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One of the most popular film genres of the past has been western films.

What makes a great film or score?

Naturally, that is a matter of a person's opinion, even for a critic like me.

Among the aspects to consider are how the music is used to support the film's story and how effectively it enhances the action and other aspects of the film.

After thinking about those elements I have chosen ten American film scores which for me would qualify as great.

I have only considered American film scores so there are no Morricone film scores or other foreign composers on this list.

Roger Hall
Managing Editor, Film Music Review

 

 

 

Ten Great American Western Film Scores
(arranged in alphabetical order)

 

 

All the titles on this list are included on the
100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century


 



THE ALAMO
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music by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 

 

 



THE BIG COUNTRY
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music by Jerome Moross

 

 

 

 

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HIGH NOON --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin
(No. 1 in the WILD WESTmagazine's Special Collector's Edition: 100 Greatest Westerns)

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HOW THE WEST WAS WON --
music by Alfred Newman & Ken Darby

 

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN --
music by Elmer Bernstein

 

RED RIVER --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 




RIO BRAVO --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 

THE SEARCHERS --
music by Max Steiner

 

 

SHANE --
music by Victor Young

 

 

 

 

 

 



TRUE GRIT --
music by Elmer Bernstein

 

 

 

What are your choices for 10 American western film scores?

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Great Western Film Scores

 

 

 

 

 

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