When in time does "Modern Day" begin? Many of the best film scores are by Korngold, Rosza, Bernstein etc, but they may be out of your time frame.
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Any of Bernard Hermann's film scores, Glory, Patton, Willow , The Right Stuff. Victory At Sea by Richard Rogers for the TV series. I liked Dimitri Tiomkin's westerns. Morriconi ( wrong spelling) for Eastwood's spaghetti westerns. Virgil Thomson's " The River" and "The Plow That Broke The Plains" Some of these are old but still good.
For me Ennio Morricone's "Once Upon A Time In America" tops my list. I also own the cd. Last night I watched "Under The Tuscan Sun",and thought this could have been so much 'more' had he done the score. I also love "Melana". This poor guy probably holds the record for the # "Oscar" nominations;never having one,even once. He has scored near 500 films.