7. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Sometimes the bass player needs a moment to step into the spotlight to try to get the girl. While trying to reach success with his garage band, Sex Bob-Omb, small town Scott Pilgrim attempts to woo a crazy-haired Amazon delivery girl by battling her exes in a video game, comic-book-inspired world. Believe it or not, the best part of this film is not watching Michael Cera attempt to fight Chris Evans: It’s listening to his fictional band and wishing they were real. They are Sex Bob-Omb and they are “here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff.”
8. Wayne’s World (1992)
Dana Carvey messing up the lyrics to “Bohemian Rhapsody” during a headbanging car ride is just one of the many moments that makes Wayne’s World so memorable. Based on the infamous Saturday Night Live skit, Wayne’s World tells the story of two music-loving burnouts who somehow make it. But what really adds to the punk-rock nature of this film is the blatant breaking of all film conventions as it is filled with broken fourth walls, intentional sellout product placement and even multiple, optional endings.
9. Fight Club (1999)
Nothing is quite as punk-rock as trying to take down the patriarchy and reset the world to a total state of anarchy and chaos. Tyler Durden and his team of space monkeys just happen to use homemade soap in the process. Fight Club might not come off directly as a punk-inspired film (or novel), but it’s filled to the brim with undertones of DIY, no future and absolute anarchy from start to finish.
10. Trainspotting (1996)
It’s impossible to not feel uncomfortable while watching Trainspotting. Following the lives of a group of working class heroin addicts in Scotland, this film focuses more on the negatives to an alternative lifestyle than the punk musical movement. It’s a progressive, yet dark film, but one worth diving into. Just don’t expect a happily-ever-after.
11. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Alex DeLarge is one of the most fiendish characters ever portrayed in film. Alongside his team of “droogs,” DeLarge embodies the darker side of anarchy in youth. The most punk scene? Easily when director Stanley Kubrick asked for actor Malcolm McDowell to add more to his breaking and entering scene and instead McDowell burst out in a displaced, skin-crawling rendition of “Singin’ In The Rain” that actually made it into the final cut.