Favourite Film Scores

This site has a list of its Top 100 film scores, but there isnt one on that list that I would include in my top ten… So what the basis for deciding what makes a top film score then? As with the Oscars it beats me, but it made me start thinking about my favourite film scores…
So if you had to name your 10 favourite film scores which would you include?

Heres ten of my favourites, as evidenced by frequent plays in my iTunes:
Tony Takitani by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Gerry by Arvo Part
Punch Drunk Love by Jon Brion
American Beauty by Thomas Newman (didnt realise he had scored WALL.E!)
Amores Perros by Gustavo Santaolalla
Traffic – Cliff Martinez
Apollo – Brian Eno
Fargo – Carter Burwell
Amelie – Yann Tierson
Me And You And Everyone We Know by Michael Andrews

Beauty being in the eye & ear of the beholder, whats some of your favourite film scores?

3 Responses to Favourite Film Scores

  1. Ruben says:

    There are a fair few gems in that top 100. It just seems to me it’s padded with too much commercial dross, but this sort of thing is so subjective.

    My picks from that list are; Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith (which was the temp score for LA Confidential and it shows), Streetcar Named Desire by Alex North, Robin Hood by Korngold (the film’s complete pants without it) and Once Upon a Time in America by Morricone.

    My faves that were cruelly neglected are; The Taking of Pelham 123 (the original one) by David Shire (one of the great jazz scores), Cape Fear by Hermann (using a small ensemble it’s his best score by miles), Ran by Toru Takemitzu and to round things off ’cause stopping’s the hard part Sans Soleil (the Chris Marker doc) by Michel Krasna.

  2. Steve G says:

    I’d agree with Chinatown, Vertigo and The Day The Earth stood still. Those are all amazing scores.
    Planet Of The Apes (Goldsmith’s naturally) should also be on there…that’s beautiful!
    Solaris- Cliff Martinez, A Short Film About Killing – Zbigniew Preisner, Songs From The Second Floor – Benny Andersson, The Thin Blue Line – Phillip Glass…hits a soft spot for me too…

  3. Andrea says:

    My favorites include:

    Amores Perros – Santaolalla
    Amélie – Yann Tiersen
    The Red Violin – Corigliano
    Hable Con Ella – Iglesias
    City of God – Pinto & Cortês
    Battle of Algiers – Morricone (I cannot BELIEVE that this is not anywhere in that 200-item list.)

    There must be more favorites, but my memory is weak. In general, I really admire the work of Gustavo Santaolalla, Bernard Herrmann, Morricone, Toru Takemitsu.

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