Ry Cooder’s slide guitar score for Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas remains the most moving score I’ve ever heard. It is so spiritual and deeply touching. He based it off of the best blues song of all time, the ghostly graveyard instrumental “Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground)”. I’ve seen very few films where the score so perfectly captures the imagery.
Gustavo Santaolalla on Brokeback Mountain. When that beautiful guitar strum kicks in, it breaks my heart, especially in the last scene where Ennis says, “I swear, Jack,” and tears fill his eyes
I’m quite partial to Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov and his score to Andrei Rublev; in particular the closing scene of Rublev’s paintings. A while back I was trying to notate the opening scene, but then I suppose I got sidetracked ’cause I never finished it.
Spike Lee’s He Got Game is fantastic. great choices of music as well. The opening sequence is splendid!
Sergei Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky
Manfred Hubler, Siegfried Schwab & Jess Franco – Vampyros Lesbos
Jerry Goldsmith’s score for The Wind and the Lion is amazing
2- Peter Gabriel- Last Temptation of Christ
3- John Williams- Schindler’s List
4- Zbigniew Preisner- Trois Couleurs: Blue
5- John Williams- Star Wars
6- Danny Elfman- Planet of the Apes (just the score and score only)
7- Wojciech Kilar- Portrait of a Lady
8- Mychael Danna- Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
9- Michael Nyman- Prospero’s Books
10- Ennio Morricone- The Mission
Zbigniew Preisner- Trois Couleurs: Blue ……. def one of my fav scores.
I’ve always been a The Third Man man myself. I also really dig the scores in Ugetsu and Sansho the Bailiff.
RZA’s score for Ghost Dog, for sure.
The score for Ozu’s remake of Floating Weeds and Giorgio Moroder’s 1984 Metropolis score are the two that come to my head immediately, but there are obviously others.
Nino Rota for Fellini’s Casanova
Alexander Nevsky. It made its way into the repertoire.
I do love Ry Cooder’s score for Paris, Texas (a whole lot more than I like the film, anyhow), and I’m a big fan of the Tinderstick’s collective scores for Claire Denis’ films, but I’m going to have to go with Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood, simply because there’s nothing else like it.
KWAIDAN by toru takemitsu. haunting!
Kwaidan is one of the most atmospheric and textured scores, especially “The Woman of the Snow” sequence. Walter Schumann’s score for Night of the Hunter is also a gem, especially Pearl’s song during the riverboat scene.
@Deimel—Andrei Rublev does truly become awe-inspiring during the colorful climax. My fave Tarkovsky score is Eduard Artemyev’s for Solaris, especially the ambient Hunters in the Snow scene. I’ve noticed the scores which always linger within me the most are subtle rather than grandiose.
Also neil young’s stuff in deadman. Jarmusch has some good soundtracks.
@Neonbear—another example of how the typical overblown orchestra doesn’t stick to your bones as much as a stark guitar.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Angelo Badalamenti’s eerie score for Mulholland Drive.
Badlands and Days of Heaven for sure… And, of course, Psycho and Taxi Driver.
Michael Nyman – A Zed and Two Noughts
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis- The Proposition
John Carpenter- Assault on Precinct 13
Air- Virgin Suicides
Bobby Beausoleil- Lucifer Rising
Bernard Herrmann: Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, Hangover Square.
Ennio Morricone: Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, Before the Revolution
Michel Legrand: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Cleo from 5 to 7
Georges Delerue: Contempt
John Williams: The Long Goodbye
Johnny Mandel: Point Blank
Phillip Glass’s score for Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is absolutely breathtaking!
Howard Shore Se7en
Vangelis Alexander, Blade Runner
Elliot Goldenthal Heat, Frida, Alien 3
Jerry Goldsmith Chinatown, Star Trek First Contact, Basic Instinct
Alan Silvestri Roger Rabbit
Harry Gregson-Williams Kingdom of Heaven
John Williams Munich, Memoirs of a Geisha, Minority Report, Empire Strikes Back
John Barry Dances with Wolves, The Living Daylights, Raise the Titanic
Ennio Morricone Lolita, The Dollar films
Basil Poledouris Conan the Barbarian
John Debney Cutthroat Island
Philip Glass Kundun, alternate score for Dracula
Yann Tiersen Amelie
Marco Beltrami I Robot
Hans Zimmer The Power of One, Crimson Tide
Craig Armstrong The Quiet American
Preisner Colours Trilogy, Secret Garden
Gabriel Yared’s rejected score for Troy.
Bernard Herman Psycho, North by Northwest, Taxi Driver, Citizen Kane
Max Steiner King Kong
Just a few favourites of mine… Haha
Morricone’s score for ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA is his best, and contains my favorite piece from a film, “Deborah’s Theme.”
That song just kills me every time I hear it. It’s oddly sweet, triumphant, and terribly, terribly sad all at the same time. The lingering bass note that carries through each part is genius.
Zbigniew Preisner – Three colors trilogy, and Double life of veronique
Phillip Glass – The hours
Michael Gallaso – In the Mood for Love
IDK the following composer/music man of the following films:
2001: A Space odyssey
Waltz with Bashir
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Au Hasard Balthazar
Color of Pomegranates
Blade Runner has the best score of all time.
I listen to it quite frequently for the past 10 or so years …
I really liked the score of True Romance as well, especially the romance-marimba-theme and the music during the fight scene in the hotel room.
Lost highway has a fantastic soundtrack.
My favorite is Pino Donaggio’s score for Carrie. It also happens to be my favorite movie, and the music is a big reason for that. :)