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QOTD: What are the best movie soundtracks ever?

Moviola John Barry

I’ve mentioned before the wonderful collection of composer John Barry’s movie music. Moviola [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] is one of my favorite CDs, and I listen to it constantly, often when I’m writing reviews. It puts me in such a movie mood — the music feels like movies. And it’s great because it means I don’t have to choose between all of Barry’s fantastic individual scores: Moviola has a taste of his best, including the one that might be my very favorite, the one for Dances with Wolves. I swear I can hear the wind moving through tall prairie grass in Barry’s music for that movie. It’s magical.

What are the best movie soundtracks ever?

My other favorites: lots by John Williams. His scores for Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Jaws are supremely iconic. Perhaps nothing better sums up The Movies than those few bars of the Raiders main theme. You know the ones I mean…
But I don’t want to hog all the great scores. Go!

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