"Mary Jane's Last Dance" (1993)
A few years before winning an Oscar for L.A. Confidential, Kim Basinger delivered one of her other great performances in the role of a beautiful corpse who bewitches a lowly mortician's assistant (played by Petty). "Now that was one of the coolest things I've ever done in my life," she later said. "It was classic, wasn't it? He was a doll, and he was so sweet and asked me to do it, and both of us are extremely shy so we just said three words to each other the whole time." "Mary Jane's Last Dance," which won Petty the second of his three MTV Video Music Awards (for Best Male Video), is among Petty's most intricate story videos, as the assistant brings Basinger home, trying to make a life with her before finally giving up and discarding her into the sea. Petty's rationale for casting Basinger was simple: "I said, 'She's got to look really good, or why would he keep her around after she's dead?'"