A love letter to the music industry, Almost Famous’ comprehensive and pretty much impeccable soundtrack encapsulates the energized, metamorphosing jitters of the early ‘70s better than any period film in recent memory. A functioning who’s who of the decade (David Bowie, Simon & Garfunkel, Todd Rundgren and Led Zeppelin all make prominent appearances), Cameron Crowe’s curated soundscape doesn’t just follow Patrick Fugit’s wunderkind through the back alleys and backstages of the music scene, it soaks in the experiences with him, learning about the world alongside our increasingly weary protagonist. By now, it’s a cliché to call a distinct location or twanging soundtrack “another character itself” – but Crowe seems to think of his music patchwork that way himself – in the words of the certainly immortal Penny Lane, “if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” —Aubrey Page