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 Posted:   May 14, 2022 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

thrilled to see 2 mentions for Bennett's L'Imprecateur--a haunting score that deserves more attention

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2022 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

thrilled to see 2 mentions for Bennett's L'Imprecateur--a haunting score that deserves more attention

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2022 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I can't tell by the opening post whether it's subjective or a real list of the greatest scores (still some subjectivity in such a list, but hey -- some scores simply transcend opinion), so here is a quick list of scores that fit one or both bills in my opinion:

  • "Jaws"
  • "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
  • "Rudy"
  • "Capricorn One"
  • "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"
  • "Conan the Barbarian"
  • "Troy" (rejected score by Gabriel Yared)
  • "Dances With Wolves"
  • "North by Northwest"
  • "Vertigo"
  • "Psycho" (original Herrmann score)
  • "Spartacus"

    Again -- only a quick list -- don't fault me for titles that are obvious and didn't spring to mind. If I have to, I'll make another post to cover them another day.

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     Posted:   May 14, 2022 - 4:01 PM   
     By:   Jurassic T. Park   (Member)

    Again -- only a quick list -- don't fault me for titles that are obvious and didn't spring to mind. If I have to, I'll make another post to cover them another day.

    The examples you gave are great if the question is about the actual greatest scores of all time, since they pretty much align with all the big films. NORTH BY NORTHWEST I think would be culturally accepted as one of the greatest scores, DANCES WITH WOLVES, etc. since they’re associated with beloved films.

    TROY probably not so much - I’d say that would be more the personal-list since it’s not really a widely-beloved classic.

     
     
     Posted:   May 14, 2022 - 6:55 PM   
     By:   ibelin   (Member)

    In my opinion these are the greatest scores of all time, but I'm sure they're already on many Top X lists.

    In no particular order:

    Patrick Doyle - Henry V
    Sergei Prokofiev - Ivan the Terrible
    James Horner - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    Franz Waxman - Taras Bulba
    Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Miklós Rózsa - Ben-Hur, King of Kings, Quo Vadis, El Cid, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Thief of Bagdad, Ivanhoe
    Dimitri Tiomkin- The Fall of the Roman Empire
    Alfred Newman - The Robe
    John Williams - The Phantom Menace, The Empire Strikes Back
    Mark Knopfler - The Princess Bride
    Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman - The Last of the Mohicans
    Alex North - Cleopatra
    Basil Poledouris - Flesh+Blood (yes, greater than Conan)
    Elmer Bernstein - The Ten Commandments

     
     Posted:   May 15, 2022 - 5:01 PM   
     By:   jkruppa   (Member)

    So how about five that I think are the greatest, purely subjectively, and five that I love just because they're strange:

    First, great:
    Fahrenheit 451
    Chinatown
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Blade Runner (1982)
    ET

    Then, strange:
    Daughters of Darkness - François de Roubaix
    Fantastic Planet - Alain Goraguer
    Kwaidan - Toru Takemitsu
    Images - John Williams
    THX 1138 - Lalo Schifrin

     
     Posted:   May 15, 2022 - 5:13 PM   
     By:   Solium   (Member)

    How does "greatest" differ from "favorite"? My list would be the same and we've done favorite scores threads before.

     
     
     Posted:   May 16, 2022 - 5:04 PM   
     By:   rfkavanagh   (Member)

    Obviously entirely subjective, but these are the greats-to-me that I return to time and time again (in alphabetical order, so that I don't have to rank them and explode my brain). A mix of the usual suspects and a few I haven't seen mentioned yet. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few more, too.

    - Agnes Of God - Georges Delerue
    - Alien Nation (the TV series) - Steve Dorff, Larry Herbstritt, David Kurtz
    - Backdraft - Hans Zimmer
    - Basic Instinct - Jerry Goldsmith
    - The Fountain - Clint Mansell
    - Game Of Thrones - Ramin Djawadi
    - The Hand That Rocks The Cradle - Graeme Revell
    - The Hours - Philip Glass
    - The Joy Luck Club - Rachel Portman
    - The Last Of The Mohicans - Randy Edelman & Trevor Jones
    - Léon - Eric Serra
    - The Piano - Michael Nyman
    - The Prince Of Tides - James Newton Howard
    - Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan - James Horner
    - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - Cliff Eidelman
    - V (the original mini-series) - Joe Harnell

     
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