Your favorite film score?

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#1 battlefront23
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Mine is a toss up between classic Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, and The Dark Knight trilogy. I do also love the soundtrack of Donnie Darko, Into the Wild, and 500 Days of Summer.

What about you guys?

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#2 Allicrombie
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it's hard not to like John Williams.

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  • The Mission
  • Rocky
  • Bugsy
  • A Time of Destiny
  • The Untouchables
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
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Lord of the Rings has the best score period.

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#6  Edited By foxhound_fox
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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Still listen to it on occasion.

Edit: lol

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The book of Eli

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vng66yaAtdI

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Last of the Mohicans

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#9 Allicrombie
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I do have to say I quite enjoyed Hans Zimmer's music for Interstellar and Inception.

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Fun Fact: As John Williams is 83, he let Gustavo Dudamel (conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) handle some of the heavy lifting by conducting several of the pieces used in The Force Awakens. Williams also scored Steven Spielberg's upcoming film.

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#11  Edited By branketra
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@Allicrombie said:

I do have to say I quite enjoyed Hans Zimmer's music for Interstellar and Inception.

In my view, Hans Zimmer's film scores are excellent. Interstellar's soundtrack is my favorite of his.

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I think that John Williams makes great music as well.

I also like Henry Jackman's work for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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#12  Edited By jun_aka_pekto
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I also liked the Overture from Robin Hood: Price of Thieves. Kinda got diluted when Disney made it their own..... I also loved the soundtrack from Midnight Run when I'm in a blue-collar sort of mood. ;-)

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@Allicrombie said:

Fun Fact: As John Williams is 83, he let Gustavo Dudamel (conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) handle some of the heavy lifting by conducting several of the pieces used in The Force Awakens. Williams also scored Steven Spielberg's upcoming film.

Huh, that might explain why TFA's soundtrack was so forgetful and uninspired.

Seriously, TFA had such a boring soundtrack for Star Wars, even the prequel movies had amazing soundtracks, but the only times TFA's stood out is when pieces from the older movies played, like when a small sections of the Imperial March played when Vader's melted mask was shown.

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@BranKetra: This is an interesting watch on Nolan and Zimmer working on the music for Interstellar. https://youtu.be/HtifWqsON1g

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@spike6958: You're not the first to have issues with TFA's music, as I've heard that from several people. I haven't listened to it as closely as I'd like yet, as I've only heard it in the context of the film so far. Something else to do while on break !

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@Allicrombie: I like to see film artists dedicated to producing works that influence an audience with a presentation which suggests that a production is not about money, first, then purpose, later. People interested in designing opportunities for a sense of autonomy in that the audience has the choice to interpret a film how they choose, the relatedness of the purpose of a film with other audience members, and appreciating our competence in understanding what is presented are what I think are intrinsic motivators to continue watching films by artists like them.

I think that when someone wants to watch films for the sake of watching them in and of themselves, artists are succeeding at their crafts.

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Star wars.

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#18  Edited By Serraph105
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I think it might be Pirates of the Caribbean.

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@BranKetra: There's a really interesting read on John Williams and his career in the New Yorker.

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/listening-to-star-wars?mbid=social_facebook

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#20  Edited By branketra
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@Allicrombie: John Williams is a major film industry influence. To have written the scores for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Superman and some Harry Potter films, E.T., and Jurassic Park as well as other major films leading to dozens of Academy Award nominations shows what people are interested while also representing the quality of his musical scores.

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28 Days Later. I like moody and ambient soundtracks.

Run Lola Run had a good techno soundtrack.

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Others have already nominated my top picks (i.e. the John Williams scores), but here are a few others that I thought worthy of mention:

Hans Zimmer's "Time" from Inception

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Hans Zimmer's "Gladiator" score

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Various Star Trek scores, as in this "medley":

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Hans Zimmer does incredible work on everything he touches. Him by far.

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Ennio Morricone For A Few Dollars More... The music is used directly as a form of story-telling with the motif later carrying over to One Upon a Time In The West.. Both are great. but I like Lee Van Cleef's traditional, morally guided hero pairing up with Eastwood's anti-hero, in it for the money.

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For me I think that it would be a toss-up between The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

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#27  Edited By Frank_Castle
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For a Few Dollars More

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@uninspiredcup said:

Ennio Morricone For A Few Dollars More... The music is used directly as a form of story-telling with the motif later carrying over to One Upon a Time In The West.. Both are great. but I like Lee Van Cleef's traditional, morally guided hero pairing up with Eastwood's anti-hero, in it for the money.

YES!!!!

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#30  Edited By comp_atkins
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@Allicrombie said:

I do have to say I quite enjoyed Hans Zimmer's music for Interstellar and Inception.

iirc he did crimson tide, the rock and gladiator all of which i really liked. i think i still have them floating around on my hd somewhere.

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The Vangelis score of Blade Runner

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Jurassic world

gladiator

jaws

saving private ryan

indy jones

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#33 mrbojangles25
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Shawshank Redemption FTW! Thomas Newman is really awesome.

Main Theme

Stoic this one sends chills down my spine, when they fly over the prison, and Andy and the other prisoners are on the bus and roll into the prison.

Newman also did a lot of other really awesome scores to movies, including:

Wall-E

Finding Nemo

American Beauty

He even did a Bond soundtrack! Skyfall

He has quite the portfolio!

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Been mentioned numerous times already (and for good reason).

Top picks would be LOTR, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars.

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#35  Edited By Flubbbs
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Lord of the Rings.. That Howard Shore score is amazing and the best movie soundtrack of all time.

Big fan of the Drive soundtrack also and Indiana Jones

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#36  Edited By uninspiredcup
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@frank_castle said:

For a Few Dollars More

Yep, a great scene. The movie basically hinged on the music, without it, it would be probably like watching paint dry.

Same with Once Upon A Time In The West. it's literally tons of close ups of leathery faced men looking right moody with operatic music kicking in any opportunity possible, in pre-production the characters themes took precedence over the dialogue.

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