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    Good movies for film score fans?

    I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for movies to watch for a film score fan. I'm pretty open minded, I don't really care what genre the movie is. Even some horror movies have cool scores, infact the score is pretty important in a good horror movie. I'll go ahead and list some of my favorites:

    The Village
    Batman Begins
    Titanic
    Armageddon
    Deep Blue Sea
    The Island
    Charlie and THe Chocolate Factory
    The Ring / Ring 2
    The Rock
    Crimson Tide
    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
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    It's probably pretty obvious I like Hans Zimmer and guys that sound like him, but tell me what scores you guys like. It never hurts to broaden your musical tastes.

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    Have you seen "Der Untergang"? I really think that´s a great movie... Of couse it´s not that kind of movie you can watch over and over again, but if you haven´t seen it, then I will recommend you to do so!

    My favourite movies are "Pirates of the Caribbean", and "Moulin Rouge".... Popular all over the world I think

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    My favorite film score at the moment is City Lights (by Chaplin). I haven´t actually seen the movie, but the score is fantastic and quite different from what you normally hear

    Jette

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    Ha ha - I think it´s funny! You haven´t seen the movie but it´s your favourite!

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    Maybe I misunderstood the question, but I thought he ask about the music and not the movies

    Jette

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    Okay - I understand! It could be me who misunderstood the question....... I don´t know?

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    - Any Hitchcock film with music by Bernard Hermann (and The Birds is probably worth seeing too from a soundtrack point of view)
    - Taxi Driver (another amazing score by Bernard Hermann)
    - Sergio Leone's 'Man With No Name' trilogy i.e. A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - music by Ennio Morricone
    - Dario Argento's horror films (also scored by Ennio Morricone) most notably The Bird With The Crystal Plumage/L'Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo
    - Most of Angelo Badalamenti's scores are brilliant i.e. Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Fire Walk With Me, City Of Lost Children
    - A Clockwork Orange (Wendy Carlos)
    - Contempt/Le Mepris (Georges Delerue)
    - The Usual Suspects (John Ottman)

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    Lord of the Rings. It's a masterpiece. Best of all, that's for sure. (Sorry, couldn't refrain from adding this...

    My other additions:

    The Village (superb!)
    Alexander
    Braveheart
    Blade Runner
    Solaris
    Findning Neverland
    Passion Of The Christ
    Star Wars
    1492
    Jaws
    Merlin
    ...

    (these are just what came into my mind...)

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    I'm surprised Conan the Barbarian isn't on that list... the score is extraordinary IMHO.

    BTW, wonderful forum

    My first post here.

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    I am sure someone else probably mentioned it, but you should really add the Lord of the Rings soundtrack to the list. All of the songs are beautifully composed on a broad range of instruments. Also the soundtrack is on sale for $6.99 at Target, you should pick it up when you get a chance. Some of it I find very relaxing to listen to at night, or when I get back from work.

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    I have all three LOTR albums (already on my Hardrive )

    But you guys already have a thread about it... I was thinking this would be about more obscure stuff...

    BTW, John Barry's Dances with Wolves score is also damn good...

    Last of the Mohicans (forget the composer) but they have this extraordinary track called "Promentory"

    By far my favorite track from Conan is "Theology". Basil Poledouris outdid himself in this film... don't think he ever topped it...

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    I have all three LOTR albums (already on my Hardrive )

    But you guys already have a thread about it... I was thinking this would be about more obscure stuff...

    BTW, John Barry's Dances with Wolves score is also damn good...

    Last of the Mohicans (forget the composer) but they have this extraordinary track called "Promentory"

    By far my favorite track from Conan is "Theology". Basil Poledouris outdid himself in this film... don't think he ever topped it...
    I agree, those are good scores. Last Of the Mohicans was actually composed by two different composers: Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. But it was Trevor Jones that composed "Promentory" - which is truly an excellent track!!

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    Band of Brothers (Its a seires, yes, but its soundtrack was composed by Michael Kamen, may he rest in peace)
    Backdraft (I havent seen the movie but the soundtrack is great. And like many of my favorites, its composed by Hans Zimmer.)
    The Last Samurai (Also Hans Zimmer, very awesome score indeed)
    Great Expectations (It has a nice score by Patrcik Doyle)
    13th Warrior (Soundtrack composed by Jerry Goldsmith, one of the soundtrack-masters)
    And ofcourse, you have to see anything involving Danny Elfman. Such as Nightmare before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, The Simpsons .
    Fifth Element (Awesome music by Eric Serra)
    Princess Mononoke (Soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi, very very very nice)
    Spirited Away (Also soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi)
    The Last of The Mohicans (One of the best scores in my opinion, composed by Trevor Jones and also a number of songs by Randy Edelman)
    Bubba Ho-Tep (Not many people have seen this movie but its really cool and awesome. Its soundtrack was made by Brian Tyler.)

    I could go on and on..

    [edit] Ooups, looks like you guys already mentioned The Last of the Mohicans

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    Although the movie might not be everybody's taste I think Hans Zimmer did a great job on "Hannibal" adding a lot of the vital atmosphere from the movie by his music. That was what most struck me when I watched it.

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    Re: Good movies for film score fans?

    <u>The Lord Of The Rings:</u> Masterpiece! Both the movie and the score of course. The best there is!

    <u>The Unsaid:</u> Extremely haunting and beautiful score by Don Davis, and a very sad and gripping drama/thriller. Andy Garcia is superb in this film, as always.

    <u>The Secret Garden:</u> This is what got me into scores in the first place. Zbigniew Preisner delivers a magical and enchanting score, and the movie is just as magical even if it's a family/kids movie.

    <u>Tuck Everlasting:</u> Again a gorgeous, enchanting and magical score by William Ross. The movie is just as enchanting (I'm talking about the 2002 version now). The score reminds me a lot of <u>The Horse Whisperer</u>, by Thomas Newman, which I also definitely recommend.

    <u>The Cider House Rules:</u> Rachel Portman delivers a sweet, warming and beautiful melodic score in this completely adorable and touching family drama/tearjerker by Lasse Hallström.

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