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  • List your 3 favorite all-time film-scores

    List your 3 favorite all-time Film-Scores

    I'll kick it off......(in no particular order)

    Psycho Suite - Bernard Herrmann
    Body Heat - John Barry
    China Town - Jerry Goldsmith


  • Sparticus - Alex North

    Patton - Jerry Goldsmith

    Planet of the Apes - Jerry Goldsmith

    My next three would all be Bernard Herrman scores

  • next would definitely be

    Wojchiech Kilar's "Dracula' AND "Ninth Gate"

    he's awesome


  • Hmmmm....Thats a good question.... I'll go with these that come to mind......

    Star Trek II - James Horner
    Dances With Wolves - John Barry
    Basic Instinct - Jerry Goldsmith

  • Gattaca, Michael Nyman
    End of the Affair, Michael Nyman
    Somewhere in Time, John Barry..

  • Give this some thought, but one for me that shot right to the 'near' top is

    Pride and Predujice. If a score is judged solely on its impact to the film - this has my utmost respect!!!


  • Modern Times (1936)
    Song “Smile“ by Charlie Chaplin

    Alfred Hitchcock
    any by Bernard Herrmann

    Blade Runner (1982)
    V. Papathanassiou

    Amadeus (1984)
    Wolfgang. A. Mozart

    1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
    V. Papathanassiou good, it dosn't need the film at all, similar to Amadeus....

    well there are five really good ones, not three



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    @Angelo Clematide said:

    Modern Times (1936)
    Song “Smile“ by Charlie Chaplin

    Co-written by David Raksin as was the entire score.

  • 1) ET
    2) James Newton Howard's peter pan
    3) Basic Instinct

    also my 3 favorite composers

  • Magates, I didn't think anyone even remembered Basic Instict..... Great score huh? Horrible movie though.....


  • yea great score, and i think the movie is okay. mainly cause the score makes it work.

  • You know another similar scenario with regards to this was Congo. I thought the score was great, movie not so great. Jerry G, had a knack for keeping me intersted even though the move was flat....


  • ALIEN-Jerry Goldsmith

  • 1) Star Wars (all of them)
    2) Gladiator
    3) ....too hard to decide on a third one...

  • alien should be footnoted with howard hanson. The movie wouldn't be the same with out his music. At least in my opinon as huge howard hanson fan.

  • Was any Hanson used in the film other than the end title? Have you heard Goldsmiths original end title? A stunning work that is quite beautiful.

  • I haven't heard what jerry did, but I am sure it was great. And yea I think it was just the end titles but still it had a huge impact to me anyways.

  • I recorded it when Gail Eichenthal interviewed David Raksin on KUSC years ago. I like the Hanson but I think Jerry's music blew it away and was far more appropriate to the film.

    I'm guessing you know a little about KUSC if I'm not mistaken.

  • State Of Grace - Ennio Morricone

    brilliantly dischordant and hauntingly beautiful!

    Oh and in terms of "drony" scores:

    Copland - Howard Shore

    AND speaking of cops .......for jazzy it's GOT TO BE

    Bullit - Lalo Schifrin (or maybe Taking Of Pelham 123.......12note system)


  • Oh, no Gabriel Yared fans around here? How come....

    Possession, the english patient... just beautiful.