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While surfing the web today I discovered that the American Film Institute is hosting a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in September honoring "100 Years of Film Scores". The program hasn't been determined yet; the AFI sent out ballots to over 500 people asking them to select a number of scores (the site didn't say how many per ballot). The top 25 vote-getters will be performed in the concert in Casey Kasem's favorite order.

While obviously I didn't get one of those ballots, the AFI was kind enough to post the full list of 250 nominees. So I thought to myself, "Self, there haven't been 100 years of film scores, but this would be a neat exercise nonetheless!" So I went through the list and picked 25 scores that I thought were sufficiently exemplary and/or popular. This is what I came up with (without commentary):

  • THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) - E.W. Korngold
  • BATMAN (1989) - D. Elfman
  • BEN-HUR (1959) - M. Rozsa
  • THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) - M. Arnold
  • BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) - B. Bacharach
  • CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981) - Vangelis
  • CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) - B. Poledouris
  • DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) - J. Barry
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) - J. Williams
  • GLORY (1989) - J. Horner
  • THE GODFATHER (1972) - N. Rota
  • JAWS (1975) - J. Williams
  • KING KONG (1933) - M. Steiner
  • LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) - M. Jarre
  • THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001) - H. Shore
  • THE NATURAL (1984) - R. Newman
  • ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) - L. Bernstien
  • PATTON (1970) - J. Goldsmith
  • THE PINK PANTHER (1964) - H. Mancini
  • PLANET OF THE APES (1968) - J. Goldsmith
  • PSYCHO (1960) - B. Herrmann
  • SPARTACUS (1960) - A. North
  • STAR WARS (1977) - J. Williams
  • VERTIGO (1958) - B. Herrmann
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) - H. Stothart

So, what would your list look like?

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