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Here's a challenge I've been bouncing around in my noggin lately.

From the earliest year you can start, pick a favorite score for each year until today! A daunting task, I know! Take your time!

1975: Jaws by John Williams

1976: The Omen by Jerry Goldsmith

1977: Suspiria by Goblin

1978: The Fury by John Williams

1979: The Muppet Movie by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher

1980: The Fog by John Carpenter

1981: The Great Muppet Caper by Joe Raposo

1982: Poltergeist by Jerry Goldsmith

1983: Under Fire by Jerry Goldsmith

1984: Gremlins by Jerry Goldsmith

1985: Return to Oz by David Shire

1986: King Kong Lives by John Scott

1987: Hellraiser by Christopher Young

1988: Land Before Time by James Horner

1989: Little Mermaid by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman

1990: Gremlins 2 by Jerry Goldsmith

1991: Hook by John Williams

1992: Batman Returns by Danny Elfman

1993: Nightmare Before Christmas by Danny Elfman

1994: Miracle on 34th Street by Bruce Broughton

1995: Far From Home by John Scott

1996: Homeward Bound 2 by Bruce Broughton

1997: The Lost World by John Williams

1998: Lost in Space by Bruce Broughton

1999: Sleepy Hollow by Danny Elfman

2000: Chicken Run by John Powell and HGW

2001: Monsters Inc by Randy Newman

2002: Eight Legged Freaks by John Ottman

2003: Looney Tunes Back in Action by Jerry Goldsmith

2004: Mickey Donald and Goofy in The Three Musketeers by Bruce Broughton

2005: An Unfinished Life by Christopher Young

2006: Pan's Labyrinth by Javier Navarrete

2007: The Orphanage by Fernando Velasquez

2008: Horton Hears a Who by John Powell

2009: Drag Me to Hell by Christopher Young

2010: How to Train Your Dragon by John Powell

2011: The Adventures of Tintin by John Williams

2012: The Amazing Spider-Man by James Horner

2013: Frozen by Christophe Beck

2014: How to Train Your Dragon 2 by John Powell

2015: Shaun the Sheep Movie by Ilan Eshkeri

2016: Pete's Dragon by Daniel Hart

2017: Ferdinand by John Powell

2018: Fallen Kingdom by Michael Giacchino

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1964: Rio Conchos by Jerry Goldsmith

1965: For a Few Dollars More by Ennio Morricone

1966: The Sand Pebbles by Jerry Goldsmith

1967: Hour of the Gun by Jerry Goldsmith

1968: The Great Silence by Ennio Morricone

1969: 100 Rifles by Jerry Goldsmith

1970: Lady Caliph by Ennio Morricone

1971: Duck, You Sucker by Ennio Morricone

1972: The Godfather by Nino Rota

1973: Papillon by Jerry Goldsmith

1974: Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith

1975: The Wind and the Lion by Jerry Goldsmith

1976: The Omen by Jerry Goldsmith

1977: Star Wars by John Williams

1978: The Boys from Brazil by Jerry Goldsmith

1979: ALIEN by Jerry Goldsmith

1980: The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams

1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams

1982: Conan the Barbarian by Basil Poledouris

1983: Under Fire by Jerry Goldsmith

1984: The Temple of Doom by John Williams

1985: Legend by Jerry Goldsmith

1986: The Mission by Ennio Morricone

1987: Empire of the Sun by John Williams

1988: The Land Before Time by James Horner

1989: The Last Crusade by John Williams

1990: Total Recall by Jerry Goldsmith

1991: JFK by John Williams

1992: Basic Instinct by Jerry Goldsmith

1993: Jurassic Park by John Williams

1994: The Shadow by Jerry Goldsmith

1995: First Knight by Jerry Goldsmith

1996: The Ghost and the Darkness by Jerry Goldsmith

1997: THE LOST WORLD by John Williams

1998: Mulan by Jerry Goldsmith

1999: The Mummy by Jerry Goldsmith

2000: Hollow Man by Jerry Goldsmith

2001: A.I. Artificial Intelligence by John Williams

2002: Minority Report by John Williams

2003: Looney Tunes: Back in Action by Jerry Goldsmith

2004: THE PRISONERS OF AZKABAN by John Williams

2005: War of the Worlds by John Williams

 

As you can easily recognize, I don't know many film composers except Goldsmith, Williams and Morricone. I prefer devoting myself to just very few artists, instead of buying countless CDs of countless composers.

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(I wrote it backwards so I could know when to stop/start)

 

Spoiler

1955 - There, I can't find anything I've seen from that year, it ends.
1956 - Professor Hannibal (works great in the film)
1957 - Bridge on the River Kwai
1958 - Bernard's DRACULA!
1959 - BEN-HUR!
1960 - The Magnificent Seven!
1961 - West Side Story - I'm yet to see or hear El Cid
1962 - Lawrence of Arabia based on main title, still have to see it.
1963 - From Russia With Love
1964 - I'm going backwards and this is getting really hard. My Fair Lady?
1965 - For a Few Dollars More?
1966 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
1967 - You Only Live Twice
1968 - Once Upon a Time in the West
1969 - The Boys of Paul Street
1970 - They Call Me Trinity is the best I can muster
1971 - Clockwork Orange
1972 - The Cowboys!
1973 - Does J.C. Superstar count?
1974 - Blazing Saddles
1975 - Jaws!
1976 - Taxi Driver has a good score, doesn't it?
1977 - STAR. WARS. (and CE3K a hair behind)
1978 - Having only heard its main title, I'll still take The Fury over Supes, it's something I'm interested in exploring
1979 - Dracula, Alien and ST:TMP - well, until I get Dracula, Alien sits on top of these.
1980 - Empire, tried to scour up something obscure but good so everyone could flip their shit, but found nothing I know.
1981 - That'll be Raiders
1982 - E.T.
1983 - Return of the Jedi
1984 - Temple of Doom!
1985 - Back to the Future
1986 - Aliens
1987 - Empire of the Sun!
1988 - Don't know anything interesting too well - Die Hard?
1989 - Batman
1990 - Home Alone
1991 - Terminator 2, but haven't seen many of the classics recently or at all.
1992 - Alien 3?
1993 - Homeward Bound over Jurassic Park, that's right.
1994 - Forrest Gump
1995 - Waterworld!
1996 - Notre Dame is the only "big" one I've seen or heard and it's not bad at all
1997 - The Lost World, sorry Titanic
1998 - Prince of Egypt
1999 - Phantom Menace
2000 - Chicken Run
2001 - oh shit. At this very moment, Fellowship is a hair over Stone.
2002 - Right now, Two Towers over Chamber
2003 - Return of the King!
2004 - AZKABAN!
2005 - Memoirs of a Geisha, fuck off Sith!
2006 - Da Vinci Code?
2007 - Pirates 3
2008 - Wall-E, I guess
2009 - Mr. Nobody? Needledrops count as well, right?
2010 - HtTYD
2011 - Tintin!
2012 - Unexpected Journey but haven't heard Lincoln yet
2013 - Desolation of Smaug
2014 - HtTYD 2 (sorry Interstellar, you're not as good!)
2015 - Force Awakens
2016 - Kubo and the Two Strings, maybe?
2017 - Last Jedi
2018 - Solo

 

Mostly mainstream choices I think. Me having not seen that many films before '77 or after '04 makes the choices in those regions limited, and I haven't done enough score exploration without having seen the films.

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I would have to go back to the silent era for this, making the task enormous. So hopefully, I can get to it at a later point (not sure how many read the lists, however, it seems more like an opportunity for each person to list THEIR favourites without reading anyone else's).

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Ok. My memory is often..unreliable, and my choices have often changed, so...here goes:

1935 BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

1936-1938 no idea

1939 GONE WITH THE WIND

1940 no idea

1941 CITIZEN KANE

1942-1950 no idea

1951 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD                 STILL

1952-1955 no idea

1956 FORBIDDEN PLANET

1957-1958 no idea

1959 BEN-HUR/

          NORTH BY NORTHWEST

 1960 PSYCHO

 1961 no idea

1962 AURENS OF ARABIA

1963-1966 no idea

1967 YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

1968 PLANET OF THE APES

1969-BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

1970-1972 no idea

1973 CINDERELLA LIBERTY

1974 THE TOWERING INFERNO

1975 THE WIND AND THE LION/

           THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123

1976 LOGAN'S RUN/

           THE OMEN

           ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

1977 CE3K/

          JESUS OF NAZARETH

1978 SUPERMAN/

          DAMIEN: OMEN II/

          THE SWARM

1979 1941/

           STAR TREK: TMP

1980 THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK/

           FLASH GORDON

1981 THE FINAL CONFLICT/

           RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

1982 BLADE RUNNER/

          E.T./

          PINK FLOYD THE WALL

1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI/

          UNDER FIRE

1984 STAR TREK: III/

          2010/

          DUNE/

          A PASSAGE TO INDIA

1985 EXPLORERS/

          LEGEND

1986 ALIENS

1987 THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK/

          EMPIRE OF THE SUN/

          EXTREME PREJUDICE

1988 THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

1989 THE ABYSS/

           STAR TREK: V/

           THE LAST TEMPTATION OF 

           CHRIST

1990 TOTAL RECALL

1991 J.F.K./

          GRAND CANYON

1992 ALIEN³

1993 no idea

1994 WYATT EARP

1995 NIXON

1996 no idea

1997 no idea

1998 STAR TREK: INSURRECTION

1999 THE PHANTOM MENACE/

           AMERICAN BEAUTY

2000 TRAFFIC

2001 HP+TPS

2002 SOLARIS

2003 no idea

2004 HP+TPOA

2005-2007 no idea

2008 QUANTUM OF SOLACE

2009 no idea

2010 TRON: LEGACY

2011 no idea

2012 SKYFALL

2013-2014 no idea

2015 THE HATEFUL EIGHT/

          SPECTRE

2016-2018 no idea

 

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Let's try at least a few years.

1940- Pinocchio by Leigh Harline

1942- Bambi by Edward H. Plumb and Larry Morey

1961- West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein (2nd 101 Dalmatians by George Bruns)

1970- The Aristocats by George Bruns

1975- Jaws by John Williams

1976- NA

1977- Star Wars by John Williams (2nd Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

1978- Superman by John Williams

1979- Star Trek by Jerry Goldsmith

1980- The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams

1981- Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams (2nd Chariots of Fire by Vangelis)

1982- E.T. The Extra Terrestrial by John Williams

1983- Return of the Jedi by John Williams

1984- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom by John Williams

1985- NA

1986- The Mission by Ennio Morricone

1987- Empire of the Sun by John Williams

1988- NA

1989- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade by John Williams

1990- Home Alone by John Williams

1991- Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken

1992- Batman Returns by Danny Elfman

1993- Jurassic Park by John Williams (2nd Schindler's List by John Williams

1994- The Lion King by Hans Zimmer

1995- Braveheart by James Horner

1996- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Alan Menken

1997- The Lost World by John Williams

1998- Mulan by Jerry Goldmsith

1999- The Phantom Menace by John Williams

2000- NA

2001- The Fellowship of the Ring by Howard Shore (2nd Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by John Williams)

2002- The Two Towers by Howard Shore (2nd Attack of the Clones by John Williams)

2003- The Return of the King by Howard Shore (2nd Pirates of the Caribbean by Klaus Badelt and Finding Nemo by Thomas Newman)

2004- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by John Willaims (2nd The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino)

2005- Revenge of the Sith by John Williams (2nd Pride and Prejudice by Dario Marianelli)

2006- Dead Man's Chest by Hans Zimmer (2nd Ice Age: The Meltdown by John Powell and 3rd Planet Earth by George Fenton)

2007- At World's End by Hans Zimmer (2nd Ratatouille by Michael Giacchino) 

2008- Horton Hears a Who by John Powell (2nd WALL-E by Thomas Newman) 

2009- UP by Michael Giacchino 

2010- How To Train Your Dragon by John Powell

2011- The Adventures of Tintin by John Williams

2012- An Unexpected Journey by Howard Shore (2nd Lincoln by John Williams)

2013- The Desolation of Smaug by Howard Shore (2nd Frozen by Christophe Beck)

2014- Battle of the Five Armies by Howard Shore (2nd How To Train Your Dragon 2 by John Powell and 3rd Interstellar by Hans Zimmer)

2015- The Force Awakens by John Williams

2016- La La Land by Justin Huriwtz (Not at all close 2nd Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Michael Giacchino and 3rd Fantastic Beasts by James Newton Howard)

2017- The Last Jedi by John Williams (2nd Spider-man Homecoming by Michael Giacchino and 3rd Darkest Hour by Dario Marianelli)

2018- Solo: A Star Wars Story by John Powell, First Man by Justin Hurwitz, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by Michael Giacchino (all tied, we'll see later)

2019- Star Wars Episode IX

 

That's what I've got off the top of my head. I'm probably missing something.

 

 

 

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Interesting idea. I'll go back to around the late 90s, because much further before then, it's not so much favourites as there being a score that year that I liked.

 

 

(in progress)

 

2010: HTYD

2011: ?

2012: Hunger Games or Skyfall

2013: Gravity

2014: HTTYD 2
2015: The Martian
2016: Everest
2017: The Mummy
2018: Solo
 

 

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I'll just do this decade right now.

 

2018: Solo or God of War, can't decide

2017: Ferdinand

2016: 10 Cloverfield Lane

2015: The Force Awakens

2014: How to Train Your Dragon 2 or Grand Budapest

2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

2012: Lincoln

2011: War Horse

2010: How to Train Your Dragon

 

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2 hours ago, Richard said:

1940 no idea

 

The Sea Hawk

 

2 hours ago, Richard said:

1993 no idea

 

Jurassic Park!

 

2 hours ago, Richard said:

1963-1966 no idea

 

The Dollars trilogy

 

2 hours ago, Richard said:

2002 SOLARIS

 

/Signs/The Hours

 

2 hours ago, Richard said:

2005-2009 no idea

 

2006: The Fountain

 

Otherwise, an interesting list, Richard. :)

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2018: Solo

2017: The Last Jedi 

2016: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 

2015: The Force Awakens 

2014: How to train your Dragon 2 

2013: The desolation of Smaug 

2012: An Unexpected Journey 

2011: The Deathly Hallows part 2 

2010: How to train your Dragon 

2009: The Half Blood Prince 

2008: Kingdom of the crystal skull

2007: Pirates of the caribbean at words end 

2006: Pirates of the caribbean dead man's chest

2005: Revenge of the Sith 

2004: Prisoner of Azkaban

2003: Return of the King 

2002: Two Towers 

2001: Fellowship of the Ring 

2000: Gladiator 

1999: The Phantom menace

1998: Mulan 

1997: The Lost World, Jurassic Park 

1996: Mission impossible 

1995: Toy Story

1994: The Lion King

1993: Jurassic Park 

1992: Aladdin 

1991: Hook

1990: Back to the future 3

1989: The Last crusade 

1988: SOS Sällskapsresan (Swedish film)

1987:? 

1986:? 

1985: Back to the future 

1984: The Temple of Doom 

1983: Return of the Jedi 

1982: E.T

1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark

1980: Empire Strikes Back 

1979: Life of Brian

1978: Superman 

1977: Star Wars 

1976: Rocky

1975: Jaws 

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Question marks when it comes down to stuff that I never listened to outside the film but remember being good, or they're like the only choice and I have nothing to say about them.

 

Spoiler

 

1926: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

1927: Metropolis

1928-1930: ?

1931: City Lights

1932: ? 

1933: King Kong?

1934: ?

1935: Bride of Frankenstein

1936: Modern Times

1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1938: Adventures of Robin Hood?

1939: Wuthering Heights (would have said Wizard of Oz full-stop until I found about all the steals lol, still great)

1940: Pinocchio

1941: Citizen Kane

1942: Bambi?

1943: Casablanca (I think this is usually technically 42 but Oscar says 43 so. I got nothing else and I actually do love it)

1944: Laura?

1945: Spellbound?

1946: A Matter of Life and Death

1947: Bishop's Wife?

1948: Naked City?

1949: Third Man?

1950: La Ronde?

1951: Streetcar Named Desire

1952: Bad and the Beautiful

1953: I Vitelloni

1954: On the Waterfront?

1955: Lady and the Tramp?

1956: The Ten Commandments?

1957: Sweet Smell of Success

1958: Elevator to the Gallows

1959: North by Northwest

1960: Magnificent Seven

1961: Yojimbo?

1962: To Kill a Mockingbird

1963: 8 1/2

1964: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

1965: The Saragossa Manuscript

1966: The Battle of Algiers

1967: The Young Girls of Rochefort

1968: Once Upon a Time in the West

1969: Age of Consent

1970: Two Mules for Sister Sara

1971: Willy Wonka

1972: The Cowboys

1973: Day for Night

1974: The Godfather: Part II

1975: Jaws

1976: Taxi Driver

1977: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1978: Days of Heaven

1979: 1941

1980: Empire Strikes Back

1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982: ET

1983: Return of the Jedi

1984: Temple of Doom

1985: Back to the Future

1986: The Mission

1987: Empire of the Sun

1988: Cinema Paradiso

1989: Born on the Fourth of July

1990: Home Alone

1991: Hook

1992: Batman Returns

1993: Jurassic Park

1994: The Lion King

1995: Braveheart

1996: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1997: Titanic (Lost World rules)

1998: Prince of Egypt

1999: American Beauty (Phantom Menace rules)

2000: Honestly, never got into any score this year more than the fuckin Grinch so it's yours JH, kisses

2001: Fellowship of the Ring and HP1 (giving myself one tie)

2002: Two Towers (Road to Perdition and John Williams rule)

2003: Return of the King

2004: Prisoner of Azkaban

2005: Revenge of the Sith

2006: Tavener's "Fragments of a Prayer" for Children of Men takes the cake

2007: Ratatouille

2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2009: A Single Man

2010: How to Train Your Dragon

2011: The Adventures of Tintin

2012: The Master 

2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 

2014: Interstellar 

2015: The Force Awakens

2016: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

2017: The Last Jedi 

2018: Solo

 

 

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1932      Santa's Workshop                                         

1933      King Kong                                                                      Sad Bunny: Night Before Christmas

1934      It Happened One Night                                              

1935      Triumph of The Will                                      

1936      ?                                                                           

1937      Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs                      

1938      ?                            

1939      Gone With The Wind                                                      Sad Bunny: Gunga Din 

1940      Fantasia                             

1941      Citizen Kane                     

1942      Bambi                                                                             Sad Bunny: Casablanca      

1943      ?                            

1944      Laura                   

1945      ?                            

1946      It's a Wonderful Life                     

1947      ?                            

1948      ?                            

1949      Letter to Three Wives                                                     (temporary lol)

1950      All About Eve                   

1951      ?                            

1952      ?                            

1953      Singing in The Rain                                                        Sad Bunny: Roman Holiday        

1954      Sabrina               

1955      The Ladykillers                

1956      Around the World in 80 Days                    

1957      The Bridge on The River Kwai                   

1958      Vertigo               

1959      North by Northwest / Ben Hur                                       (I remember neither well)

1960      The Apartment                               

1961      Breakfast at Tiffany's                   

1962      Mary Poppins                  

1963      The Great Escape                          

1964      Goldfinger                                                                       Sad Bunny: Dr. Strangelove       

1965      The Sound of Music                      

1966      October (1928)                                                               Sad Bunnies: The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Is Paris Burning

1967      Jungle Book                      

1968      2001: A Space Odyssey                

1969      Battle of Britain                                                             

1970      Tora! Tora! Tora!                            

1971      A Clockwork Orange                     

1972      The Godfather                                                               Sad Bunny: Endless Night           

1973      American Graffiti                           

1974      Chinatown                        

1975      Jaws                     

1976      Rocky                                                                            Sad Bunny: Carrie          

1977      Star Wars                           

1978      Superman: The Movie                 

1979      Apocalypse Now                            

1980      Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back                            SCORE OF THE CENTURY             

1981      The Raiders of The Lost Ark                                        Sad Bunny: Vabanque 

1982      E.T. The Extra-Terrestial                             

1983      Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi                          

1984      Amadeus                                                                      Sad Bunny: Temple of Doom    

1985      Back to The Future                        

1986      The Fly                

1987      Dirty Dancing                                                                Sad Bunny: RoboCop    

1988      Die Hard                                                                       Sad Bunny: Predator    

1989      Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade                          Sad Bunny: The Little Mermaid

1990      The Hunt for the Red October                 

1991      Beauty and the Beast                  

1992      Scent of a Woman                                                        Sad Bunny: Schindler's List         

1993      Jurassic Park                     

1994      The Lion King                   

1995      Toy Story                                                                       Sad Bunny: Pocahontas

1996      The Hunchback of Notre Dame                               

1997      Starship Troopers                                                          Sad Bunny: The Edge    

1998      The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride                                     Sad Bunny: Blues Brothers 2000              

1999      Star Wars: The Phantom Menace                                 Sad Bunnies: The Mummy, With Fire and Sword

2000      Dinosaur                                                                        Sad Bunny: The Road to El Dorado         

2001      The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring     Sad Bunny: Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone                

2002      The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers                      Sad Bunny: AOTC           

2003      The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King                 

2004      The Incredibles                               

2005      The Chronicles of Narnia                                              Sad Bunny: ROTS

2006      Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest              Sad Bunny: Painted Veil              

2007      Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End                    Sad Bunny: Mr. Bean's Holiday

2008      Sita Sings The Blues                                                    Sad Bunny: Kingdom of The Crystal Skull

2009      Up                                                                                 Sad Bunny: Watchmen

2010      How To Train Your Dragon                         

2011      Hugo                    

2012      Skyfall                                                                           (temporary, I hope)

2013      Lone Ranger                     

2014      Grand Budapest Hotel                 

2015      Star Wars: TFA                 

2016      La La Land                          

2017      Star Wars: The Last Jedi                              

2018      Avengers: Infinity War                                                   (temporary—certainly)     

 

P.S. There are definitely more sad bunnies, but I am too tired to chase them all

 

 

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I really only know enough to go back to 1970, but I thought I'd give it a go.

 

2018 (so far): The Catcher Was a Spy (Shore)

2017: Loving Vincent (Mansell)

2016: The BFG (Williams)

2015: The Force Awakens (Williams)

2014: Inherent Vice (Greenwood)

2013: The Desolation of Smaug (Shore)

2012: Lincoln (Williams)

2011: The Adventures of Tintin (Williams)

2010: Edge of Darkness (Shore)

2009: Drag Me to Hell (Young)

2008: Appaloosa (Beal)

2007: American Gangster (Streitenfeld)

2006: The Fountain (Mansell)

2005: Revenge of the Sith (Williams)

2004: The Prisoner of Azkaban (Williams)

2003: The Return of the King (Shore)

2002: The Two Towers (Shore)

2001: The Fellowship of the Ring (Shore)

2000: The Cell (Shore)

1999: October Sky (Isham)

1998: American History X (Dudley)

1997: Amistad (Williams)

1996: Hamlet (Doyle)

1995: Apollo 13 (Horner)

1994: The Lion King (Zimmer)

1993: Cool Runnings (Zimmer)

1992: Alien 3 (Goldenthal)

1991: Naked Lunch (Shore/Coleman)

1990: Home Alone (Williams)

1989: Hider in the House (Young)

1988: The Land Before Time (Horner)

1987: The Kindred (Newman)

1986: The Fly (Shore)

1985: Legend (Goldsmith)

1984: The Temple of Doom (Williams)

1983: Return of the Jedi (Williams)

1982: E.T. (Williams)

1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Williams)

1980: The Empire Strikes Back (Williams)

1979: Alien (Goldsmith)

1978: The Fury (Williams)

1977: Star Wars (Williams)

1976: The Omen (Goldsmith)

1975: Jaws (Williams)

1974: The Towering Inferno (Williams)

1973: Battle for the Planet of the Apes (Rosenman)

1972: The Godfather (Rota)

1971: Straw Dogs (Fielding)

1970: Patton (Goldsmith)

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I'm avoiding going back another decade because forcing me to decide between AI, Philosopher's Stone, and Fellowship is cruel and unusual.  They're in a tie.

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1979: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

1980: The Empire Strikes Back

1981: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

1982: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

1983: Return Of The Jedi

1984: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

1985: Back To The Future

1986: The Mission

1987: The Witches Of Eastwick

1988: The Land Before Time

1989: Field Of Dreams

1990: Total Recall

1991: The Rocketeer

1992: Far And Away

1993: Jurassic Park

1994: The Shawshank Redemption

1995: Apollo 13

1996: Independence Day

1997: Starship Troopers

1998: The Thin Red Line

1999: American Beauty

2000: The Perfect Storm

2001: The Mummy Returns

2002: Road To Perdition

2003: Angels In America

2004: The Village

2005: War Of The Worlds

2006: Lady In The Water

2007: The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep

2008: WALL-E

2009: Avatar

2010: Inception

2011: War Horse

2012: Lincoln

2013: Rush

2014: Maleficent

2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2016: Kubo And The Two Strings

2017: It

2018: Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Here's my list.  There are a few years where several scores I loved came out so I included those.  I can't just chose one.

 

1977: Star Wars
1978: Superman The Movie 
1979: Star Trek The Motion Picture
1980: Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back 
1981: None
1982: Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan
1983: Star Wars Episode VI Return Of The Jedi
1984: Ghostbusters / Star Trek III The Search For Spock
1985: Back To The Future
1986: Short Circuit / Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
1987: Predator
1988: Willow / Die Hard / The Land Before Time 
1989: Batman / Back To The Future Part II / Field Of Dreams / The Abyss / Star Trek V The Final Frontier
1990: Home Alone / The Hunt For Red October / Total Recall / Back To The Future Part III / Die Hard 2 / Predator 2 / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
1991: Hook / Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves / Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
1992: Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
1993: Jurassic Park / Hocus Poucs 
1994: Star Trek Generatiosn / Stargate 
1995: Apollo 13 / Mr. Holland's Opus / Die Hard With A Vengeance / The Langoliers 
1996: Independence Day / Star Trek First Contact / Star Wars Shadows Of The Empire / Twister / 
1997: The Edge / Starship Troopers / Volcano / The Lost World Jurassic Park
1998: Armageddon / Godzilla / Lost In Space / The Mask Of Zorro / Small Soldiers / Star Trek Insurrection / 
1999: The Matrix / The Mummy / Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace 
2000: Dinosaur / X-Men
2001: Jurassic Park III / The Mummy Returns 
2002: Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones / Star Trek Nemesis / Spider-Man
2003: X2: X-Men United / The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions / POTC Curse Of The Black Pearl 
2004: Spider-Man 2 / The Day After Tomorrow 
2005: Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith / Fantastic Four 
2006: X-Men The Last Stand / Casino Royale / Superman Returns / POTC Dead Man's Chest 
2007: TMNT / Fantastic 4 Rise Of The Silver Surfer / POTC At World's End / Transformers / Live Free Or Die Hard / Spider-Man 3
2008: Bolt / The Mummy Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor 
2009: Star Trek / 2012
2010: Predators 
2011: Captain America The First Avengers / X-Men First Class
2012: The Avengers / The Amazing Spider-Man
2013: Star Trek Into Darkness / A Good Day To Die Hard / Oblivion / The Wolverine 
2014: X-Men Days Of Future Past 
2015: Avengers Age Of Ultron / Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens
2016: Star Trek Beyond / X-Men Apoocalypse / Rogue One A Star Wars Story 
2017: Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi / Justice League
2018: Avengers Infinity War / Solo A Star Wars Story
 

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4 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

I'm avoiding going back another decade because forcing me to decide between AI, Philosopher's Stone, and Fellowship is cruel and unusual.  They're in a tie.

Since others here are cheating with more than one choice per year, I will allow you to do the same for your sake. ;) 

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1 hour ago, kaseykockroach said:

Since others here are cheating with more than one choice per year, I will allow you to do the same for your sake. ;) 

 

It was way to hard for me to just pick one.  As I said several of my favorites came out in one year. IE: 1991.

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On ‎11‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 3:39 PM, Richard said:

1968 PLANET OF THE APES

1969-BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

 

What's your opinions on the scores to Where Eagles Dare and Battle of Britain, Richard? Those would probably be my 1968 and 1969 picks.

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Er, yes, well, WHERE EAGLES DARE and BATTLE OF BRITAIN (both of them) are fine scores, but BC+TSK, for 1969. Ooh, I forgot; OHMSS is fantastic, too!

As for '68, however, POTA rules...absolutely! Only THE LION IN WINTER comes anywhere near its magnificence.

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2017 The Post

2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

2015 Tomorrowland

2014 The Legend of Hercules

2013 The Wind Rises

2012 Lincoln

2011 The Adventures of Tintin

2010 How to Train your Dragon

2009 Up

2008 Ponyo

2007 300

2006 Notes on a Scandal

2005 Memoirs of a Geisha

2004 Troy (rejected score)

2003 LOTR 3

2002 The Hours

2001 Harry Potter 1

2000 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

 

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On 11/10/2018 at 9:58 AM, Brundlefly said:

1964: Rio Conchos by Jerry Goldsmith

1965: For a Few Dollars More by Ennio Morricone

1966: The Sand Pebbles by Jerry Goldsmith

1967: Hour of the Gun by Jerry Goldsmith

1968: The Great Silence by Ennio Morricone

1969: 100 Rifles by Jerry Goldsmith

1970: Lady Caliph by Ennio Morricone

1971: Duck, You Sucker by Ennio Morricone

1972: The Godfather by Nino Rota

1973: Papillon by Jerry Goldsmith

1974: Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith

1975: The Wind and the Lion by Jerry Goldsmith

1976: The Omen by Jerry Goldsmith

1977: Star Wars by John Williams

1978: The Boys from Brazil by Jerry Goldsmith

1979: ALIEN by Jerry Goldsmith

1980: The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams

1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams

1982: Conan the Barbarian by Basil Poledouris

1983: Under Fire by Jerry Goldsmith

1984: The Temple of Doom by John Williams

1985: Legend by Jerry Goldsmith

1986: The Mission by Ennio Morricone

1987: Empire of the Sun by John Williams

1988: The Land Before Time by James Horner

1989: The Last Crusade by John Williams

1990: Total Recall by Jerry Goldsmith

1991: JFK by John Williams

1992: Basic Instinct by Jerry Goldsmith

1993: Jurassic Park by John Williams

1994: The Shadow by Jerry Goldsmith

1995: First Knight by Jerry Goldsmith

1996: The Ghost and the Darkness by Jerry Goldsmith

1997: THE LOST WORLD by John Williams

1998: Mulan by Jerry Goldsmith

1999: The Mummy by Jerry Goldsmith

2000: Hollow Man by Jerry Goldsmith

2001: A.I. Artificial Intelligence by John Williams

2002: Minority Report by John Williams

2003: Looney Tunes: Back in Action by Jerry Goldsmith

2004: THE PRISONERS OF AZKABAN by John Williams

2005: War of the Worlds by John Williams

 

As you can easily recognize, I don't know many film composers except Goldsmith, Williams and Morricone. I prefer devoting myself to just very few artists, instead of buying countless CDs of countless composers.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to JWfan, the one-man Jerry Goldsmith appreciation society :lol:

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2 hours ago, Richard said:

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to JWfan, the one-man Jerry Goldsmith appreciation society :lol:

The man is always a step beyond everyone else. Just because I already voted more than ten times for him, doesn't mean that Forrest Gump is better than The Shadow.

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3 hours ago, Brundlefly said:

The man is always a step beyond everyone else.

Well said.

3 hours ago, Brundlefly said:

Just because I already voted more than ten times for him, doesn't mean that Forrest Gump is better than The Shadow.

That's because it isn't.

THE SHADOW is a great action score, from an underrated film, while FOREST GUMP is a saccharine-soaked piece of candy-ass trash, underpinning fascistic propaganda, masquerading as liberalism.

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I can’t start at the beginning of film history in the 1890s, since there were no original scores. They were also rare in the 1900s and 1910s, although shout-outs to these – all of with which I’m familiar and like:

 

1908: L’Assasinat de Duc de Guise (Camille Saint-Saens)

1915: The Birth of a Nation (Joseph Carl Breil)

1916: Intolerance (Joseph Carl Breil)

1918: A Dog’s Life (Charlie Chaplin)

 

…and then let’s start proper in 1920:

 

1920: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Giuseppe Becce)

1921: The Kid (Charlie Chaplin)

1922: Nosferatu (Hans Erdmann)

1923: La Roue (Arthur Honegger)

1924: Greed (William Axt)

1925: Battleship Potemkin (Edmund Meisel)

1926: ?

1927: Metropolis (Gottfried Huppertz)

1928: October (Dmitri Shostakovich)

1929: ?

1930: Der Blaue Engel (Friedrich Hollaender)

1931: City Lights (Charlie Chaplin)

1932: ?

1933: King Kong (Max Steiner)

1934: Madame Bovary (Darius Milhaud)

1935: Captain Blood (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

1936: The Plow that Broke the Plains (Virgil Thomson)

1937: The Prince and the Pauper (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

1938: Alexander Nevsky (Sergei Prokofiev)

1939: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

1940: Rebecca (Franz Waxman)

1941: 49th Parallell (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

1942: The Jungle Book (Miklos Rozsa)

1943: The Song of Bernadette (Alfred Newman)

1944: Jane Eyre (Bernard Herrmann)

1945: Ivan the Terrible (Sergei Prokofiev)

1946: The Best Years of Our Lives (Hugo Friedhofer)

1947: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Bernard Herrmann)

1948: Bicycle Thieves (Alessandro Cicognini)

1949: Passport to Pimlico (Georges Auric)

1950: Sunset Boulevard (Franz Waxman)

1951: Quo Vadis (Miklos Rozsa)

1952: Viva Zapata! (Alex North)

1953: Julius Caesar (Miklos Rozsa)

1954: Sansho the Bailiff (Fumio Hayasaka)

1955: The Man With the Golden Arm (Elmer Bernstein)

1956: The Ten Commandments (Elmer Bernstein)

1957: Peyton Place (Franz Waxman)

1958: The Big Country (Jerome Moross)

1959: Ben Hur (Miklos Rozsa) – tricky year, Sleeping Beauty and The 400 Blows are very close

1960: The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein)

1961: King of Kings (Miklos Rozsa)

1962: To Kill a Mockingbird (Elmer Bernstein)

1963: The Leopard (Nino Rota)

1964: The Fall of the Roman Empire (Dimitri Tiomkin)

1965: The Agony and the Ecstasy (Alex North)

1966: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone) – but something in me really wants to select Not With My Wife You Don’t! Seriously. One of my JW favourites of the 60s.

1967: Our Mother’s House (Georges Delerue)

1968: Planet of the Apes (Jerry Goldsmith) – but what a year in terms of film music!

1969: The Reivers (John Williams)

1970: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch (Arne Nordheim) – unless Jane Eyre counts, being a TV movie

1971: Get Carter (Roy Budd)

1972: Images (John Williams) – but Solaris and Apocalypse des Animaux a very close second

1973: Papillon (Jerry Goldsmith) – but Cinderella Liberty a close second

1974: The Towering Inferno (John Williams)

1975: Jaws (John Williams)

1976: The Omen (Jerry Goldsmith)

1977: Star Wars (John Williams)

1978: Superman: The Movie (John Williams)

1979: Alien (Jerry Goldsmith)

1980: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark (John Williams)

1982: Blade Runner (Vangelis)

1983: Return of the Jedi (John Williams)

1984: The Neverending Story (Giorgio Moroder & Klaus Doldinger)

1985: Ladyhawke (Andrew Powell)

1986: Aliens (James Horner)

1987: Empire of the Sun (John Williams) – but Pelle the Conqueror a close second

1988: Midnight Run (Danny Elfman)

1989: The Abyss (Alan Silvestri) – but The Last Crusade a close second

1990: Edward Scissorhands (Danny Elfman)

1991: Hook (John Williams) – but Beauty and the Beast a close second

1992: Alien 3 (Elliot Goldenthal)

1993: Jurassic Park (John Williams)          

1994: The Shawshank Redemption (Thomas Newman)

1995: Waterworld (James Newton Howard) – but Heat and Crimson Tide a close second

1996: The Rock (Hans Zimmer & Nick Glennie-Smith)

1997: Titanic (James Horner)

1998: The Thin Red Line (Hans Zimmer)

1999: The Mummy (Jerry Goldsmith), but Snow Falling on Cedars a close second (what a year!)

2000: Gladiator (Hans Zimmer)

2001: A.I. – Artificial Intelligence (John Williams)

2002: Whale Rider (Lisa Gerrard)

2003: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Howard Shore)

2004: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (John Williams), but Crash and Passion of the Christ a close second

2005: Memoirs of a Geisha (John Williams)

2006: World Trade Center (Craig Armstrong)

2007: El Greco (Vangelis), but Transformers a close second

2008: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (James Horner), but Standard Operating Procedure a close second

2009: Avatar (James Horner)

2010: Inception (Hans Zimmer)

2011: Jane Eyre (Dario Marianelli)

2012: Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)

2013: Winnie Mandela (Laurent Eyquem) – according to my podcast; if you’d asked me today, I’d chosen Prisoners

2014: The Unknown Known (Danny Elfman)

2015: The Duke of Burgundy (Cat’s Eyes)

2016: Nerve (Rob Simonsen)

2017: Valley of Shadows (Zbigniew Preisner)

2018: Videoman (Waveshaper & Robert Parker) – so far

 

Phew. That was a lot of work. And so many years where I could basically just exchange the chosen one with another that is equally good.

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Interesting list Thor, and one I find myself both agreeing and disagreeing a lot with.

 

7 hours ago, Thor said:

 1940: Rebecca (Franz Waxman)

 

Haven't you heard The Sea Hawk? ;)

 

7 hours ago, Thor said:

1944: Jane Eyre (Bernard Herrmann)

 

William Walton's Henry V is leagues above, IMO! :)

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3 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

Interesting list Thor, and one I both agree and disagree a lot with.

 

 

Havei you heard The Sea Hawk? ;)

 

Of course. Great score, although not quite on that level for me. But Korngold is well represented on my list otherwise.

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7 hours ago, Thor said:

1958: The Big Country (Jerome Moross)

 

Great theme, boring score.

 

3 minutes ago, Thor said:

 

Of course. Great score, although not quite on that level for me. But Korngold is well represented on my list otherwise.

 

What's your musical highlights of Rebecca? Perhaps I'll have to give it another chance.

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