Most Popular Classical Music

Classical music has been around for hundreds of years and used in film and television since the beginning of the industry.  And while it has been around in some cases centuries, there could be a case made that film and television have kept them around and identifiable to new generations.  Some of the themes are so recognizable, and merely a catalyst for re-emerging emotions for its listener, even if they can not put their finger on the exact title of the work.

Even though it may take a little time to figure out the specific work, some composers have such a distinct brand which can dramatically enhance the story and even foreshadow events like Handel, Mahler, Bach, Puccini, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Barber, Wagner, and more.  Choosing the right composer can be half the battle.  Navigating through this sea of great music can be overwhelming, so where can we start?

While many of the works do fall in the public domain category, classical music can be subject to a jungle of copyright restrictions.  After all, it’s not just the work, but the recording that needs to be cleared.  And getting a good recording and performance is essential!

We have put together a short list of movies, using classical music in specific scenes.  All of these tracks (and much more) are available on our website, feature high quality recordings, great performances, and are pre-cleared.  To access our list of the most popular classical music used in film and tv, go to search.vtowncartelmusic.com, click on “quick search” and then “popular classical”.  You will get instant access to all of the great works listed below!

Ace Ventura Pet Detective Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
The Age of Innocence Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 2nd mvt., Amadeus Mozart: Gran Partita, Adagio, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, 2nd mvt, Mozart: Requiem , Mozart: Symphony No. 25, Mozart: Symphony No. 29
American Gigolo Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, 2nd mvt.
The American President Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, 1st mvt.
Anna Chopin: Waltz, Op. 69 No. 1
Anniversary Party Bach: Adagio from Violin Sonata No. 1
Another Woman Bach: Cello Suite No. 6, Satie: Gymnopédie No. 3
Antonia´s Line Bach: Cello Suite No. 1, 1st mvt.
Apt Pupil Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Arthur Chopin: Waltz Op. 64, No. 2
The Associate Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25
At First Sight Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
Austin Powers in Goldmember Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Autumn Sonata Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 4, Chopin: Prelude, Op. 2 No. 2
Avengers Chopin: Waltz Op. 64, No. 2
Bad Santa Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2
Barfly Mozart: Symphony No. 25
Barry Lyndon Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2, 2nd mvt.
Batman Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Before Sunrise Bach: Goldberg Variations, Variation 25, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.  3rd mvt.
Bend it Like Beckham Puccini: Nessun dorma from Turandot
Beyond Bedlam Fauré Requiem — Libera me
Beyond Utopia Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3
The Big Lebowski Mozart: Requiem
Bill and Ted´s Excellent Adventure Beethoven: Für Elise
Blackball Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4
Bloodsport 3 Debussy: Clair de lune
Blue Lagoon Chopin: Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2
Bonfire of the Vanities Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Boxing Helena Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Boy Meets Girl Puccini: Nessun dorma from Turandot
The Breakfast Club Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Breaking the Waves Bach: Flute Sonata BWV 1031
Breathless Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
A Bridge Too Far Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Casino Bach: Wir setzen uns… , from St. Matthew Passion, Debussy: Clair de lune
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Celebrity Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 1st mvt.
Charlie´s Angels – Full Throttle Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Children of a Lesser God Bach: Concerto for 2 violins in D Minor, 2nd mvt.
A Clockwork Orange Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th mvt. , Purcell: March, from Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Colonel Chabert Mozart: Clarinet Trio, 3rd mvt. , Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.  “Pathtique”
Copycat Fauré In Paradisum, from Requiem
Corinna, Corinna Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1 , Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto
The Cowboy Way Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Cries and Whispers Bach: Cello Suite No. 5, Sarabande , Chopin: Mazurka, Op. 17, No.4
Crimes and Misdemeanours Bach: English Suite No. 2
Crime of Padre Armano Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5
Crimson Tide Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 , Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2
Cruel Intentions Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 , Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th mvt.
Daddy Day Care Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik , Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 1
Dangerous Liaisons Bach: Concerto for 4 Harpsichords
Dark Eyes Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 17 K 570
The Dead Poets Society Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, 2nd mvt. , Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th mvt.
Death in Venice Beethoven: Für Elise
The Devil´s Advocate Bach: Air, from Suite No. 3
Die Hard Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 1st mvt. , Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Le Divorce Chopin: Impromptu No. 3
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Bach: Ich ruf zu dir, from Orgelbüchlein , Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Dysfunktional Family Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
E la nave va Debussy: Clair de lune
Elizabeth Mozart: Requiem aeternam from Requiem
Elvira Madigan Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, 2nd mvt.
Empire of the Sun Chopin: Mazurka No. 13, Op. 17, No. 4
The English Patient Bach: Aria, from Goldberg Variations BWV 9
Entrapment Bach: Prelude No. 1, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Exit to Eden Vivaldi: Autumn, from Four Seasons , Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets
Exotica Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90, No. 4
Exposed Bach: Courante, from Partita No. 4
Eye for an Eye Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Mozart: Requiem, Rex tremendae majestatis
Face/Off Chopin: Prelude No. 15, “Raindrop”
Fame Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3
Fanny and Alexander Chopin: Marche funèbre (orchestral), Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
Father of the Bride Bach: Minuet & Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No. 2
Fearless Beethoven: Für Elise, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, 3rd mvt.
Five Easy Pieces Chopin: Prelude Op. 2 No.4, 1st Mvt.
Flubber Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Vivaldi: Spring from The Four Seasons, Chopin: Scherzo No. 2, Chopin: Barcarolle, Chopin: Prelude No.16
Frances Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, 2nd mvt., Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11, 1st mvt.
Frankie and Johnny Debussy: Clair de lune
The French Lieutenant´s Woman Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 15, 2nd mvt.
The Game Debussy: Clair de lune
Gattaca Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90, No. 3
A Gentleman´s Game Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 3rd mvt.
Ghost in the Machine Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto
Green Card Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, 2nd mvt., Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1, Mozart: Flute & Harp Concerto
Gremlins II: The New Batch Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Gross Anatomy Mozart: Flute Quartet No. 4
Grumpy Old Men Mozart: String Quartet No. 14
Hard Target Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23, 3rd mvt.
Hilary and Jackie Bach: Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude & Gigue, Bach: Cello Suite No. 3, Prelude, Bach: Cello Suite No. 6, Gavotte
The Horse Whisperer Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 1
Howards End Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 3rd mvt.
Humoresque Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 3rd mvt., Dvorák:Humoresque
Immortal Beloved Beethoven: Für Elise
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No., Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 1st mvt., Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, 1st mvt., Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, 1st mvt., Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 1st mvt., Beethoven: Violin Concerto, 1st mvt.
Incredible True Story of Two Girls in Love Mozart: Dies irae, from Requiem, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, mvt 2, J´embrasse pas Bach: Cello Suite No. 1, 1st mvt.
Jesus of Montreal Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
JFK Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2, 3rd mvt.
Joueur de violon Bach: Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin, Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9, 2nd mvt., Mozart: String Quartet No. 19, 1st mvt.
Joy Luck Club Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto, 2nd mvt.
A Judgement in Stone Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto
Kalifornia Beethoven: Symphony No.8
Lady L Chopin: Étude, Op. 10 No. 12 ‘Revolutionary’, Prelude No. 15 ‘Raindrop’
The Living Daylights Mozart: Symphony No. 40, 1st mvt., Mozart: Ave verum corpus
The Lost Son Fauré Requiem
The Lost World Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8
Love Potion No. 9 Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Madame Souzatska Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23, 3rd mvt.
The Magic Bow Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Man Trouble Bach: Et resurrexit, from B Minor Mass, Chopin: Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9 No. 2
Marius et Jeannette Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Maurice Bach: Goldberg Variations, Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.2, 2nd mvt.
Misery Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14, 1st mvt.
Moll Flanders Bach: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3, Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 1st mvt.
A Month in the Country Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, 2nd mvt.
Moonraker Chopin: Prelude, Op. 2
Mr. Holland’s Opus Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, 2nd mvt.
Mr. Jones Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
My Dinner With André Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
My Left Foot Schubert: Trout Quintet, 4th mvt.
Nikita Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 1st mvt.
Nothing Lasts Forever Chopin: Etude Op. 25, No. 11, Chopin: Polonaise No. 6
One Night Stand Bach: Air, from Suite No. 3
Onegin Beethoven: Mir ist so wunderbar from Fidelio
Out of Africa Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, 2nd mvt.
Paradise Road Chopin: Funeral March, from Piano Sonata No. 2
Patch Adams Beethoven: Für Elise
The Peacemaker Chopin: Nocturne in C Sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1, Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1, Mozart: Ave verum corpus
Picnic at Hanging Rock Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, 2nd mvt.
Picture Perfect Bach: Jesu bleibet meine Freude
The Portrait of a Lady Bach: Piano Concerto No. 5, Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90, Nos. 3 & 4, Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1, 2nd mvt., Mozart: Lacrymosa, from Requiem
Rhapsody Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Romy and Michele´s High School Reunion Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.
Rosemary´s Baby Beethoven: Für Elise
Rounders Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, 3rd mvt.
Runaway Bride Bach: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3, Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 33, Schindler´s List Bach: English Suite No. 2, Bourrée
Seven Bach: Air, from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Shine Chopin: Polonaise No. 6, Chopin: Prelude Op. 2, Vivaldi: Gloria RV 5
The Silence of the Lambs Bach: Goldberg Variations
Silent Fall Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, Mozart: Divertimento No. 1, Allegro
A Simple Twist of Fate Bach: Prelude, from Cello Suite No. 1
Sin compasión Grieg: Death of Aase, from Peer Gynt
The Sixth Sense Schubert: Piano Quintet Trout, mvt 2
The Slab Boys Fauré: Requiem
Slaughterhouse 5 Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Presto
Sneakers Chopin: Waltz No. 14
Solitaire for Two Mozart: Requiem
Sour Grapes Bach: Adagio, from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2, Mozart: Horn Concerto, Mozart: String Quintet
Soylent Green Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
The Spy Who Loved Me Bach: Air, from Suite No. 3
Star Trek: Insurrection Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8, Mozart: String Quartet No. 17, “Hunt”, 1st mvt.
Suspicious Minds Chopin: Ballade No. 1
2000 Leagues Under the Sea Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
The Talented Mr. Ripley Bach: Italian Concerto, mvt 1, Bach: St Matthew Passion, Mache dich, mein Herze, rein, Beethoven: Piano Quintet in E flat, mvt 2
The Thin Red Line Fauré In paradisum, from Requiem
There’s Something About Mary Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Three Kings Bach: Mass in B minor, Gloria
Tin Cup Vivaldi: Winter, from Four Seasons, 1st mvt.
Through a Glass Darkly Bach: Cello Suite No. 2, Sarabande
To Be Or Not To Be Chopin: Military Polonaise
Torrents of Spring Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, 2nd mvt., Chopin: Etude, Op. 10, No. 6, Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, 2nd mvt., Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 1, 1st mvt., Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11, 3rd mvt., Vivaldi: Cum sancto spirito, from Gloria
Virtual Sexuality Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
White Nights Bach: Passacaglia in C Minor
William Shakespeare´s Romeo + Juliet Mozart: Symphony No. 25, 1st mvt.