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    What are your ten favorite film scores? Here are mine, not in particular order:

    The Adventures of Robin Hood - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Hook - John Williams
    The Land Before Time - James Horner
    Jurassic Park - John Williams
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - John Williams
    Taxi Driver - Bernard Herrmann
    The Russia House - Jerry Goldsmith
    How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
    Ben-Hur - Miklos Rozsa
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy - Howard Shore
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    I don't have a top ten list, because I have no top 10 best movies list. Even though, I like LOtR soundtracks, the Alien quadrilogy soundtracks and Friday the 13th soundtracks.

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    Fellini 8 1/2 - Nino Rota
    Vertigo - Bernard Herrmann
    The Mission - Ennio Morricone
    Psycho - Bernard Herrmann
    Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
    Amarcord - Nino Rota
    The Godfather - Nino Rota
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - John Williams
    Schindler's List - John Williams
    Cinema Paradiso - Ennio Morricone

    In no particular order, although my preference goes to Nino Rota's music.

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    While not my favourite cinematic genre, 2 westerns top my list because their scores present music so organic and intrinsically characteristic to milieu and evolving plot that they're like co-lead actors themselves!

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Morricone)
    How the West was Won (Newman)

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    ...I'd have to consider the balance!


    Edit: "not my favourite...", that being said, I think the genre produces (or has produced - not much being turned out anymore) a greater ratio of truly remarkable films to poor (i.e., great/crap = x) than any other, with comedy churning out the lowest (because it's hard to nail that elusive mix of humour and drama)...this rambling is of course, as Justice Holmes would've said, "mere dicta"!!
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    I could probably compile a "top ten soundtrack list" from just three directors movies--Kubrick, Fellini, Hitchcock.

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    So much John Williams praise on this forum, I had no idea you folk were so sentimental!

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    I love too many of them to make a definitive top 10 list. I think my favorite might be Alexander Nevsky, followed by Ivan The Terrible, both by Prokofiev.
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    a handful of my favorites ...

    Cape Fear - B Herrmann
    My Name Is Nobody - Morricone
    A Clockwork Orange - Carlos
    Hannibal - Hans Zimmer
    Rebecca - Waxman
    Dracula - Glass
    Notes On A Scandal - Glass
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    I'm not a film expert and certainly not an expert of scores, but a couple not mentioned so far that I really like are
    Lawrence of Arabia Maurice Jarre
    Murder on the Orient Express (70's) by someone I can't name.

    At the time the music to Star Wars was thrilling, but I was 12 when it was released. Also Chariots of Fire I really liked at the time, but now not so much. Tastes change over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobis View Post
    So much John Williams praise on this forum, I had no idea you folk were so sentimental!
    A good soundtrack should match the intrinsic qualities of the film, imo.
    I like John Williams because, in general, his music perfectly fits the films for which it has been composed.
    Let's take ET (the film). It's quite sentimental, isn't it? JW's music is just perfect for it.

    Anyway, in case of films, my first choice goes to the film, not to the soundtrack, with relevant exceptions.

    Yes, in my list I would have added Prokofiev and Eisenstein, thank you FleshRobot for reminding me that

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Murder on the Orient Express (70's) by someone I can't name.
    The composer for MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS was Richard Rodney Bennett

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    1. FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE (1970) by Richard Rodney Bennett (no soundtrack album exists)
    2. WOMAN IN THE DUNES (1964) by Toru Takemitsu (no soundtrack)
    3. HOUR OF THE WOLF (1968) by Lars Johan Werle (no soundtrack)
    4. THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD (1975) by Jerry Goldsmith (no soundtrack)
    5. THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1969) by Jerry Goldsmith (soundtrack on FSM CD)
    6. L'IMPRECATEUR (1977) by Richard Rodney Bennett (soundtrack on French LP and CD)
    7. DANTON (1983) by Jean Prodromides (soundtrack on LP & CD)
    8. FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) by Leonard Rosenman (soundtrack on CD)
    9. THE MECHANIC (1972) by Jerry Fielding (soundtrack on CD)
    10. ONIBABA (1964) by Hikaru Hayashi (no soundtrack)

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    some favorites, although I don't know (or remember) that many soundtracks

    Blade Runner (Vangelis)
    The Bounty (Vangelis)
    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Ennio Morricone)
    Once Upon a Time in the West (Ennio Morricone)
    Once Upon a Time in America (Ennio Morricone)
    The Mission (Ennio Morricone)
    Princess Mononoke (Joe Hisaishi)
    Koyaanisqatsi (Philip Glass)
    Jurassic Park (John Williams)
    Star Trek: First Contact (Jerry Goldsmith)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    I could probably compile a "top ten soundtrack list" from just three directors movies--Kubrick, Fellini, Hitchcock.
    Same here, though I would add one or two soundtracks from "the Mozart of cinema," Georges Delerue.

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    A great soundtrack I'm surprised no one mentioned so far is Jerome Moross's Big Country. It is absolutely WONDERFUL! Definitely one of the best out there.

    Bernard Herrmann's Psycho Soundtrack will always be the greatest soundtrack.

    Max Steiner's soundtrack to the original King Kong is also fantastic.

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