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Name some movie scores that are so famous that after hearing only a few seconds of the music, you can immediately name the movie.

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JAWS would have to be at or near the top of this list. Seminal music score!

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Jaws, The Magnificent Seven and Mission: Impossible (though it is originally from TV)

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ferngully II, porky's

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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Star Wars Batman (the Nolan ones) Friday the 13th Halloween Superman

Really, a lot of stuff by John Williams and Hans Zimmer is easily identifiable by movie goers

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I forgot one - the James Bond theme.

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Anything by John Williams.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the Bond films, The Exorcist, Mary Poppins, The Snowman, the Indiana Jones films

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The rockin' sounds of "The Sound of Music" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - those were the days!

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Dr. Zhivago Lara's Theme, the Harry Potter theme.

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Ya'll are naming the movies, JT wants the name of the scores, lol.

Howz about Johann Strauss II's On the Beautiful Blue Danube ( 2001: A Space Odyssey )

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Naming the movies is fine.

The score for "Psycho."

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Back to the Future Overture

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"Speak Softly, Love" from The Godfather.

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It's easier to name John Williams and Maurice Jarre. Adding the Bridge on the River Kwai's Colonel Bogey March, Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz), Tara's theme (Gone With the Wind). and those creepy violins from Psycho.

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Dambusters, Lawrence of Arabia, Pink Panther, James Bond (various), Magnificent Seven, Jaws,

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The Godfather. MASH.

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Tron 2!

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Wasn't really a fan of the movie but Top Gun, "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins, "Footloose" also by Kenny Loggins, "Flash Dance" by Irene Cara, Titanic "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, "Ghost Busters" by Ray Parker Jr. to name a few.

From Japan main theme music from the original Godzilla movie by Ifukube Akira.

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The Great Escape

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Anything John Williams or Hans Zimmer.

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To add to the already great ones mentioned above: The piano melody As Time Goes By from Casablanca. Berstein's memorable opening theme for West Side Story. Vangelis's themes for Antarctica ( 南極物語 ) and Chariots of Fire.

Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the theme from The Right Stuff. (Really great soundtrack on that film.)

Finally, Mike Oldfields' Tubular Bells from The Exorcist.

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"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from Mannequin.

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Some others, "Enter the Dragon" by Lalo Schifrin, "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin theme music in "The Sting", the main theme music for "The Terminator" by Brad Fiedel, "Axel F" main theme for "Beverly Hills Cop" by Harold Faltermeyer, main theme music for Pirates of the Caribbeans by Klaus Badelt, main theme of "The Pink Panther" by Henry Mancini.

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Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries "Apocalypse Now", Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody "Ghost" Survivor - Eye of the Tiger "Rocky"

to name a few

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Hey, Hakuna Matata

simple minds -don't you forget about me

bee gees - Staying a alive

and lets not forget the weather today

Singing in the Rain!

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Zulu, Midnight Cowboy, The Ipcress File. All great John Barry classics.

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There are many, without a doubt. One thing to keep in mind is that with INSTANTLY recognizable scores like Star Wars said scores were developed FOR the money -- they did not exist previously. That is very different from movies that simply inserted musical scores in their sound tracks and people associate the scores with the movies, because in such cases people will of course also associate the music with things besides the movies (and in many cases may not even associate them with famous movies at all if they don't know them). I also don't think musicals or movies that use the scoring as internal soundtrack really count if it's sung by the characters like in a musical.

That said: I guess Star Wars is probably the most recognizable across all generations. Some older classics like Lara's Theme from Doctor Zhivago and the scoring for Lawrence of Arabia can't be mistaken much, either.

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Famous as most easily recognizable? The opening James Bond motif by John Barry.......

Personal favorite - Carlotta's theme from Vertigo by Bernard Herrman........

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Lincolnman, Monty Norman might have something to say about who wrote the James Bond theme. In my opinion you're right though, John Barry's version is likely to be the most recognisable piece of movie music.

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Since TV series are long lasting and addictive, their impact, in particular their music, is much more memorable. Are TV series part of this category? As far as movies go: I choose Pretty Woman and Jaws.

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Guess everyone else doesn't have grand daughters or great nieces. Frozen's "Do you want to build a snowman?" and "Let it go" are forever seared into my memory.

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 37,2 °C le matin (Betty Blue)... beautiful score by Gabriel Yared.

The Mission... Ennio Morricone

Platoon... Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber

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Jaws,Gone With The Wind,King Kong,Midnight Express Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Enter The Dragon,The Ten Commandments, The Godfather and any Clint Eastwood directed film because of the musical content.

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I'm surprised nobody here talked about Japanese movies with truly memorable musical scores. Two I can easily identify are from the original 1954 version of Godzilla with its famous Akira Ifukube score and Castle in the Sky with its famous Joe Hisaishi score.

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Jurassic park, Lord of the rings, Goldfinger.

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My neighbor totoro

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The Pink Panther

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Chariots of Fire, The Pink Panther, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars.

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Lulu singing "To Sir with Love"

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As mentioned earlier, a lot of the scary movies, like Psycho, Halloween and also that creepy part of Friday the 13th.

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto's Forbidden Colours

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Mission impossible and the attack of the killer tomatoes.

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Walkabout

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Ennio Morricone -Once Upon a Time in America, Cinema Paradiso, Once upon in the West, Casualties of war, Legend of 1900

A true genius of a composer.

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Chunking Express's soundtrack, especially Faye Wong covering the Cranberries's song.

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Rocky. Forrest Gump. Thomas The Tank Engine: The Movie.

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Nobody does it better, Carly Simon, The Spy who Loved me. Gassenhauer, by Neusiedler, Orff, Keetman, or Zimmer and used in a variety of films including Badlands,but for me it is always True Romance.

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How about the Beethoven from BAD SANTA for me

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