These are soundtracks that I really enjoy listening to, which also really give each movie some emotional heft. There are some classic scores that are not included in this list because, although they serve the movie and may be technically brilliant they are not much fun to listen to outside of the movie.
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ Subltle emotional underscoring by James Newton Howard and and an incredible sense of anticipation built up by Hans Zimmer. Plus full blown hero music.
"Esptesicus" and "Corynorhinus" are 2 of the most beautiful and inspiring tracks I have ever heard. ” - markgunston-197-661169
The Great Escape
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
“ Not just a well loved Main Theme. Elmer Bernsteins classic score has many memorable cues building tension, sensing freedom and enhancing the action. Along with the Magnificent Seven, one of the best and innovative action scores ever written. ” - markgunston-197-661169
The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies. (108 mins.)
“ I do note rate Philip Glass as a movie composer as he usually only writes themes and often they do overwhelm the action on screen. However, his haunting music does stand alone outside of the movie very well.
Very samey but fantastic to listen to. Similar stuff to The Hours and The Illusionist ” - markgunston-197-661169
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle. (169 mins.)
“ I think Hans Zimmer really improved his craft with this score and it is a pity that action scores get overlooked at the Oscars.
"I don't Think Now is the Best Time" is an incredible 10 minute track that is breathtaking in it's bombastic and stirring technical virtuosity. ” - markgunston-197-661169
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
“ Patrick Doyle hit gold twice in 2011 with Thor and his score for Rise. His accomplished music gave both these films an emotional centre as well as some pounding action cues.
"Ceasers Home" is a sublime track that I could listen to repeatedly. ” - markgunston-197-661169
The Cider House Rules
A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world. (126 mins.)
“ Rachel Portmans lyrical score is a joy to listen to. ” - markgunston-197-661169
A Very Long Engagement
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
“ A typically melancholy and haunting soundtrack from Angelo Badalamenti. ” - markgunston-197-661169
Battle Los Angeles
A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion. (116 mins.)
“ Brian Tyler writes great action music and this is one of his best. ” - markgunston-197-661169
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. (154 mins.)
“ Steve Jablonsky may not be the most original composer but he writes enjoyably overblown. over the top hero music which is great to listen to if you want to get fired up before starting a heavy duty excercise routine. ” - markgunston-197-661169
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ Yann Tiersons feel good score is a timeles pleasure. ” - markgunston-197-661169