Your Top 100 Film Scores of All Time

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  1. Darth-Lutgerous Force Ghost

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    Now that AFI has listed their top twenty film scores, it is time for us JCers to list ours. The purpose of this thread is for people to list their top 100 (top 25 or 50 if you don't have enough time, but try to list 100) film scores of all time. Remember to be consistent with your qualificiations for film scores and be sure to list the composer for each score you choose. You don't have to keep in mind AFI's standard and feel free to choose the scores you enjoy. Have fun, and remember, if you are not sure, use Amazon and Filmtracks.com. They are great for listening to sample tracks!
  2. redsabreanakin Jedi Grand Master

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    Before I started I wanted to be clear on the perameters here..so a couple of questions.

    1)are we counting sequels? (for example..Superman 2 is by Ken thorne but basically it's rehashed John Williams...see what I mean?)

    2)are we counting the complete soundtrack that we've listened to? I mean they're a lot of movies out there that I've seen but don't own the soundtrack. I mean one piece of music can make a difference in a particular scene

    3)How about if we haven't heard the soundtrack but you know it's good. (for example.. I haven't heard "Laura" or "Bridge over the River Kwai" but I know they are generally regarded as good movie scores.
  3. Darth-Lutgerous Force Ghost

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    1) Yes, count sequels! :D

    2)Count the complete score from the movie, not the soundtrack.

    3)How about if we haven't heard the soundtrack but you know it's good?
    Listen to clips on Amazon. They're great themes!
  4. SeventhAngelicSlayer Jedi Knight

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    Alright, here's the thing, I'm posting my top 30 for now, because it would take too long for me to do the full 100 at this time. I'll try to get the rest done some time soon, sorry.


    1. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) - John Williams
    2. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) - John Williams
    3. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - John Williams
    4. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) - John Williams
    5. Star Wars: V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - John Williams
    6. Big Fish (2003) - Danny Elfman
    7. Gladiator (2000) - Hans Zimmer
    8. Jurassic Park (1993) - John Williams
    9. Moulin Rouge! (2001) - Craig Armstrong
    10. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) - John Williams
    11. Finding Neverland (2004) - Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
    12. Spider-Man (2002) - Danny Elfman
    13. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) - Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker
    14. Jaws (1975) - John Williams
    15. Psycho (1960) - Bernard Herrmann
    16. Hellboy (2004) - Marco Beltrami
    17. Wing Commander (1999) - David Arnold and James Newton Howard
    18. X2: X-Men United (2003) - John Ottman
    19. The Hours (2002) - Philip Glass
    20. The Mummy Returns (2001) - Alan Silvestri
    21. Men in Black (1997) - Danny Elfman
    22. Scream (1996) - Marco Beltrami
    23. The Village (2004) - James Newton Howard
    24. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - Howard Shore
    25. Titanic (1997) - James Horner
    26. Born Free (1966) - John Barry
    27. Van Helsing (2004) - Alan Silvestri
    28. The Island (2005) - Steve Jablonsky
    29. The Incredibles (2004) - Michael Giacchino
    30. Clue (1985) - John Morris


    Yeah, SW pretty much filled the entire top 10, but I figured if there was one I could get away with that, it would be here.
  5. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    So here's my top 250. I couldn't do 100 because I'd be leaving out too much and I couldn't do 500 because I'd be listing scores I don't care about. There were some cuts made to this list that hurt, but I'll live. I also included all of the top 25 from AFI's list just to see where I'd rank them on my list. It didn't fair so well for them. I also noticed my list pretty much lacks classic movie scores before 1960. Oh well. There are some "musicals" from Disney on here but I consider their scores good enough to rank.




    1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - John Williams
    2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - John Williams
    3. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - John Williams
    4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - John Williams
    5. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - John Williams
    6. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - John Williams
    7. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Howard Shore
    8. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Howard Shore
    9. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Howard Shore
    10. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Jerry Goldsmith
    11. Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams
    12. To Kill A Mockingbird - Elmer Bernstein
    13. Superman - John Williams
    14. Conan the Barbarian - Basil Poledouris
    15. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Ennio Morricone
    16. Dr. No. - John Barry and Monty Norman
    17. Krull - James Horner
    18. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial - John Williams
    19. Batman - Danny Elfman
    20. The Bridge Over The River Kwai - Malcolm Arnold
    21. The Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
    22. Glory - James Horner
    23. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Michael Kamen
    24. Aliens - James Horner
    25. Gone With The Wind - Max Steiner
    26. Jaws - John Williams
    27. Schindler's List - John Williams
    28. Hook - John Williams
    29. Doctor Zhivago - Maurice Jarre
    30. Psycho - Bernard Hermann
    31. The Great Escape - Elmer Bernstein
    32. The Final Conflict - Jerry Goldsmith
    33. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Henry Mancini
    34. The Omen - Jerry Goldsmith
    35. Godzilla - Akira Ifukube
    36. Jurassic Park - John Williams
    37. Alein 3 - Elliot Goldenthal
    38. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - John Williams
    39. Alien - Jerry Goldsmith
    40. Rocky - Bill Conti
    41. Stargate - David Arnold
    42. Rudy - Jerry Goldsmith
    43. Goldfinger - John Barry
    44. Romeo and Juliet - Nino Rota
    45. The Last of the Mohicans - Randy Edelman and Trevor Jones
    46. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - John Williams
    47. Lawrence of Arabia - Maurice Jarre
    48. The Godfather II - Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola
    49. Back To The Future III - Alan Silvestri
    50. Bram Stoker's Dacula - Wojciech Kilar
    51. Gladiator - Hans Zimmer
    52. Beetlejuice - Danny Elfman
    53. Requiem For A Dream - Clint Mansell
    54. Backdraft - Hans Zimmer
    55. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Michael Kamen
    56. Willow - James Horner
    57. Poltergeist - Jerry Goldsmith
    58. Braveheart - James Horner
    59. Gremlins - Jerry Goldsmith
    60. The Magnificent Seven - Elmer Bernstein
    61. Chariots of Fire - Vangelis
    62. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - John Williams
    63. Hatari! - Henry Mancini
    64. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - John Williams
    65. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Anthony Newley
    66. A Nightmare Before Christmas - Danny Elfman
    67. Ghost - Maurice Jarre
    68. Fargo - Carter Burwell
    69. The Joy Luck Club - Rachel Portman
    70. Titanic - James Horner
    71. Beverly Hills Cop - Harold Faltermeyer
    72. The Land Before Time - James Horner
    73. Crimson Tide - Hans Zimmer
    74. An American Tale - James Horner
    75. The Witches - Stanley Myers
    76. Halloween - John Carpenter
    77. Terms of Endearment - Michael Gore
    78. The Neverending Story - Klause Doldinger and Giorgio Moroder
    79. Blade Runner - Vangelis
    80. A Nightmare Elm Street - Charles Bernstein
    81. Adventures of Don Juan - Max Steiner
    82. A Summer Place - Max Steiner
    83. Ben-Hur - Miklos Rozsa
    84. Modern Times - Charles Chaplin
    85. Zorba the Greek - Mikis Theodorakis
    86. Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
    87. Ed Wood - Howard Shore
    88. Steel Ma
  6. redsabreanakin Jedi Grand Master

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    very good HL&S.. So that is your list of favorites right? or is it in no particular order?

    I'm still working on mine..haven't forgotten.
    Unfortunaetly..given the nature of where this thread is at, I don't think we will have that many paticipating..

  7. Darth-Lutgerous Force Ghost

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    Very nice HookLineAndSinker. You should stop by the Film Music Critics Society thread where we rate a lot of different soundtracks. We are discussing Dragonheart right now, but it is due for an update tomorrow.

    You're right redsabreanakin. There won't be much action.
  8. Cerrabore Jedi Master

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    You're cultivated enough to choose 250 favorite film scores but these are your top ten? Something doesn't add up.
  9. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    You're cultivated enough to choose 250 favorite film scores but these are your top ten? Something doesn't add up.

    I had to be honest with myself. Those were the scores I listen to most frequently and I listen to them so often because they're my favorites. I did consider grouping them all into just one spot since both sagas are basically one long movie and each saga has just one composer. For the Omen, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and Godfather sagas I had clear favorites. I suppose I could have broken up the LOTR saga a tad. But instead of spots 7,8, and 9 they'd be like 7, 12, and 16. Not much of a difference really. You'll never get me to break up the Star Wars saga from those six spots though. I cherish those suckers like they were my children. I admit it does look tacky at the top, but so be it. I think the only problem with my list is that I simply don't know enough Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Miklos Rozsa scores to give them more spots. I mean my list is heavy with more modern composers.
  10. TheBoogieMan Manager Emeritus

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    Whoa.


    Yeah, I'll give this a shot. Not now. It will take time, but I'll post in here when I'm done. I won't quite attempt the HL&S approach - a lowley 100 is probably all I can manage. Sorry. :p
  11. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    Hmm...

    Cerrabore got me thinking about my top ten. When I listen to a Star Wars cd, I listen to all of them. Same with LOTR. So I was quick to place those all grouped together in my top ten. As if they were just one. It was easy for me to separate other saga soundtracks but surprisingly not these two. But...now I'm kinda thinking I may have been too hasty after spending so much time compiling my list that at the end I just kinda made it too simple.

    The following feels closer to the truth I believe. Not much of a change but after some thought, I guess I found I could break it down a little more. I'm surprised I broke down the Star Wars soundtracks when only a few hours ago I said I'd never do it. ;)


    1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - John Williams
    2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - John Williams
    3. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Howard Shore
    4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Jerry Goldsmith
    5. Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams
    6. To Kill A Mockingbird - Elmer Bernstein
    7. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - John Williams
    8. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - John Williams
    9. Superman - John Williams
    10. Conan the Barbarian - Basil Poledouris
    11. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - John Williams
    12. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Howard Shore
    13. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly - Ennio Morricone
    14. Dr. No - John Barry and Monty Norman
    15. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - John Williams
    16. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Howard Shore
  12. redsabreanakin Jedi Grand Master

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    Interesting HL&S; are you sure about that list?? didn't anyone ever tell you don't second guess yourself....go with your first instinct. :p having said that....you do have Superman and Conan in your new top 10..so that's ok by me. I'll have my list in 24 hours..
  13. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    I'm also happy now that Superman and Conan have moved into the my top ten. It feels better because I love those scores. But I'm sure this list will change once the scores to Goblet of Fire and the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe come out.
  14. redsabreanakin Jedi Grand Master

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    ok...here we go.
    A little explanation first. The first 10 are music that I would have if on a deserted Island, that I couldn't do without. From there we go to the music that I enjoy listening to, the most fun, not necessarily the best scores..but the most fun to sit back and enjoy.

    1. Star Wars: A New Hope
    2. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
    3. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
    4. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
    5. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
    6. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
    7. Superman: The Movie
    8. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    9. Ben-Hur- Miklos Rozsa
    10. Conan the Barbarian- Basil Poledouris
    11. The Hunt for Red October- Basil Poledouris
    12. Excalibur- Trevor Jones
    13. Star Trek: The Motion Picture- Jerry Goldsmith
    14. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan- James Horner
    15. Gladiator- Hans Zimmer
    16. The Black Hole- John Barry
    17. Once Upon a Time in the West- Ennio Morricone
    18. Outland- Jerry Goldsmith
    19. Total Recall- Jerry Goldsmith
    20. Mission Impossible 2- Hans Zimmer
    21. The Mask of Zorro- James Horner
    22. Batman- Danny Elfman
    23. The Final Countdown- John Scott
    24. Waterworld- James Newton Howard
    25. Spy Game- Harry Gregson-Williams
    26. The Natural- Randy Newman
    27. Hoosiers- Jerry Goldsmith
    28. Patton- Jerry Goldsmith
    29. Terminator 2- Brad Fiedel
    30. Highlander- Michael Kamen
    31. The Last Samurai- Hans Zimmer
    32. Aliens- James Horner
    33. Rambo: First Blood Pt. 2- Jerry Goldsmith
    34. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers' Stone- John Williams
    35. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- John Williams
    36. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban- John Williams
    37. Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock- James Horner
    38. LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring- Howard Shore
    39. The Incredibles- Michael Giacchino
    40. Jurassic Park- John Williams
    41. Zulu- John Barry
    42. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story- Randy Edelman
    43. The Final Conflict- Jerry Goldsmith
    44. Road to Perdition- Thomas Newman
    45. Heavy Metal- Elmer Bernstein
    46. Amadeus- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    47. The Count of Monte Cristo- Edward Shearmur
    47. On Her Majesty's Secret Service- John Barry
    48. Live and Let Die- George Martin
    49. The Living Daylights- John Barry
    50. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World- Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon, Tognetti
    51. Lawrence of Arabia- Maurice Jarre
    52. 2001: A Space Odyssey- Strauss
    53. Dune- Toto
    54. The Shadow- Jerry Goldsmith
    55. Apollo 13- James Horner
    56. X-Men - Michael Kamen
    57. Blade Runner- Vangelis
    58. Back to the Future- Alan Silvestri
    59. The Adventures of Robin Hood- Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    60. The Magnificient Seven- Elmer Bernstein
    61. Quigley Down Under- Basil Poledouris
    62. Predator- Alan Silvestri
    63. Silverado- Bruce Broughton
    64. Air Force One- Jerry Goldsmith
    65. Bullitt- Lalo Schifrin
    66. Enter the Dragon- Lalo Schifrin
    67. Dirty Harry- Lalo Schifrin
    68. The Great Escape- Elmer Bernstein
    69. Tron- Wendy Carlos
    70. Robocop- Basil Poledouris
    71. The Phantom- David Newman
    72. The Untouchables- Ennio Morricone
    73. The Abyss- Alan Silvestri
    74. Escape from New York- John Carpenter
    75. Rocky- Bill Conti
    76. True Lies- Brad Fiedel
    77. The Rocketeer- James Horner
    78. The Mummy- Jerry Goldsmith
    79. The Right Stuff- Bill Conti
    80. Willow- James Horner
    81. A Fistful of Dollars- Ennio Morricone
    82. The Good,the Bad,and the Ugly- Ennio Morricone
    83. First Blood- Jerry Goldsmith
    84. Jaws- John Williams
    85. Planet of the Apes- Jerry Goldsmith
    86. ET- John Williams
    87. Robin Hood: Prince of Theives- Michael Kamen
    88. Crimson Tide- Hans Zimmer
    89. Dr. No- Monty Norman/John Barry
    90. From Russia With Love- John Barry
    91. Alien- Jerry Goldsmith
    92. Midway- John Williams
    93. The Towering Inferno- John Williams
    94. Ghostbusters- Elmer Bernstein
    95. The Ten Commandments- Elmer Berstein
    96. Gone With The Wind- Max Steiner
    97. Rambo 3- Jerry Goldsmith
    98. The Thomas Crown Affair- Bill Conti
    99. Xmen 2- John Ottman
    100. Forrest Gump- Alan Silvestri
  15. TheBoogieMan Manager Emeritus

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    Well, I could only manage a top 51 scores. If this thread is still alive in a year's time, I'll have another crack at it, but this is the best I can do at the moment.

    My Top 100 film scores of all time.

    1. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back - John Williams
    2. Star Wars: A New Hope - John Williams
    3. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain - Yann Tiersen
    4. The Adventures of Robin Hood - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - John Williams
    6. Vertigo - Bernard Herrmann
    7. Gattaca - Michael Nyman
    8. Angela's Ashes - John Williams
    9. The Triplets of Belleville - Ben Charest
    10. Lawrence of Arabia - Maurice Jarre
    11. Schindler's List - John Williams
    12. Dances with Wolves - John Barry
    13. Psycho - Bernard Herrmann
    14. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - John Williams
    15. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Howard Shore
    16. Dr. Zhivago - Maurice Jarre
    17. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - John Williams
    18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - John Williams
    19. The Battle of Britain - Ron Goodwin
    20. The Matrix - Don Davis
    21. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - John Williams
    22. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - John Williams
    23. North by Northwest - Bernard Herrmann
    24. The Hours - Phillip Glass
    25. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - John Williams
    26. Citizen Kane - Bernard Herrmann
    27. Batman - Danny Elfman
    28. Gladiator - Hans Zimmer
    29. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Howard Shore
    30. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Howard Shore
    31. The Godfather - Nino Rota
    32. 1492 - Vangelis
    33. Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams
    34. The Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
    35. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones - John Williams
    36. The Matrix Revolutions - Don Davis
    37. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Tan Dun
    38. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - John Williams
    39. Batman - Danny Elfman
    40. The Great Escape - Elmer Bernstein
    41. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - John Williams
    42. The Mask of Zorro - James Horner
    43. Goldfinger - John Barry
    44. Chariots of Fire - Vangelis
    45. Shine - David Hirschfelder
    46. Forrest Gump - Alan Silvestri
    47. Mr. Holland's Opus - Michael Kamen
    48. The Matrix Reloaded - Don Davis
    49. Titanic - James Horner
    50. Jurassic Park - John Williams
    51. Superman - John Williams




    And if you are shocked not to see a particular score, it's most likely because I haven't heard it. Some were intentionally left off, mind you, so you should ask if in doubt.
  16. LeiaHair Force Ghost

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    I'm typing my list right now...... but just so y'all know... the star wars music(ESB and ANH which have been one and two since I was 8) has just been pushed back by the movie Serenity.... OMG... if you guys having seen it yet you have to... The music is sooooo good. Like... they combine eastern and western ideas.... and.... it's just good... maybe it's b/c I just saw it on thursday... but... I'm pretty sure it's going to be number one... I just have to get my hands on the sound track.......

    NOTE: My train of thought was interupted... so there may be a few out of order... and I only had time for 50... stupid classes... and I'm sure I'm forgetting some too....

    (1... maybe)Serenity-David Newman
    1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - John Williams
    2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - John Williams
    3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - John Williams (Because of Duel..*Sigh* amazing)
    4. Braveheart - James Horner
    5. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - John Williams
    6. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Howard Shore
    7. Schindler's List - John Williams
    8. Gladiator - Hans Zimmer
    9. Batman - Danny Elfman
    10. The Mask of Zorro- James Horner
    11. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Howard Shore
    12. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - John Williams
    13. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - John Williams
    14. Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams
    15. Jurassic Park - John Williams
    16. Hook - John Williams
    17. A Nightmare Before Christmas - Danny Elfman
    18. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - John Williams
    19. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Howard Shore
    20. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial - John Williams
    21. A Beautiful Mind- James Horner
    22. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - John Williams
    23. Jaws - John Williams
    24. Aliens - James Horner
    25. The Last of the Mohicans - (James Horner.... I thought...)
    26. Beetlejuice - Danny Elfman
    27. Psycho - Bernard Hermann
    28. The Ten Commandments - Elmer Bernstein
    29. Rudy - James Horner
    30. Willow - James Horner
    31. Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
    32. Ghostbusters- Elmer Bernstein
    33. The Great Escape - Elmer Bernstein
    34. The Incredibles- Michael Giacchino
    35. Batman Returns - Danny Elfman
    36. The Neverending Story - Klause Doldinger and Giorgio Moroder
    37. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - John Williams
    38. Titanic - James Horner
    39. X-Men - Michael Kamen
    40. Forrest Gump - Alan Silvestri
    41. Independence Day - David Arnold
    42. Field of Dreams - James Horner
    43. Stargate - David Arnold
    44. Highlander- Michael Kamen
    45. To Kill A Mockingbird - Elmer Bernstein
    46. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Jerry Goldsmith
    47. Gone With The Wind - Max Steiner
    48. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Henry Mancini
    49. The Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
  17. QUI-DON-JINN Force Ghost

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    Okay, I simply went through my scores, picked out those that seemed better than the others and that might end up on other people's lists, and then rated them based on the criteria below. I tried to be as honest as I could be in the ratings. I then added up the ratings and ranked them. Those scores that had the same final ranking I put in order of my personal favorite and then, if needed, by their "listenability" ratings. I ended up with 27 scores.

    Criteria: (rated 1-10)
    a. Suitability in film?
    b. Memorable to most people?
    c. Impact on scoring?
    d. Listenability?


    1. Star Wars Saga: 40
      a. extremely fitting: 10
      b. hugely memorable themes: 10
      c. huge impact on scoring: 10
      d. Listenability: 10[/li
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    3. Schindler?s List: 39
      a. extremely fitting to film: 10
      b. very memorable theme: 10
      c. big impact, i.e., Red Violin: 10
      d. Listenability: 9

    4. Raiders of the Lost Ark: 38
      a. very fitting to action film: 9
      b. most memorable action theme: 10
      c. big impact, with lots of imitators: 10
      d. Listenability: 9

    5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 37
      a. great music for the film: 9
      b. extremely memorable: 10
      c. won Oscar: 9
      d. Listenability: 9

    6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture: 38
      a. very fitting: 9
      b. one of most memorable themes, also used for TNG: 10
      c. laid groundwork for following 9 films and others: 10
      d. Listenability: 9

    7. James Bond Series: 37
      a. extremely fitting to most of the films: 9
      b. main theme extremely memorable: 10
      c. huge impact on thriller scores and spoofs: 10
      d. Listenability: 8

    8. Superman the Movie: 35
      a. heroically fitting: 9
      b. good, memorable main theme: 9
      c. influenced a lot of comic book themes: 9
      d. Listenability: 8

    9. Godfather, The: 35
      a. very suitable to film: 9
      b. extremely memorable: 10
      c. won Oscar: 9
      d. Listenability: 7

    10. Lord of the Rings Series: 34
      a. very fitting, part of the atmosphere: 9
      b. memorable now, we?ll have to see about posterity: 7
      c. we haven?t seen their impact really, yet: 7
      d. Listenability: 9

    11. Pink Panther, The: 33
      a. very fitting to the film: 7
      b. extremely memorable theme: 10
      c. I would say big impact on jazzy scoring: 8
      d. Listenability: 8

    12. Braveheart: 32
      a. very much fit the film and part of film: 8
      b. quite memorable music, if not main theme: 8
      c. influenced many ?ethnic? movies that came out after it: 8
      d. Listenability: 8

    13. Batman (1989): 30
      a. fit the film very well: 7
      b. memorable themes: 8
      c. influenced comic book hero movies: 7
      d. Listenability: 8

    14. Home Alone: 30
      a. very good in film: 8
      b. good memorable and Christmasy themes: 8
      c. a bit of an impact on holiday scores: 6
      d. Listenability: 8

    15. Harry Potter Series: 29
      a. pretty good within film: 7
      b. main theme is memorable: 8
      c. not that big of an impact: 6
      d. Listenability: 8

    16. Jurassic Park: 29
      a. very fitting: 7
      b. memorable themes: 8
      c. not that big of an impact: 6
      d. Listenability; 8

    17. Red Violin, The: 29
      a. extremely important and fitting to film: 10
      b. memorable to fans, but not general public: 6
      c. can?t really say about impact yet: 5
      d. Listenability: 8

    18. Willow: 28
      a. very fitting to film: 8
      b. not memorable outside of fans: 6
      c. not really an impactful score: 5
      d. Listenability: 9

    19. Dragonheart: 28
      a. good fit: 6
      b. main themes are memorable: 7
      c. not so much of an impact on scoring: 4
      d. Listenability: 9

    20. Dances with Wolves: 28
      a. worked well: 7
      b. main theme memorable, rest not so much: 6
      c. won Oscar: 7
      d. Listenability: 8

    21. How the West Was Won: 28
      a. very good in film: 8
      b. somewhat memorable main theme: 6
      c. probably an impact on westerns: 6
      d. Listenability: 8

    22. Mr. Holland?s Opus: 28
      a. very important to the film: 10
      b. main themes not that memorable, though: 6
      c. not that big of an impact, either: 5
      d. Listenability:
  18. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Oct 30, 2001
    star 6
    Hmm. I seemed to have forgotten Doctor Zhivago. I had it on my rough draft list too. I guess I thought I added it when I didn't. Well it certainly would have broken the top 100 of my list. I don't have time right now to properly rank it though. Would I bump Casablanca off thought since theoretically everything should move down a slot. Hmm
  19. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Oct 30, 2001
    star 6
    No wait, I did get Doctor Zhivago on my list. I just missed it. Cool. But since this list, I've refreshed my memory on the scores to the Searchers, Unforgiven, American Beauty, and the Piano. This list just continues to mutate.

    So much great music out there.
  20. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 4, 1999
    star 7
    I'll get lost if I try to do top 100 of all time, but I'll try to find time to go through my list and pick out top 100 that I own. . .
  21. Captain Page Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Apr 22, 2000
    star 3
    This is all off the top of my head, and mostly an attempt to get away from the paper I need to be working on, but here goes.
    After the first 10, the order becomes more or lessarbitrary. I included some that aren't strictly orchestral soundtracks, but I think they belong up here:

    1. The Empire Strikes Back - John Williams
    2. Return of the Jedi - JW
    3. Star Wars: A New Hope - JW
    4. The Big Country - Jerome Moross - greatest theme of all time, including Star Wars
    5. Apollo 13 - James Horner
    5. Crimson Tide - Hans Zimmer - very underrated
    6. Three Kings - Carter Burwell, various other artists
    7. The Phantom Menace - JW
    8. The Truman Show - Burkhard Dallwitz/Phillip Glass
    9. Gladiator - Hans Zimmer
    10. Fellowship of the Ring - Howard Shore
    The Magnificent Seven - Elmer Bernstein
    Return of the King - Howard Shore
    The Two Towers - Howard Shore (I don't remember this all that well, but 1 & 3 were so damn good, I'd imagine #2, which also won this Oscar I think, would be pretty solid).
    The Godfather - Nino Rota
    Saving Private Ryan - JW
    Jurassic Park - JW
    Psycho - Bernard Hermann
    Vertigo - Bernard Hermann
    Spellbound - Miklos Rosza
    The Third Man - bunch of people, Graham Greene included
    October Sky - Mark Isham
    2001: A Space Odyssey - Various
    Mission: Impossible - Danny Elfman
    Raiders of the Lost Ark - JW
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - JW
    Speed - Mark Mancina
    Clear and Present Danger - James Horner
    The Hunt for Red October - Basil Pouledouris
    Starship Troopers - Basil Pouledouris
    Schindler's List - JW
    Road to Perdition - Thomas Newman - what amazing violins and Gaelic-themed music
    Batman Begins - Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard
    Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - JW
    The Right Stuff - Bill Conti
    Jaws - JW
    Goldfinger - Monty Norman? John Barry?
    Ghostbusters - Elmer Bernstein
    Men in Black - Danny Elfman
    The Great Escape - Elmer Bernstein
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Bunch of people
    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three - David Shire - great movie, great soundtrack, highly underrated
    North by Northwest - Bernard Hermann
    Aladdin - Alan Menken, others
    The Lion King - Hans Zimmer, others
    Lawrence of Arabia - Maurice Jarre
    Back to the Future - Alan Silvestri
    Batman - Danny Elfman
    West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
    American Graffiti - various

    I agree with the above poster about <i>Serenity</i>... kick-ass film. I loved the music on the show, but I didn't notice it as much in the movie. Perhaps I was too caught up in everything else? I'll see it again, then I'll look closer.
  22. Master Chbel Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    May 6, 2000
    star 4
    1. Star Wars--all six

    2. LOTR--all three

    3. Raiders of the Lost Ark

    4. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Korngold)

    5. Gone with the Wind

    6. Captain from Castille (Newmann I think)

    7. Captain Blood

    8. Ben Hur

    9. Exodus

    10. Lawrence of Arabia
  23. Captain_Typho Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 30, 2003
    star 5
    This thread will be very useful for selecting selections for my radio show. Thanks guys.
  24. REVANLORD Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jun 2, 2005
    star 4
    I can't list the composers, but I have the themes. These are my top 10. No particular order.


    1: Psycho
    2: Halloween
    3: Duel of the Fates
    4: The Last Samarai
    5: Pirates of the Caribbean
    6: It
    7: Misery
    8: Force theme
    9: Night on Bald Mountain
    10: Phantom of the Opera

    Yes, I know, pitiful. :p
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