24. The Pogues, 'The Old Main Drag' in 'My Own Private Idaho' (1991)
The coda to Gus Van Zant's devastating tale of young American hustlers in the heartland. River Phoenix stands on the open road, looking at the wheatfields under the spacious skies of Idaho. "I'm a connoisseur of roads," River says. "I've been tasting roads my whole life." The accordion and banjo fade in, as if a ballad about Irish kids turning tricks in London could be an elegy for the American dream. Rest in peace, River Phoenix. Have a nice day.