Film anthems.

Not sure if this has been done before but a hasty search idicates otherwise;
Last weekend as i was bimbling around the house, in the background the tv was on and showing for the umpteenth time was James Bond, On Her Majesty's secret service. Listening to it and not really watching, i thought to myself that in spite of George Lazenby,s indifferent performance and it not being generally regarded as one of the best of the Bond series the theme music was my favourite of all the Bond films.

What is your favourite piece of music from a film?

Being a fan of the stirring big band/ ochestral sound, "the ecstasy of gold" by Ennio Morricone and the theme to Crimson tide by Hans zimmer get the thumbs up as do the themes from the "Battle of britain" and "Where eagles dare".
The theme tune to "The Great Escape" is the first that springs to mind. Then any of the Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns.
Starman, makes me blubber!
Raising the Barn from Witness

Band of Brothers

Lord of the Rings

Last of the Mohicans
Most of the "classic" war films, especially the Brit ones. Obviously the Dambusters, The Longest Day, 633 Squadron and so on. Although I reckon A Bridge Too Far is one of the most memorable.
Zulu and Miller Crossing have decent soundtracks.

I think the bit of music that plays as they rob the bank in Heat is perfect for the scene and the way it abruptly stops as it goes noisy is quality.
Just because it's been on a lot recently:


It just screams open-range, horses and guns.
Might not be great music but the situational theme music to Jaws is one of those things that changed the way people think and react.

That Dum-Dum-dum-dum is deep in the public mind and it now means Shark!
John Carpenter's early films all have quality soundtracks.

Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween and The Thing.
Opening title theme from Battle of Britain, "Aces High", plus Sir William Walton's "Spitfire Prelude" from the same film.
"Strawberry Letter 23" from the Jackie Brown soundtrack - the long distance shot where Samuel L. Jackson shoots Beaumont in the boot of the car & the opening bars of this track play, is a classic piece of filmmaking. Also "Across 110th Street" by Bobby Womack from the same film. Pure class.
Raising the Barn from Witness

Band of Brothers

Lord of the Rings

Last of the Mohicans
In terms of musical instruments, I'd have to repeat some of your calls -

'Is Paris Burning' ( accordion )

'Last of the Mohicans' ( violin - The Gael. Note Randy Edlemanns in put to this one, pop songster to fiddley dee stuff )

' Witness' theme ( synthesiser )

' Gladiator / Blackhawk Down' ( vocal - Liza Gerrard as directed by Hans Zimmer 'Gortoz A Ran' )

' The Piano' ( piano )

'The Lost Command' ( trumpet )

'The Third Man' ( Harry Lime theme - zither )

'Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence' ( zylophone ? ).......................... you get my drift.
I love the closing credits music Ava Maria by Aaron Neville at the end of Alive.Absolutely love the music they use in The Trueman show..hauntingly beautiful

YouTube - ‪The Truman Show Compilation‬‏
Philip Glass, that's the type of thing that he does best. He did 'The Illusionist' amongst others, clever minimalist stuff.

'Dances with Wolves' by our own late great John Barry takes some beating.
There WAS a time when music by John Barry, Ron Goodwin, Ennio Morricone and Henry Mancini pretty much dominated the world of film music (with a few others, but aside from "The Magnificent 7" and "The Great Escape", what else did Elmer Bernstein produce that was worth listening to?) Oh, yes, Bernard Herman and Jean-Michelle Jarre. Before them was the age of Max Steiner and an even smaller number of his contemporaries who dominated the scene... THESE days, there's Goldsmith, Zimmer.... and that's about it.

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