Harry Potter- Practically, the entire selection but my most favorite? Inferi in the Firestorm, Harry in Winter, Buckbeats Flight, Dumbledores Farewell and the main theme.
Gattaca- The Departure
Star Wars- I liked Anakins Theme, Binary Sunset and the Padme Anakin "Love" theme
XMen 3- Dark Phoenix Tragedy. I just dont like the arrangement.
Lord of the Rings. The whole blasted thing.
**Not a movie but Game of Thrones does deserve a nod. -Daenerys/House Targaryen has some of the best songs. "Reign" was hard driving. -Lord of Light/Melisandre theme. -House Greyjoy theme is lovely and very fitting -The North Remembers from House Stark -Rains of Castamere. The instrumental version thats a beat or two slower.
-Road to Perdition (2002) by Thomas Newman -Lord of War (2005) by Antonio Pinto -Good Bad Ugly (1966) by Ennio Morricone (and maybe a bit more from him outside of this movie)
-Drive (2011) (within my Top 196 movies in general) -Only God Forgives (2013) (within my Top 196 movies in general) etc
p.s. there are not many movies that have scores that really grab you in general as even though there is 196 movies i consider favorites i can't imagine there being more than 'maybe' 10-ish that have scores that stand out. but those first three movies i listed above are three of nine movies i gave a 10/10 in general. basically their scores noticeably boost the movie as, like i already said, you just don't see many movies with scores that really grab you.
"Superman"-John Williams "Rocky"-Bill Conti "Jaws"-John Williams "The Natural"-Randy Newman "Batman"-Danny Elfman "Halloween"-John Carpenter "The Untouchables"-Ennio Moriconne "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"-Ennio Moriconne "How the West Was Won"-Alfred Newman "West Side Story"-Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim "Taxi Driver"-Bernard Hermann "Mysterious Island"-Bernard Hermann "High Noon"-Dmitri Tiomkin
The score to Deadman by Neil Young...especially his impression of a steam locomotive on his steel guitar...!!!!
The Sergei Prokofiev score to Alexander Nevsky...the music set to the battle on the ice is awesome...!!!
The Ennio Morricone score to Cinema Paradiso...and everything else Morricone has contributed to cinema scores...
Absolutely! When I'm writing, "The Battle on the Ice" is fantastic for action scenes...only trouble is, it's so exciting and so much fun that sometimes I'm tempted to stop typing and just listen. Another Prokofiev score that's lovely for writing is Lieutenant Kizheh--especially "Troika". While we're on the subject of action scenes, I highly recommend Jerry Goldsmith's score for Mulan, especially "The Huns Attack". The songs are fun to sing along with, but it's Jerry's incidental music that really gets me going. One more that is so exciting that it's almost overwhelming: North By Northwest (Herrmann), especially the aural roller-coaster ride of the Main Title.
Other faves (for accompanying writing or just enjoying): Jurassic Park (Williams); Braveheart (James Horner--R.I.P.); The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (James Newton Howard; LotR (Howard Shore--the entire original trilogy); just about anything from Harry Potter, but especially the first three (Williams again), Goblet of Fire (Doyle), and Deathly Hallows 2 (Desplat); any of Alan Menken's Disney scores, particularly Beauty and the Beast; most Star Wars movies (just can't get away from that John Williams!)...honestly, they're all great, and I could go on (and on), but it's not only these more recent composers that I love. There's Max Steiner (King Kong and GWTW); Alfred Newman (too many to list); Bernard Herrmann (especially for Science Fiction and Fantasy, including but by no means limited to The Day the Earth Stood Still, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Journey to the Center of the Earth). For inspirational music, it's hard to beat Elmer Bernstein's The Ten Commandments and Miklos Rozsa's Ben-Hur. In fact, just about everything by those last two...well, maybe not Bernstein's Robot Monster (); I can't think of an exception for Rozsa.
Fortunately, I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency.