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Film Score Summary

 

 

The following film scores were selected more than once:

  • SPARTACUS - Alex North = 4 times
  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Elmer Bernstein = 4 times
  • THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES - Hugo Friedhofer = 2 times
  • THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR - Bernard Herrmann = 2 times
  • KING KONG - Max Steiner = 2 times
  • KINGS ROW - Erich Wolfgang Korngold = 2 times
  • THE LION IN WINTER - John Barry = 2 times
  • THE PINK PANTHER - Henry Mancini = 2 times
  • PLANET OF THE APES - Jerry Goldsmith = 2 times
  • STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE - John Williams = 2 times

 

 

 

Favorite Film Scores

 

 

 

  • Above and Beyond (Hugo Friedhofer)
  • Alien (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Aliens (James Horner)
  • All About Eve (Alfred Newman)
  • Ben Hur (Miklos Rozsa)
  • The Big Country (Jerome Mororss)
  • The Big Sky (Dimitri Tiomkin)
  • Blade Runner (Vangelis)
  • Blue Max (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Brainstorm (James Horner)
  • Captain from Castile (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
  • Cleopatra (Alex North)
  • Conan the Barbarian (Basil Poledouris)
  • Copland (Howard Shore)
  • El Cid (Miklos Rozsa)
  • E.T. (John Williams)
  • Fall of the Roman Empire (Dimitri Tiomkin)
  • The Final Countdown (John Scott)
  • Julius Caesar (Miklos Rozsa)
  • Khartoum (Frank Cordell)
  • Lust for Life (Miklos Rozsa)
  • The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein)
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (Bronislau Kaper)
  • North by Northwest (Bernard Herrmann)
  • Outloand (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Patton (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Planet of the Apes (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Poltergeist (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Psycho (Bernard Herrmann)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (John WIlliams)
  • The Sand Pebbles (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • The Sea Wolf (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
  • Silverado (Bruce Broughton)
  • Spartacus (Alex North)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)
  • Tombstone (Bruce Broughton)
  • Tora! Tora! Tora! (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Max Steiner)
  • Young Sherlock Holmes (Bruce Broughton)

    --Selected by Philipe B, filmmusicjournal.ch, Switzerland

 

 

  • RAINTREE COUNTY (1957) - John Green
  • THE ROBE (1953) - Alfred Newman
  • FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (1967)- Richard Rodney Bennett
  • BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN (1967) - Richard Rodney Bennett
  • SPELLBOUND (1945) - Miklos Rozsa
  • LA DOLCE VITA (1960) - Nino Rota
  • SUMMER AND SMOKE (1961) - Elmer Bernstein
  • GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (1958) - Elmer Bernstein
  • A STRRETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1953) - Alex North
  • 7 FACES OD DOCTOR LAO (1964) - Leigh Harline
  • BARBARELLA (1968) - Charles Fox
  • WILD ROVERS (1971) - Jerry Goldsmith
  • CHINATOWN (1974) - Jerry Goldsmith
  • JUSTINE (1969) - Jerry Goldsmith
  • BAMBI (1942) - Frank Churchill/Edward Plumb
  • THE ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER (1957) - Gene Kauer
  • QUERELLE (1982) - Peer Raben

    --Selected by Ross C, USA





 

  • THE RED HOUSE -- Miklos Rozsa
  • BLOOD ON THE SUN -- Miklos Rozsa
  • THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR -- Bernard Herrmann
  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD -- Elmer Bernstein
  • RAMBLING ROSE -- Elmer Bernstein
  • LIONHEART -- Jerry Goldsmith
  • ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN -- Frank Skinner
  • THINGS TO COME -- Arthur Bliss
  • THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES -- Hugo Friedhofer
  • KINGS ROW -- Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEI -- A. F. Lavagnino
  • HERCULES -- Enzo Masetti
  • THE BIG COUNTRY -- Jerome Moross
  • STANLEY & IRIS -- John Williams
  • 36 HOURS -- Dimitri Tiomkin
  • THE LEFT HAND OF GOD -- Victor Young
  • THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US --Henry Mancini, Irving Gertz,
    Heinz Roemheld, Herman Stein, Hans Salter
  • THE DEADLY MANTIS --William Lava, Irving Gertz
  • THE MOLE PEOPLE -- Heinz Roemheld, Hans Salter, Herman Stein

    --Selected by David S, USA

 

 

 

  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956) - Victor Young
  • THE BLACK STALLION (1979) - Carmine Coppola
  • CHARADE (1963) - Henry Mancini
  • CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981) - Vangelis
  • A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) - Carl Zittrer and Paul Zaza
  • DAYS OF HEAVEN ( 1978) - Ennio Morricone
  • DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) - Maurice Jarre
  • EAST OF EDEN (1955) - Leonard Rosenman
  • GIANT (1956) - Dimitri Tiomkin
  • IN COLD BLOOD (1967) - Quincy Jones
  • THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992) - Randy Edelman and Trevor Jones
    ["I remember this film score being the very popular soundtrack that the public purchased in large numbers"]
  • THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1955) - Elmer Bernstein
  • OUR TOWN (1940) - Aaron Copland
  • PICNIC (1955) - George Duning
  • THE PINK PANTHER (1964) - Henry Mancini 
  • STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977) - John Williams
  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) - Elmer Bernstein 
    ["hard to leave this movie out of any list"]
  • THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955) - Bernard Herrmann
  • WILD RIVER (1960) - Kenyon Hopkins 

    --Selected by Jim W, USA

FMR reviewer:


FMR reviewer:

--Selected by Steven Kennedy (for descriptions of film scores go here )



 

FMR reviewer:

--Selected by Steve Vertlieb (for descriptions of above film scores go here )

 

 

Movie Song Summary

The following movie songs were selected more than once:

  • "Laura" - David Raksin-Johnny Mercer = 3 times
  • "All The Way" - James Van Heusen-Sammy Cahn = 2 times
  • "The Man Who Got Away" - Harold Arlen-Ira Gershwin = 2 times
  • "Moon River" - Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer = 2 times
  • "Over The Rainbow" - Harold Arlen-E.Y. Harburg = 2 times
  • "The Shadow Of Your Smile" - Johnny Mandel-Paul Francis Webster = 2
  • "When You Wish Upon A Star" - Leigh Harline-Ned Washington = 2

 

 

 

FavoFavorite Movie Songs

 

 

 

  • "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER (1949)
  • "Blue Skies" from THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) and other films
    ["Who doesn't like this one?"]
  • "But Not For Me" from GIRL CRAZY (1932 and 1943)
  • "It Might As Well Be Spring" from STATE FAIR (1945)
  • "It's a Grand Night for Singing" from STATE FAIR (1945)
  • "It's Only a Paper Moon" from TAKE A CHANCE (1933) and other films
  • "Laura" from LAURA (1944)
    ["only after Mercer wrote the lyrics"]
  • "Let's Face the Music and Dance" from FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936)
  • "The Man That Got Away" from A STAR IS BORN (1954)
  • "Ole Buttermilk Sky" from CANYON PASSAGE (1946)
  • "Something's Gotta Give" from DADDY LONG LEGS (1955)

    --Selected by Jim W.

 

 

  • "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive" from HERE COME THE WAVES (1945)-
    music: Harold Arlen/ lyrics: Johnny Mercer
  • "All The Way" from THE JOKER IS WILD (1957) -
    music: James Van Heusen/ lyrics: Sammy Cahn
  • "The Look Of Love" from CASINO ROYALE (1967) -
    music: Burt Bacharach/ lyrics: Hal David
  • "Moon River" from BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)
    music: Henry Mancini/ lyrics: Johnny Mercer
  • "Nice To Be Around" from CINDERELLA LIBERTY (1973)
    music: John Williams/ lyrics: Paul Williams
  • "Over The Rainbow" from THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
    music: Harold Arlen/ lyrics: E.Y. Harburg
  • "The Shadow Of Your Smile" from THE SANDPIPER (1965)
    music: Johnny Mandel/ lyrics: Paul Francis Webster
  • "Singin' in the Rain" from HOLLYWOOD REVUE OF 1929
    music: Nacio Herb Brown/ lyrics: Arthur Freed
  • "Thanks For The Memory" from THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938
    music: Ralph Rainger/ lyrics: Leo Robin
  • "They Can't Take That Away From Me" from SHALL WE DANCE (1937) music: George Gershwin/ lyrics: Ira Gershwin
  • "True Love" from HIGH SOCIETY (1956)
    music & lyrics by Cole Porter
  • "When You Wish Upon A Star" from PINOCCHIO (1940)
    music: Leigh Harline/ lyrics: Ned Washington

--Selected by Roger H. (for descriptions of above songs go here )

 

 

  • "An Affair To Remember" from AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) -- music: Harry Warren/ lyrics: Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey
  • "Around the World" from AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956) --
    music: Victor Young/ lyrics: Harold Adamson
  • +"Chim Chim Cheree" from MARY POPPINS (1964) --
    music & lyrics: Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman
  • "Goldfinger" from GOLDFINGER (1965) -- music: John Barry/
    lyrics: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
  • "I Will Wait For You" from THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1965) --
    music: Michel Legrand/ Norman Gimbel (English) - Jacques Demy (French)
  • "Laura" from LAURA (1945) -- music: David Raksin/ lyrics: Johnny Mercer
  • "Moonlight" from SABRINA (1995) -- music: John Williams/
    lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman  
  • +"Moon River" from BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961) --
    music: Henry Mancini/lyrics: Johnny Mercer
  • "On Green Dolphin Street" from GREEN DOLPHIN STREET (1947)--
    music: Bronislau Kaper/ lyrics: Ned Washington
  • +"The Shadow Of Your Smile" from THE SANDPIPER (1965) --
    music: Johnny Mandel/ lyrics: Paul Francis Webster
  • "Thee I Love" from FRIENDLY PERSUASION (1956) --
    music: Dimitri Tiomkin/ lyrics: Paul Francis Webster
  • "Unchained Melody" from UNCHAINED (1955) --
    music: Alex North/ lyrics: Hy Zaret

+ = Oscar winner

--Selcted by Steven K. (for descriptions of above songs go here )

 

 

  • “All The Way” – 1957 – Composed by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen for THE JOKER IS WILD
  • “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – 1944 – Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane for MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
  • “Laura” – 1945 – David Raksin and Johnny Mercer for LAURA
  • “The Man That Got Away” – 1954 – Composed by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin from A STAR IS BORN
  • “Our Love Affair” – 1957 – Composed by Harold Adamson, Harry Warren for
    AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
  • “Over The Rainbow” – 1939 – Composed by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg for THE WIZARD OF OZ
  • “The Song From Raintree County” – 1957 – Composed by John Green and Paul Francis Webster for RAINTREE COUNTY
  • “That’s Entertainment” – 1953 – Composed by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz for THE BAND WAGON
  • “Three Coins In The Fountain” – 1954 – Composed by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn for THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN
  • “When You Wish Upon A Star” – 1940 – Composed by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for PINOCCHIO
  • “White Christmas” – 1942 – Composed by Irving Berlin for HOLIDAY INN
  • “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” – 1946 – Composed by Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert for SONG OF THE SOUTH

--Selected by Steve V. (for descriptions of above songs go here )

 

 

 

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