Your favorite movie soundtracks and scores?

System Posts: 30 Moderator
edited December 2020 in General
This discussion was created from comments split from: Does anyone else collect soundtrack LP's/CD's?.

Mod Edit. Looks like the original conversation was started by a bot, but it was a good discussion, so I split it out (to kill the bot) following user suggestions. ~Triem23


  • Triem23
    Triem23 Posts: 20,603 Ambassador
    edited December 2020

    Well, I have five CD binders. One and a half are Sound Effects, half is pre-1940s music (dating back to medieval music). Two are soundtracks and scores, and one is... Everything else.

    Moving to mp3 messes up the estimate a bit, but it's fair to say I collect soundtracks/scores.

    Some faves...

    • I agree on the Conan, and if you don't have the two-disc edition that's remastered and featuring alternate tracks, get it. Did you know Basil was always unhappy with this score? He felt the orchestra was sloppy. They were (you can hear in "Anvil of Crom" how out-of-unison the french horns are), but it worked. "Barbarian," right? Uncivilized. The slop is just enough to enhance, not detract.
    • Star Wars (any John Williams).
    • The Black Hole. John Barry's best.
    • Transformers (1986). Vince DeCola's score (although the songs are mostly good). The initial release of the score was only 1000 copies. I pirated it from online, then sent a check to Vince's agent with a note ("Hey, this CD goes for a thousand bucks on ebay. I won't pay that much for a CD, but here's a $20 check for you since I stole it. If this was re-issued I'd grab it."). A year later the score was remastered and re-issued, so I bought it. Basically, I'm taking credit for the re-issue. Never heard back from Vince or his rep, but the check was cashed.
    • Star Trek II. Man, the Mutara battle is amazing and the rising strings during the intercuts of Genesis forming with Kirk running to engineering makes me tear up every time.
    • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. For TAS Shirley Walker had a 30-piece orchestra. For MotP she had a 100-piece and a 50-person choir, and it's EPIC.
    • Lord of the Rings. All of Howard Shore's score is amazing. Personal highlight, the Balrog battle with all the rugby players grunting like mad as percussion.
  • tddavis
    tddavis Posts: 5,181 Expert
    edited December 2020

    I collected in earnest in my younger teen years. Had most of the Bond movies if not all up until The Living Daylights. Cds and married life put an end to soundtrack collecting (although, I do have a fair number on CD) and comic collecting. Divorce got rid of that collection though a long time ago. Still have the LPs in a storage tote standing upright...or I think I do unless they were a casualty of the Great Storage Unit robbery of '16, that is.

  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Posts: 3,113 Expert

    I collect soundtracks also. Anything by John Williams, Danny Elfman, Henry Mancini, Hans Zimmer, Elmer Bernstein and Max Steiner are my favorites.

    @Triem23 is right, though... The Black Hole soundtrack is fantastic!

    Let's be honest though, with all due respect to John Williams, Max Steiner is the GOAT! He wrote the book on film music composition.

  • iamkhanproductions
    iamkhanproductions Posts: 503 Enthusiast

    I do, im a sucker for soundtracks, my list..

    Brian Tyler - Battle LA OST

    Black Hawk Down OST

    Blade OST

    Daft Punk - Tron Legacy OST

    Hans zimmer - Interstellar OST

    Hans Zimmer - Man of steel OST

    Hans Zimmer - The Dark knight OST

    Transformers The Score - Stebe Jablonski

    Transformers - The Last Knight Score


  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Posts: 3,113 Expert

    What do you think of the AFI List of Best Film Scores before the year 2000?

  • Georgefilm
    Georgefilm Posts: 495 Enthusiast
    edited January 2021

    Oh man, I'm one too - my list (don't know most composers).

    The Good The Bad And The Ugly

    Ludwig Goeransson - The Mandalodian OST

    John Williams - Star Wars OST

    John Williams - Indiana Jones OST

    Danny Elf man - Batman Theme

    John Barry - James bond Theme

    Shirley Bassey - Gold finger

    Also, the creator of this discussion joined right when his first post was so...@Triem23 ?

  • premiere_studios
    premiere_studios Posts: 127 Enthusiast

    I don't have CD's but my list is:

    Very much Star Wars ((John Williams and Rogue One( Michael Giacchino))

    Danny Elfman( Batman, Age of Ultron theme, Justice League)

    Blake Neely (The Flash and other CW shows)

    Hans Zimmer (Wonder Woman theme)

  • TimLan635
    TimLan635 Posts: 48 Enthusiast
    edited December 2020

    This is an interesting discussion, but GeorgeFilm's suspicions are spot on: if you do a Google search on the OP's first sentence, you can see the entire post is a clone of a post from July 2017 on a music forum at forums/

    [Edited: This thread was originally started by a bot using a word-for-word clone of a 2017 post from a different forum. I had a screenshot of that other website here, but now have removed the screenshot as it distracted from the discussion at hand, and was no longer relevant with the original post removed.]

    I loved the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. I'll also mention Mark Isham who composed the soundtrack for October Sky and also for A River Runs Through It, among others. Very different compositions from the driven, high energy music associated with so many movies, but very enjoyable nonetheless.


  • alaska_vfx_filmer
    alaska_vfx_filmer Posts: 535 Enthusiast
    edited December 2020

    My favorite soundtrack are sorted more by artist than movie,

    Oldest to newest

    The soundtrack from I SPY (50s show, Cosby/Culp)

    Anything by Vince Guaraldi (yes, thats Peanuts/Charlie brown) I'm a Guaraldi fanatic, more so because he is to a large extent unknown past the peanuts stuff, and therefore there are few resources for people like me who want to play it his stuff.

    John williams is always impressive, but I'm best acquainted with the Tintin soundtrack then the others.

    Lord of the rings soundtrack is an absolute masterpiece, I had downloaded, listened, and learned to play the "Concerning Hobbits" track long before I watched it.

  • laconstantedeplanck
    laconstantedeplanck Posts: 103 Enthusiast

    OMG soundtracks!! I love them. 

    There are three composers that I absolutely love: John Williams, Alan Silvestri and Hans Zimmer. I have a bunch of OST from John Williams, including almost every Star Wars soundtrack (only missing The Rise of Skywalker and The Attack of the Clones). Jurassic Park is also one of my favorites. That's a classic masterpiece :) 

    Alan Silvestri is another beast. From classic movies like Back To The Future to the most epic Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, he's an incredible composer. 

    And what to tell about Hans Zimmer? Interstellar, The Last Samurai, Gladiator, The Rock, Pearl Harbor...  

    I love cinema. It's such a complex industry with lots of different people involved that somehow manage to get a product that might hit you so hard, creating some special moments in your life. Who does not remember the first time watching X movie? 

    Long live the cinema industry :) 

  • StevenSpicer
    StevenSpicer Staff Posts: 47 Staff

    Anything that Hans Zimmer does is my absolute jam, but I'm of the firm belief that a great soundtrack can make or break a film.

  • tddavis
    tddavis Posts: 5,181 Expert

    @StevenSpicer Absolutely! All the proof one needs of that is to watch some DVD extras of footages with no soundtrack. A totally different movie most times. 😁

  • Dewr
    Dewr Posts: 146 Enthusiast
    edited December 2020

    Star Trek The Motion Picture, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and The Empire Strikes Back.

    One of my relatives by marriage, my stepfather’s younger sisters husband, joined the LSO at the time and Empire was his first job with them.

    I’m also a fan of the early 80’s music for Doctor Who by the Radiophonic Workshop, especially the theme arrangement for that period.

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Posts: 20,603 Ambassador

    @Dewr your stepfather's younger sister's hubby... What instrument?

    I'll also ask which Doctor Who theme version. You mean the Peter Howell used to Tom Baker's last season through Peter Davison, or the Dominic Glynn arrangement used for Colin? I actually enjoy both greatly. Delia Derbyshire's arrangements (1963-81) remain my favorite(s), but Howell and Glynn are my second and third.

  • Dewr
    Dewr Posts: 146 Enthusiast

    The Peter Howell arrangement. It's the one I grew up with. And is still my favourite.

  • Dewr
    Dewr Posts: 146 Enthusiast

    He played violin, later became First Violin,. Lennox Mackenzie.

    He retired from the LSO a few years ago. Also played on the Prequels, and on the Harry Potters.