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 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I love finales in movies where the music swells and SWELLS, plays loudly, and totally manipulates my emotions. I really don’t mind musical scores that make me laugh, cry, smile, etc. I love the Full Meal Deal from composers when their major themes are at the forefront when played near the ending of movies.

Certainly one of the most memorable (as well as manipulative) finales is John Williams’ finale for
E.T. From the time the boys’ bicycles soar into the air until E.T.’s final parting, Williams’ music tugs at every emotion. Only a stone would not be affected.

I love Giacchino's finale Letting Go from Super 8. It is a simple melody, but his splendid orchestrations and counterpoint melodies enrich this finale.

Near the end of Legends Of The Fall, Alfred saves Tristan and the Colonel, and Horner releases his
magnificent themes he composed for this movie.

I was always amazed by Desplat’s finale for Argo called Cleared Iranian Airspace.
It is a waltz. I’d have never thought about composing a waltz as a celebratory piece of music,
but it works and is gorgeous.

I always loved the last scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s called Kissing In The Rain, where Mancini
gives Moon River the full treatment.

While Friedhofer may have not composed the main theme for An Affair To Remember,
the gorgeous theme is given the full treatment when Cary Grant realizes the Kerr is crippled.
It is another tear jerker.

I’m sure I’ll think of more. Share some of your favorite film score finales.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Kevin Costigan   (Member)

Goldsmith's Finale for Forever Young always gave me the goose bumps.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Three come to mind.

"Forever" from Bernard Herrmann's The Ghost And Mrs Muir

"The Book People / Finale" from Bernard Herrmann's Fahrenheit 451

and "Death Is The Road To Awe" from Clint Mansell's The Fountain.

EDIT: Basil Poledouris's final cue from Conan The Barbarian is profound in the director's cut DVD, but not so much in the original theatrical cut.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)


 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Thirteen Days, "The Will of Good Men":

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Speed Racer. Gets the energy up with the bouncy building of the car and then the race, but then just lets out all the emotional stops with "Reboot" and "Let them Drink Milk". Glorious.

And not for a finale sequence, but Patrick Doyle's "Kissing in the Rain" from Great Expectations is certainly grand and emotional.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

Elfman's finale from EDWARD SCISSORHANDS.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The house raising from Secret of NIMH:

Iron Giant saves the town:

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Star Trek II and VI (and III, IV and TMP...)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind - a kind of precusor to ET... and Cocoon in wich Horner seems to attempt to replicate ET.

Star Wars is certainly grand.

But I would cosider the finale of The Fury the most "grand emotional" according to the criteria described by the OP.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

E.T. and ST VI are certainly in my top... whatever. Close Encounters is up there too.

I also like the album version of the End Titles in Revenge Of The Sith when the Throne Room theme is reprised. A nice bookend to the series when that was thought to be the FINAL Star Wars movie ever made.

And the album version of Fly Away in Superman Returns is kind of emotional to me.

Braveheart is good too.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

Ben-Hur. The reunion at the top of the stairs transitioning to the shepherd leading his flock before the three crosses in the distance. Rozsa's music is just, Wow!

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm familiar with some of these finales posted and not with others. I should check out more movies.

I like the finale music to Robin And Marian when he knows she has poisoned him, that she loves him more than God, and that it is their time. Such gorgeous Barry music.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Outland. O'Niel (Connery) saying goodbye to Dr. Lazarus (Sternhagen) and then typing off the letter to his wife. I've always liked this ending, and Goldsmith's score here is an emotionally fitting touch.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

From The Miracle Worker - Laurence Rosenthal's great score when it dawns on the blind and deaf Helen Keller what her teacher has been trying to teach her all along - to know what a word is, that things have names and therefore to communicate.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

My absolute favorite (not on youtube):

The Lion in Winter - Peter O'Toole, Katherine Hepburn, and John Barry.

King Henry sending Eleanor back to jail on her river barge....

"I hope we never die! Do you think there's any chance of it?"

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Thirteen Days, "The Will of Good Men":

I actually cried at the time when I first watched that scene. Such a great man, such a great loss. "Our most basic common link..."

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Sean, I can't find some finales on youtube either. Shucks.

Examples people have provided are so good, and I hope "newbies" listen to these to really hear magnificent music.

Two I can't find but are wonderful: Ending from Brian's Song. After he dies, we see him running with Gayle. Music is gorgeous. The final scene from Small Soldiers has wonderful Goldsmith ending

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   musicpaladin2007   (Member)

For me:


Star Trek II

Even though I'm not really a fan of the rest of the score, the Finale of Star Trek IV from the Council Chambers scene to the end of the film surprisingly resonates with me.

SW: The Empire Strikes Back

SW: Attack of the Clones (I know there's fierce debate about that cue, the usage of the empire theme into the love theme into the end credits, but I for one love it)

Apollo 13, Splashdown and End Credits

Independence Day

I know this is probably technically films that you're talking about, but so far as TV, one of the best is An Easterly View, the "final" cue of the finale Daybreak of Battlestar Galactica.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Dead Poets Society:

The music cuts off, but here's the cue from our late Mr. Jarre:

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   James Corry   (Member)

End title from "The Ghost And Mrs. Muir"
End title and end cast from "The Best Years Of Our Lives"
End title from "Garden Of Evil"
End title from "Ben-Hur"
End title and end cast from "How Green Was My Valley"
End title from "Demetrius And The Gladiators"
End title from "Spartacus"


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