Leonard Cohen on Screen: 12 Best Song Uses in Movies and TV
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From Eighties teen flicks to Nineties teen soaps, 'Natural Born Killers' to 'Shrek" – 12 best uses of Leonard Cohen's songs in movies and TV shows. Photofest, Gijsbert Hanekroot/Getty, Everett Collection

Leonard Cohen's early music career didn't quite crack the mainstream the same way that peers like, say, Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell had, but it was films – and later television shows – that helped build, and continue to maintain his legacy. The smoky, deep rasp of his voice, sparse musical accompaniment and gorgeous wordplay has signified the most dramatic moments across the cinematic universe while "Hallelujah" — and its many covers — has become the Pavlov's bell of sadness, grace and grandeur for everyone from cartoon ogres to lovestruck teens. (It's also been applied to some rather questionable sequences; let us never speak of that Watchmen sex scene ever again.) Here are some of the greatest uses of Cohen's iconic songs on both the big and small screens.