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What is Your Favorite Film Musical Score?

Buzz In: What's Your Favorite Film Score?

Recently the filmmakers behind the upcoming Incredible Hulk movie held a panel discussion at the New York Comic-Con to promote the film to its key audience: fanboys. When director Louis Letterier declared the musical score for Hulk was, "Star Wars good" he reportedly got booed by the audience.

It cracks me up that, to a certain group of fans it is sacrilegious to ever suggest anything is as good as (or — gasp! — better than) that famous, ominous tune. Then again, to some degree, I can understand that kind of passion.

A great musical score not only helps to set the tone of a movie, but when done right audiences will forever associate the sounds with the emotion of a film. For example, the sound of a clacking typewriter will probably always make me think of the subsequent piano music and then the overall sense of agony and guilt associated with Atonement, a score that ended up nabbing the Oscar.

Of course, it's hard to look at Harrison Ford without the boisterous Indiana Jones score cuing up in my brain immediately. And while I hardly remember a single line from Driving Miss Daisy, that whimsical old-timey score is clear as day in my head.

What are some of your favorite movie scores? Are there any that will always evoke certain memories? Is there one that tops all the rest?


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merie33 merie33 9 years
Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, especially At World's end, Braveheart, The Patriot, Lord of the Rings and Last of the Mohicans all come to mind. I love James Horner and Hans Zimmer's work...they're beautiful
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
Rumble Fish! It was nominated for a Globe.
sillystring32 sillystring32 9 years
My absolute fave to this day is the score from Ever After.
funnygurrl22 funnygurrl22 9 years
Last of the Mohicans Elizabethtown Once Juno. I could make this list go on for days but I'll leave it at these. :-)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
the question was film score, not soundtrack big difference people. I will have to say: Mars Attacks-Danny Elfman Lord of the rings trilogy-Howard Shore Angelas Ashes- John Williams Alien -John Horner Star Wars-John Williams ET- John Williams Star Trek- Jerry Goldsmith Close encounters- John Williams Jaws-John WIlliams
Juicylemon Juicylemon 9 years
Star Wars and Superman (John Williams), Titanic, Braveheart (James Horner), Batman (Danny Elfman)...
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
gildahayworth, I have to second on the Morricone love. Cinema Paradiso is so gorgeous.
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
Oh gosh - and how did I forget Harry Potter and American Beauty? Some seriously great work by composers over time, no?
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
Jurassic Park, Requiem for a Dream, Edward Scissorhands. Atonement was good, too. Soundtrack, not score, is a whole different matter - because the songs weren't created for the film, were compiled not composed - and the merit of it is half its appeal and half its fit with the film. I will have a soft spot in my heart for the Empire Records Soundtrack forever.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
lovehenry lovehenry 9 years
Reality Bites!
girlA girlA 9 years
Anything by JAMES HORNER...Legends of the Fall, Field of Dreams, Braveheart. John Barry is amazing too...Peggy Sue Got Married, Dances with Wolves.
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
"Crimson Tide" is by far my fave - I tend to like a lot of Hans Zimmer's work. I also like "Last of the Mohicans" - we used one track from that as our wedding processional.
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
Far From Heaven is beautiful too!
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
Brokeback Mountain is the fist that comes to mind. It gives me chills, it's so beautiful :)
misslilad misslilad 9 years
requiem for a dream passion: the last temptation of christ
steen steen 9 years
I'm on the Danny Elfman train. Also, the Ocean's Eleven soundtrack was PERFECT. Jurassic Park was a favorite when I was in high school; the main melody is so great.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Field of Dreams The English Patient
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
Amelie, followed very closely by Shakespeare in Love.
yaliyah yaliyah 9 years
Atonement!! It gave me chills and fit really well with the action.
Nicola_2108 Nicola_2108 9 years
Ooh I agree californiagirlx7! I have 'Transformation' on my general iPod playlist :P I do love the titanic/lord of the rings soundtracks. I also really like 'My Name is Lincoln' from The Island. It's the song right at the end.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Oh I can't forget Beauty and the Beast! I love hearing the music for the Transformation scene and the West Wing scene.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I don't know, its so hard to think off the top of my head. Obviously Star Wars, Harry Potter, Forrest Gump, anything but Danny Elfman (especially The Nightmare Before Christmas). The score to Atonement was also really good.
Molly Molly 9 years
I used to listen to Legends of the Fall every night as I fell did I love me some Brad Pitt. Honestly though, I still think it's beautiful.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I forgot about Lost In Translation and also The Graduate and even though they're not scores, soundtracks for Wes Anderson movies.
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