My Most Favorite Collection of Original Scores from Motion Pictures

One of my most favorite composer..can you guess who he is? See the answer in my number 1 my most favorite score below.

One of my most favorite composer..can you guess who he is? See the answer in my number 1 my most favorite score below.

After original songs, now I would like to share my most favorite original score. Basically, score is orchestrate or arrange (a piece of music), typically for a specified instrument or instruments. Just like original songs, I also collect some good scores from movies which I often play it during my jogging. Sometimes I prefer to listen score than song. Here we are my collection of original score from motion pictures in order of most played.

37.  Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain a.k.a Amélie (2001)  by Yan Tiersen


Using the acordion and solo piano, this score is created tastefully with full of color and variety melody which make me feel happy and fun, just the way Amelie sees her life.

 36. Akmareul Boatda a.k.a I Saw the Devil (2010) by Mowg

i saw the devil score album

It brings a lot of mix emotions: angry, fear, thrill, and sadly satisfied at the end.

35. Welcome to The Punch (2013) by Harry Escott


A neat patriotic and heroic score from Mr. Escott, especially at the end.

34.  Perfect Sense (2011) by Max Richter

perfec sense

Beautifully soft and elegant score.

33. The Raid (2011) by Fajar Yuskemal & Aria Prayogi

I never feel so thrill and tense before when I see an action-thriller film like this. I may say this is probably the best score for action film so far. I mean the score from the original composers from Indonesia.

32. The Ides of March (2011) by Alexandre Desplat

the ides of march

In this political thriller film, Desplat creates a masterful score which keep you in your seat and bring the higher tension and poignant at the same time.

31. Up (2009) by Michael Giacchino


Actually Up isn’t my favorite animated film, but apparently the score is my most favorite for an animated film. It’s full of fun, happiness, and cheerful.

30. Water for Elephant (2011) by James Newton Howard

water for elephant

Ahh..don’t know what to say. It’s always a delightful pleasure every time I listen to all score from this film. It’s magically elegant, romantic, beautiful, and mesmerizing.

29. The Terminal (2004) by John Williams


The combination between comedic fun instrument and romantic jazz is what makes Williams’ memorable score here funny, charming, and classic, just like the way Spielberg describes the innocent character of Navorski.

28. La vita è bella a.k.a Life is Beautiful (1997) by Nicola Piovani 1347901710_life-is-beautiful

The score is happily stunning which bring the feel that life is beautiful though it couldn’t hide the part of sadness for some moments.

27. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) by Mychael Danna & DeVotchka

little miss sunshine

Such a sweet score for a feel-good film to enjoy. By listening them, I can’t leave the image of Olive’s heart breaking character and her unique, freak, broken family.

26. Saving Mr. Banks (2013) by Thomas Newman 1386763890_saving-mr.-banks

Wonderfully touching score during the film.

25. Revolutionary Road (2008) by Thomas Newman 00-ost-revolutionary_road_(original_music_by_thomas_newman)-2009-(disk)

Another simply elegant score by Thomas Newman.

24. 127 Hours (2010) by A.R. Rahman 127_Hours_soundtrack

“Liberation in a Dream” is what I like most. It proves that Mr. Rahman doesn’t only have a capability to create an Indian score but also an international score as well.

23.  Slumdog Millionaire (2008) by A.R. Rahman


It takes Danny Boyle’s film to show how a very good India composer Mr. Rahman is. Long time I watch some India film whose some score is composed by him. But in Slumdog Millionaire, his score is really alive, soulful, energetic, and amazing.

22. Road to Perdition (2002) by Thomas Newman road to perdition

First time I listened to Mr. Newman’s score in this film. Using most piano instrumental as score sure is something different for a film about gangster. Yet it’s still simply elegant, haunting, and peaceful.

21.  Leap Year (2010) by Randy Edelman

leap year

For a high quality comedy romance film, this deserves a good score too. Randy Edelman brings some wonderfully dynamic romantic score here during the entire moments of the film.

20. American Beauty (1999) by Thomas Newman

american beauty

This is the most diversity original instruments of Mr. Newman’s score I can think of. And yet it still feels simply gorgeous, as his usual score character.

19. Crash (2004) by Mark Isham


What a complex score! It’s as provocative and powerful as the scene. Prepare to be breathless because of both the moment and score.

18.  Remember Me (2010) by Marcelo Zarvos

remember me

Using a piano as the part of the orchestra score, it captures the bittersweet mood and the emotion of the character beautifully.

17. Elle S’Appelait Sarah a.k.a Sarah’s Key (2010) by Max Richter


Richter’s rich score here creates a delicate atmosphere of contemplative.

16. Memoirs of Geisha (2005) by John Williams

memoirs of geisha

Mr. Williams’ material score here is truly fascinating, exquisite, and tender.

15. Never Let Me Go (2010) by Rachel Portman never+let+me+go+soundtrack

Her score helps to create the right atmosphere about love and friendship. It’s not only melancholy and lonely, but also beautiful and soulful.

14. Extremely Load Incredibly Close (2011) by Alexandre Desplat extremelyloudsoundtrack

I may say that this is the finest work from Mr. Desplat. All the emotional score can capture the spirit of Oskar’s journey powerfully. It’s so moving!

13. Beast of the Southern Wild (2012) by Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin beast of the southern wild

The score keeps me feeling I’m on a real challenge adventure. It’s outstanding, solid, fresh, and totally epic.

12. Shame (2011) by Harry Escott


The score here really can capture Brandon’s roller coaster mood and emotions intimately. It begins quietly and gradually the intense of the melody increases then more intense and poignant till the peak of climax.

11. Hanna (2011) by The Chemical Brothers


I can’t describe in a right term the way I like and get excitement of this score. Sure I’m not an expert in this area. But I think it’s still an electronic score based. I just like to use it as my music in jogging.

10. The Fountain (2006) by Clint Mansell

the fountain

Definitely a stunning and beautiful score, just like the way Aronofsky describes its visual.

9. Do-ga-ni a.k.a Silenced (2011) by Mowg


Only this score which has such a power to make me speechless….

8. The Intouchables (2011) by Ludovico Einaudi 350666694_ludovico-einaudi-va-intouchables-soundtrack

Almost the scores in this film use only piano instrumentals which are simply very gorgeous and just make you calm. “Cache-cache” is my most favorite part.

7. The Social Network (2010) by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross


For a drama, it’s totally untypical electronic score which brings some new level of tension into the core of story.  The beat, the noise, the rough…totally will blow your mind.

6. Brokeback Mountain (2005) by Gustavo Santaolalla

brokeback mountain

The simple score which portrays landscape and scenery of the beauty of the lonely mountain. It’s really instantly peaceful and touching at the same time.

5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) by Hans Zimmer

the dark night rises

It’s dark, rough, full of spirit, and elegant. The best score for a superhero film everrr

4. Requiem for a Dream (2000) by Clint Mansell

requiem for a dream

Just like the story, the score feels loud, thrill, and mentally disturbing and yet it’s still listenable compulsively.

3. Inception (2010) by Hans Zimmer


The best score from Hans Zimmer so far I guess. He really absorbs the vision of Christopher Nolan’s direction. The score could really make the great story more alive. The echo, the vibration, the thrill..all combines with the spectacular actions which will make us breathtaking for sure. You have no any idea the impact of these scores to my daily jogging every morning.

2.  Babel (2006) by Gustavo Santaolalla


A very simple score but it’s so moving, haunting, and touching. I like “Deportation/Iguazu” and “Bibo no Aozora/Endless Flight”. No doubt, only Gustavo Santaolalla who can be allowed to fill the score of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film.

1. Atonement (2007) by Dario Marianelli

atonement ost

How often do you listen to typewriter as a good part of the score before? None! There are so many films about the past events, but it’s the first time there is a composer who uses a typewriter as a score brilliantly. Definitely the most innovative score all the time. “With my own eyes” and “Elegy for Dunkirk” are my favorite.


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