Don't think I have a definitive answer to this as I think certain soundtracks bring varying but equally effective qualities to a film. Taxi Driver must be a contender for the way the score superbly sets the tone for 70's New York whilst I must admit to being a sucker for the John Williams scores - particularly the ominous thump of Empire Strikes Back and the heroic fanfare of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Then there's the songbook style soundtracks like Pulp Fiction or American Graffiti.
A recent brilliantly atmospheric soundtrack for me was 127 Hours.
My favorite soundtrack comes from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.
This man knows how to pick a song for a movie. He always seems to incorporate unique surf sounds and classic western songs in a scene that you wouldn't expect to hear those songs. I especially llove the songs in Kill Bill Vol. 1 where Uma Thurman kills all those crazy 88 assassins.
Two soundtracks we listen to often: "A Beautiful Mind" haunting and atmospheric (love + genius + mental illness captured in music) "The Firm" ecclectic (I can picture exactly where Tom Cruise is with each song. Love the movie and this soundtrack is fabulous).
Also agree about Tarantino. The music in Pulp Fiction is great.
Gosh, so many! I love the music from Braveheart because of the Celtic influence. I actually like just about anything from James Horner, including the soundtrack from Legends of the Fall. I also like the songs from Remember the Titans because they were popular when I was a teen. 10 Things I Hate About You has some great tunes, too - like this one. AWESOME song!
This is a tough one to answer. I grew up watching musicals on film! I choose for a single film Out of Africa. It had an amazing soundtrack that simultaneously lifted my spirits while the camera widened out for the most awesome panoramas. I had to swallow my emotional tears! If I had to vote composers, it would be John Williams for the overall.
So many great soundtracks...The Godfather, Chariots of Fire, Jaws, Jurassic Park all come to mind...But my absolute favorite soundtrack is from the film " Bladerunner " composed and played by Vangelis...Here is the Love Theme from that film ( knowing the context adds to the complexity of emotions shown ):
Yes Maven, thanks for reminding me about Bladerunner. I love the last song "End Title" used in the director's cut where it starts right when the elevator doors close on Deckard and Rachel. Totally awesome sound queue.
"Oh Chitty You Chitty Pretty Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang We love you. And Chitty, in Chitty Pretty Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang what we'll do. Near Chitty, far Chitty, in our motor car Oh what a happy time we'll spend. Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Our fine four fendered friend. Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Our fine four fendered friend..... Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Fine four fendered Chitty Chitty friend."
Ok Everybody...join in...you know...you know the tune!
"The Phantom of the Opera" (Holds deep meaning for me and my late spouse)
"Practical Magic" (It has Sandra Bullock in the movie and Stevie Nicks on the soundtrack--both ladies make this a winner for me. Plus it's a really great collaboration of music and uplifting storyline)
I am one who loves a variety of music, but I am torn between two complete opposites on this question. I believe that one of my most favorites of all time would be the score from Mary Poppins and the other favorite would be The Phantom of the Opera. See what I mean....total opposites!
What are your favorite movie soundtracks?Star Wars and Lord of the Rings for sure. Then Psycho, Vertigo, The Mission, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Requiem for a Dream, are all I can think of that's off the top...