10 Best Movie Scores

Wednesday, November 24 by Karsun

Sometimes the music can make an entire movie more pleasing and memorable; here are the 10 best movie scores. Movie scores are different from movie soundtracks; a score is the music you hear when the shark is near in "Jaws" or the music you hear that automatically tells you that it's an "Indiana Jones" movie. Here are best movie scores that you may be familiar with.

  1. "Avatar" – James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster has a unique score by James Horner that sets it apart and is fast becoming a recognizable score for many. James Horner has written many scores for movies and this is just one example of some of his finest work.
  2. "Jurassic Park" – "Jurassic Park" has a very unique score by John Williams, who has worked with Steven Spielberg on eleven other projects in the past. This score is another one that is pretty well known. When you hear the "Jurassic Park" score, you usually know which movie it's for. It was written in 1993.
  3. "Titanic" – Along with a beautiful soundtrack, the score to "Titanic" is another score with the team of James Cameron writing the movie and James Horner writing the score. James Horner won an Oscar at the 70th Academy Awards for Best Original Dramatic Score. He also won for Best Original Song for the same movie.
  4. "The Exorcist" – The haunting music score to "The Exorcist" was actually pieces of contemporary classical composers instead of one composer. William Friedkin originally used composer, Lalo Schifrin but felt that the movie needed a more subtle approach. This 1973 movie has many different sounds but it is Tubular Bells that most may recognize as the main score.
  5. "Indiana Jones" – Another very recognizable piece, the "Indiana Jones" score was created by John Williams, who also worked with Steven Spielberg on "Jurassic Park" and other projects. It is the theme for all four of the "Indiana Jones" movies.
  6. "Rosemary's Baby" – The 1968 horror film, "Rosemary's Baby" features the music by Christopher Komeda, also known as Krysztof Komeda. Although there are many different sounds on the score, the most recognizable is Lullaby.
  7. "The Omen" – "The Omen" music score was written by Jerry Goldsmith, who received an Oscar for his collection. The original song, Ave Satani is a mix of choral segments with Latin chant. It is one of the only foreign language songs ever nominated. The title means Hail Satan.
  8. "Born on the 4th of July" – This musical score is also home with the films "9" and "Carlito's Way" and was nominated for a Golden Globe for best Original Music Score. The main score was written by John Williams.
  9. "Jaws" – One of the most recognizable scores of all time is the score from "Jaws" and was written by John Williams, who as stated before, has worked in the past with Steven Spielberg numerous times. With the infamous sound of foreboding, most everyone knows the music score to this movie.
  10. "Schindler's List" - The 1993 epic drama about the Holocaust and Oskar Schindler received multiple awards and nominations and once again we have the efforts of Steven Spielberg and John Williams in this music score. It received an Oscar for Best Original Score along with its other many Oscars for Best Picture and more.

You may have different scores that you love, and there are many more that can be honorable mentions, but we can all agree that these are some of the best movie scores ever.

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