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16th Apr 2014, 23:55
The English Patient Soundtrack - YouTube

What is yours? :ok:


17th Apr 2014, 01:00
Lara's theme maybe, there are so many.
It may seem a bit corny now but the Third Man music still works well for me.
Probably dates me.

17th Apr 2014, 01:17
The Harry Lime Theme - Anton Karas - YouTube


17th Apr 2014, 01:51
Thanks Caco, not just the main theme but the rest of the music was so good in the movie, (I have the sound track on vinyl).
At the risk of thread drift, that movie is one that should NEVER be colourized.:=

17th Apr 2014, 02:04
Always liked this...

Zorba the Greek - Zorbas Dance (Anthony Quinn) - YouTube


17th Apr 2014, 02:14
633 Squadron Theme - YouTube[/YOUTUBE]

17th Apr 2014, 02:31
633 and the Dambusters.

Guns of Navarone.

Clare Prop
17th Apr 2014, 05:18
Ryuichi Sakamoto...starred in the film and wrote the soundtrack


Clare Prop
17th Apr 2014, 05:25
And with Anzac day coming up...Gallipoli soundtrack, including Jean Michel Jarre for the running sequences and Albinoni's Adagio in G minor for the ending...very emotional stuff.

Gallipoli Movie Ending Mel Gibson Young Days C E O - YouTube

Seems the war movies have the best soundtracks?

17th Apr 2014, 07:18
Anything composed by John Barry, which includes most of the best ones it would seem, but the one that popped into my head was….(not composed by JB!)



17th Apr 2014, 07:38
Where Eagles Dare, terrific music right from the start, really adds to the tension.

17th Apr 2014, 08:06
Slightly bizarre film...(not the best of the trilogy), but a heck of a cast (especially fond of Salma :E) and a great opening theme....

................................. "Are you a Mexican....or a Mexi can't"?


17th Apr 2014, 08:09
The Magnificent Seven.


Always liked Clint Eastwood Westerns and then genre in general.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

tony draper
17th Apr 2014, 08:17
1492 Vangelis.
1492: Conquest of Paradise Theme ? Vangelis [HD] - YouTube

spInY nORmAn
17th Apr 2014, 08:51
Nice one Mr. D. I also offer the following:


17th Apr 2014, 09:01
Enrico Morricone, sound track from The Mission.

Ennio Morricone - The Mission Main Theme (Morricone Conducts Morricone) - YouTube

17th Apr 2014, 09:14
I've noticed that some of the best themes come from films which otherwise (in my opinion) are pretty unremarkable.

I'd include the hugely overhyped The Third Man and Out of Africa and the almost unwatchable English Patient.

All very subjective, of course

17th Apr 2014, 09:31
I'd agree with that. The English Patient - excruciatingly boring, The Mission, not much better. Out Of Africa, ruined by Meryl Streep's wooden acting and Robert Redford's US accent when he was supposed to be playing a very British character.

17th Apr 2014, 09:35
Henry Mancini, the theme from Hatari.

Re. The English Patient, I fell asleep during it, but didn't get a bollicking from MrsP, so thought I'd got away with it. It was years later I found out that she'd fallen asleep, too. :O

17th Apr 2014, 09:43
Tom Conti, in 'The Right Stuff'.


tony draper
17th Apr 2014, 09:49
Really weird filum but I loved Ry Cooders work.:)
Oh bugga! clip disabled anyway twere Paris Texas

Comms Boy
17th Apr 2014, 09:50
Oh yes,
without doubt Roy Budd for 'Get Carter' :ok:
an absolute classic


17th Apr 2014, 09:54
Henry Mancini.
The man was a god... we are not worthy.
And without a doubt, in pure musical terms, the most sinuous, sexy piece of pseudo jazz he wrote... was this.
Just close your eyes and listen to the detail and how it builds.
I love the runs, trills and glissandi.
Bloody great.


17th Apr 2014, 14:00
I see that spInY nORmAn has already bagged the opening titles music written by John Barry for "Out of Africa", so I can only add this superb music sequence to "Flying Over Africa", which cannot fail to move anyone who has been fortunate enough to have been there, and seen the beauty of the awesome Rift Valley ...


17th Apr 2014, 15:03
Truly surprised that the Bond franchise hasn't gotten a mention.

The Bond theme is probably the most recognizable in the world, some, not all, of the title songs have been outstanding, and the man drank, smoked, and drove fast cars, planes, and women.

Well done!



Boudreaux Bob
17th Apr 2014, 16:05
No matter how it is performed, "Hymn To The Fallen" from "Saving Private Ryan" always moves me. It is probably because the music triggers memories of so many Military Cemeteries, Memorial Services, and Funerals I have attended over the years.

Hymn to the Fallen - YouTube

spInY nORmAn
17th Apr 2014, 20:31
Here you go charliegolf (another of my favourites):


17th Apr 2014, 20:57
Another one that sticks in my mind.
Band Of Brothers - Intro - Theme Song - YouTube

tony draper
17th Apr 2014, 21:02
Local Hero.:)

18th Apr 2014, 19:30
Those pictures are very familiar to me Mr D and I agree it is an absolute great theme. From just a couple of days ago....Glencoe and the Lake District




19th Apr 2014, 00:15
Caravans, written by Mike Batt, sung by Barbara Dickson:


19th Apr 2014, 00:26
Mike Batt - Ride to Agadir HD [WIDESCREEN] - YouTube


19th Apr 2014, 00:48
Showing my age here but at the time the Theme from Exodus was very big for me:


There was a vocal version also by Andy Williams which was quite evocative.

Since then many others have competed:

Pink Panther

The Dam Busters (still produces overwhelming emotion for some reason or another)

A Man and a Woman

Local Hero

Midnight in Paris

(and many of the others mentioned above by other contributors) :ok:


19th Apr 2014, 01:20
Great one Tony. :ok:

Wonderful pictures garp. Things haven't changed much in those latitudes since the end of the last ice age, have they.http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/Siddley-Hawker/Torngat.jpg

19th Apr 2014, 06:34
The imagery and soundtrack from any Werner Herzog film -

Tuvan Throat Singing Napalm - YouTube

Encounters at the End of the World - Bulgarian folk song "Planino, Stara Planino" - YouTube

Little Dieter Needs to Fly pt 6_6 FIXED AUDIO - YouTube

19th Apr 2014, 13:49
Tangerine Dream in the crap flick Risky Business.

Not a favourite but I did enjoy Philip Glass's work (before he became trendy) in that montage film called Koyaanisqatsi.

Rik Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth is another I enjoyed but I don't think it was the soundtrack to the movie, maybe inspired by it instead.

tony draper
19th Apr 2014, 14:23
I never seem to notice the music in movies as I watch em,watched 1492 but took no note of the background music,wasn't until I heard it on the radio later I thought, buggah that's good wonder what it's called
Even bought the CD,one of the only three CDs I ever bought.:E
Another I forgot about,Dylans sound track from Pekinpaws Pat Garret and Billy the Kid,best western ever made.:)

19th Apr 2014, 14:33
These have gotta be in there somewhere.


Bob Bevan
19th Apr 2014, 15:14
Moulin Rouge - I walked out of the cinema and straight in to the Tesco next door to buy the CD.

P6 Driver
19th Apr 2014, 17:35
Das Boot

Das Boot OST Main Theme - YouTube

19th Apr 2014, 17:46
"The Sting"?

tony draper
19th Apr 2014, 18:01
Think that was a Scott Joplin number,:)
This one? I misremember now


19th Apr 2014, 19:53
Another one of those magical cinematic moments where the imagery, music, and narration reverberates.....

American Beauty Ending (1999) - YouTube

spInY nORmAn
19th Apr 2014, 20:11
The Trap! How did I forget this one? Oliver Reed in full flight as a crusty trapper in Canada's wilderness set to Ron Goodwin's fantastic soundtrack. May be familiar to some as the theme for the London marathon. Ron Goodwin did produce some stirring themes. (Theme music starts at about the 56 second mark and the credits are in German!)


19th Apr 2014, 20:33
Even though I hate westerns, they did spit out some good music (along with the dust!).....

Knockin on Heaven's Door - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid - YouTube

The good, the bad and the ugly - music theme - YouTube


19th Apr 2014, 20:42
Band of Brothers intro. Very moving with the pictures. 3 Morricone's. Casualties of War, 'Gabriels Oboe' from The Mission, and the background theme from 'Once upon a time in the West'. Last one sticks in my mind, because it was the first time I took my beautiful girlfriend, later my wife, out on our first date together to see it.:)

19th Apr 2014, 23:37
Spiny Norman - Thanks for posting the link to The Trap - one of those films which seems to have been lost, somehow. Always annoys me how the TV companies show some films over and over (just how many times are they going to repeat The Bourne Inheritance?) while great films like The Trap never get a showing.

Watched it in an open-air cinema. At a dramatic moment in the film when Rita Tushingham's character has to amputate Olly's gangrenous leg, as the axe swung down some wag in the audience called out, "Wrong leg!"

20th Apr 2014, 00:09
I reckons you can't go wrong with anything by Morricone or Goodwin.

20th Apr 2014, 07:11
I absolutely agree with the Morricone comment. I went to see him last year in concert with my two boys and it was fabulous. Not a dry eye in the room during Extasy of Gold.



20th Apr 2014, 07:16
Speaking of getting misty eyed, Le Professionnel and Le clan des Siciliens. Even if you have never heard of these movies you will be struck by their timeless music which you have heard before without any doubt. The Aha-moment starts at 00:42 (Clan des Siciliens) for the impatient ones. :E



20th Apr 2014, 07:35
Mr Draper mentioned Paris Texas...

Paris, Texas - Wim Wenders - 1984 - YouTube

and if you are into more slide guitar and Cajuns then...

Southern Comfort - Ry Cooder - YouTube


spInY nORmAn
20th Apr 2014, 11:10
Funny how things as simple as movie themes can influence your life. A few years after I saw The Trap, I applied for a job with the Hudson's Bay Company. Two months later I had moved from Edinburgh to a small town in the Arctic with a population of about 600 and was being taught how to buy furs! I believe that movies such as The Trap influenced my thinking as a young lad that this was the life I wanted to pursue, so off I went. 40 years later and I'm still in the North and loving it! Who'da thunk it :)

20th Apr 2014, 13:52
(Apologies upfront, one day I'll learn to cut and paste...until then!)

The theme from "Final Countdown", the movie featuring a very young (and pre - presedential) Mr Martin Sheen.
I toss up on different days whether this, or "the right stuff" theme is the better, finally best to concede both are pretty good...and both great food for the soul.

Off topic - listened to "Caravans" from a previous post, first reaction was "that's Judith Durham"...known to those downunder all too well as the lead of The Seekers, her strength and style seems the same as Barbara Dickson.

Cheers :ok:

tony draper
20th Apr 2014, 14:07
Then filmwise if you liked the really really weird we had Twin Peaks
The soundtrack was good.
PS.I quite liked Twin Peaks,it were different

20th Apr 2014, 14:23
This tune became the de facto theme song for this movie, weirdness vocalised and strangely disturbing...

Silence of the lambs (Buffalo Bill song) - YouTube


25th Apr 2014, 14:59
Go to 7:25


25th Apr 2014, 15:11
Fortunately the Nazi scum and their Stukas were decimated early on in the Battle of Britain...

No wonder their pilots were "depressed"! ;)

The Junkers Ju87 Stuka (http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/0015.html) (good grief this article must have been written by a German)...

try this one instead...