Really truly great movie scores live beyond the screen. Not to be confused with great movie themes of which there are some great ones.
  1. Doctor Zhivago
    Maurice 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
  2. Last of the Mohicans
    Good movie, but this is one of those times where the music is even better than the film. Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman
  3. Ben-Hur
    Miklos Rosza sets the tone of Rome. All other movies try to follow.
  4. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Excellent. Less is often more. Tan Dun.
  5. Batman
    Danny Elfman transforms Batman from the Na-Na-Na-Na-Batman days to a kind of mythic, tragic, urban hero.
  6. Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
    While I love the classic Jeremy Brett Sherlock theme, this whole score is wonderful. Miklos Rosza.
  7. Grand Budapest Hotel
    Been listening to this Alexandre Desplat score since movie came out and it only grows more charming with each listen
  8. Sense and Sensibility
    My favorite Patrick Doyle score
  9. The Rocketeer
    Another where the score is perhaps better than the movie. James Horner.
  10. The Secret of Roan Inish
    Absolutely perfect Irish score
  11. Little Women
    Thomas Newman. Perfect for Christmastime, for tears, for remembering.