I managed to catch a few bits and pieces of "Movies Rock" on CBS tonight...I was very glad that I at least got to see John Williams and Tony Bennet. Anyway, in lieu of the show I was wondering if you guys could help me compile a list of the best film scores. I intend to put them all onto my ipod b/c I love listening to them...they're just so *magical.* Some of my favorites include the Edward Scissorhands score, Casablanca ("As Time Goes By"), etc. Thanks in advance for the help.
- MystMoonstruckLv 71 decade agoBest Answer
Romeo & Juliet (1968)
Gone With the Wind
Conan the Barbarian
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial~This has been deemed the most emotionally manipulative movie score ever written, and they meant that in a good way! Parts of "E.T." were edited to fit the music because Steven Spielberg was so pleased with it.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Magnificent Seven
Two Mules for Sister Sara~This is a very cute and clever score by Ennio Morricone, an excellent film composer.
Love Story~"Snow Frolic" is a lovely melody.
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The Mummy Returns
The Kingdom of Heaven
Star Wars saga
Somewhere in Time~Some of the most beautiful music I've heard contributes to this ultra-romantic film about time travel.
Time After Time
Firestarter~wonderful music by Tangerine Dream, which also provided a score for "Risky Business", if I recall.
Lawrence of Arabia
Educating Rita~if you can find it!
1492: Conquest of Paradise
2001: A Space Odyssey
King of Kings
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Excalibur~The first time I heard "Carmina Burana" was when I saw this film. I thought it was part of the musical score!
Poltergeist~The theme music is so lovely that I learned to play it on my bowed psaltery.
The Thorn Birds~I don't even know if the soundtrack is available but would love to have it. This is another theme that I learned to play.
Somewhere out there is a compilation album of Bernard Herrmann's music. His works include:
Jason & the Argonauts
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Journey to the Center of the Earth
North by Northwest
You can't go wrong with Herrmann, Max Steiner, John Williams, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri, John Barry, Vangelis, John Addison, Tangerine Dream, Maurice Jarre, and Nino Rota. I'm certain I've left off many fine composers. Many James Bond movies have remarkable musical scores.
Have you ever listened to any of Midnight Syndicate's albums? They're fascinating! People refer to them as soundtracks for horror films that haven't been made yet. They are quite an experience.
Enigma's music also is interesting, particularly "Sadness".
You made some good choices already: Danny Elfman's "Edward Scissorhands" and Max Steiner's "Casablanca" although the song so identified with it is actually from a play that failed on Broadway. How fortunate we are that the song was rescued from falling into obscurity as it might well have. Max Steiner's score for "King Kong" was one of the firest complete ones written for a movie, and his "GWTW" score was the most complex one ever attempted. The man was amazing! He was still writing fantastic music in the Fifties~"A Summer Place", which has such a lovely theme.
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