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BOT's TOP 100 Film Scores: The Fourth Will Be With You, Always (Submission Deadline May 17th at 6:00 PM PST)

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It is time for the fourth edition of BOT's Top 100 Film Scores of All Time!

 

One of the most important aspects for many films is its score, the musical background that helps push the action and atmosphere of a scene forward. The music of a film can invigorate, excite, inspire joy, grief, fear, and terror, it helps bring the emotions and tensions out in a scene. It can be powerfully evocative and grab your attention and pull it along, or it can be more subtle and quiet, slowly luring you in. Talking about film music is a recurring topic in many threads on this forum, and it's once again time to see what the consensus for this place is concerning what film scores are our top choice.
 
The rules for eligibility are simple:
 
1) The score must be from a theatrically released motion picture that was released worldwide prior to January 1, 2019. So no 2019 films are eligible.
 
2) The score must have a majority of its material composed for the motion picture. This disqualifies films with a majority of their music being pre-existing material, such as, for example, adaptations of Broadway musicals, Tarantino films using licensed songs and music pieces, films using predominantly classical music (like 2001: A Space Odyssey), etc.

 

3) Musicals originally made for the screen are eligible. I will leave it to the individual member's discretion to decide whether music written as themes for a song that also plays freestanding from lyrics can be considered part of the "original" score

 

 

You can submit lists of 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100. The lists are weighted so that the options with more listings have greater value for each ranking. The scoring for the 5 options is as follows:

 

List of 10:
1- 100
2- 85
3- 70
4- 55
5- 40
6- 30
7- 20
8- 10
9- 5
10- 1

 

List of 25

 

Spoiler

1- 100 2. 90 3. 80 4. 70 5. 60 6-8- 50 9-12- 40 13-16- 30 17-20- 20 21- 15 22- 10 23- 5 24- 3 25- 1

 

 

List of 50

 

Spoiler

1- 100 2- 95 3- 90 4- 85 5- 80 6- 75 7- 70 8- 65 9- 60 10- 50 11-15- 45 16-20- 40 21-25- 35 26-30- 30 31-35- 25 36-40- 20 41-43- 15 44-46- 10 47- 8 48- 5 49- 3 50- 1

 

 

List of 75

 

Spoiler

1- 100 2- 98 3- 95 4- 93 5- 90 6- 88 7- 86 8- 84 9- 82 10- 80 11- 77 12- 74 13- 71 14- 68 15- 65 16- 62 17- 59 18- 56 19- 53 20- 50 21-25- 46 26-30- 42 31-35- 38 36-40- 34 41-45- 30 46-50- 25 51-55- 20 56-60- 15 61-65- 10 66-68- 8 69-71- 5 72- 4 73- 3 74- 2 75- 1

 

 

List of 100:

1- 100

2- 99

3- 98

...

100- 1

 

 

Lists can be posted in this thread if you want to share, but I would ask that you PM them to me so I can easily keep track of them all in one bunch rather than sift through a thread to see if I missed anyone. Also feel free to use this thread to promote the scores you really love (for example the Nolanites pushing Zimmer) and discuss the merits or demerits of them with others.
 
 
Deadline for submissions is tentatively Friday May 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM PST. There may be extensions if necessary.

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Past Rankings for Reference:

 

 

2012

 

Spoiler

1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
4. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
5. Titanic
6. Back to the Future
7. Jurassic Park
8. Superman
9. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
10. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
11. Rocky
12. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
13. Blade Runner
14. Gladiator
15. Inception
16. Once Upon a Time in the West
17. The Social Network
18. Jaws
19. Chinatown
20. Batman
21. Halloween
22. The Last of the Mohicans
23. The Terminator
24. The Lion King
25. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

 

 

2015

 

Spoiler

 

1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

3. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)

4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

5. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

7. Jaws (1975)

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

9. Superman (1978)

10. Jurassic Park (1993)

11. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

12. The Godfather (1972)

13. Inception (2010)

14. Schindler’s List (1993)

15. Back to the Future (1985)

16. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

17. Blade Runner (1982)

18. Chariots of Fire (1981)

19. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

20. Rocky (1976)

21. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 

22. Interstellar (2014)

23. Tron Legacy (2010)

24. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

25. Halloween (1978)

26. The Lion King (1994)

27. Titanic (1997)

28. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

29. The Social Network (2010)

30. Gone with the Wind (1939)

31. Batman (1989)

32. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

33. The Incredibles (2004)

34. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

35. Psycho (1960)

36. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

37. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

38. Up (2009)

39. The Third Man (1949)

40. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

41. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

42. Goldfinger (1964)

43. Gladiator (2000)

44. Henry V (1989)

45. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

46. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

47. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

48. Chinatown (1974)

49. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

50. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

51. Transformers (2007)

52. Sunshine (2007)

53. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

54. Spider-Man (2002)

55. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

56. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

57. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

58. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

59. The Great Escape (1963)

60. Star Trek (2009)

61. Forrest Gump (1994)

62. Mullholland Drive (2001)

62. The Mission (1986)

64. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

65. Cloud Atlas (2012)

66. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

67. Ben-Hur (1959)

68. The Natural (1984)

69. King Kong (1933)

70. WALL-E (2008)

71. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

72. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

73. Suspiria (1977)

74. TDKR (2012)

75. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

76. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

77. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

78. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

79. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

80. Thor (2011)

81. On the Waterfront (1954)

82. American Beauty (1999)

83. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

84. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

85. Dr. Zhivago (1965)

86. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

87. The Piano (1993)

88. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

89. Angels and Demons (2009)

90. Apollo 13 (1995)

91. North by Northwest (1959)

92. Princess Mononoke (1997)

93. Her (2013)

94. RoboCop (1987)

95. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

96. Sunset Boulevard (1950)/96. The Bridge on River Kwai (1957)

98. The Fountain (2006)

99. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

100. Batman Begins (2005)

 

 

 

2017
 

Spoiler

 

1. Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) (most votes- 19)

2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 

3. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

5. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

7. Jaws (1975)

8. Superman (1978)

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

10. Jurassic Park (1993)

11. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

12. The Godfather (1972)

13. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

14. Ben-Hur (1959)

15. Back to the Future (1985)

16. Schindler's List (1993)

17. Inception (2010)

18. Titanic (1997)

19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

20. Rocky (1976)

21. Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

22. Gone with the Wind (1939)

23. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

24. Vertigo (1958)

25. Chariots of Fire (1981)

26. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

27. The Lion King (1994)

28. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

29. The Social Network (2010)

30. Gladiator (2000) 

31. Psycho (1960)

32. Batman (1989)

33. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

34. The Incredibles (2004)

35. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

36. Chinatown (1974)

37. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

38. Tron Legacy (2010)

39. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

40. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

41. La La Land (2016)

42. Halloween (1978)

43. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

44. WALL-E (2008)

45. North by Northwest (1959)

46. Forrest Gump (1994)

47. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

48. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 

49. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

50. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

51. Interstellar (2014)

52. The Mission (1986)

53. Cloud Atlas (2012)

54. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

55. Blade Runner (1982)

56. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

57. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

58. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

59. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

60. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

61. The Third Man (1949)

62. Casablanca (1942)

63. The Ten Commandments (1956)

64. The Great Escape (1963)

65. Suspiria (1977)

66. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

67. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

68. Spirited Away (2001)

69. Rocky IV (1985)

70. Laura (1944)

71. The Dark Knight (2008)

72. Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens (2015)

73. The Natural (1984)

74. The Godfather Part 2 (1974)

75. The Last Airbender (2010)

76. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

77. Up (2009)

78. Planet of the Apes (1968)

79. Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

80. King Kong (1933)

81. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

82. Man of Steel (2013)

83. Spartacus (1960)

84. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

85. Star Trek (2009)

86. Inside Out (2015)

87. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

88. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

89. Escape from New York (1981)

90. Apollo 13 (1995)

91. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

92. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

93. Princess Mononoke (1997)

94. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

95. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

96. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

97. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

98. On the Waterfront (1954)

99. Goldfinger (1964)

100. The Thin Red Line (1998)

 

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We really should do a version of this where no John Williams or LOTR scores are allowed lol. Nor even The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as it would be a clear winner in that situation. 

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I'm going to submit a list for this, and I'll try to put a lot of eccentric choices on my list. Scores that have affected me, and scores that really elevated their films. I'll shy away from obvious choices unless I think they're undeniable. I haven't seen many films in general, so I'm only going to have a 25-film or 50-film list.

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1 hour ago, 4815162342 said:

92. Princess Mononoke (1997)

 

1 hour ago, 4815162342 said:

93. Princess Mononoke (1997)

This is criminally low

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1 hour ago, Jake Gittes said:

We really should do a version of this where no John Williams or LOTR scores are allowed lol. Nor even The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as it would be a clear winner in that situation. 

For my list, I'm thinking of only allowing one entry per franchise on it. 

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