Favorite (non-John Williams) movie score.

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  1. Luukeskywalker Chosen One

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    I gotta love Alan Silvestri's Back to the Future scores as well.
  2. Wolverine Jedi Grand Master

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    Braveheart
    The rock
    Gladiator

    I saw Kiss of the dragon and SHREK this week and I thought of it a few times during the movies that there were some great peaces in there...
  3. DarthHomer Force Ghost

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    The most beautiful score I've ever heard is Edward Scissorhands, by Danny Elfman.
    I also like:
    Batman
    Mars Attacks!
    Field of Dreams
    Gladiator
    Back to the Future

    and too many more to mention :)
  4. SPP Jedi Knight

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    I don't know if all of the following are my "favorites," per se, but they are soundtracks whose themes I find memorable. A soundtrack might not be the "best," musically, but a good soundtrack helps carry and define a movie emotionally (IMO). So here are some that stick out to me:

    Titanic, James Horner. Yeah, the criticism that it's a Braveheart knockoff is valid, but I thought that the Titanic score carried the movie more memorably (something that the Pearl Harbor soundtrack tried to emulate but couldn't reproduce).

    The Man in the Iron Mask, Nick Glennie-Smith. I like the way it recalls the old French courtliness, yet is still sweeping and passionate. Actually, the score was probably the best thing about this film.

    Forrest Gump, Alan Silvestri. I'm not so keen on the movie, but the FG Suite gets to you.

    The Godfather Part II, Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola. It's like impeccable phrasing to a stunning speech.

    I'm sure there are others, and my soundtrack knowledge is limited, but the ones I listed stick in my mind the most, that I can still recall without having to see the film again.

    Fun thread!
  5. Carbonite Jedi Knight

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    My second and third favourite soundtracks (behind 'Star Wars') are 'Star Trek-TMP' and 'Psycho'.

    Bernard Herrmann's use of only string sounds to create 'black and white music', as he called it, was brilliantly effective. The 'murder' theme must rank as the most instantly recognisable and evocative piece of movie music, alongside JW's 'Jaws' theme.

    As has been mentioned in an earlier post, the bootleg version of the full 'Star Trek - TMP' soundtrack is excellent.

    Can I include '2001: A Space Odyssey'? There are a few good pieces in that film. :D
    Kubrick showed more inspiration in selecting existing music for his movies than some composers *cough*Horner*cough* do in their 'original' works.

    (Incidentally, can anyone name that piano piece from 'Barry Lyndon'? I want to get it but can't think of the damn title!)
  6. ShoryukenX Jedi Padawan

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    The Last Of The Mohicans soundtrack. Each piece is different and fresh.
  7. Wolverine Jedi Grand Master

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    That is a good one...
  8. melbatoast Jedi Knight

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    Cocoon - James Horner
    Braveheart - James Horner
    LEgends of the Fall - James Horner
    Forever YOung - Jerry Goldsmith
    Gladiator - Hans Zimmer
    The Secret of NIMH - Jerry Goldsmith
  9. Darth_sithious Jedi Knight

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    The "Cast Away" Theme is also a very great peace of music......the composer was Alan Silvestri i think...
  10. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    Conan the Barbarian by Basil Poledouris. Easily the best.
  11. sithgoblin3 Jedi Knight

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    Kundun by Philip Glass is great.
  12. Jenkwombat Jedi Knight

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    Here are a few I could think of off the top of my head:


    1) 'The Lion In Winter' (John Barry)

    2) 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' (Jerry Goldsmith)

    3) 'King Kong' (1933, Max Steiner)

    4) 'Alien' (Jerry Goldsmith)

    5) 'Gone With The Wind' (Max Steiner)

    6) 'Citizen Kane' (Bernard Herrmann)

    7) 'Batman' (1989, Danny Elfman)

    8) 'The Bride Of Frankenstein' (Franz Waxman)

    9) 'Taxi Driver' (Bernard Herrmann)

    10) 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood' (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)


  13. Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Grand Master

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    View to a Kill, scored by John Barry

    Outstanding theme song for an otherwise average film.

  14. DarthBane93 Force Ghost

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    I know I will get flamed for this...but best non JW score is the Star Trek theme from Jerry Goldsmith (the one introduced in ST: The Motion Picture).
  15. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    Gettysburg
    Gladiator
    Cinema Paradiso
    The Usual Suspects
    Braveheart
    Much Ado about Nothing
    GalaxyQuest
  16. JediBeowulf Jedi Master

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    I'm sure that most of these have been listed before, but since this appears to be an all-out opinion fest, i'll partake:

    Batman - Elfman
    Batman Returns - Elfman
    Edward Scissorhands - Elfman
    The Mummy - Goldsmith
    Gladiator - Zimmer
    Stargate - Arnold
    Braveheart (Of course!!) - Horner
    Willow - Horner
    Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan - Horner

    I don't know, but there's always been something special about Star Trek: TWOK...I guess it's cause I grew up on it, and it is full of rich melodies and phrases.

    But I gotta tell you guys...nothing beats John Williams: Hook, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Star Wars, Schindler's List, ET, CEOTTK, need I say more????
  17. JediBeowulf Jedi Master

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    I'm sure that most of these have been listed before, but since this appears to be an all-out opinion fest, i'll partake:

    Batman - Elfman
    Batman Returns - Elfman
    Edward Scissorhands - Elfman
    The Mummy - Goldsmith
    Gladiator - Zimmer
    Stargate - Arnold
    Braveheart (Of course!!) - Horner
    Willow - Horner
    Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan - Horner

    I don't know, but there's always been something special about Star Trek: TWOK...I guess it's cause I grew up on it, and it is full of rich melodies and phrases.

    But I gotta tell you guys...nothing beats John Williams: Hook, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Star Wars, Schindler's List, ET, CEOTTK, need I say more????
  18. JediBeowulf Jedi Master

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    I'm sure that most of these have been listed before, but since this appears to be an all-out opinion fest, i'll partake:

    Batman - Elfman
    Batman Returns - Elfman
    Edward Scissorhands - Elfman
    The Mummy - Goldsmith
    Gladiator - Zimmer
    Stargate - Arnold
    Braveheart (Of course!!) - Horner
    Willow - Horner
    Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan - Horner

    I don't know, but there's always been something special about Star Trek: TWOK...I guess it's cause I grew up on it, and it is full of rich melodies and phrases.

    But I gotta tell you guys...nothing beats John Williams: Hook, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Star Wars, Schindler's List, ET, CEOTTK, need I say more????
  19. Minigo Varay Jedi Knight

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    The Secret of NIMH by Jerry Goldsmith.
  20. JediBeowulf Jedi Master

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    Cripes!

    My sincere apologies for the multiple posts, my college's server went haywire thus causing this malady whilst I was trying to post. But that's what you get for going to a "superior" private school I guess. Geeez, with the tuition they charge, you'd think they would be able to invest in some quality products....
  21. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    I'm thinking I'm adding FotR to the list. In no particular order:

    Cutthroat Island (John Debney)
    Gettysburg (Randy Edelman I think)
    Gladiator (Hans Zimmer)
    StarGate (David Arnold)
    Fellowship of the Ring (Howard Shore)

    and, my all-time favorite:

    Conan the Barbarian (Basil Poledouris)
  22. Minigo Varay Jedi Knight

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    Conan?

    Arrrgghhh! I don't like that soundtrack at all. But as we know everybody has a different taste. It feels to much like pop or rockmusic to me when it comes to the orchestration. Too simple somehow. But maybe that's why so many like it, I don't know. Simple can sometimes be good...
  23. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    Conan, pop? ARe we thinking of the same Conan?
  24. DarthSapient Jedi Youngling

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    I used to love The Secret of NIMH. Ahh....Nicodemus. That was a really great movie when I was growing up. It almost seems forgotten nowadays.
  25. DARTH_CORLEONE Jedi Master

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    Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, Barton Fink, Blade Runner, Dr. Zhivago, Shawshank Redemption, Tom Bandits, Brazil (albeit arrangements), Return of the Sun Devil, Godfather, The Third Man, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, Psycho, The Shining, Lawrence of Arabia, Pink Panther, Dances with Wolves, King Kong (both versions), all of John Barry's James Bond work, Live and Let Die, The Soy Who Loved Me, Butch Cassidy and te Sundance Kid, Bonnie and Clyde, Hidden Fortress, Singing In The Rain, Lolita, Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Akira, Chinatown,

    and Forbidden Planet!
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