Great Pairings: Films and Music
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Many great films are made greater because of the music accompanying the movie. And oftentimes, film makers will collaborate with the same musicians to repeat the successful marriage of sound + vision.

This geeklist is to share some of the more successful film maker/musician pairings. Please comment on the offerings I've supplied, and feel free to add additional pairings which are your personal favorites.
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1. Board Game: Star Wars: Escape From Death Star Game [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:17435]
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Films by: George Lucas
Music by: John Williams



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2. Board Game: Nosferatu [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Films by: Werner Herzog
Music by: Popol Vuh

 
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3. Board Game: Once upon a Time in the West [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked]
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Films by: Sergio Leone
Music by: Ennio Morricone



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4. Board Game: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Game [Average Rating:4.08 Overall Rank:17092]
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Films by: Tim Burton
Music by: Danny Elfman



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5. Board Game: Ave Tenebrae [Average Rating:5.41 Overall Rank:14972]
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Films by: Dario Argento
Music by: Goblin

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6. Board Game: Thief [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Michael Mann used Tangerine Dream for the soundtrack to this movie starring James Caan.
Best pairing ever.

Here are the first 10 minutes of the movie. It's wonderful how the music and tension builds as you realize Caan is breaking into a huge safe.
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7. Board Game: Los Angeles Scene [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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To Live and Die In L.A.
Directed by William Friedkin
Music by Wang Chung

I was never a huge Wang Chung fan, but the music in this movie goes amazingly well with the action.
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8. Board Game: The Crow [Average Rating:3.71 Unranked]
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Directed by: Alex Proyas
Music by: Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Helmet, Pantera, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult, and others

Killer version of Dead Souls as done by NIN from the soundtrack

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9. Board Game: Clocktowers [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:8487]
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A Clockwork Orange
Music: Wendy Carlos
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10. Board Game: The Thing [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:4519]
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The Thing (1982 Version)
Music: Ennio Morricone, John Carpenter
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11. Board Game: Back to the Future [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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I was watching this with my son on Sunday. Great movie, but would it be as iconic if not for the main theme by Alan Silvestri? Come on, all he's doing is riding a skateboard around town, but when the theme kicks in, it becomes epic.
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12. Board Game: The Graduate [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Director: Mike Nichols
Music by: Simon and Garfunkel
Sometimes I watch this film just to listen--

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13. Board Game: Gangsters [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5700]
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Martin Scorsese has quite an ear for incorporating popular music into his films--Casino and The Aviator are excellent examples, but my favorite is Goodfellas, where he blends artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, The Crystals, Derek and the Dominos, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, The Rolling Stones and Sid Vicious into a cohesive whole.

The Layla montage:

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14. Board Game: RAN [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:3734]
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Director: Akira Kurosawa
Music: Toru Takemitsu

Something about the sound track in this movie just does it for me. I especially liked the castle scene where they abruptly end the music with battle noises. Here is the trailor. I am not really big on the pained wailing, but it works in this case.

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15. Board Game: Deer Hunter 2050 [Average Rating:3.73 Unranked]
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Film by: Michael Cimino
Music by: Stanley Myers

 
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