Good scores do their part to make movies better

Sep 26

There’s nothing like a good film score.

If you are a movie watcher, there’s no doubt you have a favorite score. Maybe it’s one of the most well-known scores in Star Wars. Or maybe it’s some obscure soundtrack.

Either way, the music in movies — especially the scores — can really help make a movie. The sounds can give you a feeling of the emotions one might expect to have in those situations.

I’ve always been somewhat of a score geek. I will purchase scores because of the sound.

To top it all off, on the Rudy DVD, there’s an option to watch the movie with just the score playing. I’ve done that more than once. Needless to say, I think you can figure one of my favorite scores.

With that in mind, I’m going to list pieces from my favorites here. Thanks to YouTube, I’ve found the pieces I’ve wanted off each of these soundtracks.

Remember, too, that these are my favorites. There are ones on this list that just didn’t capture me as well as these did. I’m sure others will have varying opinions and, I’d be willing to bet, that I even missed one or two of my favorites.

Roll the clips!

10. Braveheart

With such a Celtic feel for the music, this is a really good one to listen to.

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9 (tie): Field of Dreams and The Natural

Two great baseball flicks with two excellent scores. I couldn’t eliminate one, so both are here.

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8. The Godfather

How about I make you an offer you can’t refuse? Listen to this magnificent piece from the movie’s score. It’s wonderful. Listen and you’ll not find a horse’s head in your bed.

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7. Hoosiers

I shouldn’t have to say much about this one!

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6. Lonesome Dove

One of the finest mini-series I’ve ever seen. Great cast, great story and a score that really lends itself to this series.

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5.  Amelie

Fact: One of my favorite movies of all time (shhh!). If you can handle subtitles, this is a great story to watch. But the soundtrack? Top of the line. Absolutely a great piece of work.

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4. Rocky

My all-time favorite series of movies. And, without a doubt, I’m quite sure that most movie fans know this score!

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3. The Legend of Bagger Vance

This movie is probably my second or third favorite golf movie (behind Caddyshack and, possibly, Tin Cup). The score is incredible. It captures the moment. And, it’s extremely difficult to get. The CD is nearly impossible to find at an affordable price and you can’t get it digitally. But, it’s one of my favorites without a doubt.

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2. The Truman Show

The movie that made me fall in love with scores. Talk about one that captures a mood. If there was an option on the DVD to watch it with just the score, I’d probably do it.

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1. Rudy

As I’ve noted, I’ve watched the movie several times with just the score. I love this movie. I love the score. I often use the score to write with or do other things. It’s really incredible. One of my favorites from it:

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So there’s my 10.

How about you? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know your favorites!

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  1. This is so true…. the music can really underline the emotions felt by the characters!
    The sound track from Out of Africa is good….
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  2. Yes sir, you are correct. There are many that don’t get how important sound is to the visual.
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  3. I think one of my favourites is the score from The Lord of the Rings. Epic score, epic movie (series).
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