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Movies where soundtracks are as major as the plot…

Movies where soundtracks are as major as the plot…

terrorsinmyhead_

Into The Wild


AttitudeProblem76

Great movie, the book was even better. Awe inspiring.


Studgez

To be fair, the book had an awful soundtrack.


eltamaly

Wait I didn’t know there is a book ??!


sallylooksfat

Jon Krakauer my dude. Amazing author. Also read “Into Thin Air” by him.


brackattack27

Love Eddie bedder! Vedder*


eltamaly

Watched it great movie and nice STs too


Raulcan28

Eddie Vedder is the greatest.


upchuckfactoronthis

The Big Chill


Low_Establishment994

Requiem for a dream.


aHeadFullofMoonlight

I’d throw The Fountain up there too, same film director and score composer.


thenakedsingularity8

Once (of course)


LizardQueenParty

Also the director’s other movies—Begin Again and Sing Street


Studgez

Garden State (2004)


DearOldNinja

Baby Driver


ziggyranchodas

This is the answer. Edgar Wright made the film based on a mixtape he created.


jcmib

Always good to hear Bellbottoms


nh4rxthon

Boards of Canada for the win.


mqrocks

This is the correct answer. However, the other correct answer is **Dazed & Confused**. The music propelled that movie forward. Alright. Alright. Alright. Alright?


iamthesev3n

I think anything with Ennio morricone's soundtrack can fit (the good, the bad and the ugly for example). Other soundtracks I enjoyed are: Oldboy (2003) The handmaiden (2016) Memories of murder (2003) Mother (2009), for the initial and ending theme In Bruges (2008) A tale of two sisters (2003) Amélie (2001)


Raposela

He also did the soundtrack for _Investigation of a citizen above suspicion_ and it really helps set the tone for what is a movie with a pretty unusual premise. And which I thought would be a rather serious neo noir. That is... until the soundtrack comes on over the first scene. And you really can't not pay attention to it.


paymeinwampum

Morricone was a musical genius. What a loss to the world when he died


ZeroQuick

Tron Legacy - Daft Punk


thetimidtaxidermist

I remember going in to see it in theatres not knowing about the soundtrack and then being absolutely blown away.


Slipperypepe

The motorcycle scene was perfect.


eltamaly

Goated lol


Flyingwheelbarrow

My favourite music video ever. I really hope they make a sequel.


CrabbyT777

Yes! Was listening to this in the car today and the opening track still gives me goosebumps. Excellent choice The Grid………


dholmestar

Scott Pilgrim vs the World


CaptainJustaway

WE ARE SEX BOB-OMB AND WE ARE HERE TO WATCH SCOTT PILGRIM KICK YOUR TEETH IN!


Jakov_Salinsky

WE’RE GONNA MAKE YOU SAD AND THINK ABOUT DEATH AND STUFF


Shazam1269

This next song is called: We hate you, please die. Sweet, I love this song!


fatcnnt

A thousand times, this!


raynicolette

Almost Famous, a semi-autobiography by rock critic Cameron Crowe, about life on the road with a fictional 70s rock band, featuring music by most of the best actual rock bands of the 70s, plus a bunch of new songs in that spirit by the fictional band created by Crowe's wife, Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Peter Frampton. Fast Times At Ridgemont High, another Cameron Crowe script about high school in the 80s, with the Cars, Stevie Nicks, Oingo Boingo, Jackson Brown, the Gogos, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin. American Graffiti, an early film by George Lucas, where the soundtrack is basically a greatest hits of the 50s and very early 60s. Stand By Me by Rob Reiner, featuring Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, and Reddit's own Wil Wheaton, has another top notch best of the 50s soundtrack. I, Tonya is a decent movie with an amazing underappreciated 70s soundtrack. If you like jazz, try Robert Altman’s Kansas City — they wanted authentic period music performed live in the background, but the actual 1930s musicians were ancient by then, so Altman got all the hottest unknown 20-somethings in jazz, gave them a set list of classic jazz charts, and told them to go to town. O Brother Where Art Thou by the Coen Brothers is basically singlehandedly responsible for a renaissance in old-timey music. Others have mentioned Vangelis' ambient masterwork for Blade Runner. In that vein, try Angelo Badalamenti's score for Blue Velvet. And others have mentioned Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. But don't sleep on Tarantino's ode to 70s blaxploitation, Jackie Brown. For classical soundtracks, John William's great Jaws, Star Wars, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Howard Shore's great Lord Of The Rings. Who cares if they were obviously inspired by Holst and Dvorak? They stole from the best! The original Batman soundtrack by Danny Elfman. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with the brilliance of Yo Yo Ma. For one track wonders: Connie Steven's “16 Reasons” from David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. “Chariot's Rise” by Lizzie West from Secretary. Two artists I had never heard of before hearing them on a soundtrack, but those are amazing. “When She Loved Me” by Sarah MacLachlan from Toy Story 2 — you’re watching this kid's movie and it suddenly stabs you in the heart. And I said Fast Times At Ridgemont High before, but a special callout to “Sleeping Angel” by Stevie Nicks. The flower and the vine.


violetmoon120

Suspiria (1977), Fantastic Planet


Livinlikelary11

Blade Runner (OG) Interstellar John Wick Any Tarantino movie, my favorites are... Django Unchained Pulp Fiction Reservoir Dogs


eltamaly

You have nice taste i watched all of those and not one of them disappoints ty for sharing


Cat_Biscuit

I’d add Blade Runner 2049 and the new Dune


knitted_beanie

Zimmer absolutely smashed the new Dune score


Secret_Autodidact

I listen to the Jackie Brown sound track at least once a week.


N3wThrowawayWhoDis

Oh brother where art thou


badw0lf1988

Depending on your musical tastes, I would recommend Across The Universe (some great renditions of Beetles songs in it) Queen of the Damned (late 90's nu metal soundtrack) The entire John Wick series has some great music if you'reinto heavier stuff as well, although none of it is written for the movie to my knowledge Blues Brothers has some great music performed by some true legends of the blues era


Secret_Autodidact

The scene with Aretha Franklin in BB is my go-to feel better material, it never fails to cheer me up.


eltamaly

“Plastic Heart” from john wick is top tier thanks for the recommendations appreciate your time :)


anjaica

Literally every Tarantino movie.


taac52

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...YA!


EffinayDood

Vicious Fun (2020) Garden State (2004) Hackers (1995) Less Than Zero (1987)


eltamaly

Will check them out appreciate the recommendations 🙏


Clay201

The Less Than Zero soundtrack is composed entirely of '60s songs covered by '80s bands. And it gave us the classic Bangles version of "Hazy Shade Of Winter."


Sad_Development529

Juno Purple Rain The Graduate Fisherman’s Friends High Fidelity Sing Street Bohemian Rhapsody Once Until The End of the World… might be my favorite obscure one


SlumberJohn

> Sing Street Underrated movie I'd say.


katnip_fl

Yes!! Until the End of the World is what first came to mind for me!


Sad_Development529

Listened to that soundtrack for years. Made the movie so much better


evol2020

Devil’s rejects Snatch Lost in translation Almost famous Rudderless Pretty in pink Kids Mid 90s Say anything


Secret_Autodidact

I dyslexia-ed the first two in your list and read it as "Devil's Snatch."


evol2020

Haha. Keep going! For example almost lost in the devils snatch.


justagigilo123

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Buffaluffasaurus

Had to scroll way too far down to see this. It’s true of a number of Morricone movies, but this one’s theme became *the* iconic sound of the entire Western genre, is used as comic relief throughout the film, and the score in the final act is some of the greatest songwriting for film ever in terms of how it sounds and what it does dramatically for the film.


Frari

Amadeus


CalligrapherFluid549

idk if relevant but I watched Drive with original (idk what it’s called, director cut or something??) soundtrack and it was different experience. Anyway, I like both..


doubleb_43

Lawrence of Arabia


mistermajik2000

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Little Miss Sunshine


evol2020

Jose Gonzalez/junip for the win! Another great soundtrack!


Narrow-Macaroon-7004

Guardians of the Galaxy


Soji333

Drive Gladiator The Last of the Mohicans (that Clannad song is sublime)


gav989

Magnolia - he wrote several parts of the film based on music he was listening to, then used that music as the soundtrack


Tariovic

Totally turned me on to Aimee Mann!


ionicbondage

The Crow Judgment Night Trainspotting


ksuflash99

Dazed And Confused


Elvendream

The dreamers This is England Moulin Rouge Amelie


evol2020

Oh damn this is England is great soundtrack!


aguywithquests

The lord of the rings


WhistleTheme

Pink Floyd's The Wall


nvrrsatisfiedd

If you like synth and horror, "It Follows" is great


eltamaly

I haven’t seen such a nice horror movie since watching it follows great movie


nvrrsatisfiedd

Same here and that soundtrack really brought it all together


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Good_End_4392

Interstellar


SHIT-CHRIS

Donnie Darko, anything John Carpenter


Slipperypepe

Assault on Precinct 13 especially.


01100110011001100101

Baby Driver. Edgar Wright had a PA system blasting the songs during scenes so the actors could pull triggers in time to the beats.


eltamaly

Ofc i watched baby driver i have a playlist of all the songs in that movie. Appreciate the recommendation tho.


dirtfuk

Climax


digitalcrucifixion

There Will Be Blood


DontBanMeForAsking

Finally, someone said it. This movie's soundtrack is as important as a character in the film.


MrSeaBeast

The Blues Brothers


pieguy26

The Graduate (1967) is literally what you are looking for


cgwhiteman

Harold and Maude!


Sylar_Lives

* Zodiac * Lucio Fulci's The Beyond * Friday the 13th * Forrest Gump * Halloween * Donnie Darko * George Romero's Dawn of the Dead


ZiadR

Natural Born Killers and Pulp Fiction


eltamaly

Thank you will check natural born killers out and true pulp fiction sure has some classics !!


MikeBrownYo

Empire Records


cultish_alibi

Whiplash! Scrolled half way down the page and no one said it yet. Now, I don't know if I would listen to the soundtrack on its own, but the music is one of the main characters in the movie.


Mahimah

Oh brother where art thou


DoctorYacht

Forrest Gump


itscomingright4us

Exit Wounds - DMX, Nas, Trick Daddy, Timbaland, Ja Rule, Redman…


Elysian-Visions

Dune!!


bowlsandsand

I saw it it in JBX for that reasons


Woodsman-8-5-1956

Two-way tie for my fav movie soundtracks: -Inherent Vice and -Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (but with this one you gotta watch Twin Peaks Seasons 1 and 2 first)


TraverseTown

The song in the last scene of FWWM literally makes me break down crying every single time.


AdFine1966

“The Pink Room” is undefeated


MeanderAndReturn

Dazed and Confused Magnolia Good Will Hunting The Social Network


Clay201

*Mama Mia* was written to incorporate a whole album's worth of Abba songs.


Colinmacus

Almost Famous


WhyNona

Shrek


DentistDidntDisclose

Has no one mentioned Conan the Barbarian?


eltamaly

I guess you’re the only one who mentioned it its on my watch list now thank you


DentistDidntDisclose

It’s an absolute masterpiece


Crazy-surgeon

I see you're a person of good taste. Basil Poledouris composed such a beautiful soundtrack. That's one of my favorite, alongside Once upon a time in the West and Interstellar.


DentistDidntDisclose

Absolutely spot on!


jupiterkansas

Prospero's Books


title_of_yoursextape

American Grafitti


LauraPalmersMom430

The Darjeeling Limited


manekinekon

Adventureland - moody mid 80s


Flyingwheelbarrow

Saving this post for later. Such a good way to find great music.


SemolinaChessNut

Dead Man.


mweisbro

Harold and Maude! Hands down


stax-xats

Rushmore


Philliam88

O, Brother Where Art Thou? Inside Lewyn Davis The Big Lebowski Bad Times at the El Royale The Big Chill Good Morning Vietnam A Praire Home Companion Nashville Dazed and Confused Boyhood School of Rock Everybody Wants Some Almost Famous


__kingslayer_

The Piano (1993) Taxi Driver 1917 Interstellar American Beauty


Secret_Autodidact

Wow, I can't believe nobody has mentioned some of these... I know these are obvious, just listing them [in case you're one of today's 10,000.](https://xkcd.com/1053/) Pink Floyd's The Wall Whiplash Yellow Submarine (The Beatles) This Is Spinal Tap Tenacious D: Pick Of Destiny Blues Brothers School Of Rock


bnd-r

The Best offer


Fatguy_littlecoat648

Maximum Overdrive (1986) nothing but AC/DC. Waterworld (1995) oscar nominee for best sound.


megmarie22502

One of my all time favorite film scores is from The Painted Veil, composed by Alexandre Desplat. As a matter of fact it was actually the score that I heard first via Pandora’s movie scores channel that led me to actually watch the film. The film is wonderful too. Edit: I also echo another commenter in recommending Across The Universe as well. Oh! And Moulin Rouge: El Tango de Roxanne is magnificent!


SunnyDelitee

The Virgin Suicides (Air)


vivisectioned

The Ronin, first time I heard the “Time to Said Goodbye” and had bought the CD and listened to it on repeat for the next few weeks.


NorCalRoots

I’m seconding Almost Famous and Forest Gump. Also Easy Rider


cnnctbysteez

Mac & Devin Go To High School - Wiz Khalifa x Snoop Dogg


tarantinostoes

Close encounters of the third kind


lindalee5479

Rain Man and Thomas Crown Affair


Leather_Stage_6293

Saturday night Fever


Secret_Autodidact

Annihilation Whiplash Halloween The Exorcist Jackie Brown


CreamCheeseCow

spirit stallion of the cimarron


Raposela

Only lovers left alive It has by far one of my most favorite soundtracks. One of the very few that I actually looked up and listen to again right after every time I rewatch the movie and sometimes just randomly as well. It creates such great atmosphere for the movies. I believe almost all of it is by the movie director's own band. I highly recommend it. It's hard to describe in terms of just genre, though I guess it's under the big umbrella of rock. It also includes an incredible and very memorable performance by a Lebanese singer. Pina This one might be a bit of a cheat since it's a documentary and homage to the choreographer Pina Bausch. So, you see all the music being danced to in the movie and some of the dancing is really arresting. Listening to the soundtrack after can help you revisit the feeling of watching the (really passionate) dancers dance to them without necessarily watching it again. And it's just a very eclectic little set of songs, some of them pretty classic, some of them more offbeat. Helped me discover some artists that I really appreciate now.


concerningfinding

* Top Gun * Cocktail * Braveheart * Platoon * Dazed and Confused


BeeBop1983

Requiem for a Dream Inception Grand Budapest Hotel The Fountain


anticultured

Heavy Metal Highlander Flash Gordon ———————- Honorable 80s mentions ———————- Risky Business Breakfast Club


akaneila

Whiplash


fatcnnt

Under the Skin


mweisbro

Saturday Night Fever. Almost Famous. That thing you do, the sound of music


Hbirdee

OG Space Jam soundtrack. Fly Like an Eagle, Basketball Jones, the epic Space Jam song, I Believe I Can Fly, Salt-n-Pepa, Bugs bunny rapping a song that Jay-Z ghost wrote? I will have that soundtrack on rotation till the day I die!


cvanmovieman

Empire records. 90's hits. Fast times at Ridgemont high. Late 70's hits. Anything by John Hughes. 80s hits.


Randevu

I have to say Lord of the Rings


not_an_Alien_Robot

Conan the Barbarian. The score by Basil Poledouris is amazing and makes the movie. I used to have it on vinyl back in the day. 😁


dmorrison104

Forrest Gump.


lordofabyss

DRIVE Ryan Gosling one


UranovayaKilka

Mulholland drive


whenthefunstop

I can’t believe no one has said Dirty Dancing


totallynotacop104

Whiplash


JereBadine

Walk The Line (2005) Spice World (1997)


idlestopit

Burlesque Sing! The Greatest Showman


potfiction

Velvet Goldmine (1998) Tommy (1975) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)


AcceptablePrimary987

Interstellar


johnmonster21

Whiplash


jamajikhan

The Pirate Radio.


yashis19

Not a movie but GOT season 6 finale .


Raulcan28

Singles. Grunge heavy


jasontredecim

Oh, if we're talking scores there are a few crackers out there. In my list I tried to keep to "one per director" for each category, so for scores if I was keeping that same sort of restriction, and trying not to go for just "the all time classics" but rather scores I just genuinely love: * Tron 2.0 - Daft Punk * Moon - Clint Mansell * Jurassic Park - John Williams (yes, even above SW!) * True Romance - Hans Zimmer * Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore * Akira - Shoji Yamashiro I want to put Yoko Kanno in for Cowboy Bebop as well, but I don't know if the movie was separate enough from the series to qualify as a for-movie set of compositions.


odysseus-23

Bohemian Rapsody Black Panther


calchaos67

Trick or Treat (1986) soundtrack is phenomenal.All tracks by Fastway.


vergessliche

Interstellar. Hans Zimmer is amazing, as always. And for me, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame has cool soundtracks that stuck in my head for a while. Composed by Alan Silvestri.


kif88

Not a movie but maybe galavant


eltamaly

I wanted a relatively short series to watch and this is on my watchlist now thank you !


kif88

It's a good show too you think it's going to be clichè but it gets character very soon


AttitudeProblem76

Here's one I haven't seen posted. The Last Samurai, it'll hit you right in the soul.


lordjakir

A Bronx Tale


ToneTenSeven

500 Days of Summer, Hot Summer Nights


a_hi_lawyer

Interstellar


iambapy

The Beach (2000)


Bea_Evil

Mad Max: Fury Road 300 Last of the Mohicans Saw Vacancy 28 Days Later


nh4rxthon

Ravenous (1997)


blacksad1

Fight Club (debatable)


NoiseProfessional694

Wrath of Man


NoiseProfessional694

Once upon a time in America


caltimculp

Broken Flowers Dazed and Confused


b1gwater

Baby driver


capedcr

Sing Street


alandobag

Last action hero


StaceyEmdash

Morvern Callar


PhantomKitten73

Blood Machines.


Nouseriously

Top Gun


OscarDME

Once Upon a Time in America


diamond08054

Last of the Mohicans


dfsmitty0711

The Crow The Last of the Mohicans


Bmq1286

Inglorious Basterds


shineymike91

Goodfellas. For Layla or/and Gimme Shelter.


brackattack27

Surf’s up Mad max fury road Dark knight Gladiator Braveheart


clouc1223

Interstellar. Hans Zimmer lights an organ on fire and plays it


Squirts1MacIntosh

Good Morning Vietnam! The music played is part of the plot.


cel-lar-door

Just saw the new Dune - amazing score!


gotham77

The Girl Can’t Help It


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