Alright, I am compelled to put a few of my favorites here. I think this is my forte, since film scores were my passion growing up.
This is probably a tune you've heard before, but maybe never knew where it was from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j67nQT2UAMs Dragonheart theme (randy edelman). It's been used many times in movie previews
Here are another couple favs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHthbtSbGLM The Dragon (bruce lee story) theme (randy edelman)
Last of the Mohicans....awesome, but don't think it compares to Braveheart's OST, for example. (also by randy edelman--and I guess trevor jones as well)
You must also check out Hans Zimmer - Last Samurai Soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWm8-jlddaw...
Inception is pretty good and I like it--but in my opinion a little repetitive sounding. It's also somewhat similar to his Last Samurai soundtrack which I think trumps the Inception soundtrack.
Another one by Hans Zimmer that I think is better than Inception is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrYw9IsF0Mo Pearl Harbor soundtrack.. check it out
Not trying to knock on Inception's score too much, but :)
Another one by Hans Zimmer that I haven't seen yet on this thread: The Rock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I02-H3z1vAM&feature=related The part where sean connery meets his daughter is absolutely beautiful: Jade : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bYp-hGyCX8
Love John Williams...
Indiana Jones is a bit cheesy to my ears now, but still like it. Of course the star wars themes (but was never a big fan of the movie)
did you know he did the NBC nightly news theme? It's a really good full song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7kIgcYgIQk
Michael Kamen - Robin Hood prince of theves....this is a gem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN24yo0yg6c
and this one...just WOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzJOh7BwI9k
James Horner - BRAVEHEART soundtrack. check out this one "the secret wedding" which is especially my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN24yo0yg6c
Another goodie: Clear and Present Danger by James Horner - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWBgXt2QneI&feature=related
Remember the STARGATE movie soundtrack? one of my favorites again.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrlIZyAUFsE David Arnold.
Dances with wolves soundtrack by john barry was excellent
really liked The Dark Knight soundtrack.
Air Force One was one of my favorites growing up: Jerry Goldsmith - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JQ3IwF6qdw&feature=related
One that you may have not noticed is the movie U571's soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUFAU_W6dUU by Richard Marvin
A couple of recent ones that I really liked:
http://youtu.be/ECxzAAaZ5ZI Seven Pounds - Ennio Morricone's The Crisis. I guess this was from a while ago and a different movie also.
The score from the movie The Town ("the letter") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41KVD0e5_cI Harry Gregson-williams and David Buckley
People are accusing this one of copying the band of brothers soundtrack, but I thnk it sounds more like disney/pixar's Finding Nemo "egg theme" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pi4-TfwRy4 what do you guys think??? haha
I LOVED the theme from The Town and think that it sounds more like the Finding Nemo - Egg theme.
I like the Town's soundtrack better by quite a bit. The resolution of the melody is pretty much the same, but there are a couple of key note differences in the first part of the melody.
Anyway,it IS possible that this wasn't intentional "copying" at all. It's pretty hard to come up with an ORIGINAL melody since the beginning of time..that said i can't say the same for the cold play vida la vida song
I'm not a fan of the Final Fantasy game series...or any rpg's for that matter, but I love a lot of Nobuo Uematsu's game scores.
I hope you guys have a listen. I'll check out your guy's favorites also, but please check these out - some of them are overlooked.
As much as I am into uplifting trance now, I was into this before and think I can get into it again :D
by the way, I feel like the melodies of these scores really relates to the type of trance I listen to. The melodies are extremely beautiful and simple: http://www.listology.com/dochyo/list/connoisseurs-real-trance-musicprepare-have-your-mind-blown-o-o-o