Thursday, October 31, 2013

Saving Private Ryan: John Williams’ Complete Soundtrack, Presented Without Commerical Interruption!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Listen to it, download it, and cherish it, while you can, before the copyright cops catch up with us.

This is one of the four or so best original scores I’ve ever heard out of Williams, along with The Cowboys, Jaws, and The Reivers.

Greatest War Movies

The Bridge on the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia (tied for first)
The Big Parade
All Quiet on the Western Front
Saving Private Ryan
Mr. Roberts
Paths of Glory
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
The Red Badge of Courage
The Great Escape
The Alamo (1960)
We Were Soldiers
The Road to Glory (1936)
Attack (1956)
Apocalypse Now
Attack and Retreat (1964)

I only included movies where the war is the central dramatic aspect, not those, like The Deer Hunter or From Here to Eternity, where only a small part of the picture takes place during a war. I didn’t consider The Big Red One, because I have yet to see it, or the 1970’s Russian epic, War and Peace, because I did see it and was very impressed, but it was 40 years ago, and I would need to see it again.



Thanks to SoundtrackUniverses for the upload and the table of contents.

Published on Oct 25, 2012


1. Hymn to The Fallen
2. Revisiting Normandy
3. Omaha Beach
4. Finding Private Ryan
5. Approaching the Enemy
6. Defense Preparations
7. Wade's Death
8. High School Teacher
9. The Last Battle
10. Hymn to the Fallen (Reprise)


Fatebekind said...

I would add The Sand Pebbles and Breaker Morant to the list.

Anonymous said...

To me Samuel Fuller's earlier lower budget war films The Steel Helmet, Fixed Bayonets, China Gate, and Merrill's Marauders were better than than The Big Red One.

David In TN

John Robert Mallernee said...

My personal favorite war movies are "EMPIRE OF THE SUN" and "TO END ALL WARS".

As a veteran of the war in Viet Nam, I find the movies that most closely resemble my own experience are, "FORREST GUMP", "CASUALTIES OF WAR", and "GARDENS OF STONE".

You probably wonder about that last one, because it doesn't take place in Viet Nam, but what made the war in Viet Nam so different from all other wars was what transpired HERE, in the United States of America.

Anonymous said...

Well you may be going for the score, but for me no list of war movies is complete without "To Hell and Back", "Sergeant York", and "The Longest Day". All of these movies were written in the blood of America's youths on the battlefields of Europe.
Then there's the movie of the daring and bold raid by Jimmy Dolittle's bombing crews on Japan that let the Japs know what they had in store for them for their sneak attack on the US's 7th Fleet in the Hawaiian Islands.