I love listening to movie soundtracks, especially when I’m writing. Music and movies have been connected since the early day of silent films. Although there was no soundtrack, much less spoken dialogue, in the early silent films, while the movies ran in the theater, live musicians performed. Now, it’s hard to imagine any movie without some kind of soundtrack.
The soundtrack to Star Wars was voted #1. John Williams is also going to score the new Star Wars move, Episode VII, as yet untitled, of course, which will be directed by J.J. Abrahms.
The top 25 included soundtracks by such noted composers as Bernard Hermann for the soundtrack to Psycho, with its famous signature musical sequence for its equally infamous shower scene.
And John Williams again, for the score to Jaws and another famous signature musical sequence that heralded the appearance of a particularly nasty denizen of the sea.
That’s what so great about these top 25 movie scores. You hear the music and you instantly know what the movie is about and what scene it’s most associated with.
|1||STAR WARS||1977||Twentieth Century Fox||John Williams|
|2||GONE WITH THE WIND||1939||Selznick/MGM||Max Steiner|
|3||LAWRENCE OF ARABIA||1962||Columbia||Maurice Jarre|
|5||THE GODFATHER||1972||Paramount||Nino Rota|
|7||LAURA||1944||Twentieth Century Fox||David Raksin|
|8||THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN||1960||United Artists||Elmer Bernstein|
|10||HIGH NOON||1952||United Artists||Dimitri Tiomkin|
|11||THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD||1938||Warner Bros.||Erich Wolfgang Korngold|
|13||KING KONG||1933||RKO||Max Steiner|
|14||E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL||1982||Universal||John Williams|
|15||OUT OF AFRICA||1985||Universal||John Barry|
|16||SUNSET BLVD.||1950||Paramount||Franz Waxman|
|17||TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD||1962||Universal||Elmer Bernstein|
|18||PLANET OF THE APES||1968||Twentieth Century Fox||Jerry Goldsmith|
|19||A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE||1951||Warner Bros.||Alex North|
|20||THE PINK PANTHER||1964||United Artists||Henry Mancini|
|22||ON THE WATERFRONT||1954||Columbia||Leonard Bernstein|
|23||THE MISSION||1986||Warner Bros.||Ennio Morricone|
|24||ON GOLDEN POND||1981||Universal||Dave Grusin|
|25||HOW THE WEST WAS WON||1962||MGM, Cinerama Releasing||Alfred Newman|