Best Movie Theme Song?

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  1. Crockett

    Crockett 5,000+ Posts

    I think it may still be Tex Ritter in High Noon. The steady beat started building tension ...

    I also like the theme song from Zulu. Lets you know you are going to see some drama tonight.
  2. trueut2003

    trueut2003 250+ Posts

    Last of the Mohicans
  3. kbrown

    kbrown 1,000+ Posts

    I don't know if its the Theme song or not but "Don't you, forget about me" from The Breakfast Club was pretty good.
  4. YoLaDu

    YoLaDu Guest

    not sure of the subject title, but if you are talking about movies that have a song that is so indelibly linked that you can't think of the movie without thinking of the song, a few come to mind:

    Moon River - Breakfast at Tiffany's
    Mrs. Robinson - The Graduate
    Everybody's talking - Midnight Cowboy
    Over The Rainbow - Wizard of Oz
    Gonna Fly Now - Rocky

    as far as scores..

    Ennio Moricone - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
    John Williams - Star Wars
    John Williams - Raiders of the Lock Ark
    John Williams - Jaws
    Clint Mansell - Requiem For A Dream (my personal fav although it has been overused in countless films since it was originally done here)
  5. Crockett

    Crockett 5,000+ Posts

    Yo -- I guess what I'm talking about is the score. The music that opens the movie and may play a lot in the background through it.
  6. soonertumor

    soonertumor 25+ Posts

    Meet Me Half Way - Over the Top
  7. Basketball Jones

    Basketball Jones 500+ Posts

    Another good instrumental -- the theme from "Halloween"
  8. 90 Grad

    90 Grad 500+ Posts

    Live and Let Die
  9. Mesohorny

    Mesohorny 1,000+ Posts


    wah wahwah
  10. TRRW#31

    TRRW#31 250+ Posts

    Any Which Way But Loose
    Hello Vietnam - Full Metal Jacket
  11. RomaVicta

    RomaVicta 5,000+ Posts

    Jerry Goldsmith for Patton and The Wind and the Lion among the many great scores he's done.
  12. UTEE

    UTEE 1,000+ Posts

    If you're talking scores, then a couple of the absolute best are:

    Main title "Tara's Theme" from Gone With The Wind, by Max Steiner
    Main title "Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago, by Maurice Jarre.
  13. texas_ex2000

    texas_ex2000 2,500+ Posts

    Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon for The Spy Who Loved Me, imo the quintessential Bond song.

    All of John Williams' scores are terrific, Star Wars (esp. Empire Strikes Back) and Indiana Jones, but I think Superman is his best work though.
  14. TRRW#31

    TRRW#31 250+ Posts

    Glory also had a great soundtrack. [​IMG]
  15. Statalyzer

    Statalyzer 10,000+ Posts

    Weird Al Yankovic - The Theme from Spy Hard
  16. the actor

    the actor 100+ Posts

    The Godfather...
  17. watashi

    watashi 250+ Posts

    Magnificent Seven
  18. MaduroUTMB

    MaduroUTMB 2,500+ Posts

    The ending theme("Now We Are Free" performed by Lisa Gerrard) for Gladiator is haunting for me. That movie remains the most historically accurate film that I have seen, despite the fact that none of th events depicted actually happened. Rather, it captured the essence of what it was to be a Roman. The song is bittersweet, recognizing that the victory portrayed by the film will not be lasting and that the empire will ultimately crumble and fall. However, it plays as the sun rises over The Eternal City, and the hopeful tone suggests that human achievement, while fleeting, is unique in its majesty.

    I don't think that there is a "best", but that one is my favorite.
  19. kbrown

    kbrown 1,000+ Posts

    Lord Of The Rings
  20. l00p

    l00p 10,000+ Posts

  21. l00p

    l00p 10,000+ Posts

  22. l00p

    l00p 10,000+ Posts

    Yann Tiersen - Amelie

    Whether it is the Amelie Theme:




    It is a magnificent soundtrack and Yann Tiersen is a fantastic musician.

    FAST FRED 500+ Posts

    For best "recent" movie theme I'll say any one of the three familiar instrumental ones that opens a "Star Wars," "Indiana Jomes" or "James Bond" movie.

    Your choice.

    I'll pick "Star Wars" as my favorite.

    But, I'd have to go with "Over The RaInbow" as the top movie music ever.

    I don't know if it's even considered that movie's theme.

    I do know that the black and white footage of Judy Garland singing it before the tornado almost didn't make the movie's final cut.

    "White Christmas" has got to be the most covered or performed movie theme.
  24. J.R.69

    J.R.69 250+ Posts

    "Col. Bogey March" from Bridge on the River Kwai

    Theme from "Somewhere in Time"

    "Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago

    "Also Sprach Zarathrusta" from 2001: A space Odyssey
  25. Crockett

    Crockett 5,000+ Posts

    Fast Fred, the Wizard of Oz had some special and memorabl music. It sometimes rises out of my subconscious as really memorable times.
  26. 7out

    7out 100+ Posts

    The Third Man theme
  27. 71grad

    71grad 1,000+ Posts

    Best themes :
    HIgh Noon
    Wizard of Oz
    the Connery/Moore Bond films were generallty excellent

    Best soundtrack:
    2001 A Space Odyssey
    The Alamo ( John Wayne)
  28. BMBMD

    BMBMD 100+ Posts

    No love for "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"?
  29. VYFan

    VYFan 2,500+ Posts

    I really liked the music from The Mission. Haunting and effective.
  30. TXSNOS

    TXSNOS 1,000+ Posts

    Empire of the Sun

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