Wednesday Question: Greatest Movie Score Ever

ORIGINAL SCORES ONLY, votes and nominations inside...

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Wednesday Question: Greatest Movie Score Ever

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to think of all the amazing soundtracks from over the years and answer this thing right here:

What's the greatest movie score ever?

SPECIAL RULE: Original scores only. So no movies that use rock classics or pre-existing music, only films with music made specifically for them.

Apart from that, standard rules apply:

  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one score create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given effort to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same score, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.
We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    The Ecstacy of Gold. In my opinion a better score than the theme song. Guess not as recognizable, but a better piece.
    I always liked The Trio (the final duel song) the most...when the trumpet comes, it's just epic.
    As in, I wish it was more recognized than the original. Since UG took away the ability to edit, I thought I had to add that.
    ammyt1231 · Nov 24, 2016 03:33 AM
    Lord of the Rings
    The most ethereal sounds I've ever heard in my life:
    I want to hear this song on my deathbed before fading away blissfully
    Have to disrespectfully disagree. Music from the Elder soundtrack was way better. So good that the movie doesn't even exist
    The Godfather
    Wait... Wasn't that slash's song? xD
    The Nightmare Before Christmas - This is Halloween Total masterpiece, Danny Elfman is an amazing composer!
    2001: A Space Odyssey. Iconic, always referenced/parodied and the perfect amplifier of the deep philosophical concepts of the film.
    Neil Young - "Dead Man" Fantastic music for fantastic existential movie...
    I love how Neil improvised the whole thing while watching a private screening of it. Epic.
    "Only Lovers Left Alive" - score by Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL Perfect soundtrack for an amazing movie by Jim Jarmush. By the way, SQÜRL is the Jim Jarmush's own band.
    Twelve Monkeys by Paul Buckmaster. Everyone knows the main theme and it's cool and all, but this song is the one that gets me the most.
    Donnie Darko - Most people know of the songs featured in the film (Mad World, Killing Moon, Head Over Heels, etc.), but what really grabbed me about the film was its original score. I don't even know how to describe it beyond "peculiarly great", or alternately, the bastard child of Brian Eno and Sunn O))) if they were a 80's new wave band.
    Absolutely agree - total masterpiece by Michael Andrews!..
    How to train your Dragon - John Powell True masterpiece, for kids, which is great.
    Don't dismiss it becauss its animation, its for everybody
    I love this movie. Too much. I just add the precision "for kids" because they are the main target of the producers But everyone can and should love it
    Test Drive and Forbidden Friendship are imo the best two pieces from that sound track...Stoick's ship from the 2nd films also a big fave of mine
    Requiem for a Dream
    Jesus, nobody else thinks Clint Mansell's Requiem for a Dream soundtrack is one of the most haunting and impactful masterpieces out there? Looks like it's just me and you, and about 8 others...
    Koyaanisqatsi - Best organ music ever made
    Holy, holy, holy sh*t. Why are you the first one to mention?! How could seven hours go by without anyone mentioning this now archetypical piece of minimal music? That score was so brilliant in the way that it made a story together with the visuals, whereas the other scores more underlined and supported the movies.
    "Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai" by the RZA Maybe not popular, but it's the soundtrack to one of my favourite movies by Jim Jarmush - tragic story about urban samurai - and simple music by RZA of Wu-Tang Clan really fit this. Also soundtrack album (not score) includes a lot of exclusive songs from Wu-Family.
    "Fight Club" by The Dust Brothers This score is just genial for this movie.
    Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold) Written in 1957 (!) (and released in 1958), it's the first dark jazz record ever - and for me one of the best albums by Miles Davis.
    Mike Patton - "A Perfect Place" Mike Patton's first work as a score composer - and it's so great, reminiscent of good old Mr. Bungle days.
    The Dark Knight or any Hans Zimmer. Also Batman(1989) by Danny Rodman or Batman(1989) by Prince. I say Prince counts cuz he wrote a whole LP worth of new music for it.
    Great but fact is that this song isn't from the score - this theme was composed by the band The Immortals (side project of musicians Maurice "Praga Khan" Engelen and Olivier Adams created specially for the "MK" OST) as a special soundtrack for the VIDEO GAME commercial, and released as a single in 1993 - 2 years before the movie based on the game was shot. And later in 1994 The Immortal recorded "Mortal Kombat: The Album", released to accompany the home versions of the video game - the album features a techno song for each of the 7 playable characters, as well as Goro, along with two additional tracks: track 5 "Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat)" (that track later was known as "Mortal Kombat Theme") and track "Hypnotic House (Mortal Kombat)" which is an alternative version of the "theme song".
    P.S. Original movie score was composed by George S. Clinton:
    Cloud Atlas Written by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil, I think it worth to be mentioned.
    Game of Thrones I know it's not a movie, but the score is just out of this world, Ramin Djawadi is an amazing composer.
    And the best thing about it is that the soundtrack is soooo interwoven with the story. You can listen to the Soundtrack of House Stark and House Tagaryen at the same time and it sounds like one great piece. The same with Lannister/Baratheon and House Baelish's theme is present in every of the great house's themes since Littlefinger is such a sneaky bastard
    Conan the barbarian.
    Honestly the best movie soundtrack of all time, only rivaled by Blade Runner (which coincidentally is right above your comment).
    "Conan what is best in life" "Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their woman while listening to the anvil of krom"
    Alien 3 by Eliot Goldenthal Say what you will about the movie itself but the music is extraordinary.