These days, soundtracks are almost as important as the movie itself, providing an extra marketing opportunity for the movie production team and a way to enhance the personality of the movie. The best war movie soundtracks are perfect meters to the story on the screen, accentuating the action and drama with music that is in sync with the movie.
“Good Morning Vietnam” The original motion picture soundtrack features a prime selection of songs from the era interspersed with sound bites from the film. Kick-starting the soundtrack is an excerpt of Adrian Cronauer played by Robin Williams bantering to the radio audience. This is followed up by a mix of well known soul numbers such as “Nowhere to Run” and less famous tracks like “Game of Love”. The inclusion of Robin Williams’ rapid fire commentary throughout the soundtrack adds a strong dynamic as the tracks cut from catchy pop to fast paced dialogue. One of the best war movie soundtracks, it breathed a second life in the Louis Armstrong classic “What a Wonderful World”, giving “Satchmo” a hit record in the eighties.
“Platoon” A mixture of classic songs and beautifully orchestrated movements, the “Platoon” soundtrack has a personality to match the film. The soundtrack is a collection of songs that reflect the many facets of the movie. The moments of escapism from the harsh realities of war appear in song form courtesy of “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane. From the sublime “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” to the melancholic “Adagio for Strings”, this is simply one of the best war movie soundtracks.
“Battle of Britain” One of the best war movies ever made matched with one of the best war movie soundtracks. From the opening “Battle of Britain Theme” to the dramatic “Battle in the Air”, this is magnificent, stirring stuff. Composer Ron Goodwin has created an epic soundtrack that matches the drama of the motion picture.
“Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino has consistently put together interesting and original soundtracks for his movies and this one is no exception. Tracks from legendary composers Ennio Morricone and Lalo Schifrin are mixed with pieces from artists such as David Bowie and Billy Preston. Unlike most Tarantino soundtracks, there is no dialogue from the film included. Instead there is a vast collection of music that serves as both soundtrack and integral part of the story. From the opening track “Green Leaves of Summer” that also opens the film, to the final piece “Rabbia e Tarantella”. This is a schizophrenic mix of tracks, this is one of the most original and best war movie soundtracks available.