This odyssey started last summer when I was discussing the best movie themes with my close buddy, Hendrix. As I delved into it there was absolutely no way I was able to narrow down my choices to one Top 10 post. So, here begins a five-part series of my top 10 favorite movie theme songs.
The list kept expanding and it was a disservice to myself and the post itself to cut it off at just ten movie themes. So, I decided to not set any boundaries and see where it went. As you will see it was a mammoth project but a helluv alot of fun! The overall list will showcase 50 movie themes in five parts over six weeks in descending order.
This was also my biggest research project to date to maintain as much accuracy as possible. Even at that I may have made a couple mistakes and if so I would enjoy hearing of any corrections.
Thank you to You Tube, Wikipedia, Google Images and IMDB for their assistance and I included trivia for each, as always. So, get started and enjoy My Top 10 Favorite Movie Themes Part V!
50 Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
Performed by Howard Shore with the London Philharmonic Symphony
Performed by Gordon MacRae, Charlotte Greenwood, James Whitmore, Shirley Jones, Jay C. Flippen, and Chorus
Question – Because the real Oklahoma in 1955 was so heavily farmed where was the movie actually filmed?
It’s old school but this classic was a must include of one of the best original musicals. A time when things simpler and to dance with a feeling of a unbridled joy.
Answer – It was shot on location in and around Sonoita, Arizona.
48 The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Performed by Elmer Bernstein
Question – Elmer Bernstein’s score for this movie is one of the best-known ever composed. What other movie did he write the score for?
It’s a manly-man theme that makes you want to charge off to battle and be part of something bigger than yourself.
Answer – Three Amigos!
47 Halloween (1978)
Performed by Argh Ost. Composed by John Carpenter
Question – The project was on a shoestring budget and had to use the cheapest mask they could find in the costume department. Which mask did they end up using?
Answer – The spray painted white, teased the hair and changed the eye holes to a Star Trek William Shatner mask.
46 Love Story (1970)
Performed by Francis Lai and Carl Sigman. Composed by Henry Mancini
Question – In What’s Up Doc? Barbara Streisand tells Ryan O’Neal, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” to which he said what?
My bio mom and grandma actually dragged my unbeknownst little boy butt to this movie. I always liked girls even at an early age believe it or not. But, I was not able to wrap my noggin’ around the intense romance and loss of this movie yet at that time. The music is a reminder of that lump that comes up in our throat of that deep love we have all had at one point or another.
Answer – “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”
45 Philadelphia (1993)
Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
Question – What three other actors were offered the role of Andrew Beckett?
My interpretation of the beautiful, but sad lyrics and tone left me aching in sympathy for Andrew Beckett. As well as hope for less bigotry in our society from those that throw stones in their own glass houses.
Answer – Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia.
44 Legends Of The Fall (1994)
The Ludlows by James Horner
Question – What is the irony that in Legends of the Fall, Brad Pitt and Julia Ormand play star-crossed lovers of about the same ages?
It will be difficult over the fifty movies to come up with different descriptors. This is one that fills your soul with the magic and undying love of a very tight family that comes together to protect at all costs. As family should be.
Answer – Because in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Julia Ormond plays Brad Pitt’s daughter.
43 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Performed by the Bee Gees and Paul Nicholas
Question – Which group was the original first choice to play the Future Villain Band but they turned it down becuase they thought it would hurt their image?
We all know the Beatles classic original but the Bee Gees did a spot on remake with it in this film that was so much fun to listen to.
Answer – Kiss
42 A Hard Days Night (1964)
Performed by The Beatles
Question – Ringo Starr is invited to “Le Cercle” gambling club which is also famous for what?
And speaking of The Beatles…enough said!
Answer – It’s the same club where James Bond makes his first appearance in Dr No.
41 Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Performed by Gene Kelly
Question – How old was Debbie Reynolds when she filmed this?
Ahhhh, I’ve been there. Where you are giddy and hopeful in love that the rain is simply a cleansing reminder of what joy can lie ahead if you allow it to be.
Answer – She was only 19 years old and lived with her parents and commuted to the set. She had to wake up at 4:00 a.m. and ride three different buses to the studio; sometimes, to avoid the commute, she would just sleep on the set.
We have a long ways to go as we count ’em down so I hope one of your early favorites was mentioned here!
We wanted to send a hello and thank you to our friend, Lisa, down in Australia for all of her support. She, her husband and kids travel and explore as Lisa does an amazing job of home schooling her kids on the road. They learn history all along their route (and me too!) and it’s an absolutely blast to read each of her posts. So, go check out her blog New Life On The Road here! Thank you, Lisa!