Favorite Scores by Composer
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Author:  BadgerBrock [ Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:00 pm ]
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I will assume, for my own convenience that we're listing composers other than Bear McCreary (leaves more room that way); it still pains me that I have to choose from among many favourites (I'm sorry Alan Silvestri); also, I'm mentioning soundtracks as a whole entities, and they may or may not contain individual favourite pieces:

Hans Zimmer:

Crimson Tide
The Lion King
Batman Begins
Sherlock Holmes

Danny Elfman:

Edward Scissorhands
Batman Returns
Mars Attacks

Klaus Badelt:

Ultraviolet (Just the score, not the movie!)
Pirates of the Carribean

Jerry Goldsmith:

Logan's Run
The Mummy

Basil Poledouris:

Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Destroyer
The Hymn to Red October

Author:  Bear McCreary [ Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:26 pm ]
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Fireflame94 wrote:
Ennio Morricone
Once upon a time in America
Once upon a time in the West
The Thing
Cinema Paradiso

Throw THE MISSION on to that list and you'd have my top 5 Morricone tracks as well. Although trying to narrow down his prolific output into favorites is a ridiculous task. But, yeah... good call, especially on Cinema Paradiso and The Thing.

But, if you somehow don't know the music to The Mission, check it out ASAP. :)

Author:  ilovethedark [ Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:13 am ]
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Some of my other favorites, if I included Bear it would have gone over the 5 fav limit. :)

Hans Zimmer:
The Dark Knight
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Lion King
The Simpson's Movie

John Williams:
Empire Strikes Back
Jurassic Park
Schindler's List

Alan Silvestri:
Back to the Future (all three)

Alan Menken:
Beauty and the Beast
Hunchback of Notre Dame

Koji Kondo:
Super Mario Brothers
Legend of Zelda

Author:  OneBuckFilms [ Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:35 pm ]
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Jerry Goldsmith

Star Trek:TMP
Star Trek 5
The Shadow
The Mummy

James Horner

Star Trek II
Star Trek III

Danny Elfman

Batman Returns
Planet of the Apes
Mars Attacks

John Williams

The Empire Strikes Back
The Temple of Doom
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Thomas Newman

The Shawshank Redemption
Meet Joe Black
American Beauty
The Horse Whisperer
Red Corner

special mentions

These composers and scores very nearly made the list:

Patrick Doyle - Frankenstein, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Alan Silvestri - Predator, Back to the Future, Young Guns II, Contact, Forrest Gump, Captain America
John Powell - The Bourne trilogy, United 93, Chicken Run, Evolution
Harry Gregson-Williams - Cowboys and Aliens, Chicken Run
Miklos Rosza - Ben-Hur
Elmer Bernstein - To Kill A Mocking Bird
Alfred Newman - Airport, How The West Was win
Hans Zimmer - The DaVinci Code, Pirates
Michael Giacchino - Star Trek, Let Me In, Super 8

Author:  SueN [ Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:31 pm ]
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This was a hard thing to do! I never behave (where would I get if I did?) so I am going to break all of the rules. I couldn’t come up with a 5X5 list because I don’t prefer all of the scores, just some. So here is my list in order of preference:


John Williams-Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Star Wars
Hanz Zimmer-The Dark Knight, Gladiator, Sherlock Holmes, DaVinci Code
John Barry-James Bond, Dances With Wolves, Somewhere in Time
Maurice Jarre-Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia
Michael Nyman-The Piano
Danny Elfman-Batman
Jerry Goldsmith- Total Recall, Alien
A.R. Rahman-Slumdog Millionaire
Vangelis-Blade Runner
Greg Edmonson-Firefly series
James Horner-Apollo 13

Thanks for reading!

Author:  buegeleisen [ Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:09 pm ]
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there's only three and a half i'd like to add, because everyone else is already above :).

Yann Tiersen
Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (aka Amélie)
Good Bye Lenin! (a german movie)
Tabarly (documentary film, but interesting to watch)

Sofa Surfers (austrian band)
Der Knochenmann
Komm, süßer Tod
(three austrian (no kangaroos) 'darkly humorous crime films', as english wikipedia calls one of them)

Philip Glass
The Hours
The Truman Show
Dracula (the restaurated version of the film von 1931)

the half one are the dust brothers with their soundtrack for fightclub, in some moods it replaces philip glass, but mostly it is somewhere from place 6 to 10).

and the other two of five would be thomas newman and bear mccreary.

Author:  Hokuten [ Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:01 pm ]
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Present company excluded I would have to say the following.

1) Clint Mansell
- The Fountain
- Requiem For a Dream
- Black Swan
- Pi
- Smoking Aces

2) Vangelis
-Blade Runner

3) James Horner
- Aliens
- Willow
- Legends of the Fall

4) Howard Shore
- Lord of the Rings Films
- Silence of the Lambs

5) Daft Punk/Thomas Bangalter
- Tron Legacy
- Irreversible

Author:  theburningcircus [ Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:55 pm ]
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In all honesty, Bear is in my top 5 composers, but I will leave him out for convenience as well!

John Williams
-Indiana Jones
-Schindler's List
-Memoirs of a Geisha
-Harry Potter
-Seven Years in Tibet

James Newton Howard
-Snow Falling on Cedars
-The Devil's Advocate
-Blood Diamond
-Batman Begins

Thomas Newman
-Meet Joe Black
-Oscar and Lucinda
-Red Corner
-A Series of Unfortunate Events

Danny Elfman
-Edward Scissorhands
-The Nightmare Before Christmas
-Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Hans Zimmer
-The Thin Red Line
-Black Hawk Down
-Tears of the Sun

I would like to take this time to sincerely apologize to Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, James Horner, Alexandre Desplat, Tan Dun, Harry Gregson-Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, etc...I am sooooooooooooo sorry!!! lol

Author:  Harrison5 [ Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:32 pm ]
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I'm glad I see that someone else picked Thomas Newman's score / soundtrack for Meet Joe Black. As far as everything else goes for this thread I still have to get my list together.

BUT, I REALLY like the responses in this thread so far. Thanks to Bear for starting this thread. This is cool and I'm glad that the forum is really starting to come together like this.

So Say We All ?


Author:  AdamCarlo [ Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:26 am ]
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So say we all!

I'd like to add a few more soundtracks that I think are outstanding,

Dune - Toto

Last of the Mohicans - Trevor Jones

Hunt for Red October - Basil Poledouris

Blade Runner - Vangelis

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