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    Jace/Marschallin - (jazz scores) - Ever heard-of the late jazz musician/trumpeter, named Don Ellis? He "did" the scores for French Connection (the original) and French Connection 2.

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    Drive (2011)
    All original Star Wars Scores
    All Lotr scores
    Blade Runner
    Blade Runner 2049
    Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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    I like these.

    (Admittedly more soundtracks than scores)

    Tom Waits - One From The Heart

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaUl8M5GZHE

    Charlie Chaplin - Limelight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl47EmHmSaY

    Joe Strummer - Walker

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7K_bfd1YzM

    Jerome Moross - The Big Country

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-7ZX_JA7-A

    Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6zypc_LhnM
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    I've watched a lot of films through my years of binging TCM and searching the web and here are my top 10 favorite soundtracks in no particular order:

    1) Ben Hur, Miklos Rozsa (1959): Starting off with my favorite soundtrack of all time. The soundtrack to this movie is incredibly moving and powerful. It can be bombastic during the naval battle, triumphant for the chariot race, majestic for the Nativity music, and lamenting during the Passion. There is a lot to love in this soundtrack and it is one of the most influential soundtracks of all time. I can gush about it all day long. My favorite movie and also my favorite soundtrack.

    Favorite tracks: Roman Galley, Balthasar Theme, Marcia Romana, The Conflict, Victoria Parade

    2) The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore (2001): His music for all of the Lord of the Rings films is incredibly, but if I had to pick one movie, this one is my favorite. Like Ben Hur, the soundtrack has a lot of range in tone from the easy-going Shire music to the incredibly dark Nazgul theme. I think it is the best of all of the Lord of the Rings movies and it introduces all of the themes that are used in the rest of the trilogy and in the Hobbit movies. Just incredible.

    Favorite Tracks: The Shadow of the Past, A Knife in the Dark, The Bridge of Khazad Dum, May it Be

    3) The Lion King, Hans Zimmer (1994): Out of all Disney films with the exception of Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King has my favorite soundtrack of them all. Love the African inspiration from Lebo and Hans Zimmer's orchestral contributions. I can talk about the songs by Elton Jon, but for the sake of this list, I am only talking about the rest of the music. The music that plays when Simba climbs Pride Rock is incredibly moving.

    Favorite tracks: This Land, Under the Stars, King of Pride Rock, Busa

    4) Conan, the Barbarian, Basil Poledouris (1982): Although this movie has not aged too well and Arnold was just learning acting at this time, it doesn't distract from one of the best scores that I have ever heard in a movie. I wish that this movie got more recognition for its incredible soundtrack, which like the previous entries, has a wide range of musical ideas. I think out of all of my selections this one has some of the best battle music.

    Favorite tracks: Anvil of Chrom, The Riddle of Steel, Riders of Doom, The Orgy, Love Theme

    5) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, John Williams (1980): My obligatory John Williams selection. I am sure plenty of people have already discussed this movie's music to depth. It introduces new, iconic themes to the series such as the Imperial March and Yoda's Theme and is embedded in our popular culture. I will give the movie its credit and it is a favorite of mine.

    Favorite tracks: The Imperial March, Yoda's Theme, The Battle of Hoth, Han Solo and the Princess, Departure of Boba Fett

    6) Gojira, Akira Ifukube (1954): About a month back, I created a thread about the Japanese composer and his works on Toho science fiction films like Godzilla. It is my favorite film franchise and the themes that he introduced in this movie are still used to this day in other Godzilla films. The impact of this soundtrack on this franchise and the image of Godzilla is huge. I would describe the soundtrack of this film being largely creepy with some military marches and requiem music in between. I recommend it and the movie for those who are curious. It is a fitting soundtrack for something as devastating as a nuclear bomb.

    Favorite tracks: Godzilla Main Title, Godzilla Comes to Tokyo Bay, Prayer for Peace, Tokyo in Flames

    7) The Mummy, Jerry Goldsmith (1999): This film has a glorious soundtrack fitting for a blockbuster action remake of a classic Universal horror icon. The movie has its detractors, but one thing I do not think that anyone can knock is its soundtrack from Jerry Goldsmith. His composition is really fitting for the action scenes and is even better for expressing the budding romance between Rick and Evelyn. It is a little generic at times, but when I hear the soundtrack playing, it is instantly recognizable to me and I think only a great soundtrack can do that!

    Favorite tracks: Giza Port, The Camel Race, The Sand Volcano

    8) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hans Zimmer (2006): I blame my middle school orchestra class for permanently carving this movie into my mind. We used to play the soundtrack music from the trilogy for our concerts, but this film's score is the one that I like the most. My favorite thing about the movie and its score is Davy Jones, who is given an incredible theme and organ music. The music has a blend of traditional orchestra and digital which I always find fascinating. The soundtrack to World's End is good too, but this one is my favorite of the franchise.

    Favorite tracks: Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones, Two Hornpipes (Tortuga), The Kraken, Wheel of Fortune

    9) The Red Shoes, Brian Easdale (1948): I've only seen this movie once and it is still in my opinion one of the best movies that I have ever seen, especially about the arts. One of the reasons for this is the music made for the ballet within this movie with the same title as the film. This soundtrack is a bit of different pick compared to the other movies I listed, but I think more people should know about it. Terrific film and great soundtrack.

    Favorite track: The ballet "The Red Shoes"

    10) Vertigo, Bernard Hermann (1958): My favorite Hitchcock movie and also one of my favorite movies of all time. There soundtrack is both terrifying yet very seductive. I think this film was the magnum opus of Hitchcock's 1950s films and his collaborations with Jimmy Stewart. The soundtrack is very moving and is unforgettable.

    Favorite tracks: Prelude and Rooftop, Scene D'Amour, The Nightmare and Dawn

    Here are a couple of honorable mentions:

    King Kong, Max Steiner (1933)
    The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Bernard Hermann (1958)
    The Wizard of Oz, Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart (1939)
    Laura, David Raskin (1944)
    The Good, Bad, and the Ugly, Ennio Morricone (1966)
    The Searchers, Max Steiner (1956)
    Amadeus (Obvious Reasons)
    Mothra vs. Godzilla, Akira Ifukube (1964)
    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, John Williams (2005)
    The Godfather, Nino Rota (1972)

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    Maurice Jarre, "A Passage to India" - an excellent film!! I do somewhat agree with critics at the time who said the score was too noisy, but I still do like it and its very evocative mixture of Indian idioms, marching music and urban cosmopolitanism:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKaiFh8sXWo
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    There are times when I can’t separate the movie from the score, or vice-versa. I don’t collect movie scores, but if I did, it would be something like, Once Upon A Time In The West, or Dances With Wolves, because I love Ennio Morricone and John Barry, respectively. Though, if I think about it, neither score reminds me of cowboys, or Indians (also respectively). They’re memorable to me because they are beautiful and evocative on their own and partly because they made the movie more memorable .

    Another score that is also evocative Is that of Excalibur, because the music chosen fit the images they accompany even though were not composed for the movie. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Richard Wagner’s music for the opera Götterdämmerung (Siegfried‘s Funeral March) are cleaved to the soundtrack as if they belong there. There was a composer attached to Excalibur, Trevor Jones, but he discovered that not all of the music he had composed for the movie was used in the soundtrack.
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    The best score is no doubt Titanic. I mean, the score is better than most Classical pieces, not sure why it's not on many lists. I think people haven't had time to fully appreciate it. For 9 lesser greats, I might go with
    Vertigo
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    Princess Mononoke
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Homeward Bound
    Ben-Hur
    The Fellowship of the Ring
    Casablanca
    Jurassic Park

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereality View Post
    The best score is no doubt Titanic. I mean, the score is better than most Classical pieces, not sure why it's not on many lists. I think people haven't had time to fully appreciate it.
    no, it is not the best score. And I have had enough time to appreciate it. It is not even the best score by James Horner. I certainly prefer Braveheart, Beautiful Mind, Krull and Aliens over it

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    Fair enough, this is your opinion. I can't picture though for any reason the Brahms/Beethoven's 9th subgroup of Classical fanatics putting down the score in any capacity. The mature, emotional parallels and parallels in structrual form are too similar overall. Not better however, but for a film score very similar.
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    Antoine Duhamel's music for Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou has always been my favorite film score:

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    One of the best film scores of all time is Papillon by Jerry Goldsmith, written during his prime in 1973. He gets all kinds of sounds, modern and romantic, from a rather small orchestra by today's standards--practically a chamber group. The second que below actually utilizes chamber groupings (very rare in film music) but incredibly he is still able to achieve an impressionist sound when he wants.

    They don't make them like they used to. The golden age of film music is surely dead. It seems no one today is willing or capable of doing this. I love the rhythmic changing meters in the second que so indicative of his style (and not in an action-scene context):

    The first que may sound a bit Planet of the Apeish at first, but wait til it gets going...so wonderful. A chase scene...how a true master of the craft does it, IMO. Boy, how I miss this man in his prime. I'd be watching movies again if he were still alive.




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    Alexander Nevsky -- Prokofiev
    On the Waterfront -- Bernstein
    The Piano -- Nyman
    The Red Violin -- Corigliano
    The Pink Panther -- Mancini
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -- Morricone
    Psycho -- Herrmann
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon -- Tan Dun
    American Beauty -- Newman
    Spirited Away -- Hisaishi

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    The 400 Blows (Constantin)
    La Strada (Rota)
    Cinema Paradiso (Morrecone)
    Ragtime (Newman)
    Shindler's List (Williams)
    Catch Me If You Can (Willliams)
    Taxi Driver (Herrmann)
    On the Waterfront (Bernstein)
    Rear Window (Waxman)
    Volver Estrella Morente (Almodovar)

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    Probably could have did 10 on John Williams alone as well as a couple other soundtrack composers.
    Interesting to see a top 10 compilation from this thread.

    RESOLUTION (CEOT3RDK) {John Williams}
    JURASSIC PARK THEME {John Williams}
    FAIRYTALE {Zbigniew Preisner}
    COMING OF THE QUEEN (Fairytale) {Zbigniew Preisner}
    WHY DOES SHE HAVE TO DIE (Finding Neverland) {Jan Kaczmarek}
    BUCKAROO BANZAI {Joohyun Park}
    JACK’S DREAM (Oblivion) {Joseph Trapanese}
    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN {Hans Zimmer}
    DEBORAH’S THEME (Once Upon A Time In America) {Ennio Morricone}
    CHARIOTS OF FIRE {Vangelis}

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    The 400 Blows (Constantin)
    La Strada (Rota)
    Cinema Paradiso (Morrecone)
    Ragtime (Newman)
    Shindler's List (Williams)
    Catch Me If You Can (Willliams)
    Taxi Driver (Herrmann)
    On the Waterfront (Bernstein)
    Rear Window (Waxman)
    Volver Estrella Morente (Almodovar)
    I made a mistake - my last entry should be:

    Volver (Alberto Iglesias)

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