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10 Epic Movie Scenes That Are More Epic Because Of Otis Redding Songs

Playing an Otis Redding song at the perfect moment is as satisfying as pouring maple syrup over waffles. Out of the hundreds of movie scenes featuring his songs, here are 10 of our favorites. Feel free to add your own!

1. Pretty in Pink - Try a Little Tenderness

Before Jon Cryer struck out with the ladies on Two and a Half Men, he struck out with Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink. It’s okay Duckie, we still love you!

2. Top Gun - Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Otis croons in the background as Maverick slowly wins over Charlie with a touching story about his folks. Then he gets up and takes a shower. Classic Tom, ice cold.

3. Dirty Dancing - Love Man

Johnny taught Baby how to dirty dance to Love Man. Hell, Johnny taught us all how to dirty dance to Love Man.

4. Grumpy Old Men - Love Man

Although not as provocative as the previous video, this clip just goes to show that you’re never too old to get down to Love Man while cooking eggs. Rock on Jack Lemmon!

5. Blues Brothers - Can’t Turn You Loose

One of the most ridiculous police chases in movie history features Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi cruising through the mall to an Otis Redding instrumental. This clip has got everything. Except a Miss Piggy.

6. Road House - These Arms of Mine (NSFW)

Patrick Swayze shows us why he was one of the sexiest leading men of all time.

7. Duets - Try A Little Tenderness

Paul Giamatti and Andre Braugher do Try A Little Tenderness justice on duets night. No, seriously, Paul Giamatti.

8. Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) - These Arms of Mine

Midnight Mark always spins the perfect record for the moment. While Carl can only manage to say “hi”, Redding’s lyrics speak volumes.

9. Mr Nobody - For Your Precious Love

A leap of faith is all it takes. For Your Precious Love really brings this scene together. It even takes some of the sting off of that nasty belly flop.

10. Heaven Help Us - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

Just another story of young love in the Big Apple. Basically what we’ve learned is that if you find yourself out and about with that special someone, find the nearest jukebox and play an Otis Redding song.

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