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21 Nov 15 23:54
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I like a lot of film music generally, but my favourite ever is in the opening and closing scenes from the film 'Death on the Nile' starring Peter Ustinov/David Nivan/Maggie Smith etc. Positively Wagnerian in its approach. My 2nd favourite is the music from 'Gone with the Wind' and 3rd is the music written for 'Educating Rita'. I'm sure that if there are 100 replies to this post, there will be 100 different views/likes/dislikes!
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Report Pokermonster November 21, 2015 11:57 PM GMT
Matt Monro's On Days Like These is very good at the start of The Italian Job.
Report Pokermonster November 22, 2015 12:00 AM GMT
Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones at the end of Full Metal Jacket.
Report Pokermonster November 22, 2015 12:03 AM GMT
The Strauss instrumental of 2001, A Space Odyssey.
Report Mikael D'Haguenet November 22, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
Love loads but it comes down to these two.

L'estasi dell'oro:


Quando il gioco si fa duro:
Report mokegibboni November 22, 2015 12:08 AM GMT
Ah yes, I forgot about 2001 - a space odyssey. Richard Strauss' 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' was an inspirational choice by Stanley Kubrick. Also, I never thought I would consider the avant garde in classical music, but I also though Ligeti's 'Atmospheres' was superb and another great choice for that particular section of the film.
Report Mikael D'Haguenet November 22, 2015 12:12 AM GMT
The roof at Miller Park, home of the almighty Milwaukee Brewers, opens and closes to Also Spoke Zarathustra. Great choice!
Report Steamship November 22, 2015 12:14 AM GMT
La mamma morta by Maria Callas and Philadelphia by Neil Young both from the film Philadelphia
Report Mikael D'Haguenet November 22, 2015 12:21 AM GMT
Mentioning Miller Park has reminded me of one of my favourite fillums, Miller's Crossing. I always loved the theme tune but didn't realise until fairly recently that it's an old piece of Irish music, Lament for Limerick (or Limerick's Lamentation,) arranged by longtime Coen Bros collaborator, Carter Burwell. Anywho..
Report Muntz Street November 22, 2015 12:24 AM GMT
The Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, in "Raging Bull"

Handel's Sarabande, in "Barry Lyndon"
Report Cosmo Kramer November 22, 2015 12:32 AM GMT
The montage of kisses scene from 'Cinema Paradiso'. Music by the great Ennio Morricone.
Report mokegibboni November 22, 2015 12:43 AM GMT
Mikael D'Haguenet - not heard that music from Miller's Crossing before - great stuff - love it!

Another one that I forgot is the theme music from the TV series 'Brideshead Revisited'. I know it wasn't a cinema film, but I still liked the music. I have to admit, I am slightly biased in this choice as I knew the composer Geoffrey Burgon. I did many gigs with him many years ago now and sadly he died a few years ago. At his funeral, some of his music was played live in the church and one particular piece of Geoff's was played near the end of the service which had everybody in tears. It's a beautiful piece which was played during the end credits of another TV series, 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' starring Alec Guinness. The piece is called the 'Nunc Dimittis' and here is the link.
Report attitude adjuster November 22, 2015 2:57 AM GMT
The theme from Once Upon A Time In America
Report Paddy Hair November 22, 2015 3:55 AM GMT
Vangelis from the Christopher Colombus film 1492 The Conquest of Paradise.
Report therhino November 22, 2015 5:42 AM GMT
The ending of Inception. The piece is called 'Time' by Hans Zimmer -

Another fave is the ending of Vanilla Sky, called 'Njosnavelin' by Siguer Ros -
Report JOCI Club November 22, 2015 9:24 AM GMT
Mikael D'Haguenet 22 Nov 15 00:06 
Love loads but it comes down to these two.

L'estasi dell'oro:


Quando il gioco si fa duro:

The top one is superb. The music really makes the film complete.
Report sofiakenny November 22, 2015 9:38 AM GMT
This is a shocking omishun!!
Report Rockinron November 22, 2015 10:03 AM GMT
Off the top of my head ...She sells sanctuary (the Cult)
And guitarist Billy Duffy playing that bleedin great "Gretch White Falcon" Oooh love it !
Film - Layer Cake
Report A_T November 22, 2015 10:06 AM GMT
Two film scores stand out of me:

Ennio Morricone's for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Bernard Herrmann's for Vertigo
Report Clouseau November 22, 2015 10:18 AM GMT
Has to be John Williams' Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan.
Here performed by:
Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Report rogerthebutler November 22, 2015 10:24 AM GMT
UK 82 by The Exploited, when Trevor (Tim Roth) is walking through the underpass in 'Made in Britain'

All Along The Watchtower in Withnail and I when Marwood and Withnail are driving up to the Lake District

The theme from 633 Squadron

The theme from The Piano by Michael Nyman

All of the karaoke clips from 'Love Honour and Obey' (feels like the cast had a right party doing them)
Report blackbarn November 22, 2015 10:42 AM GMT

Maurice Jarre - Barn raising sequence from the Film Witness
Report Ovalman. November 22, 2015 10:51 AM GMT
There's a few Ennio Morricone tunes but has anyone mentioned the theme to The Mission?
Report dunlaying November 22, 2015 10:55 AM GMT
La Gloire De Mon Pere and Le Chateau De Ma Mere - Vladimir Cosma.
Taxi Driver - Bernard Herrmann
Report dunlaying November 22, 2015 11:38 AM GMT
The Dambusters - Eric Coates
Report FlowerMyth November 22, 2015 12:05 PM GMT
The music all the way through Once Upon a Time in the West - so beautiful it's almost a distraction at times.
Report HH Sultan Vinegar November 22, 2015 12:08 PM GMT
some favourites of mine already mentioned.

Dr. Zhivago (Lara's Theme) has always been a big favourite, and the soundtracks to Midnight Express & Southern Comfort.
Report jollyswagman November 22, 2015 12:22 PM GMT
The Ride of The Valkyries" by Richard Wagner in apocalypse now as robert duval leads his men into battle. i feel must mention the line 'i love the smell of napalm in the morning' from duval too. all round one of my favourite film's of all time.
Report alun2005 November 22, 2015 12:23 PM GMT
The Great Patrick Doyle has delivered many a classic film score.

I particularly liked his haunting theme for the magnificent  'Donnie Brasco' movie, heard for example during the opening titles.


Don't know whether this one has already figured above but the 'St Matthew Passion' by Bach from 'Casino' is beautiful.

Report alun2005 November 22, 2015 12:30 PM GMT
Elmer Bernstein's opening theme from 'The Grifters' another beauty.

Report sixtwosix November 22, 2015 12:38 PM GMT
28 Days Later - John Murphy - In A Heartbeat

All of Once Upon A Time in The West

Main theme music in Cinema Paradiso
Report mokegibboni November 22, 2015 12:45 PM GMT
Some great suggestions on here guys. I think it would be a good idea to try and keep this thread to the top so we all have more time to listen to the suggestions from others by following the links. For me there is some great music linked on here which I haven't been aware of before.

Another favourite of mine is the music played in the closing sequence of Spielberg's film 'ET'.
Report dunlaying November 22, 2015 12:54 PM GMT
The soundtrack for Broken Flowers is good.
Report Ovalman. November 22, 2015 1:01 PM GMT
Anyone with a Spotify account paid subscription (not me unfortunately) could make a playlist?
Report dunlaying November 22, 2015 1:12 PM GMT
Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud - Sarde? interpreted by Miles Davis , Barney Willens
Report Mikael D'Haguenet November 22, 2015 5:53 PM GMT
I was going to mention Hans Zimmer's theme from True Romance, which I already knew was basically a rip-off of Badlands. Turns out that, like the previously mentioned Lament for Limerick, it's a new arrangement of a few hundred years old song. In this case, Carl Orff rearranged Gassenhauer, from 1536(!), and Zimmer paid homage to his arrangement when working on True Romance. Either way, both beautiful.


You're So Cool:
Report Muntz Street November 22, 2015 6:27 PM GMT
Agreed, Mik.

Let's add:

Ron Goodwin's theme for The Trap, now better known as used for something else:

Elmer Bernstein's music for The Magnificent Seven:

(Though that always sounds as though it was 'inspired' by a passage from Dvorak's New World Symphony)
Report doridoru November 22, 2015 6:51 PM GMT
Jaws/Jaws 2 soundtracks, John Williams on top form...
Report Make my hay November 22, 2015 8:33 PM GMT
Wow some really good soundtracks there.

This is my favourite, turn your systems up very loud please.

Excalibur (1981)• O Fortuna - Carmina Burana • Carl Orff
Report NickB November 22, 2015 8:37 PM GMT
The end of Gallipoli with Albinoni's Adagio in G always brings a tear to the eye...
Report The Soothsayer November 22, 2015 8:40 PM GMT
Some nice ones already mentioned. I've always liked the music played whenever Darth Vader is on screen.
Report JOCI Club November 22, 2015 8:56 PM GMT

Profondo Rosso - Goblin

From the film of the same name by Dario Argento.
Report dunlaying November 22, 2015 8:59 PM GMT
633 Squadron - Goodwin
Report ribero1 November 22, 2015 9:02 PM GMT
The Big Country theme for me.
Report JOCI Club November 22, 2015 9:02 PM GMT

Main theme from Assault on Precinct 13 - John Carpenter
Report dunlaying November 22, 2015 9:04 PM GMT
Escape From New York - Carpenter
Report geordie1956 November 22, 2015 9:11 PM GMT
theme song  by John Barry from Midnight Cowboy & the music by Ennio Morricone in the final scene of A Few Dollars More - both absolutely brilliant

when you think about these things they really are so many great tunes from all films its impossible to really identify just a few
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales November 23, 2015 12:34 AM GMT
Mikael D'Haguenet    22 Nov 15 00:06 
Love loads but it comes down to these two.

L'estasi dell'oro:


Quando il gioco si fa duro:


L'estasi dell'oro is the obvious winner

2nd: (For A Few Dollars More)

=3rd: (Once Upon A Time In The West)
=3rd: (A Fistful Of Dollars)
=3rd: (The Big Country)
=3rd: (Magnificent Seven)
=3rd: (Unforgiven)
=3rd: and so many more...

ye cannae beat a western theme. fact.
Report FATTIEWHITEYSLOVEADRINK November 23, 2015 12:44 AM GMT

Music from The bounty great film too

Also blade runner great music
Report FATTIEWHITEYSLOVEADRINK November 23, 2015 12:51 AM GMT

Bounty isolated score
Report Mikael D'Haguenet November 23, 2015 1:07 AM GMT
Cheers Fishy. I was pleased with that one!
Report G1_Jockey_4 November 23, 2015 9:57 AM GMT
U2's with or without you in Tell No One.....
Report guinness2dear November 23, 2015 10:14 AM GMT
Theme From A Summer Place - Percy Faith

Harry Lime - Anton Karas

The Good the Bad and Tuco - Morricone

Un homme et une femme - Francis Lai
Report dunlaying November 23, 2015 10:39 AM GMT
Bullitt - Lalo Schifrin , the theme was used in an earlier film and then recycled by the thrifty Schifrin a la John Barry.
Alfie - Sonny Rollins / Stan Tracy. The cd is an all American band though. It sounds as if Kenny Burrell did both gigs Bullitt and Alf.
Report G1_Jockey_4 November 23, 2015 10:56 AM GMT
oh and That Smell in Blow
Report rogerthebutler November 23, 2015 11:16 AM GMT
Interesting one this.

If it's your favourite piece of music in a film, then that would include musicals and - oh the shame - I love 'Climb Every Mountain' from The Sound of Music.

There's also your favourite song, if it happened to be shoehorned into a film or there's the way I took it, as being where a piece of music added to the dynamic of the film you were watching, hence why I had The Exploited's 'UK 82' from Made in Britain.
Report Mikael D'Haguenet November 23, 2015 11:22 AM GMT
No right answer there, rtb, but I took it to mean music composed specifically for a film, not Bad Moon Rising in An American Werewolf in London!
Report alun2005 November 23, 2015 12:33 PM GMT
Samuel Barber's "Adagio For Strings" has been featured in any number of films and TV documentaries, perhaps never better than in "The Elephant Man".


Great to see the peerless Bernard Herrman getting  a mention above. So many terrific contributions, with "Psycho" surely his most unforgettable. Has a film score ever been a better accompaniment to the onscreen action, or left its listeners more shaken?

Report alun2005 November 23, 2015 12:35 PM GMT

Report sofiakenny November 23, 2015 6:34 PM GMT
And the winner is me and the theme from the long good friday.Love
Report zorrostrikes November 24, 2015 11:33 AM GMT
the good the bad and the ugly - in the cemetery at the end. ennio morricone.

trumpets. amazing sounds. singing without words, the voice as a musical instrument. awesome. way ahead of its time.
Report mokegibboni November 26, 2015 10:33 PM GMT

Too important a thread to lose. Also to give readers time to view all the suggestions that they wish.
Report Just Checking November 26, 2015 11:08 PM GMT
I love the amelie soundtrack, every time I hear it I think of Montmartre and mad birds on scooters.
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