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Might need to edit the list continously as I discover omissions. Just replaced CRIMSON TIDE with WATERWORLD for 1995, for example.

 

Also, while I have question marks for 1926, 1929 and 1932, there were still some great movies these years. Just not with much original or existing score. For example, THE GENERAL for '26, THE MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA for '29 or SCARFACE, VAMPYR or I WAS BORN BUT for '32.

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

 

Oh, I'm terrible at doing tracks or highlights. It's just one continous musical journey for me -- in this case a lush, dark romance. I'll have to relisten too, to delineate the highlight tracks for you. I have the rerecording.

 

Waxman is my favourite Golden Age composer, although there are surprisingly other Golden Age composers better represented on the list.

 

 

2 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

The retrospective score to The General is quite good!

 

The Hisaishi? Yeah, it's OK, but a little simpleminded.

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26 minutes ago, Thor said:

Waxman is my favourite Golden Age composer, although there are surprisingly other Golden Age composers better represented on the list.

 

Hey also one of my favourites, but there's only a few of his scores that I consider top notch.

 

26 minutes ago, Thor said:

The Hisaishi? Yeah, it's OK, but a little simpleminded.

 

It works very well in the film. Haven't listened to it outside of the film, although I should.

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 I haven't listened to it outside the film either, only as part of the film on the Buster Keaton box set from arthaus.

 

Hisaishi is of course known for his deceptively naïve melodies in the Ghibli material, but in this case I felt it didn't do the film any favours. With a few exceptions. The battle scene by the river was quite powerful.

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1975 Jaws

1976 The Omen

1977 (tie) Star Wars & Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1978 Jaws 2

1979 (tie) Alien & Star Trek The Motion Picture

1980 The Empire Strikes Back

1981 The Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982 (tie) ET & The Wrath of Khan & Poltergeist

1983 Return of the Jedi

1984 (tie) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom & The Last Starfighter

1985 (tie) Back To The Future & The Goonies

1986 Aliens

1987 Predator

1988 Die Hard

1989 (tie) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade & Batman & Back To The Future II & Honey I Shrunk The Kids & The Burbs & The Abyss

1990 (tie) Home Alone & Dances with Wolves & Edward Scissorhands & Total Recall & Back To The Future III & Predator 2

1991 (tie) Hook & The Rocketeer

1992 (tie) Batman Returns & Basic Instinct

1993 Jurassic Park

1994 Stargate

1995 (tie) Apollo 13 & Waterworld & Die Hard With A Vengeance & Cutthroat Island & Crimson Tide & Speed

1996 (tie) Independence Day & Twister & Mission: Impossible & The Rock

1997 (tie) The Lost World: Jurassic Park & Tomorrow Never Dies & Air Force One & Speed 2: Cruise Control & The Fifth Element & Starship Troopers

1998 The Mask of Zorro

1999 (tie) The Phantom Menace & The Matrix

2000 Chicken Run

2001 (tie) The Fellowship of the Ring & Harry Potter 1 & A.I. Artificial Intelligence

2002 (tie) The Two Towers & Harry Potter 2 & Attack of the Clones

2003 (tie) Return of the King & Matrix Reloaded & Signs

2004 Harry Potter 3

2005 Revenge of the Sith

2006 Casino Royale

2007 Spider-man 3

2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

2009 Star Trek

2010 (tie) How To Train Your Dragon & Alice in Wonderland

2011 (tie) War Hose & The Adventures of Tintin & Super 8

2012 (tie) The Hobbit 1 & John Carter & Lincoln

2013 (tie) The Hobbit 2 & Now You See Me & Star Trek Into Darkness

2014 (tie) The Hobbit 3 & The Monuments Men & Godzilla & How To Train Your Dragon 2

2015 (tie) Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation & Tomorrowland & The Force Awakens

2016 (tie) Now You See Me 2 & Star Trek Beyond & The BFG & Alice Through The Looking Glass

2017 (tie) The Last Jedi & Spider-man Homecoming

2018 (tie) Solo & Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom & Ocean's 8

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He, he...I can understand the frustration in picking only one, Jay. I had to concede on a few years too -- especially mid 90s -- although I tried to keep the alternatives to a minimum.

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Indeed. 1995 was one such year for me. BEYOND RANGOON, HEAT, WATERWORLD and CRIMSON TIDE are basically tied, with a slight edge to BEYOND RANGOON. And then on top of that were other marvelous scores such as APOLLO 13, TOY STORY, POCAHONTAS, BATMAN FOREVER, MURDER IN THE FIRST, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, TALL TALE, ROB ROY, BRAVEHEART, FIRST KNIGHT, NIXON, CUTTHROAT ISLAND, BALTO etc. Geezes.....

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5 hours ago, TSMefford said:

Jay you have some great tastes

And he has some great ties

1 hour ago, Jay said:

The truly impossible years that would be the most gut-wrenching to have to pick one over the other are 1979, 1982, 1997, and 2001

No Rosewood in 1997?:crymore:

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1 hour ago, Jay said:

Rosewood's alright

 

1 hour ago, Jurassic Shark said:

But no more.

 

That's blasphemy. It's not only top 5 material among Williams's last 25 years, but also top 5 material among the last 25 years of film music in general. "Underestimated" doesn't even rudimentarily explain its status among Williams fans.

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13 hours ago, Brundlefly said:

 

 

That's blasphemy. It's not only top 5 material among Williams's last 25 years, but also top 5 material among the last 25 years of film music in general. "Underestimated" doesn't even rudimentarily explain its status among Williams fans.

 

ROSEWOOD is a fantastic score, but it doesn't quite get on the level of TITANIC for me. But it belongs among the runner-ups, including THE LOST WORLD, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, AIR FORCE ONE, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, DONNIE BRASCO, WARRIORS OF VIRTUE, BATMAN & ROBIN, FACE/OFF, HERCULES, CONTACT, FREE WILLY 3, EVENT HORIZON, MIMIC, THE EDGE, SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, STARSHIP TROOPERS, GOOD WILL HUNTING, ALIEN: RESSURECTION, AMISTAD, THE POSTMAN and others. So yes, as Jay says, 1997 is another difficult year, although not quite as difficult as 95 for me.

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1 minute ago, Thor said:

ROSEWOOD is a fantastic score

Thank you!

However, I think, none of the Goldsmith, Elfman, Horner or anyone else's scores reach the level of awesomeness of Williams three masterpieces Amistad, Rosewood and The Lost World that year. He did that in one year! I mean, what the hell?! My absolute favourite John Williams year which includes my number 10, number 5 and number 1!

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There aren't that many tracks with "synthetic" sounds in it, and the ones that are, are absolutely perfect the way they are!

 

44 minutes ago, Brundlefly said:

Thank you!

However, I think, none of the Goldsmith, Elfman, Horner or anyone else's scores reach the level of awesomeness of Williams three masterpieces Amistad, Rosewood and The Lost World that year. He did that in one year! I mean, what the hell?! My absolute favourite John Williams year which includes my number 10, number 5 and number 1!

 

Don't forget SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET. A great year for Williams.

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1933 King Kong

1935 The Bride of Frankenstein 

1938 Robin Hood

1939 Dark Victory

1940 Rebecca

1942 Random Harvest

1945 The Enchanted  Cottage 

1950 Sunset Boulevard

1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon

1959 Ben Hur

1960 Exodus

1962 Lawrence of Arabia 

1965 Doctor Zhivago

1966 Born Free

1969 Butch Cassidy

1970 Airport/Patton

1974 The Towering Inferno 

1975 Jaws

1976 The Omen   Carrie by Pino Donaggio

1977 Star Wars/CE3K/The Spy Who loved Me

1978 Superman the Movie

1979 Star Trek the Motion Picture

1980 ESB

1981 Raiders

1982 E.T.

1983 ROTJ

1984 TOD

1986 Aliens

1987 Empire of the Sun

1990 Home Alone

1991 Beauty and the Beast

1993 Jurassic Park

1997 Titanic

2003 Signs

2009 Avatar

2011 War Horse

2012 The Amazing Spiderman 

2015 The Force Awakens 

2018 Infinity Wars

 

I apologize for the ties. I don't like being wishy washy and indecisive but 77 was hard as I love all three but 75 78 and 82 have no rivals

 

 

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1933: King Kong (Steiner)

1934: The Lost Patrol (Steiner)

1935: Bride of Frankenstein (Waxman)

1936: The Plow That Broke the Plains (Thomson)

1937: Snow White (Harline, et al)

1938: Alexander Nevsky (Prokofiev)

1939: Gone with the Wind (Steiner)

1940: Our Town (Copland)

1941: Citizen Kane (Herrmann)

1942: Bambi (Churchill, Plumb)

1943: The Song of Bernadette (Newman)

1944: Laura (Raksin)

1945: Spellbound (Rozsa) 

1946: The Best Years of Our Lives (Friedhofer) 

1947: Captain from Castile (Newman)

1948: Louisiana Story (Thomson)

1949: The Adventures of Don Juan (Steiner)

1950: Sunset Blvd. (Waxman)

1951: The Day the Earth Stood Still (Herrmann)

1952: The Bad and the Beautiful (Raksin)

1953: The Robe (Newman)

1954: On the Waterfront (Bernstein)

1955: ?
1956: The Ten Commandments (Bernstein)

1957: ?

1958: Vertigo (Herrmann)

1959: The Nun's Story (Waxman)

1960: Spartacus (North)

1961: King of Kings (Rozsa)

1962: To Kill a Mockingbird (Bernstein)

1963: The Leopard (Rota)

1964: Mary Poppins (Sherman Bros, Kostal) 

1965: Doctor Zhivago (Jarre)

1966: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Morricone)

1967: You Only Live Twice (Barry)

1968: The Lion in Winter (Barry)

1969: The Wild Bunch (Fielding)

1970: Patton (Goldsmith)

1971: The Horsemen (Delerue) 

1972: images (Williams)

1973: Enter the Dragon (Schifrin)

1974: Chinatown (Goldsmith)

1975: Jaws (Williams)

1976: Taxi Driver (Herrmann)

1977: Star Wars (Williams)

1978: The Boys from Brazil (Goldsmith)

1979: Star Trek (Goldsmith)

1980: ESB (Williams)

1981: Raiders (Williams)

1982: Conan the Barbarian (Poledouris) 

1983: Under Fire (Goldsmith)

1984: Temple of Doom (Williams)

1985: Ran (Takemitsu)

1986: The Mission (Morricone)

1987: Lionheart (Goldsmith)

1988: ?

1989: The Last Crusade (Williams)

1990: Dances with Wolves (Barry)

1991: Hook (Williams)

1992: Dracula (Kilar)

1993: The Nightmare before Christmas (Elfman)

1994: The Lion King (Zimmer)

1995: Braveheart (Horner)

1996: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Menken)

1997: Titanic (Horner)

1998: Shakespeare in Love (Warbeck) 

1999: The Red Violin (Corigliano)

2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Tan Dun)

2001: LOTR: FOTR (Shore)

2002: Road to Perdition (Newman)

2003: LOTR: ROTK (Shore)

2004: The Village (JNH)

2005: Revenge of the Sith (Williams)

2006: The Queen (Desplat)

2007: Ratatouille (Giacchino) 

2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Desplat) 

2009: Ponyo (Hisaishi) 

2010: TRON Legacy (Daft Punk)

2011: War Horse (Williams)

2012: Life of Pi (Danna)

2013: Escape from Tomorrow (Korzeniowski) 

2014: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Powell) 

2015: It Follows (Disasterpeace) 

2016: The Red Turtle (L Perez del Mar) 

2017: Phantom Thread (Greenwood) 

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I like every Laurent Perez Del mar score I've heard!  Admittedly, I've stuck to his big animated fantasy scores; I haven't checked out stuff like Anti-Gang or I Kill Giants yet.

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1 hour ago, Brundlefly said:

@Dole, I like your 60s, 70s and 80s! What about Rambo III in 1988? Not a fan?

 

I'm afraid I must admit that I've neither seen Rambo III nor heard the score. I'll have to check it out. 

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1 hour ago, Jay said:

I like every Laurent Perez Del mar score I've heard!  Admittedly, I've stuck to his big animated fantasy scores; I haven't checked out stuff like Anti-Gang or I Kill Giants yet.

 

Alas, I found I KILL GIANTS disappointing.

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1 hour ago, Dole said:

I'm afraid I must admit that I've neither seen Rambo III nor heard the score. I'll have to check it out. 

Don't watch the movie, it is incredibly dumb and boring. The score is very emotional and energetic at the same time. It kinda jumps back and forth between action-heavy Rambo music and tragic Schindler's List music.

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On 12/19/2018 at 1:31 AM, Richard said:

I'd take RAMBO III, over SCHINDLER'S LIST, any day of the week.

After watching the rough cut of Rambo Jerry Goldsmith told Stallone you need a better composer and Sly said yeah but Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino are busy. 

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1990 – Under Aurora – Reijiro Koroku

1991 – Hook – John Williams

1992 – The Last of the Mohicans – Trevor Jones/Randy Edelman

1993 – Schindler’s List – John Williams

1994 – Legends of the Fall – James Horner

1995 – Braveheart – James Horner

1996 – The Portrait of a Lady – Wojciech Kilar

1997 – Princess Mononoke – Joe Hisaishi

1998 – Merlin – Trevor Jones

1999 – Snow Falling On Cedars – James Newton Howard

2000 – Unbreakable – James Newton Howard

2001 – Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring – Howard Shore

2002 – Signs – James Newton Howard

2003 – The Last Samurai – Hans Zimmer

2004 – The Village – James Newton Howard

2005 – Year One in the North – Michiru Oshima

2006 – Lady in the Water – James Newton Howard

2007 – Angel – Philippe Rombi

2008 – Defiance – James Newton Howard

2009 – Avatar – James Horner

2010 – The Last Airbender – James Newton Howard

2011 – Ni no Kuni – Joe Hisaishi

2012 – W.E. – Abel Korzeniowski

2013 Romeo&Juliet Abel Korzeniowski

2014 – Maleficent – James Newton Howard

2015 – La Dama Velata – Emanuele Bossi, Pasquale Laino

2016 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard

2017 – Star Wars – The Last Jedi – John Williams

2018 – Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes Of Grindelwald – James Newton Howard

 

 

 

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29 minutes ago, Cristian Lee said:

2002 – Signs – James Newton Howard

 

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29 minutes ago, Cristian Lee said:

1996The Portrait of a Lady – Wojciech Kilar

 

I don't remember how this is. Has it got an album release?

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