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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Great additions guys. Keep 'em coming!

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   TPC   (Member)

John William's "E.T." final music is simply breathtaking.

Impossible not to cry like a baby.


Also agree...:-)

Also also agree!

I think another great final scene is the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The combination of Goldsmith's fantastic music and the visual of the Enterprise gliding majestically across the screen is just magnificent.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Out of those mentioned so far, I wholeheartedly concur with:


The Final Conflict


 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

Edward Scissorhands, with an aged Winona Ryder talking to her granddaughter, and the ever-young Edward carving ice sculptures in his castle to Danny Elfman's heartbreaking theme.

Cocoon, with the spaceship whisking the old folks off to Antares to James Horner's majestic music.

Field of Dreams: "Hey, Dad, want to have a catch?"

Star Wars - Throne Room and Finale!

Dead Poets Society, where all the boys stand on their desks and recite "O Captain My Captain" to Robin Williams as a final act of defiance and respect; Maurice Jarre's theme at its best.

Ghost - another Jarre beauty, when a spectral Patrick Swayze finally appears to Demi Moore - and the music is a beautiful combination of Jarre's own theme, and an arrangement of Alex North's UNCHAINED

Meet Joe Black: with Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt watching fireworks and discussing death. Thomas Newman's career highlight for me.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   fleming   (Member)

The Lion in Winter- John Barry
Breakfast at Tiffany's- Henry Mancini
Cool Hand Luke- Lalo Schifrin
The Blue Max- Jerry Goldsmith
Cinema Paradiso- Ennio Morricone
To Kill a Mockingbird- Elmer Bernstein
E.T.- John Williams

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

I have always considered the final scene Farewell Neverland from Hook John Williams´ most enchanting moment of his entire career. Once the choir joins the orchestra as the children fly back to their waiting mother, it is a musical equivalent of pure bliss. And then one unforgettable theme follows another right through to End Credits.
And I´ve heard that Steven Spielberg is a good director too.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

Can't believe that nobody has yet mentioned Herrmann's scoring of the final scene to CITIZEN KANE. Just thinking about the words "Rosebud" etched on the sled and how they are consumed by the flames, obliterated forever, backed by Herrmann's absolutely frighteningly heartbreaking powerhouse cue sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it.

Yes, this is a marvellous ending to a film. I had forgotten it, though I slightly prefer the ending of "Vertigo" and that dramatic falling end chord to match the (pious) image of "Scotty" up at the bell-tower. In fact, those last few minutes of "Vertigo" represent the finest performance on screen, IMO, of James Stewart!

Also, as mentioned on another thread (accidentally), the closing scene of Marcel Carne's "Les Enfants du Paradis" with its carnival tune and main theme counter-melodied to depict the tragedy of Baptiste (Jean Louis Barrault) looking for Garance(Arletty) as she makes her farewell from him in a huge crowd of people. Here's some brief information on the film's composer (and the music was conducted for the film by Charles Munch):

Baptiste is searching for Garance but as he tries to move forward to reach her he is only pushed further back by the festive crowd. The 'curtain' literally comes down shortly thereafter in the most ironic way. The whole scene is a perfect metaphor about our lives - we have tragedies but these are 'lost' in the great sea of humanity, which moves inexorably onwards oblivious of our experiences and pain.

Everybody must see this film. It was started in late 1943 in Nazi-occupied France, and made in two separate parts because it had to conform to a certain length deemed "acceptable" for film-making by the Nazis!! All sorts of problems arose during its making, but it remains the finest achievement in the history of French film and one of the greatest films of all time, IMO.

Here's the American trailer - right at the end of it you can hear that music from the final scene I've earlier referred to:

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Another unforgettable scene occurs in Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes as Jane and d' Arnot watch Tarzan disappear into the rainforest with John Scott´s magnificent theme.

Yes! Positively goosebumps inducing.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 8:46 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Another breathtaking finale is the one from "Powder".

Goldsmith's music makes every hair stand up!

Shit, breathtaking can barely describe it. That finale cue ("Everywhere") is my favorite thing from Goldsmith, ever. It's so damn overwhelming!

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 8:49 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Frankenstein must be destroy-69- Great hyper ending with James Bernard's music in the background working wonders.

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