Release Date: 2004
Director: Samuel Bayer
Fun Fact: The main actors are Jamie Bell, who famously played as "Billy Elliot", and Evan Rachel Wood, who was in "True Blood" and the film "The Wrestler"!
Green Day did a lot of good videos for the American Idiot album but this is the only one that makes the list. You'd have probably expected a different one but I don't know why, but I just prefer this one the most.
Maybe it's just because I like the double perspective of the message of the video. Most videos tell the perspective of one person or one view; there's only so much you can do in a music video from 3-7 minutes, so it's usually an isolated view.
This video doesn't do that. It shows you a lovely young couple who are madly in love, who promise to stay together forever no matter what the issue. The young lad then goes to join the US Marine Corps. He does this to prove his love to his girlfriend and obviously to start a promising career. The girlfriend takes it badly because he'll be gone for long periods of time, and may even die on a battlefield.
The video is just beautifully acted, and the band performance is also top notch to look at. This video is definitely worth a watch in its entirety if you've not seen it before.