Thursday, October 31, 2013

John Williams' Complete Soundtrack to Saving Private Ryan 

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.


The 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

Track list:

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)

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