Ever watched a movie and wanted it to be your reality? Well, a film with a soul grabbing score can make that happen. Put your headphones on, hit the play button on your favorite movie score and let the rhythm of the music land you in the shoes of your favorite character. And to help you narrow your list to the best, we have for you the list of Hollywood movies with the catchiest scores.
Score: Now we are free – Lisa Gerrard, Hans Zimmer
The movie Gladiator is a Roman epic about an army General whose family is murdered by the wrongfully acclaimed king and is thrown in the fighting arena to fight as a gladiator. ‘Now we are free’, a masterpiece composed by Hans Zimmer with beautiful vocals by Lisa Gerrard was nominated for an Oscar at the 73rd Academy awards for the best original score. Though the score was not able to fetch an Oscar, it did bring home a Golden Globe. In fact, the music in the entire movie is so good that the producers released an entire album named ‘Music From The Motion Picture: Gladiator’. The score is played at the end scene when Maximus lies on the ground, bleeding from his wound after defeating the king, and closes his eyes as he accepts his death where he has visions of his wife and his son running towards him.
Score: Love theme from The Godfather – Nino Rota
There’s a reason The Godfather is considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made. From outstanding direction and acting to a heart – warming score, the mafia crime/drama has all the qualities of good film – making. Rota’s score for The Godfather had been nominated for a 1973 Academy Award for Best Original Score. However, it was disqualified from consideration when the Academy learned Rota had used a more comedic version of the song for the film Fortunella (1958). Nonetheless, Rota’s score for The Godfather Part II won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Score, despite the fact that it contained the same piece. The scene where Michele wanders around the beautiful hills of Sicily with his two bodyguards is best suited for the cinematic score.
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
Score: Lux Aeterna – Clint Mansell
A score, as deep as the emotions portrayed in the film, Lux Aeterna is noted for its off notes and range of tenebrous emotions. Requiem for a dream is a movie that depicts the real human struggle with drug abuse and the score consumes the audience into its dark theme. The soundtrack has been widely praised and has subsequently been used in various forms of media. The theme was re-orchestrated for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers trailer and is known by the name “Requiem for a Tower”, presented by “Corner Stone Cues”. The theme has been featured in trailers for other films, including Babylon A.D., The Da Vinci Code, I Am Legend, Sunshine, and Valley of Flowers. It also appeared in the video games like Assassin’s Creed, and in numerous TV spots and advertisements, and at sporting events. Use of the theme has extended to the point where it is interchangeable with the name “Requiem for a Dream.”
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Score: Forces of Attraction – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Soundtrack: Arrival of birds – The Cinematic Orchestra (transformation)
The critically acclaimed movie is inspired by the real life story of Stephen Hawking and depicts the diagnosis of his disease and how it affected his professional and personal life. The score Forces of Attraction by Jóhann Jóhannsson was nominated for an Oscar at the 87th academy awards and won a Golden Globe for the best original score. A special mention to the soundtrack Arrival of birds performed by The Cinematic Orchestra, which is played at the end of the movie during the heart touching scene when Hawking and his wife glare at their children and then the flashback of the entire movie is fast forwarded in reverse.
Score: Lost but Won – Hans Zimmer
Rush is a 2013 biographical sports/action/drama film centered on the rivalry between Formula – 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. In my personal opinion, both the movie and the score are super underrated since they weren’t even nominated for an Oscar. However, the movie was nominated in the Golden Globe and was critically acclaimed in different parts of the world. The score Lost but Won is a master piece by Hans Zimmer that brings out the element of competitiveness going perfectly with the storyline of the movie. The score is played during the legendary race scene which as the commentator says is the ‘grudge match of the decade’.
Score: Day one – Hans Zimmer
This movie does not need an introduction and neither does the score. Apart from being critically acclaimed, both the movie and the score went on to gain huge popularity in both western and eastern markets. ‘Music of isolation’, that’s what I would call this magical score composed by none other than the king of music himself Hans Zimmer. Just like the movie, the score transcends its audience to another dimension. Zimmer also said that the score instigated the feelings of being a father in him. Zimmer started working on the score for the movie 2 years prior to its release, and his hard work did not fail to touch souls.
Score: Time – Hans Zimmer
Yet another masterpiece by Hans Zimmer, the score ‘Time’ was written simultaneously with the filming. Zimmer described his work as “a very electronic, dense score”, filled with “nostalgia and sadness” to match Cobb’s feelings throughout the film. The track was nominated for an Oscar for the best original score in 2011. This beautiful piece of art is the bridge between reality and dreams and it could not have been missed in this list. This is not the only movie with Christopher Nolan collaborating with Hans Zimmer, but is the perfect example for the pair’s great creation of art.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN – AT WORLD’S END
Score: Marry me – Hans Zimmer
To me, this particular track is the ideal love theme. The romance between Will and Elizabeth in the movie is brought alive on screen through this score. This score is also famously known as ‘Will and Elizabeth’. Critical response to the soundtrack differed greatly, though the album was generally well received by fans. Yet another great track by Hans Zimmer that consumes the soul.
Score: Main theme – John Williams
Composer John Williams began scoring the film at the end of February, and it was recorded a month later. Williams felt he needed to write “pieces that would convey a sense of ‘awe’ and fascination” given it dealt with the “overwhelming happiness and excitement” that would emerge from seeing live dinosaurs. Though out of the 3 Oscars won by the film, best original score wasn’t one of them, it is a catchy score instigating a range of emotions and hence deserves a spot in this list.