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    Cabaret- Liza Minnelli et al.
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Morricone: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Williams: Jaws .
    Rota :The Godfather
    Out of Africa
    Titanic

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    Koyaanisqatsi - Philip Glass
    The Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore
    Spirited Away - Joe Hisaishi
    Ran - Toru Takemitsu
    Lawrence of Arabia - Maurice Jarre
    Vertigo - Bernard Herrmann
    The Fountain - Clint Mansell
    There Will Be Blood - Johnny Greenwood
    How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
    Chinatown - Jerry Goldsmith

    I haven't heard them all standalone, but I think they're brilliant within each of their films.
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    I am sure I am forgetting a lot but here it goes:

    • Batman - Danny Elfman
    • 8 1/2 - Nino Rota
    • Vertigo - Bernard Herrmann
    • Jurassik Park - John Williams
    • Total Recall - Jerry Goldsmith
    • Blade Runner - Vangelis
    • Dolls - Joe Hisaishi
    • The Matrix - Don Davis
    • Hero - Tan Dun
    • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Alexandre Desplat

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    Nice list, Score reader, and welcome to Talk Classical!

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    Thank you, nice to be here.

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    Including game soundtracks in this, in the order I thought of them:

    Ravenous
    I Heart Huckabees
    The Village
    Myst
    Vessel
    Portal 2
    Born into Brothels
    The Piano
    Four Rooms
    Grand Canyon
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    I am constantly discovering new film music- it's a medium I've only discovered relatively recently, but here are my favorites based on what I've heard so far, in no particular order:

    Ben-Hur- Miklos Rozsa
    Citizen Kane- Bernard Herrmann
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture- Jerry Goldsmith
    North by Northwest- Bernard Herrmann
    Star Wars- John Williams
    To Kill a Mockingbird- Elmer Bernstein
    Patton- Jerry Goldsmith
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind- John Williams
    The Magnificent Seven- Elmer Bernstein
    Planet of the Apes- Jerry Goldsmith
    "May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't." - George S. Patton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordontrek View Post
    I am constantly discovering new film music- it's a medium I've only discovered relatively recently, but here are my favorites based on what I've heard so far, in no particular order:

    Ben-Hur- Miklos Rozsa
    Citizen Kane- Bernard Herrmann
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture- Jerry Goldsmith
    North by Northwest- Bernard Herrmann
    Star Wars- John Williams
    To Kill a Mockingbird- Elmer Bernstein
    Patton- Jerry Goldsmith
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind- John Williams
    The Magnificent Seven- Elmer Bernstein
    Planet of the Apes- Jerry Goldsmith
    I'll play Amazon for a minute. If you like those, you may also like:

    ET by John Williams
    The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams
    Star Trek: First Contact by Jerry Goldsmith and Joel Goldsmith
    Vertigo by Bernard Herrmann

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    I don't listen to film music, generally, but am a huge film buff, and therefore am fascinated by film scores that work especially well within the context of story and image. I don't really have 10 favorite film scores, but here are 16 soundtracks that, looking back, I remember as being remarkably effective in the movie theater or watching on the TV (a number of which have not been mentioned so far in this thread):

    1. Psycho--Bernard Hermann: Hitchcock & Hermann fans should get a kick out of the following video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMTrVgpDwPk

    2. Stranger than Paradise--John Lurie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFjr...CYM_LYom1kzB9K

    3. Ulysses's Gaze--Eleni Karaindrou: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUs8HjyHhjQ

    4. To Kill a Mockingbird--Elmer Bernstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t98LWNwUhI

    5. The Draughtsman's Contract--Michael Nyman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHiJkLmclkA

    6. Prospero's Books--Michael Nyman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htK3...uqqK7NIu78wu_U

    7. Aguirre, the Wrath of God--Popol Vuh (I also liked the soundtrack for Herzog's Nosferatu): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdeI...q_9VZghX96OTZg

    8. Lawrence of Arabia--Maurice Jarre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_MAK0rYdnQ

    9. The Lover--Gabriel Yared: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtgRoGvUC2g

    10. Diva--Vladimir Cosma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxjxoQ3JMF0

    11. The Mission--Ennio Morricone:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_f7SUP0Hyw

    12. Koyaanisqatsi--Phillip Glass:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiMLpDYNANw

    13. Local Hero--Mark Knopfler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pR1cVgk7Is

    14. Scott of the Antarctic--Ralph Vaughan Williams (the film score became the basis for Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFZyJ956sJk

    15. The Innocents--Georges Auric. Auric was one of "Les Six"--a group of French composers that included Satie, Milhaud, Poulenc, & Honegger. It's an overlooked film score, in my view, & serves as background to some of the most brilliant b & w cinematography I've ever seen. (There are some genuinely creepy moments in this film.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NSU...DIKoiqLYJ-9_ev

    16. A Room with a View--Richard Robbins (arguably the most perfect film ever made): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUU1...R1RESLxnz7TiY5

    A side note--I also recall that the piano music of Franz Schubert works especially well on film, & hauntingly so--such as in the movies Au Revoir les Enfants, by Louis Malle, and in Au Hasard Balthazaar, by Robert Bresson, for example:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JToB...wEame948tb2JPo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWp6FpwP-Bc

    Finally, when I think of film music that worked exceptionally well, composer Geoffrey Burgon's beautiful, brilliant score to the Granada Television production of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited comes to mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9EF...ncwNsJ6LxBhVhH
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    Quote Originally Posted by bharbeke View Post
    I'll play Amazon for a minute. If you like those, you may also like:

    ET by John Williams
    The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams
    Star Trek: First Contact by Jerry Goldsmith and Joel Goldsmith
    Vertigo by Bernard Herrmann
    I've heard those actually- I had to think long and hard about not including them in my list, especially Vertigo! Star Trek: First Contact is another favorite (the "Main Title" and "The Dish" are my favorite cues on the soundtrack)
    "May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't." - George S. Patton

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    Bernard Herrmann - Taxi Driver
    Jerry Goldsmith - The Omen
    John Williams - The Empire Strikes Back
    John Powell - How To Train Your Dragon
    David Raksin - The Bad and the Beautiful
    Miklos Rozsa - Double Indemnity
    John Barry - Body Heat
    Quincy Jones - In Cold Blood
    Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josquin13 View Post
    1. Psycho--Bernard Hermann: Hitchcock & Hermann fans should get a kick out of the following video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMTrVgpDwPk
    That was excellent!

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    Taxi Driver - Bernard Herrmann
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy - Howard Shore
    Psycho - Bernard Herrmann
    Schindler's List - John Williams
    Blade Runner - Vangelis

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    In no specific order...

    Yojimbo - Masaru Satô
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Ennio Morricone
    A Fistful of Dollars - Ennio Morricone
    Once Upon a Time in the West - Ennio Morricone
    Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud - Miles Davis
    The Exorcist - Michael Oldfield
    The Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
    Lawrence Of Arabia - Maurice Jarre
    The Magnificent Seven - Elmer Bernstein
    Out of Africa - John Barry

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    Thanks, Pip, for mentioning Sir Wm. Walton AND Ralph V-W, in the latter's "Scott of the Antarctic", plus "49th Parallel" w/Olivier! Hope that we won't forget Walton (and/or Olivier) in that exceptional film, of "Richard the Third".

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