5 Greatest Music Videos Based on Films

Art often imitates life but, sometimes, it's inspired by art.  We've put together a list of the Top 5 video treatments that are based on critically-acclaimed films.

5. Nas - Street Dreams (Casino)

Based on the Michael Scorsese film, Nas plays Ace Rothstein, the Casino owner with a soft spot for his wife who loses everything in the end.  Your not-so-favorite Housewife, Kenya Moore, plays his leading lady, Ginger Rothstein.  Directed by Hype Williams, the video treatment follows the film's plot to the T.  Even the costume direction is spot on.

4. Busta Rhymes - Pass the Courvouisier Pt. II (Coyote Ugly, Harlem Nights, and Rush Hour 2)

Busts Rhymes, Diddy, and Pharrell linked up for the song of the summer and helped boost liquor sales everywhere.  The video most notably takes after the film Harlem Nights, involving the altercation between Eddie Murphy's character (Busta Rhymes) and Della Reese (Mo'Nique) in which he obliterates her pinky toe.  The video also features a cameo from Jamie Foxx in which they remake a scene from Rush Hour 2.

3. Kanye West - Fade (Flashdance)

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards was the perfect platform to debut this music video featuring Teyana Taylor in a dance scene that draws inspiration from the 1983 film Flashdance.  Though media outlets falsely proclaimed that Teyana was a "newcomer," the video did open doors for other opportunities like her glorious Lil Kim tribute.  She stole those 3 minutes of our hearts and made us all feel terrible about ever slacking off in the gym.  The video also features a cameo from husband, Iman Shumpert, and baby, Junie.  

2. Ashanti - Foolish (Goodfellas)

Ashanti hit the ground running with her debut single, Foolish, and the music video that was directed by Irv Gotti himself.  This video recreates so many scenes from Goodfellas and makes them  relevant to the hip hop community.  For instance, in the beginning of Goodfellas, Harry's friend is begging him to come on a double date because his girlfriend's parents who are Jewish are prejudiced against Italians.  Can you believe that, a Jewish prejudiced against Italians?  In the music video it's A Spanish broad with something against Blacks.  Can you believe that?  Even after the whole J. Lo and Ja thing.  This is the date that catapults the tumultuous relationship between Henry Hill (Terrance Howard) and Karen Hill (Ashanti).

1. Busta Rhymes - Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See (Coming to America)

Of course the number 1 has to go to a Hype Williams visual.  This song and visual are rarely spoken of in today's world, but I vividly remember being glued to my television screen as a child trying to remake all the dances.  The video is based largely on Coming to America, starring Busta Rhymes as Prince Hakeem.  It uses the opening scene for Prince Hakeem's birthday where he is living lavish in his palace with women catering to his every need— he doesn't even have to lift a finger to brush his teeth.  Aside from the story line, the visuals and choreography are unmatched.


Honorable mention: 

Trina - Here We Go Again (A Thin Line Between Love and Hate) 

Ja Rule & Ashanti - Mesmerize (Grease) 

Lloyd & Ashanti - Southside (A Bronx Tale) 

What are some of your favorite music videos based on films?