One of the most underrated processes of making a movie is film editing. The director audaciously shoots the story and uploads the “daily’s” to the editor and they get to work.
But one of the other most crucial jobs in filmmaking, and arguably the most understated job of them all, is crafting a great musical score that accentuates the movie – something the audience can cathartically get behind.
So here are the top ten movie scores of all time.
Musical scores are a dime a dozen because almost every movie’s got them, but only the really unique make them memorable. Some are quite terrible but others are the most iconic part of the movie-watching experience.
Without a great iconic film score, the movie would be unrecognizable in its final product.
Can you imagine if “Jurassic Park” or “Indiana Jones” was some run-of-the-mill score by some hack? It just wouldn’t be the same great movie. Movie “icon” status is achieved when the score is just as good, if not better, than the movie itself.
So here are the ten best movie scores of all time.
10) The Social Network
Aaron Sorkin’s masterpiece of writing, “The Social Network,” is probably the most underrated movie of this millennium. It was one of those wildly misunderstood movies when it came out in the same way “Arrested Development” was ahead of its time.
None other than Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of that famous 90’s band “Nine Inch Nails” wrote the score.
Every once in a while a director will give musical genius frontmen of popular bands a chance to write their scores, but it’s rare. “TRON: Legacy” filmmakers did it with Daft Punk and just recently, the filmmakers for the remake of “Suspiria” snagged Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, to helm the score.
But “The Social Network” score was special because it blended the shifting tones of the movie so beautifully.
And if you want to zone out to a score to accomplish a task then this is the one for you.