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Initial post: 26 Nov 2009 14:23:20 GMT
Mr. A. Salim says:
Hello all

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for moving film scores.

I have all of Hans Zimmer and Thomas Newman scores. They are quite powerful. Especially Injection, and Last Samurai by Zimmer.

Any help would be great.

Posted on 27 Nov 2009 11:52:59 GMT
Bug DeLug says:
Deborah's Theme from Once Upon A Time In America, composed by Ennio Morriconne is one of the most moving pieces of music ever. Dig it out :)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2009 23:58:45 GMT
Various theme's from the following scores are unbelievably powerful when listened to at high volumes :)

"Once upon a time in the west"

The main theme from Minority Report is very moving too.
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2009 17:17:08 GMT
I think pearl harbor is hard to beat. I know its another zimmer one but it is superb. Also The Mission sountrack has a couple of powerful tunes and is another morricone score.
bobby box...

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2009 17:24:57 GMT
I think pearl harbor is hard to beat. I know its another zimmer one but it is superb. Also The Mission sountrack has a couple of powerful tunes and is another morricone score.
bobby box...

Posted on 3 Dec 2009 23:26:12 GMT
Mr. A. Salim says:
Looks like Ennio Morricone is another guy I am going to have to check out. I've heard some of his spaghetti western compositions, Fields of Gold (I think) from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I assumed all he did were old westerns. Thanks Mr Mcneill, and W.T.A., Deborah's Theme is perfect, it was the kind of track I was looking for.

Hey War film lover, I'll check out those soundtracks as well. I've so far heard Braveheart, very haunting and moving, excellent stuff.

Posted on 19 Dec 2009 02:14:42 GMT
Nigel Mayo says:
Just some random thoughts:
I like the Raise the Titanic soundtrack for some moving tracks - even if the movie was a let down (Clive Cussler never forgave it - and Sahara proved him right).
The Last Samurai is quite gripping stuff.
Lord of the Rings has something for everyone.
How about A Bridge Too Far? Abide with Me at the end of that.
Zulu, what little there was - Minimalism works.

Here's a few individual tracks that come to mind:
'She was sad at first' - Ladyhawke.
'Princess Leia's Theme' - Star Wars, Geoff Love's arrangement (I prefer it to the John Williams version!).
'Che Valiers De Sangreal' - Da Vinci Code.
'Who wants to live forever?' - Orchestral arrangement from Highlander.

I'd agree with Ennio Morricone too, both spaghetti westerns and The Untouchables. Maybe even Basil Poledouris - I love the Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack, but Hans Zimmer beat his choral stuff in The Hunt for Red October with the moody Crimson Tide (Get some speakers with decent bass for that one!).

Posted on 20 Dec 2009 13:19:14 GMT
S. Wray says:
Cinema Paradiso - Ennio Morricone, Little Women - Thomas Newman and what about John Barry!! Somewhere In Time, The Dove, The Last Valley (Death of the Captain), Dances With Wolves...and then there's Randy Newman - Pleasantville, Rachel Portman - Cider House Rules and James Horner - Legends of the Fall

Posted on 28 Dec 2009 22:41:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2009 22:41:58 GMT
Luke says:
Simon Birch by Marc Shaiman. The suite of themes is so emotional and powerful. When you watch the scene and listen to this beautiful score, you are bound to cry a bit. :'(Simon Birch

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 11:32:06 GMT
try the powder soundtrack by jerry goldsmith

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2010 22:45:05 GMT
Luke says:
Very beautiful score - especially "Everywhere" theme that plays at the end.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2010 23:50:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2010 23:51:03 GMT
J. Egner says:
Hi there,
for me it has to be Adagio for strings from Platoon. Gets me every time.

Posted on 19 Jan 2010 15:30:11 GMT
Y. Khalil says:
- Atonement by Dario Marianelli
- The passion of christ by John Debeny
- Shindler's list by John Williams
- World trade center by Craig Armstrong

Posted on 15 Mar 2010 14:18:59 GMT
A customer says:
It very much depends, of course, on what you mean by `moving'. I gave a talk once on film music and titled it `The Emotive and the Evocative'. Film music's very purpose is to arouse the emotions.

I would echo the previous recommendations for Morricone's soundtrack for The Mission, in particular the piece called `The Falls'. But of course, the context is everything. In the film, the music is used to accompany the dramatic pictures of the Iguazu Falls. Context is often everything. If you simply listen to Barry's music from Walkabout, you may not immediately find it very moving. But if you have watched the film and fallen under its spell, the music does have a certain power. Another of Barry's best (for me) is the central theme from Out of Africa, which is used to accompany the shots of Blixen's farm from the air as her lover flies her over it and allows her to see that view of it for the first time.

And how about this for a suggestion out of left field? There is a very controversial film called `Ai No Corrida' or `In the Realm of the Senses'. The usual debate about it centres on whether it is art or pornography. Which entirely misses the key point, which is that it is a very melancholy story. The music for the film was written by Minoru Miki, and he clearly understood that point very well.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2010 20:21:01 BDT
Schindler's List by Itzhak Perlman

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 11:59:50 GMT
these are all the types that i love. great inspirational scores with loads of emotion to them.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012 19:42:24 GMT
J. Donovan says:
Hi all,
I love film score music, it appears the only way to obtain music that moves you. John Barry has many fim score music Out of Africa, Somewhere in time, Beyondness of things, Richard Wagner's music from the latest film Melancholia tristan and isolide, truly moving stuff.
Hope you enjoy.....

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 23:04:32 BDT
D. L. Davey says:
Please don't forget ....

The Fountain
Gladiator; More Songs From the Movie Soundtrack
Pan's Labyrinth
The Ninth Gate

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 08:01:34 BDT
raven_guest says:
Edward Scissorhands is beautiful, The Doctor Who Soundtrack for the first series has some amasing music on it (madam de pompadour, Impossible Planet, Doomsday all beautiful) I also love the Silent Hill Soundtracks though they're a lot darker. x

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 20:04:22 BDT
Bedinog says:
Just a note to Mr Donovan that Richard Wagner was a classical music composer, and it just happens his music was used in the films you mention. There's an awful lot of moving classical music out there, and different music moves different people, whatever the genre happens to be. The wonderful thing is that we can and are moved by music-great, eh?

Posted on 9 Feb 2013 12:10:31 GMT
It's got to be Ennio Morricone's score for Once Upon A Time In The West, probably the most hauntingly beautiful soundtrack ever composed for the big screen.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2013 22:15:35 GMT
I've just watched Philedelphia again and had forgotten how good it was but as with most movies it's the music that makes it. Am on Amazon now to order the soundtrack defiantly recommended :-)

Posted on 16 Jan 2014 08:44:24 GMT
BillyBoy says:
Classics,depending on age and mood.Casablanca,Sleepless in Seattle,The Searchers,The High and the Mighty,West Side Story,Rebecca,Gone With The a Wind,Johnny Belinda,.I'm running out of space and time and in danger being called an old fogey, but they seldom write them like they used to.
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