Iconic Music Themes in Film

To commemorate the release of Score: A Film Music Documentary, coming to select theaters on June 16 from Gravitas Venturas, World Film Geek takes a look at some of the most iconic theme music from cinema that still holds its own today. The music heard in films are a driving force in cinema.

Music can build up tension, motivates the protagonist, or even brings scares to its viewers, all depending on the genre. These themes come in no particular order, but they are perhaps the most well-known theme music scores in cinematic history. They are brought courtesy of YouTube for your listening pleasure so take a listen at some of these iconic theme songs from some of the great films in cinema today.

They can either be an opening theme, an ending theme, or one played midway. Either way, these are some of the big themes and scores that defined their films.


King Kong (1933) – composed by Max Steiner


Tara’s Theme from Gone with the Wind (1939) – composed by Max Steiner


Psycho (1960) – composed by Bernard Herrmann


The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966) – composed by Ennio Morricone


The Ecstasy of Gold from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966) – composed by Ennio Morricone


La Caccia from The Big Gundown (1966) – composed by Ennio Morricone


Jaws (1975) – composed by John Williams


Gonna Fly Now from Rocky (1976) – composed by Bill Conti


Star Wars (1977) – composed by John Williams


Superman (1978) – composed by John Williams


Indiana Jones (1982) from Raiders of the Lost Ark – composed by John Williams


E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1983) – composed by John Williams


Scarface (1983) – composed by Giorgio Moroder


The Karate Kid (1984) – composed by Bill Conti


Axel F. from Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – composed by Harold Faltermeyer


Bastian’s Happy Flight from The NeverEnding Story (1984) – composed by Klaus Doldinger


Back to the Future (1985) – composed by Alan Silvestri


Beetlejuice (1988) – composed by Danny Elfman


Batman (1989) – composed by Danny Elfman


Jurassic Park (1992) – composed by John Williams


Forrest Gump (1994) – composed by Alan Silvestri


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – composed by Tan Dun


Harry’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) – composed by John Williams


Batman Begins (2005) – composed by Hans Zimmer


The Dark Knight (2008) – composed by Hans Zimmer


The Avengers (2012) – composed by Alan Silvestri

And there you have it. Look out for the documentary Score: A Film Music Documentary in select theaters on June 16th from Gravitas Venturas.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s