Best of the obscure Ennio Morricone Soundtracks

by PimpinAinttEasy | created - 30 Jul 2013 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

An attempt to identify the best of the relatively unknown soundtracks of Ennio Morricone from his vast filmography which is a cornucopia of pleasant surprises.

As you might infer from my short write ups, I am not too good at writing about music :). I use words that come to my mind while describing the score for each movie. Mostly melancholic and tense and thrilling.

Some of the scores/films mentioned here might not be THAT obscure. But they are clearly not as well known as Morricone's really famous works.

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1. The Secret (1974)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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A stranger enters into and forever alters the life of a couple. He claims to be pursued by certain authorities who intend to prevent him from disclosing a secret that only he holds, whence ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Enrico | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marlène Jobert, Philippe Noiret, Jean-François Adam

Votes: 414

I find it amazing that Morricone's work for this film is not better known. It is among his best. The title track - Il Segreto starts off like it could enter Un Uomo Da Rispettare territory with the sounds of water drops trickling, followed by a dissonant sound. But there is soon a melodious piano and it is beautiful when the violin kicks in.

Dal Mare has Edda Del Orso (?) starting off slowly and seductively and building up to a crescendo. It is as good as the title track.

The whole soundtrack has a menacing feel to it. I watched the movie and it was very good.

2. The Burglars (1971)

PG | 120 min | Crime, Thriller, Action

6.8
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In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars plan an emerald heist from the home of a gem collector but the corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia is on their trail.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif, Dyan Cannon, Robert Hossein

Votes: 1,397

This score is my favorite Morricone score over the last 2 years. It has so many good tunes in it. Right from the warm title theme to the haunting love theme. A true obscure classic as far as Morricone is concerned. I strongly recommend it.

3. What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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In London, the Italian gym teacher Enrico 'Henry' Rosseni is having a love affair with his eighteen year-old student Elizabeth Seccles, who is the daughter of the owner of the Catholic ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Karin Baal, Joachim Fuchsberger

Votes: 3,227

Just one great melodious tune in this one. I love it. I have been playing this in my car for ages. Edda Del Orso in top form in this track.

4. 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971)

PG | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be?

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Bud Spencer

Votes: 5,439

This one has only one good tune, but it is sensational. Morricone's arrangement is so clever. The rest of the album contains many dissonant sounds. I am not a big fan of that kind of music. But this one is worth getting for the title track alone.

5. Blood in the Streets (1973)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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An Italian official's wife is kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that a notorious prisoner be released in order for the man to get his wife back. He gets the man released--but then ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora, Agostina Belli

Votes: 1,177

Another album like LE CASSE where Morricone really packs it in. Its not just UN AMICO which is great. There are many other great tunes in this score. Another underrated classic from Morricone.

6. Lulu the Tool (1971)

125 min | Drama

7.7
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A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Mariangela Melato, Gino Pernice, Luigi Diberti

Votes: 1,882

It is a manic and pounding score. The score has a very edgy proletarian quality and its impact is tremendous as the film builds up towards a frenzied ending. Definitely one of Morricone's best. He did some very interesting work for Petri.

7. Hitch-Hike (1977)

Unrated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker who threatens to kill them unless they take him to a sanctuary. In return he agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.

Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile | Stars: Franco Nero, Corinne Cléry, David Hess, Joshua Sinclair

Votes: 1,900

Don't let the hippy song fool you into making any assumptions about this film :) This is a very sensuous soundtrack. It oozes sex, just like the movie. Orso is in top form.

8. Allonsanfan (1974)

115 min | Drama, History

7.1
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A anarchist leader (Fulvio) wishes to retire, as he is old and tired. He tries to hide himself, but his friends find him and insist he carries on helping them.

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Lea Massari, Mimsy Farmer, Laura Betti

Votes: 735

I bet most people would have heard the awesome tune from this album in the INGLORIOUS BASTERDS OST. But there are two fine variations of the same theme. And there is a great playful track as well.

9. Spasmo (1974)

R | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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Christian (Robert Hoffman) and his girlfriend are taking a walk on a deserted beach when they discover a woman's body lying. A closer look proves that she's alive. The next day Christian ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Adolfo Lastretti

Votes: 1,055

Just a brilliant brilliant score with a combination of pop and classical tracks. Does contain some dissonant stuff as well.

10. La moglie più bella (1970)

108 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who's his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Alessio Orano, Ornella Muti, Tano Cimarosa, Joe Sentieri

Votes: 428

Great badass soundtrack for a battle of the sexes movie. The music sounds like something is boiling in a pot and just waiting to spill over. It is just perfect for this volatile movie which I strongly recommend.

11. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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89 Metascore

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando

Votes: 6,517

I guess it is not very obscure. But such a sensational score by Morricone. The title track perfectly complements Gian Maria Volante walking around menacingly.

12. Cuore di mamma (1969)

92 min | Drama

6.2
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Lorenz has three young children who are victims of a media who wishes to turn out terrorists. She contends with her monstrous offspring and student revolts until she can't take it anymore.

Director: Salvatore Samperi | Stars: Carla Gravina, Beba Loncar, Philippe Leroy, Yorgo Voyagis

Votes: 123

A plethora of wonderful tunes in this soundtrack. The innovative opening track - Ricreazione Divertita-Titoli, filled with evangelical chanting, war marching, nostalgic violins and melodious pianos is wonderful. There are many versions of another melodious melancholic tune called "Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri". Gorno di Lavoro is another catchy tune. Cannot recommend this soundtrack enough. I like it enough to want to check out the movie.

13. The Sunday Woman (1975)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.7
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Police commissioner Santamaria is investigating the murdering of the ambiguous architect Mr. Garrone. The investigations soon drive him into the Torino's high society. Santamaria suspect ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Aldo Reggiani

Votes: 454

Italian name: La Donna Della Domenica. This one is awesome. Nearly as good as Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. Though this one is more comical and less sinister sounding. There are many superb versions of the title track. Impaziente Pianino is a great rollicking piano only composition.

14. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it?

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel, Silvia Monti

Votes: 3,217

One of the best Morricone-Edda Del Orso collaborations.

15. La donna invisibile (1969)

95 min | Drama

6.0
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Director: Paolo Spinola | Stars: Giovanna Ralli, Carla Gravina, Anita Sanders, Silvano Tranquilli

Votes: 37

16. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

6.8
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An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach

Votes: 1,891

The memorable humming of Edda makes this one very memorable. I guess it is not that obscure. Recommend the movie as well.

17. La sindrome di Stendhal (1996)

Unrated | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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42 Metascore

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi, Luigi Diberti

Votes: 6,127

Reminded me of Jerry Goldsmith's score for THE OMEN. I love this one.

18. L'immoralità (1978)

109 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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Federico is a child-killer running from the law. Wounded, he is taken in by a 12 year old girl named Simona. Their strange love affair is interrupted by Simona's depressed, oversexed mother... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Pirri | Stars: Lisa Gastoni, Howard Ross, Karin Trentephol, Andrea Franchetti

Votes: 321

Morricone's idyllic sounding score is used in many scenes by the director. It is such a simple and beautiful melody on a piano, succeeded and punctuated by the violins and Edda Dell Orso's singing.

19. The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)

Unrated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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Innocenti Totò and his son Innocenti Ninetto are drifting on a road in Italy, when they meet a Marxist speaking crow. The trio travels together in a long journey as their hunger increases.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Umberto Bevilacqua

Votes: 3,274

A terrific rollicking song with vocals is a great start to this soundtrack. It is such a great tune with elements of rock n roll. I am surprised it is not more famous and more modern filmmakers have not appropriated it. I guess it is not that obscure because the song does make an appearance in some Greatest Hits compilations.

20. Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as reinvestment in the... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Anouk Aimée, Laura Morante, Victor Cavallo

Votes: 635

One of the tracks from the Bertolluci movie makes an appearance in a Greatest Hits compilation. But I guess it is not that well known. I recommend it. There are many variations of the famous tune.

21. The Sicilian Clan (1969)

GP | 122 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick

Votes: 5,422 | Gross: $3.00M

The main title theme is so cool. Imagine a bunch of gangsters walking around shooting people with that theme playing. The second track in this album called SNACK BAR has some great sax and is very romantic. Reminded me of the love theme from LE CASSE.

22. Crescete e moltiplicatevi (1973)

Comedy

6.4
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Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Raymond Pellegrin, Lionel Stander, Hugh Griffith, Francesca Romana Coluzzi

Votes: 12

Great playful soundtrack that makes use of a lot of man made noises. Once again, Morricone at his innovative best. Brontolonte is a pleasure to listen to. The title track is wonderfully subversive, starting off with a highly sexual female moaning followed by very seductive music.

23. The Family (1970)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Michel Constantin, Telly Savalas

Votes: 1,784

Great badass crime soundtrack. Morricone is an expert at doing this sort of thing. Nearly as good as Revolver.

24. Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)

GP | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.9
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The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Riccardo Cucciolla, Cyril Cusack, Rosanna Fratello

Votes: 2,106

25. L'assoluto naturale (1969)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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Mysterious romance involving an uninhibited woman and a photographer, shot in strange modernist interiors and abstract sports car-on-a-highway to nowhere exteriors.

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Sylva Koscina, Isa Miranda, Gina Sammarco

Votes: 31

26. The Cruel Ones (1967)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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An ex-Confederate and his sons plan to use stolen money as a way to revive the Confederacy.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Norma Bengell, Julián Mateos, Gino Pernice

Votes: 952

A great Western soundtrack. This one is a bit of a minnow compared to some of Morricone's legendary Spaghetti Western scores. But still a pleasure to listen to. I Crudeli - the first track and Un Monumento are standout tracks that make your hair stand.

27. Le trio infernal (1974)

107 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.4
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A cunning French legal adviser teams up with an unemployed German girl and her sister to commit murders in Marseille.

Director: Francis Girod | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Mascha Gonska, Philippe Brizard

Votes: 537

Very melancholicaly (!) feel good, uplifting and super melodramatic. Woody Allen could really have used this score if he was like Tarantino, lol. There are many versions of the title theme.

28. Escalation (I) (1968)

89 min | Comedy

5.9
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1968, London. Luca (Lino Capolicchio), the son of an Italian rich owner, is living his 'swinging' years away from duties and responsibilities while his father wants him to be introduced to ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Faenza | Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Claudine Auger, Gabriele Ferzetti, Didi Perego

Votes: 49

Another one of those Morricone soundtracks with many good tunes in them. Right from the melancholic and playful title track to the Dies Irae and the simply awesome Collage, this one is Morricone is at his most innovative best. Luca's sound - well, that was an interesting sound. Senza Respiro could have belonged in Hitch Hiker. Matrimonio is another wonderful soundtrack with competing female voices and primitive drumming. And Carillon Erotico is so achingly melodious.

29. Un sacco bello (1980)

99 min | Comedy

7.3
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Three stories, three characters all played by Verdone. The first is an awkward young man, who meet a Spanish tourist in Rome. The second has planned a trip towards East with a suitcase full... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Verdone | Stars: Carlo Verdone, Renato Scarpa, Mario Brega, Verónica Miriel

Votes: 1,536

The last track has a great melodious whistle. I couldnt stop listening to it for weeks.

30. Espion, lève-toi (1982)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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Sébastien Grenier,a secret agent eliminates all his rivals in order to decipher who has killed some of his associates.

Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Lino Ventura, Michel Piccoli, Bruno Cremer, Bernard Fresson

Votes: 620

Tense and rollicking first track nailed this one for me. This is the sort of tune that every crime film director would want to play during their title sequences. I was reminded if the famous Battle of Algiers theme while listening to this one.

31. Il gatto (1977)

109 min | Comedy

7.0
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Amedeo and Ofelia, middle aged brother and sister, own jointly an old decadent, but still attractive, condominium. They want to sell it, but before they have to evict all the tenants. Of ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Mariangela Melato, Michel Galabru, Dalila Di Lazzaro

Votes: 185

Very playful and over the top soundtrack. Il Gatto and Gli Scantenati stand out.

32. Anche se volessi lavorare, che faccio? (1972)

99 min

6.2
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Director: Flavio Mogherini | Stars: Enzo Cerusico, Ninetto Davoli, Giovanni Barbato, Paolo Rosani

Votes: 17

Full of pleasant, over the top and rollicking tunes. Anghingo is a happy song full of competing male and female voices. The track called Tramonto could be out of one of those Spachetti Westerns - it has a very catchy and melodious whistle.

The first track starts off quite melancholic but gets very pleasant to listen to.

33. Le mani sporche (1978– )

80 min

7.3
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Stars: Giovanni Visentin, Giuliana de Sio, Anna Maria Gherardi, Bruno Pagni

Votes: 15

Tense, intense, melodious and melancholic. Some of the tracks could be the score for a zombie movie if Morricone ever did one. I'm not sure what the TV series is about. Nostalgia Dei Ricordi and Ritorno Dal Passato are great tracks. Nostalgia Dei Ricordi could be the score for a Polanski thriller or something. It would work perfectly for Ghost Writer or Frantic.

34. The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

Not Rated | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi

Votes: 7,372

Once again, very clever arrangement by Morricone. There are three different versions of Ninna Nana Blue all of which are wonderful for your ears.

35. L'Agnese va a morire (1976)

Drama, War

6.9
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Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Stefano Satta Flores, Michele Placido, Aurore Clément

Votes: 55

Love this score. I played the track called Ostinazione e Impegno over and over in my car in the final months of 2015. It is this sprawling and epic tune.

And Agnes Chose to Die is one of those Morricone soundtracks with loads of good tunes.

Un Breve Canto Un Lungo Grido is another terrific track. The singing/ wailing (by Edda?) in this track is terrific. It is almost like a wailing lament. The first track is a more subtle version of this wailing.

36. Maddalena (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama

6.7
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Maddalena is a young, sensuous girl who tries desperately to seduce a tormented priest.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lisa Gastoni, Eric Woofe, Ivo Garrani, Nando Gazzolo

Votes: 43

37. La storia vera della signora dalle camelie (1981)

115 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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A young girl from the provinces, comes to Paris with one goal: to become a part of the rich bourgeoisie. To achieve this she will use her unique beauty and charm.

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Gian Maria Volontè, Bruno Ganz, Fabrizio Bentivoglio

Votes: 464

Has two amazing piano only pieces. You have to play these tracks quite loudly to hear anything. They are wonderful to listen to. I am a huge fan of the first nostalgic and melancholic sounding track.

38. Peur sur la ville (1975)

R | 91 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

7.0
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Commissaire Letellier and Inspector Moissac are tracking Minos, a serial killer whose victims are women.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Denner, Adalberto Maria Merli, Rosy Varte

Votes: 2,319

A very interesting and innovative crime soundtrack. Love the title track. It is a mix of dissonant pianos and whistling. Pretty badass. John Zorn sampled the title track in his tribute to Morricone.

39. The Flower in His Mouth (1975)

113 min | Drama, Mystery

6.3
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A female school teacher is implicated in a murder in a Sicilian town only hours after her arrival. The dead man insulted her on the bus on the way into town. As the mystery unfolds, it ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Franco Nero, James Mason, Orazio Orlando

Votes: 249

Italian name: Gente Di Respetto. The first tune is a flowing and beautiful mandolin tune. Solo Per Amore, the second tune is a tense and melancholic work that invokes feelings of desolation. Gente Ipocrita begins somewhat playfully and ends in a wild over the top crescendo.

40. A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof (1968)

100 min | Comedy, Western

6.0
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Two drifters meet and soon become travelling companions. But one of them, Tim (Gemma), is being chased by a crazed killer and his band of gunmen to settle an old score. The two (Adore being... See full summary »

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Mario Adorf, Magda Konopka, Federico Boido

Votes: 325

Two great whistling tunes at the beginning and the end.

41. The Murri Affair (1974)

120 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.8
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Based on a true incident, this tells the story of a troubled young man who kills his sister's reactionary, violent and abusive husband and is eventually arrested for the murder. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Tina Aumont

Votes: 145

Italian name: Fatti di gente perbene. An extremely melancholic score by Morricone with a really sad violin. Some of the tunes are ones that could have been used in a tense crime thriller. The film is apparently a court room drama.

42. Mio caro assassino (1972)

96 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: George Hilton, Salvo Randone, William Berger, Marilù Tolo

Votes: 748

Italian name: Mio Caro Assassino. This score begins with a rather dissonant lullaby accompanied by strange clangs and noises which gives it a rather tense character. I cannot say I am a big fan of this score. But it is worth checking out. The whole score is full of clangs and weird dissonant sounds. The lullaby is the only track that I really enjoyed.

43. Per le antiche scale (1975)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.1
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A mental hospital somewhere in Tuscany during the thirties. Far away from fascism, this closed world is rules over by Dr. Bonaccorsi, a passionate benevolent psychiatrist whose dream is to ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Françoise Fabian, Marthe Keller, Barbara Bouchet

Votes: 262

Per le antiche scale. Begins with a pretty melodious and relaxing tune. But the rest of the score contains some really frightening noises like the ones he did for some of the giallos. Per le antiche scale (Preludio) and Postludio are really good tunes.

44. Grand Slam (1967)

121 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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At the suggestion of a retired professor, a motley group of criminals plans the robbery of a Brazilian diamond company but it must contend with a new alarm system and the mutual distrust among its members.

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Janet Leigh, Robert Hoffmann, Klaus Kinski, Riccardo Cucciolla

Votes: 844

Also known as Adi Ogni Costo. The title track makes an appearance in Morricone's greatest hits. So maybe not that obscure.

45. The Fifth Day of Peace (1970)

GP | 103 min | Drama, War

6.3
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At the end of WW II, German deserters are tried for desertion by fellow POWs inside a prisoner of war camp for Nazis.

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Bud Spencer, Franco Nero, Richard Johnson, Larry Aubrey

Votes: 284

Italian name is Gott Mit Uns. Pleasant and melancholic at the same time. The track called Lontano is worth checking out. There are some tracks that uses army drills and machine gun fire as musical accompaniments.

46. Veruschka - poesia di una donna (1971)

92 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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Fashion photographer Franco Rubartelli's visually lush and moody head film about European supermodel Veruschka.

Director: Franco Rubartelli | Stars: Veruschka von Lehndorff, Luigi Pistilli, Gianni Di Luigi, Maria Cumani Quasimodo

Votes: 46

47. Devil in the Brain (1972)

106 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A child suspected of killing his father is imprisoned in a mental hospital. A doctor finds him mentally healthy and begins to suspect another explanation.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Keir Dullea, Micheline Presle, Tino Buazzelli

Votes: 141

Il Diavolo Nel Cervello has an attention catching title track. It is a nice tune, I found myself humming it for a few days. There are different versions of the first track. All quite interesting.

48. Metello (1970)

107 min | Drama, History

6.8
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Metello struggles to escape from the poverty that led to the premature death of his parents, and that is the lot of the working class in northern Italy during the second half of the 19th ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Massimo Ranieri, Ottavia Piccolo, Frank Wolff, Tina Aumont

Votes: 178

Great sweeping epic soundtrack. The piano version of the score on youtube is also wonderful.

49. Giuochi particolari (1970)

Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Forty-year-old Sandro (Marcello Mastroianni) is married to Claude (Virna Lisi). Sandro has one strange obsession: he is a self confessed voyeur. He films his wife in all walks of life on ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Indovina | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, Timothy Dalton, John Serret

Votes: 39

Italian name: Giochi Particulari. The track called Dorciamente has appeared in a few compilations. The very sparse title track is also very pleasant to listen to.

50. Dedicato al mare Egeo (1979)

109 min

6.2
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Director: Masuo Ikeda | Stars: Ilona Staller, Stefania Casini, Olga Karlatos, Claudio Aliotti

Votes: 40

51. Incontro (1971)

103 min

7.9
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Love story between a young man and a married woman. She's married to a businessman who's neglecting her. She would like to leave him but she's afraid of the age difference between her and her lover.

Director: Piero Schivazappa | Stars: Massimo Ranieri, Florinda Bolkan, Claudio Giorgi, Mariangela Melato

Votes: 21

A very melancholic and melodramatic tune is the first track but its beginning is quite sparse but then it really builds up. It does contain some playful tracks as well. The final track called Per Claudia has some very memorable violins.

52. Matchless (1967)

104 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.5
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A secret agent possesses a ring that makes him invisible for a short time, once every 10 hours. He is in pursuit of an evil criminal mastermind but, at the same time, must evade an enemy agent who also wants the ring.

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Patrick O'Neal, Ira von Fürstenberg, Donald Pleasence, Henry Silva

Votes: 150

Great title track with a tense and awesome base guitar and then it turns into a really great pop tune.

53. Il pentito (1985)

120 min | Crime, Drama

6.1
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Director: Pasquale Squitieri | Stars: Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Erik Estrada, Max von Sydow

Votes: 49

Italian title - Il Pentito. One of those epic Morricone tunes. The first two tracks are amazing. This must be one of Morricone's best works of the 1980s.

54. Full Hearts and Empty Pockets (1964)

88 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Camillo Mastrocinque | Stars: Thomas Fritsch, Alexandra Stewart, Gino Cervi, Senta Berger

Votes: 6

Italian title - E-La-Donna-Creo-L'uomo. Very playful, summery and emotional soundtrack. There are different versions of the title track.

55. Corleone (1978)

108 min | Crime, Thriller

6.1
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Two friends grow up together in the Sicily of the '50s. Two different destiny, two different way of life. Could their friendship survive to the mafia shadow?

Director: Pasquale Squitieri | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Claudia Cardinale, Francisco Rabal, Stefano Satta Flores

Votes: 135

A beautiful melodious tune "Addio a Palermo" is the first track of the album. The title track is very ominous and moving. Rivolta Popolare, the fourth track is also a very gripping and remarkable tune.

56. Crossing the Line (1990)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

5.8
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An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

Director: David Leland | Stars: Kenny Ireland, Liam Neeson, Joanne Whalley, Billy Connolly

Votes: 894 | Gross: $0.06M

The main title is a gripping and rampaging tune with industrial piano beats. It probably belongs in a war film.

57. Mosca addio (1987)

101 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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A Jewish scientist in Russia becomes frustrated with the antisemitism in her country and decides to leave with her friend and sister. When they go to receive emigration permits, her sister and friend pass but she is declined.

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Daniel Olbrychski, Aurore Clément, Francesca Ciardi

Votes: 43

Very melancholic title track to begin with but it somehow segues into a very pretty inspiring tune midway. It is very affecting. Nel Manicomio is also a very gloomy sounding tune.

58. Le marginal (1983)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way.

Director: Jacques Deray | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henry Silva, Carlos Sotto Mayor, Pierre Vernier

Votes: 1,865

59. Bianco, rosso e Verdone (1981)

110 min | Comedy

7.4
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Three Italian have to move from their current city to vote to local elections elsewhere. Pasquale is an Italian emigrant living in Munich (Germany). He has to vote in Matera, Basilicata (... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Verdone | Stars: Carlo Verdone, Elena Fabrizi, Irina Sanpiter, Angelo Infanti

Votes: 2,383

60. Bluebeard (1972)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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A World War I pilot whom everybody envies as a "ladykiller" actually is one - after he beds the women he's after, he murders them.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Virna Lisi, Nathalie Delon

Votes: 958

61. The Last 4 Days (1974)

PG | 91 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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In 1945, the dictator of fascist Italy and Hitler's close ally Benito Mussolini faces defeat. In a desperate attempt to avoid capture, he tries to flee the country with his lover Claretta Petacci, but Italian partisans are on their tail.

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Rod Steiger, Franco Nero, Lisa Gastoni, Lino Capolicchio

Votes: 499

62. Let's Make Love (1960)

Passed | 119 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.5
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When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan

Votes: 5,404 | Gross: $6.54M

63. The Endless Game (1989– )

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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A British Agent comes back from retirement, after several of his former colleagues, including his former lover, are murdered. He must examine events from his own past to determine who killed them, and why.

Stars: Albert Finney, George Segal, Monica Guerritore, Ian Holm

Votes: 103