8 ‘00s Alt Rock Music Videos That Pay Homage To Iconic Movies

Whether you like it or not, we are about to embark on a history lesson. There may or may not be a test, so it may or may not behoove you to take notes. Ready? Let us begin: Once upon a time, it was the first decade of the New Millennium. During the ‘00s, many indie/alternative/rock/emo bands made music videos. Oh, but that is not all: Some of the indie/alternative/rock/emo music videos that were released during the first decade of the New Millennium drew from iconic movies. Erm, I suppose neither phenomenon is exactly unique to the aughts; Not only have indie/alternative/rock/emo bands been dropping music videos for many moons, but recording artists have been dropping movie-inspired music videos for many moons. So why am I talking about the movie-inspired music videos of from this specific era? Because I want to, that's why.

OK, the history lesson is over. And no, there won't be a test. GOTCHA!

Fascinating stuff, eh? Here are some of the very best indie/alternative/rock/emo music videos from the first decade of the New Millennium that directly reference a popular film.

“Cute Without The 'E' (Cut From The Team)” By Taking Back Sunday (2002)

TakingBackSundayVEVO on YouTube

Movie: Fight Club (1999)

If you haven't seen the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel, 1) what have you been doing for the last 16 years? And 2) you may not want to watch this spoiler-ful TBS video.

“Even In The Rain” By The Fiery Furnaces (2009)

Thrill Jockey Records on YouTube

Movie: Easy Rider (1969)

John Oliver! John Oliver! John Oliver!

“12:51” By The Strokes (2003)

thestrokesVEVO on YouTube

Movie: Tron (1982)

You know what else was inspired by the Tron film franchise? Disney California Adventure attraction ElecTRONica, aka the laser light party that took over a corner of the theme park every night from 2010 to 2012. *Sigh* I miss it.

“Stacy’s Mom” By Fountains Of Wayne (2003)

FountainsOfWayneVEVO on YouTube

Movie: Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Heeeey, Rachel Hunter!

"Sixteen Military Wives" By The Decemberists (2005)

Kill Rock Stars on YouTube

Movie: Rushmore (1998)

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy is a regular ol' Max Fischer.

"Oscar Wilde" By Company Of Thieves (2009)

CompanyofThievesVEVO on YouTube

Movie: Rushmore (1998)

The Wes Anderson vibes are strong with this one.

"The Best Of Me" By The Starting Line (2002)

TheStartingLineVEVO on YouTube

Movie: Say Anything… (1989)

This vid pays homage to the most iconic scene from this Cameron Crowe rom-com-dram. (No, it’s not the heart/pen gift exchange scene, but that’s a solid guess!)

“The Kill (Bury Me)” By 30 Seconds To Mars (2006)

ThirtySecondsToMarsVEVO on YouTube

Movie: The Shining (1980)

True story: This is the only music video I've ever purchased on iTunes. I felt that it was necessary that I keep Bartholomew Cubbins’s directorial debut on my iPod at all times. You know, just in case I needed to watch it any given moment. What can I say? I love the vid almost as much as I love Jared Leto’s face.