View Full Version : Favorite movie scores?

01-27-2011, 06:17 PM
I've always been a fan of movie scores, and like to listen to them when I'm studying or relaxing. Here are some of my favorites. I'd love to hear what your favorites are, too!

- Cold Mountain
- I Capture the Castle
- Last of the Mohicans
- March of the Penguins
- Nell
- Out of Africa
- Possession
- Pride and Prejudice
- A Room With a View
- Somewhere in Time
- The Straight Story
- Whale Rider

01-27-2011, 06:21 PM
The one I find myself coming back to over and over is the soundtrack from Amélie. I think I might have liked the music even more than I liked the film (and I liked the film a lot!).

01-27-2011, 06:25 PM
The one I find myself coming back to over and over is the soundtrack from Amélie. I think I might have liked the music even more than I liked the film (and I liked the film a lot!).

Dang I forgot to add Amelie! It's one of my favorites too. :-)

Ukulele JJ
01-27-2011, 06:50 PM
I'l second Amelie and Pride and Prejudice.

And I'll add The Hours, and just about anything from Ennio Morricone.


01-27-2011, 07:19 PM
Last of the Mohicans. Props to NatalieS for already mentioning it. :)

Apollo 13 is pretty good, too, but LotM is my go-to score.

mm stan
01-27-2011, 07:29 PM
Aloha Natalie,
I like last of the Mohicans too...it was soo cool!! Like your new Avater too...with your pineapple Kamaka....Happy Strummings Girl! MM Stan

01-27-2011, 07:43 PM
after "up" came out, i listened to that michael giacchino score for a long, long time. great stuff.

also love the score from "les choristes." great french film!

any john williams will do: raiders, star wars, superman, et, saving pvt. ryan, etc., etc.

hans zimmer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Zimmer), danny elfman (nightmare before Christmas & lots more--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Elfman).

also really love the lord of the rings trilogy soundtrack by howard shore. bought the cd's off ebay not too long ago.

01-27-2011, 08:14 PM
I like a lot of the Ennio Morricone stuff. I have a CD of YoYo Ma playing his themes. :)

Ukulele JJ
01-28-2011, 02:52 AM
Just remembered another one... the new Tron movie has a pretty brilliant soundtrack.

And if you want to include soundtracks that are song collections more than outright "scores", then I'll add:

Empire Records
Saturday Night Fever


Ukulele JJ
01-28-2011, 03:12 AM
Dang! I keep thinking of more good ones. :cool:

Here's a bit of Angelo Badalamenti's score for Cousins. It's an underrated movie, and a vastly underrated score...



01-28-2011, 04:17 AM
Heres just a few that come to mind:
-Edward Scissorhands
-American Beauty
-Anything from Lalo Schifrin

Hippie Dribble
02-03-2011, 09:24 PM
The Piano (Michael Nyman)

Grizzly Man (Richard Thompson)

02-04-2011, 01:13 AM
A shout out to John Barry, may he RIP.

John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, James Horner (the stuff before Xerox was his middle name), Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino, Bear McCreary, Ron Jones, Walter Murphy. Actually I think I can put Bear at the top of that list. He's the best one going at the moment.

It's easier to list the names because the scores would be too many. My CD collection is mostly film scores. :)

Ukulele JJ
02-04-2011, 03:41 AM
Well if you want to kick it old-school, how about Bernard Herrmann?

Or the man that John Williams owes more than a little to... Erich Korngold! Tell me this doesn't make you want to swash your buckle:



02-04-2011, 08:08 AM
I've played that! Great fun! There's some great taste going on in this thread. :)

02-07-2011, 04:59 PM
Anything by John Williams. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, I love it all.
Hans Zimmer's work on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are great.
Apollo 13's score by James Horner.

02-07-2011, 05:17 PM
Probably "Out of Africa" and "Life is Beautiful." I also love the theme song from "Somewhere in Time." It isn't one of my favorite movies, but my grandparents loved it so whenever I hear it, I think of them.

Chris Tarman
02-07-2011, 08:55 PM
The Piano (Michael Nyman)

Grizzly Man (Richard Thompson)

Richard Thompson is hands down my all-time favorite guitarist, and the person I would most like to be able to sing like (at least SOMETIMES). I just wish he played ukulele too! No... wait.. that might be too depressing. Back when I played guitar a lot, I saw him do a solo acoustic gig and I didn't want to touch my guitar for a month!

Ha! I just realized that this is my 2000th post! Sweet!

02-07-2011, 10:17 PM
I have the Howard Shore FULL soundtracks for the Peter
Jackson 'Lord of The rings' trilogy of films,and find the
music stands up on its own,if you have seen the film!
He has seperate themes for each race and dramatic ones
for the battles and so on.If you are familiar with the films,
the ten hours+ of these discs instantly bring it back to you
even if played as 'background music'.A fabulous piece of

02-08-2011, 04:14 AM
Yeah that's a must-get, as is the limited release 2009 Star Trek 2 disk set. And speaking of which, The Horner ST scores have also got rereleases with extra material.

But to be fair to other composers, Howard Shore is not the only one to write in a thematic style. Most of them prefer it. I mean just watch Star Wars for an example of that.

Edit - I posted this before the morning tea started to kick in. What it meant to sound like was "Isn't it cool how composers do this? Check out Star Wars for example! You can also find thematic writing still trying to cut through the fakestra and mood music of tv shows." Instead it sounds like "You're an idiot, every composer does this." - That's NOT what I was thinking. :)

Ukulele JJ
02-08-2011, 06:46 PM
I mean just watch Star Wars for an example of that.

Yeah, I would say that Star Wars would be the quintessential example. It pretty much revived the entire art of leitmotif in movie scores--the thematic style, where different characters, settings, and things have their own themes. Old-school guys like Korngold used to do it a lot, but I believe it fell out of favor until Star Wars came along.

And, of course, Korngold, Williams, et al, all got the idea from Richard Wagner. And maybe a bit from Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. :-)



05-11-2011, 05:30 AM
What Dreams May Come. Theme song is Beside You, by Michael Kamen of the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble (in the 70s). Beautiful, just beautiful song.

05-17-2011, 07:59 AM
Some really great soundtracks suggested. I want to add my all-time favorite soundtrack-from the movie Maurice. The music in this soundtrack is so melodic and full of emotion.

05-17-2011, 09:21 AM
Brand Upon the Brain. Also, No Country for Old Men.

Hippie Dribble
05-17-2011, 07:11 PM

Richard Thompson scoring Herzog's 'Grizzly Man'.

Hippie Dribble
05-17-2011, 07:13 PM

From 'The Piano'.

05-17-2011, 07:19 PM
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is my number one. Here's a nice version of the theme...


08-16-2011, 01:20 AM
Loving this thread!
My all time favorites are:
The Piano (duh)
The Mission
El Sectreto de Sus Ojos (must see!)
Donny Darko (love the Tears for Fears song as they get out of the school bus and the everyday school life gets shown)
Car Wash
Apocalypse Now
Four Brothers (starts with 'trouble Man' by Marvin Gaye, immediately sets the tone of the movie)
The live Aquatic

Pukulele Pete
08-16-2011, 01:59 AM
Favorite Movie Score ? I don't know if I have a favorite but I'm a big fan of old Horror Movies. The movie "Dracula" starring Bela Lugosi has been rereleased with a new soundtack. Written by Philip Glass and played by the Kronos Quartet. It's all strings and really compliments the movie. I think even Bela would approve.

10-11-2011, 01:46 PM
Everything by Thomas Newman, especially American Beauty.

Hippie Dribble
10-12-2011, 05:23 AM
After 'The Piano' and 'Grizzly Man', everything in 'The Gospel According To Al Green".

10-12-2011, 10:29 AM
we definitely need a new contest with movie scores after the Idiot Box Bonanza!

01-13-2012, 03:01 AM
Cavatina from the Deer Hunter, which I'm learning now... On Classical Guitar.

It's a tough piece but deceiving as it sound pretty simple.

Pukulele Pete
01-13-2012, 03:32 AM
Desperado with Antonio Banderas. Well worth a listen. The song in the beginning with Banderas singing is awesome.

The Big Kahuna
07-11-2012, 08:59 PM
Anything by Eric Serra, but primarily:

Le Grande Bleu
The 5th Element

Conan (the first, original film, starring Arnie)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Blade Runner
Paris, Texas

Jonny D Uke
07-11-2012, 10:36 PM
I'll second the Vangelis "Bladerunner" Score (greatest movie of all time ;) )...Also, I haven't seen the movie, but Mark Knopfler's sound tracks for the movies "Cal" and "Local Hero" are great. Others I liked were Trent Reznor's soundtracks for "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and John Strauss' "Amadeus" (well maybe I should credit Mozart for it)...

09-11-2012, 04:11 PM
When Harry Met Sally
Dumb and Dumber
Dirty Dancing

09-11-2012, 06:52 PM
Love John Williams.

Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, Ennio Morricone are all also favorites.

I also really enjoy (guilty pleasure maybe?) the Disney musical scores of the Alan Menken era (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tangled, Newsies, Enchanted...) If you've never taken the time to listen to the score music (not the songs with words, though those are great too) there's some really great stuff there.

07-30-2013, 11:18 PM
Forrest Gump - Awesome soundtrack

11-27-2013, 03:57 PM
The film score to "Suspiria" by the Italian rock band "Goblin".

11-27-2013, 04:24 PM
My favorite movie scores are as follows, but not in any order:

Taxi Driver theme from Bernard Herrmann
all the songs from 2001 a space odyssey
Tough to not like the songs in Apocalypse Now, though they were rock songs before the movie.

just to name a few.

02-22-2014, 06:44 PM
Tubular Bells which was used in The Exorcist. I had it in vinyl back in the day.

02-22-2014, 08:35 PM
Schindler's List

03-04-2014, 07:03 PM
The music in The Graduate changed my life-, as did An American in Paris, but more the film than the score.
American Graffitti
ET is good, but doesn't contain the best track- Across the Moon that I used to have on 45- at least mine doesn't

My own score is pretty darn awesome but I couldn't sell the script to "The Hearpe"-


has my favorite Billie Holiday track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dTfoz7hwS0

Dancing Bear- Mamas and Papas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5BK9wEwsAo

Mendelsohn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTV3GFyHfM Check out this performance!
"" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUUnsIsTdkI Lot's of pluck, that Oberon!

Loch Lomond, Judy Collins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBf2d4XsHUU

Isn't Life strange?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESER7DFXWiI
"Procession" with my own college film on youtube, and a similar begining to The Hearpe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRvNigHRlYQ

Been wanting to repost the script it online WITH the music,
but ob-L.A.-Dee

Jacman Rasta Bicycle
08-26-2014, 04:00 AM
Sorry for the thread dredge.

Superfly-Curtis Mayfield
Shaft-Isaac Hayes

Both of these movies have iconic theme songs, but the rest of the scores are filled with wonderful songs.

08-26-2014, 07:37 AM
Annie Hall

08-26-2014, 10:13 AM
On another day I may have said "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" but I'm fickle.
Today I'm leaning toward the Giorgio Moroder release of "Metropolis".

05-20-2015, 04:35 AM
What a great thread to resurrect!

In no particular order:

The Descendents
Doctor Zhivago
Immortal Beloved
Inside Llewyn Davis

05-20-2015, 08:56 AM
^^ put me down for The Descendents as well! I'll add in Guardians of the Galaxy. :)

06-02-2015, 05:34 PM
I like a lot of the Ennio Morricone stuff :)

09-22-2018, 08:57 AM
Master and Commander
Magnificent 7 (The first western one)

09-23-2018, 03:57 AM
I like most of the previously mentioned sound tracks, but I am enjoying the sound track from Suicide Squad. I like the different takes on You Don't Own Me, Bohemian Rhapsody and I Started a Joke particularly. As a whole, I like the entire collection. The movie, eh!

09-23-2018, 04:25 AM
This has got to be up amongst the most beautiful haunting sound tracks for a movie ever Miklos Rozas music used for the film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes , sends goose bumps when i hear it , this a link to the Violin part .

Pukulele Pete
09-23-2018, 05:41 AM
Here's a relatively new one , Atomic Blonde , great soundtrack

09-23-2018, 09:02 AM
The Red Violin


10-01-2018, 07:37 AM
My favourite movie is Star Wars. "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." ;)

10-03-2018, 05:32 PM
I'd say Backdraft & Labyrinth.