embarrassment of musical riches, from Hans Zimmer's sweeping, Oscar-winning score to the ear-worming hits from John and lyricist Tim Rice. There are any number of songs we could have chosen, but we've opted for swooning, Oscar-winning ballad 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight', which seals the bond between the outcast, adult Simba and his love interest Nala.

Good news: Zimmer, John and Rice are all set to return for the soundtrack to the 2019 remake of The Lion King.

4. 'Tiny Dancer' – Almost Famous (2000)

If Taron Egerton's performance of 'Tiny Dancer' tingled your spine, let's not forget its superb deployment in Cameron Crowe's autobiographical drama. The former Rolling Stone writer turned film-maker based his movie on his own experiences of touring with a rock band in the 1970s, and his use of 'Tiny Dancer' is magnificent.

The song occurs when said group, Stillwater, find themselves at odds with one another after a drug-fuelled party. On the bus to their next gig, the melancholy mood is lifted by an impromptu performance of John's bittersweet classic – it initially appears on the soundtrack, but is then magically, intuitively picked up by the characters themselves.

5. 'Your Song' – Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Director Baz Luhrmann's musical Moulin Rouge! is an endorphin rush of an experience. Mixing deliberately anachronistic songs and dance choreography with vibrantly stylised period costumes and design, it's as eccentric as we've come to expect from the Romeo and Juliet film-maker.

The central, star-crossed romantic duo are portrayed by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, and their impassioned performance of John's romantic ballad 'Your Song' is one of the movie's high points.

6. 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' – Cemetery Junction (2010)

Following The Office and Extras, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant made their debut as film directors with this underrated British drama. It's an authentically observed story of three friends in 1970s Reading attempting to make sense of their lives, balancing poignancy with feelings of brash, youthful bravado.

This is summed up right from the opening scene, which segues from Ralph Vaughan Williams's heartbreakingly beautiful classical piece 'Five Variants of Dives and Lazerus' to the foot-tapping strains of Elton John.

7. 'Crocodile Rock' – Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

Do you remember this odd little British animation? It retreads Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but with garden gnomes in place of human actors, and the presence of Elton John on the soundtrack only enhances the sense of weirdness. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt are among the starry voice cast while the likes of 'Crocodile Rock' (performed with Nelly Furtado) are among the John hits populating the soundtrack.

8. 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' – American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell's Oscar-feted crime caper features the all-star cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. It's the somewhat freewheeling story of con artists and federal agents all trying to get the better of one another, and being set in the 1970s means the soundtrack is a killer.

While the eyes feast on the overload of wigs, costumes and platform shoes, the music seals the deal. John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' accompanies one of the film's most memorable scenes as the garishly attired Cooper and Adams emerge from a blanket of smoke in slow motion.

9. 'I'm Still Standing' – Sing (2016)

Taron Egerton has got past form as far as Elton John is concerned. He performed the singer's infectious 'I'm Still Standing' for this hit animated comedy, in which a group of anthropomorphic animals are compelled to put on a musical talent show.

Egerton voices gorilla Johnny and we're sure you'd agree that his musical chops were already impressive, even three years prior to Rocketman.

10. 'Rocket Man' – Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

We're ending this list with a movie that not only incorporates John's music but also a key role from the great man himself. Matthew Vaughn's irreverent spy sequel once again pairs Taron Egerton and Colin Firth as the stylishly attired British Kingsman agents, who at the end of the movie cross paths with John (playing himself).

He's been captured by Julianne Moore's nefarious villain and breaks out some mean fighting skills, at one point saving Firth from some menacing robot dogs to the tune of 'Rocket Man'. We don't think we'll be seeing that in the forthcoming biopic...

What are your favourite Elton John movie moments from films? With Rocketman out now, there's plenty of time to tweet us your choices @Cineworld.