- Jodie on the pool table. Bada-bing!
- The Godfather Part II,
The Exorcist Part II(skip the movie),
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,
Dressed to Kill,
Femme Fatale(except the heist scene music at the beginning)
- Days of Heaven
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lawrence of Arabia
Wuthering Heights (Timothy Dalton version from the 70's)
Far from the Madding Crowd
Carrie (Sissy Spacek version)
I Want to Live! Great jazz score
- I forgot...
Bringing out the Dead
I also forgot Chinatown!
- Brokeback Mountain goes without saying, also done by Santoallala.
"1492 Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis
"First Knight" Jerry Goldsmith
"Amelie" by Yan Tiersen
"The Piano" by Michael Nyman
"Maurice" by Richard Robbins
"The Last of The Mohicans" by Trevor Jones/Randy Edelman
"Micmacs" by Raphael Beau
"The Godfather" by Nino Rota
Now two Iconic soundtracks that deserve some love
"The New World" by James Horner
"There Will Be Blood" by Jonny Greenwood
I know Dragonheart was not the best film ever, but my god how can anyone not love the soundtrack? It's brilliant!
- "A Patch of Blue"....Jerry Goldsmith
- The Omen trilogy - Jerry Goldsmith
Conan the Barbarian - Basil Polederis
Hellraiser - Christopher Young
Legend - Various Artists
Cat People - Giorgio Moroder
Crimson Tide - James Horner
Body Heat - John Barry
Red Shoe Diaries - George E. Clinton
Suspiria - Goblin
Dracula (1979) - John Williams
- While not melancholy, I recommend the sound track to Pride & Prejudice (2005).
- "Gravity" by Stephen Price
"The Secret in Their Eyes" by Emilio Kauderer and Federico Jusid
"The Painted Veil" by Alexandre Desplat
"The Brothers Grimm" by Dario Marianelli
And, just for kicks, I used to love to get stoned and dildo myself while playing "Gladiator" by Hans Zimmer
- The music to "Somewhere in Time," by John Barry.
- Bram's Stoker Dracula
Next Stop Wonderland
The English Patient
Life of Pi
- I found Oyuki's soundtrack quite melancholic in a strange way.
"Oyuki" End credits
- The Da Vinci Code
- Another vote for Marnie (Bernard Herrmann).
The Fury (John Williams)
Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline (Ennio Morricone)
- Crimson Tide was Hans Zimmer. And agreed, it's great.
Blow Out - Pino Donaggio
Th Portrait of a Lady - Wojchiech KJilar
Suspiria - Goblin
Traffic - Cliff Martinez
Obsession - Bernard Herrmann
King Kong - John Barry
Boom! - John Barry
Superman - John Williams
Blade Runner - Vangelis
Legend - Tangerine Dream
One Hour Photo - Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek
- "Mulholland Drive". All those sad, spooky Angelo Badalamenti orchestrations.
Actually, any David Lynch film- including the constant industrial hiss of Eraserhead.
- I love that often-times the best film scores originate from some of the most obscure, average or terrible, WTF movies (i.e. "The Cell", "Copycat", "Last Temptation of Christ").
- The Big Country
The Song of Bernadette
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
- SPARTACUS by Alex North--it's a score that can share pride of place with the greatest classics of 20th century modern music.
- Obsession, Vertigo, Psycho, Hangover Square, Taxi Driver, The Snows of Kilimanjaro - BERNARD HERRMANN
Chinatown, The Omen, L.A. Confidential, The Detective - JERRY GOLDSMITH
sex,lies & videotape - CLIFF MARTINEZ
Claudine, Superfly - CURTIS MAYFIELD
Body Heat, Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves, Somewhere in Time, Goldfinger, Jagged Edge - JOHN BARRY
Spiderman 2 - Danny Elfman
Dressed to Kill, Blowout - PINO DONAGGIO
The Shining - WENDY CARLOS
Halloween - JOHN CARPENTER
Lady Sings The Blues - DIANA ROSS
Melancholia - RICHARD WAGNER (Tristan und Isolde)
Rebel Without A Cause, Making Love, The Chapman Report - LEONARD ROSENMAN
Shaft - ISAAC HAYES
Saturday Night Fever - BEE GEES, etc.
State of Grace - ENNIO MORRICONE
The Professional - Eric Serra
- Yes R20, I love the love theme.
- Agree with R7 a beuatiful launting score.
Another good one, the soundtrack to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Can't
get more somber than that. And the score (Alex North) is quite beautiful.
One of my all time favorites-- Picnic with the score by George Duning
- West Side Story
Out of Africa
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Giulietta of the Spirits
- "Nine to Five" - Charles Fox
score by Clint Mansell
Fantastic movie too, I still get very emotional when Sam brings his clone back to the moon mobile to die.
- and Rosemary's Baby.
- "Risky Business" Tangerine Dream
"Body Double" Pino Donaggio
"Purple Rain" Michel Colombier, John L. Nelson, Prince
"The Breakfast Club" Gary Chang
- But that's the least of it, r22. THIS is where the score makes the short hairs stand on end...
- Another Alex North masterwork....
- Last Tango In Paris
- THE QUEEN and LUST, CAUTION. Both Desplat.
- One that's hugely underrated that I love is Anaxandre Desplat's for "The Queen." It's so evocative--it both gives you a sense of sadness and it suggests the relentlessness of news and current events.
- True R30, the opening is amazing, but I just have a soft spot for the love theme!
- Or this, starting at 1'08". North suggests a bizarre antique culture through the prism of modern musical syntax.
Wrong link at r36. Here 'tis....
- "Alexander" had a good score
- The Company Of Wolves.
Tous les Matins du Monde
- The Perfect Storm
Our of Africa
Wuthering Heights (1939)
- Blue Valentine
Mary and Max
- Flowers in the Attic
Dressed to Kill
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Poltergeist 1 and 2
The House on Sorority Row
Terms of Endearment
Single White Female
- Thelma and Louise
- Hermann's "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" - evocative and haunting
John Barry: "Peggy Sue Got Married" only four tracks or so on the soundtrack, but they are poignant and wistful.
- Always loved the score to BROTHER SUN SISTER MOON
- Back To The Future and Rocky have nice scores, as does The Patriot.
- The Bad and the Beautiful, David Raskin
The Postman Always Rings Twice, George Bassman
On The Town, Leonard Bernstein, Roger Edens
Purple Rain, Prince
Under the Cherry Moon, Prince (just the opening theme)
The Letter, Max Steiner
The Manchurian Candidate, David Amran
- "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" - Philip Glass
- Music from "Philadelphia"
- "Road To Perdition" by Thomas Newman.
- Midnight Express
"Never On Sunday"
And perhaps 100 more
- My favorite film score is "Star Wars" (the original), though that's probably not your cup of tea, OP.
Anything by Michael Nyman
- Frank Skinner, The Tarnished Angels (and most of the other big Sirk films of the 1950s)
Erich Korngold, The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Birth - Alexandre Desplat
- "Dr. Zhivago" -- entire soundtrack
- Basil Poledouris's The Blue Lagoon gives me an eargasm every time. Please, just listen to this two and a half minute track and you'll agree.
- I love the music of Dario Marianelli. Among other things, he's done the music for "Pride & Prejudice", "V for Vendetta", and "The Soloist". He won a well deserved Oscar for "Atonement". I think he's written the score for most, if not all, of the movies directed by Joe Wright. So beautiful!
- Cinema Paradiso
- I also love the score for Coppola's "Dracula", written by Wojciech Kilar. I just don't understand how he didn't get at least an Oscar nomination for this.
- [quote]I like listening to moody, atmospheric (a little melancholy) film scores as background music.
Try French movie themes of the '70s, like this one. In fact I think this is exactly what you're looking for.
- Shawshank Redemption (although it's been overplayed to death on a lot of the Olympics back story videos)
Almost anything else by Thomas Newman- Horse Whisperer, Cinderella Man, Road to Perdition,etc
The Lives of Others
- Thelma and Louise - Hans Zimmer
- Prelude to a Kiss, Long Kiss Goodnight, The Commitments.
- "Out of Africa" own this thread.
- R66 Funnily enough, when I saw the film, the music didnt seem that memorable. Years later when I heard a new slower version of the theme that I appreciated John Barry's music to Out of Africa
- Dances with Wolves
- Thomas Newman has written fantastic scores. I love his work in Less Than Zero, Desperately Seeking Susan, and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation film short.
- The Hours - Philip Glass
Bram Stoker's Dracula - Wjotek Kilar
- John Barry, again.
This time, Petulia.
- Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Lovely score by Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Hunger also has a great score, between Bauhaus, Schubert, Lully, and Delibes.
- UP the animated movie.
That sweet old fashioned tune that played throughout grabs my heart.
- Speaking of Thomas Newman, here is one of my favorite movie themes
- Out of Africa
- [quote]Prelude to a Kiss
Debbie Harry did a great job on the song.
A great haunting score.
I also like all 3 King Kong scores and the score for Signs.
Composed by John Barry
A great mix of styles and is an interesting assortment for many scenarios.
- Thomas Newman's score for LESS THAN ZERO was brilliant and haunting
- I would disqualify "Out of Africa" just because the most beautiful music in it was written by Mozart over 200 years ago. I'm thinking more attention should be given to music specifically written for the film.
- No, R79, it wasn't. There's one Mozart piece in it. One. The rest, including the main theme, is Barry's original work product.
- "From Hell" has one of the most underrated scores of all time, IMO. Gorgeous and haunting, unlike the movie.
Also love "The Ring". Manages to be simple and lush at the same time. And also super creepy.
- Marvin Hamlish score to. "Sophie's Choice" is my personal favorite - looked for years to get the cd.
- Gattaca and The Social Network
- And an honorable mention must go to Zbigbiew Preisner's work on the Krzysztof Kieslowski films and Wim Wenders "Wings of Desire."
Guess I like melancholy.
- Let the Right One In (original Swedish version) is my latest favorite. Score by Johan Soderqvist. Especially 'Oskar in Love' and 'Eli's Theme', both on Youtube but can't seem to get one of the links to copy. Haunting just like this wonderful film and the performance of its two leads.
The Graduate. Don't Look Now.
Many by the great Georges Delerue including Truffaut's Jules et Jim and Day for Night.
Did someone mention Michel Legrand? Les parapluies de Cherbourg, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Go-Between.
Although borrowed from the classical repertoire, Death in Venice (Mahler), Elvira Madigan and Sunday Bloody Sunday (Mozart), The Music Lovers (Tchaikovsky), Platoon (Samuel Barber), Slaughterhouse Five (JSBach) to name a few.
- Eli's Theme from Let the Right One In.
- Great thread! Thank you, OP.
My favourite are by Michael Nyman, Zbigniew Preisner, Philip Glass, Carter Burwell, Clint Mansell, Ennio Morricone.
Ennio Morricone: Once Upon a Time in the West.
Michael Nyman: There's The Piano and Gattaca, but I also really love his score for Wonderland. Very gloomy and beautiful.
The score for Being John Malkovich, by Carter Burwell.
The OST for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Double Life of Veronique and Red, by Zbigniew Preisner.
Love that music by Philip Glass that was re-used in Truman Show.
Requiem for a Dream composed by Clint Mansell and played by Kronos Quartet, but I bet it's been in a dozen posts already.
- Another vote for Mulholland Dr. It's just beautiful. And its own character in the film, IMO.
- Oh, and that zither from The Third Man. Love the cinematography and the narration on that movie - too bad the end result is boring. It's got a lot of atmosphere. Perhaps I should watch it again. Maybe it's one of those movies that you have to be an adult to enjoy.
Theme is part of the music for Kontakthof by Pina Pausch. Love it there too. Actually, love the whole score for Dancing Dreams - Jugendlitche dancing Kontakthof.
- Loved Jonny Greenwood's score for there Will Be Blood. Didn't like the movie all that much, but the music was up there.
David Byrne's score for Young Adam, with Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton- great score too. And great cinematography. Very bleak movie, not at all what I expected.
- no love for the Gladiator End theme? when this started playing, just as Maximus was dying, i got chills. the woman's voice is so haunting.
- In the mood for love
Lift to the scaffold
The good the bad and the ugly
American in Paris
- Thought Ennio Morricone's music for Once Upon A Time in America was great and was a perfect fit with the film especially this tune with the last shot in the film
- Others I like besided those posted:
Zefferelli's "Romeo and Juliet"
In Cold Blood
Summer of '42
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
A Man and a Woman
An Affair to Remember
- "Besides" those posted.
- The soundtrack to Magnolia is great and certainly melancholy , but you have to like Aimee Mann since it is essentially an Aimee Mann album.
I also like the score to an obsure 2002 NZ film called Rain. Lot's of lowkey Neil Finn on that one.
- The English Patient.
- Dressed To Kill
Peggy Sue Got Married - John Barry's theme for it is gorgeous.
- I love the Dressed to Kill soundtrack too. But the soundtrack to Femme Fatale is even better. One day I hope FF will be widely appreciated for the masterpiece it is--the capstone to Brian De Palma's brilliant career.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Angels in America
- The Solaris score (Clooney as star) by, I think, Chris Martinez is pretty good.
- I like the Erich Korngold score for "Captain Blood."
Odd that there is so little mention of the composers of the golden age. I don't expect a lot of praise for Max Steiner, but still...
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966). I have had a life-long love affair with that movie and the score is just amazing.
- crush with Andie Mcdowell
- The Fury
- So many garbage scores on this thread that are considered "great." Ugh.
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind - very ethereal and haunting
- I admire how fun the score for Star Wars is whereas the score for The Empire Strikes Back is so much more darker and malevolent.
- Chinatown has always been my very favorite.
Antarctica by Vangelis
The Reivers by John Williams (anyone get that one yet?)
A Single Man (bought it after hearing it in a very upscale bookshop and still have not seen the film)
- [quote]One day I hope FF will be widely appreciated for the masterpiece it is--the capstone to Brian De Palma's brilliant career.
I couldn't agree more. I saw it when it opened, twice. First alone, then I brought a friend. We were mesmerized and entertained.
- The Omen. I love the way Goldsmith sets up the Satanic chorus and the theme for the loving, happy family, and spends the rest of the recording slowly weaving the former into the latter. It's a brilliant retelling of the basic plot of the book/movie, and practically a tone poem unto itself, a la Peter and the Wolf. As the album builds, the family theme regresses and fragments, repeatedly interrupted and subverted by rumblings of the Satanic verse theme, which has been fractured and reassembled in strange new ways, some subtle and some terrifying. By the frantic climax of the album, the family theme is sad, hollow and broken, and the Satanic verse has been so powerfully deconstructed that the singers are literally just hissing and shouting and hurling detached, atonal syllables at the listener--it's an amazing and frightful tornado of sound. Listening to the album start-to-finish is probably the most effectively terrifying way to experience the story of The Omen, and the score itself may be one of the scariest, most unsettling works ever written.
- Soderbergh's Solaris. Music by Cliff Martinez.
- West side story!
- Field of Dreams
The Deer Hunter
Dances With Wolves
- Another John Barry score - Mary, Queen of Scots...
- The Untouchables.
- I Want to Live! great jazz score
Anatomy of a Murder
Looking for Mr. Goodbar- OK, it's a compilation of disco covers but damn it's good.
- Ben-Hur - Miklos Rozsa
- The Bounty- Vangelis
- Ship of Fools
Murder on the Orient Express
Somewhere in Time
- The Man with the Golden Arm.
The Magnificent Seven.
Never on Sunday.
- I love you, r122!
- City of Angels, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, A Man and A Woman, anything by Ferrante and Teicher or Henry Mancini.
- Are film scores our era's version of "classical" music?
- "The silence of the lambs" Howard Shore
"Star Trek 2: The wrath of Khan"
"Star Trek 3: The search for Spock"
and "Aliens" James Horner
- The Age of Innocence
- Rome Adventure
A Summer Place
- Yes, #111 A SINGLE MAN's soundtrack is very haunting.....just wait til you see the film & you'll be even more enamored with the music.
- TOWN WITHOUT PITY by Gene Pitney
- Henry V
Sweet Smell Of Success
- Great William S. Fischer score for the woefully forgotten "Born To Win".
I am obsessed with finding more of this early-70s funky-jazz-type music; what do you call this genre anyway?
- I'm surprised no one mentioned David Shire's score for THE CONVERSATION:
- Field of Dreams
The Deer Hunter
The Social Network
Dances With Wolves
- The Perfect Storm
Out of Africa
- Man, how did I forget "Out Of Africa"? It's one of the few soundtracks I owned. Love it.
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The Little Mermaid (yes, I went there)
- The soundtrack to the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp movie "The Tourist" has some gorgeous cuts. So does the Jane Campion film "Bright Star."
- Anything Carter Burwell's done for the Coen Brothers, especially his score for Miller's Crossing.
- Gone With The Wind
- Silk, RYUICHI SAKAMOTO; Afterglow, MARK ISHAM; Body Heat, JOHN BARRY; and anything by JERRY GOLDSMITH
- Somewhere In Time
- Ragtime. Randy Newman and Mandy Patinkin do schmaltz in a most lovely, perfect way here.
Glory. Makes grown men cry.
Southern Comfort (Ry Cooder's score is sublime)
Places In the Heart. Makes me weep every time.
Shaft. We literally wore out the grooves on this one as kids!
Claudine. Ditto to Shaft.
- Hans Zimmer's score for The Thin Red Line. Especially the theme Journey to the Line has. The theme starts at about 2.50.
Apparently this has been used in various trailers, too.
- Dune (David Lynch's version) - Brian Eno and Toto
Children of Dune (miniseries) - Inama Nushif by Brian Tyler - the song played during the birth/slaughter montage. Haunting and in Freman!
The Keep - Tangerine Dream (any TD soundtrack, actually)
Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi (recycled for the Truman Show) - Philip Glass
Vibes, Braveheart - James Horner
Lady Jane - Steven Oliver
Gladiator, Mission Impossible 2 - Hans Zimmer with Lisa Gerrard
Crimson Tide, The Da Vinci Code - Hans Zimmer
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Howard Shore
Civilization IV (video game) - Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin and preformed by the Soweto Gospel Choir (Also from the album Calling All Dawns. Baba Yetu is the first composition written for a video game to win a Grammy and each of the songs featured on the album are sung in a different language with lyrics sourced from various religious texts and prayers, including: the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord's Prayer, and Maori proverbs)
Hunt for Red October, Starship Troopers - Basil Poledouris (Starship Troopers features his daughter performing an awesome cover of David Bowie's 'I Have Not Been to Oxfordtown)
- Michael Nyman, Wonderland.
Carter Burwell, Being John Malkovich.
- La Califfa by Ennio Morricone
- The Moderns, a film by Alan Rudolph, and the soundtrack is by Mark Isham. It's a jazzy soundtrack and it features a beautiful old French song, "Parlez-moi d'amour", sung by Lucienne Boyer.
Also, I love the True Romance theme, "You're So Cool". It is by Hans Zimmer, and it is a cover of Carl Orff's "Gassenhauer".
- This is the "Parlez-moi d'amour" song by Lucienne Boyer featured in The Moderns.
- 1977, the spy who loved me, the 10th James Bond film Marvin Hamlisch
- Gone With the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
A Patch of Blue
The Sand Pebbles
On the Waterfront
How the West Was Won
Days of Heaven
The Bishop's Wife
Inside Daisy Clover
Wuthering Heights (Timothy Dalton version)
The Great Gatsby (Robert Redford, Mia Farrow version)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (disco covers)
The Big Country
Spartacus (Kirk Douglas version)
Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor)
I Want to Live!
- Magnificent Seven and Some Like It Hot
- Enemy at the Gates
- Soundtrack from "Somewhere in Time" with Christoper Reeve & (I think) Jane Seymour.
- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Mary, Queen of Scots
Man of Steel
- Air - The Virgin Suicides
The Cinematic Orchestra - The Crimson Wing: Mystery Of The Flamingos
Johan Soderqvist - Let The Right One In
- John Barry's score for "Boom!" is good and moody.
- Thomas Newman's score for "Little Women" is gorgeous.
- MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY the remake with Brando has a great score
THE SAND PEBBLES
THE 4 HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE remake. Score by Andre Previn
I WANT TO LIVE! Gerry Mulligan jazz
PICNIC George Duning
Just about anything by Thomas Newman
- Alexandre Desplat is tne new IT composer. This year he has Imitation Game, Unbroken and The Grand Budapest Hotel. But his best score is for The Painted Veil and parts of Birth.
- Not my absolute favorite (many of them have been listed here), but I liked The Price of Tides score a lot. Here's Barbra with the main theme.
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Jerry Goldsmith went absolutely musical nuts on that score. Especially with that creepy, grinding "blaster beam" instrument (you'll know it when you hear it, it's impossible to miss).