Top Movie Scores of All Time Ever in the World!

I’m sitting here in my new flat while the guy who came here to change the locks and broken windows is having a nice conversation on the phone. I could be here for a while. So, instead of stalking people on Facebook or reading more about the debt ceiling, I will give you a new list! A few of you have expressed “WOO!” after reading my lists, and lord knows I like making them so, here you go.

I chose film scores because I love movies. If a movie is done well, the score will add to it and be just as memorable (ala Jaws. Would that shark have been half as scary with out the famous “Da dum Da dum…” ?) In no particular order, here you go!

1. Star Wars – John Williams Duh. I know it is an obvious choice, but the music in this movie is seriously bad ass. It has seeped into our collective brain and we all know what it sounds like when Darth Vader is on the move. I walked down the aisle to the Imperial March.

2. Pather Panchali – Ravi Shankar A beautiful movie about love, family and redemption. It is highlighted by the sitar music throughout. It made me fall in love with the film. 

3. The Godfather – Nino Rota I had to do some research about Mr. Rota, and I’m glad I did. It seems he is responsible for some of my favorite movie scores! Aside from The Godfather, the Italian composer did such gems as 81/2, La Strada, and Romeo and Juliet. The Godfather score is hands down the winner, but they are all awesome. Give a listen.

4. The Mission – Ennio Morricone I saw The Mission in the theater when I was 12 years old. I didn’t understand everything that was going on in the film, but the music stayed with me. The score is haunting and inspiring. The movie is pretty bad ass too. Sure I could have gone with “A Fist Full of Dollars”, but I thought for once I’d be a little classy. You’re welcome.  

5. Escape From New York – Alan Howarth & John Carpenter Ok, granted – this is not one of the best film scores of all time, but it is awesome. Maybe I just have sentimental feeling for the movie, but every time I hear it I feel that time is running out! It sounds like all of Carpenter’s score’s – simple, keyboards, and momentum. Say what you will, I still like it. 

6.  Amélie – Yann Tiersen The music is so much a part of this film that it is hard to separate the two. Both are full of personality and life. I am a sucker for piano, and add a little accordion to it and I am sold. It’s quirky and beautiful, just like the film. 

7. Gone With the Wind – Max Steiner All of Max Steiner’s scores are full of drama, and I love music that is full of drama! Thus my love for Meatloaf, show tunes, Barbara Streisand and films from the 1940’s. Gone With the Wind is one of the most famous scores of film history and one that sweeps you away. Every time I hear it I want to watch the movie.

8. American Beauty – Thomas Newman Another haunting piano driven score. The music in this film was perfect, and it is a nice distraction to the man hammering in the next room. Newman, take me away! His music in Road to Perdition was a close second. Actually his entire catalogue is spectacular.

9. El Mariachi/Desperado – Los Lobos Just awesome. I dare you to listen to the “Mariachi Suite” and not fall in love with it. The movies are pretty bad ass as well. 

10. Buckaroo Banzai – ??? This is a toughie. I have always had a soft spot for the music in this film, but it seems that you just can’t find it anywhere. If you are interested in hearing “The Glory Walk” which makes me smile every time, check out this article. But here it is: 

11. Cannibal Holocaust – Riz Ortolani Have you seen this? Probably not. It is an Italian “Horror” film that is so graphic it was dubbed as a “snuff film”. Either way, the music that goes with the blood and guts is so calm and beautiful it makes the EWW factor that much more icky.

12. Harold and Maude – Cat Stevens One of my favorite films of all time wth one of the best soundtracks ever. Steven’s wrote two songs just for this beautiful love story. It all works. Maude is my hero.  

And that’s all folks. I could write about Jaws and Psycho, but what’s the point? You all know that the music from ET is great, Wizard of Oz is timeless, and that the score from “Lawrence of Arabia” is legendary so I thought I’d throw you a couple you might not have heard. That’s all for now. I’m going to go walk around the other room and see if dude is going to finish before I go gray.


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