Favorite Movie Scores not by John Williams
Really truly great movie scores live beyond the screen. Not to be confused with great movie themes of which there are some great ones.
- •Doctor ZhivagoMaurice Jarre perfectly captures the spirit of this. I listened to it driving through snowy Jotunheim in Norway. The bells, the balalaika, the mournful wonderful Lara's theme...magic
- •Last of the MohicansGood movie, but this is one of those times where the music is even better than the film. Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman
- •Ben-HurMiklos Rosza sets the tone of Rome. All other movies try to follow.
- •Crouching Tiger Hidden DragonExcellent. Less is often more. Tan Dun.
- •BatmanDanny Elfman transforms Batman from the Na-Na-Na-Na-Batman days to a kind of mythic, tragic, urban hero.
- •Private Life of Sherlock HolmesWhile I love the classic Jeremy Brett Sherlock theme, this whole score is wonderful. Miklos Rosza.
- •Grand Budapest HotelBeen listening to this Alexandre Desplat score since movie came out and it only grows more charming with each listen
- •Sense and SensibilityMy favorite Patrick Doyle score
- •The RocketeerAnother where the score is perhaps better than the movie. James Horner.
- •The Secret of Roan InishAbsolutely perfect Irish score
- •Little WomenThomas Newman. Perfect for Christmastime, for tears, for remembering.