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 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 1:15 AM   
 By:   Just another Goldsmith fan...   (Member)

How can one forget WHERE EAGLES DARE!!! That German Junkers Ju52 carring Burton, Eastwood and co. over the snow covered Austrian Alps. Great camera work and credit design, The cherry on the cake, Ron Goodwin's knockout theme of course. To this day I hardly know any male over 50 years old who did not want to be on this mission.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 1:53 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Consider the music AND the presentation when you are deciding.

In his recent (2013) BBC TV series The Sound of Cinema Neil Brand starts his exploration of film soundtrack music with my favourite, showing how the music integrates with the visuals and draws the viewer in ...

The Ipcress File ... perfection!

Many other good/great titles mentioned but having perfect music aids choosing.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

How can one forget WHERE EAGLES DARE!!! That German Junkers Ju52 carring Burton, Eastwood and co. over the snow covered Austrian Alps. Great camera work and credit design, The cherry on the cake, Ron Goodwin's knockout theme of course. To this day I hardly know any male over 50 years old who did not want to be on this mission.

An excellent choice ... just don't count me in as one of those 50+ year olds ... far too scared to do anything remotely dangerous. It would just be my luck, too, to meet the German who had live ammunition in his machine gun! smile

Mitch

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 2:29 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

I have to second THE SAND PEBBLES. That stark visual of the hopelessly overshadowed American vessel, that gut-wrenching music ... haunting and unforgettable.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   theMaestraX   (Member)

THE OMEGA MAN, STAR WARS, THE BLACK HOLE, SUPERMAN, ANY 007, WHERE EAGLES DARE,
FLASH GORDON, PSYCHO, VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST ...

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   Reeve   (Member)

SUPERMAN II
main titles are better than the first film - however....
if the first film was not made - there wouldn't be a "Part II"

So for originality - I need to go with SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE -
that goes for main title sequence - AND - musical score of course!

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

All the best one's have been mentioned. Still, this is one of my favorites.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   moviejoemovies   (Member)


I love that slinking black cat over Elmer Bernstein's Jazzy opening to "Walk on the Wild Side".

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

I love that slinking black cat over Elmer Bernstein's Jazzy opening to "Walk on the Wild Side".

I do too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI9Or8rE_Dc

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   bdm   (Member)

SUPERMAN (1978) From the Daily Planet's logo to Krypton, with Williams' grand theme and some SFX thrown in - grand in all ways!

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Maybe Mark Mancina's FAIR GAME. Perfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5guw9_cYpfE

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Jaws is one of the best, the theme slowing starting in sync with the letters and then accelerating with the shark POV was really effective.

Raiders is also great in creating the mood and Temple Of Doom is also fantastic.

From the many great Hitchcock openings, my favourite is Vertigo.

Unfortunately most films today does not have main titles sequences. Maybe at a separate cathegory of post 2000 I'd include "Final Destination 5", with a great combination of 3-D effects in sync with Brian Tyler's music.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

For me, I'll repeat what others have said: To Kill A Mockingbird, How The West Was Won, and The Big Country.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   neelyre   (Member)

four way tie--

TOWERING INFERNO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YTrsAKg-rU

SUPERMAN THE MOVIE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qHDWdGPomw

WILD BUNCH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjjowF-CT1g

VERTIGO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CZfSc6nJ8U

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   Death Incarnate   (Member)

Alien 3.
Oh man, how the music is so dissonant and ominous while interspersing between the credits in space, and the events on the Sulaco is so mesmerizing.
"Fire in cryogenic compartment, repeat, fire in cryogenic compartment."

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 9:26 PM   
 By:   MOsdtks   (Member)

GONE WITH THE WIND
ROCKY
THE OUTSIDERS

Ok I have a thing for sweeping massive letters moving across the screen to great music.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 9:58 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

My favorite? Too many to list, but DARK OF THE SUN is way up there

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

GONE WITH THE WIND
ROCKY
THE OUTSIDERS

Ok I have a thing for sweeping massive letters moving across the screen to great music.


In that case you should like King of the Khyber Rifles. A great example of the sense of occasion and importance movies managed to project back in the day.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 10:24 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

My favorite? Too many to list, but DARK OF THE SUN is way up there

Not Advise and Consent? smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 11:00 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

My favorite? Too many to list, but DARK OF THE SUN is way up there

Not Advise and Consent? smile


Could be, could be. smile Although any Saul Bass or Saul Bass inspired titles are bound to be up there on my list as well.

 
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