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What year stands out for great film scores?


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There have been many a-thread about the best year for films, but I don't recall anyone asking, "What year stands out for great film scores?"


There were many, of course, but I might just have to say 1959 leads the pack.


Ben-Hur (Miklos Rozsa) (my choice for best film score of all)

North by Northwest (Bernard Herrmann)

The Nun's Story (Franz Waxman)

Black Orpheus

Some Like It Hot (Adolph Deutsch)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Alfred Newman)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (Herrmann)


What year do you pick?

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1959 was a very good year. You have two of my favorite films on your list: Black Orpheus and Journey to the Center of the Earth; and you have my least favorite Hitchcock film.


I don't know what I'd pick for the best year for film scores -- my favorite score of all time is Korngold's score for Anthony Adverse (1936). My favorite use of music of all types -- background, song, plot integration -- in a Hitchcock film is The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). My favorite score for an epic film is the Bernard Herrman/Alfred Newman score for The Egyptian (1954).


But to pick one year? Too hard, without doing alot of research!

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I'm sorry, as a kid of the '90s who was obsessed with movie scores, it's a tie between 1993 and 1995. 1993 is a great year because of Schindler's List, Jurassic Park (both Williams), Much Ado About Nothing (Patrick Doyle), Rudy (Jerry Goldsmith), and Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman) alone. 1995 has lots of good ones that I love: Toy Story (Randy Newman), Disney's Pocahontas (alan menken), Bravehart (James Horner), Babe (Nigel Westlake--though it's not all original), and Apollo 13 (james Horner again), then has two of my all time favorite scores ever: Sense and Sensibility and A Little Princess (both are by Patrick Doyle). Then there are some all-time favorite ones from 1994, like Little Women (Thomas Newman), the Lion King (Hans Zimmer), and Legends of the Fall (James Horner).


You just can't beat the bias of nostalgia.

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