3. American Beauty
In addition to several of those already mentioned:
"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" -- directed by Jacques Demy; music by Michel Legrand.
"Marry Me! Marry Me!" -- directed by Claude Berri; music by Emil Stern.
Both are 1960s French films. "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" is pretty much unique among non-operatic films in that all of its dialogue is sung, not spoken, and it is also exceptional in terms of its use of color.
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
"My Fair Lady"
"West Side Story"
Plenty out there on CD...
Under Fire (’83, Jerry Goldsmith, w/ Pat Metheny on guitar)(this entire film soundtrack was specially conceived by Goldsmith to be listened to straight through as you would any album).
The Carey Treatment (’72, Roy Budd...FSM edition also includes sndtr for ’78’s Coma - Goldsmith, and Fred Karlin’s ’73 score of Westworld, both of which may be more uneven).
The Taking Of Pelham 123 (’74, David Shire).
Tora! Tora! Tora! (’70, Goldsmith)
Planet Of The Apes (’69, Goldsmith...brilliant use of various ambulatory rhythms throughout)(a suite from Escape From The POTA at the end of the disc is a nice inclusion).
Bullitt (’68, Lalo Schiffrin....FSM version uses both the soundtrack album And the film soundtrack on one disc, but Schiffrin works differing magic on each and it results in Zero sense of redundancy, very nice).
The Gauntlet (’78, Jerry Fielding...only 33 minutes on the disc, but man, not a note wasted).
Edward Scissorhands (’90, Danny Elfman...the separate soundtrack Album edition would be the one you want, the expanded original film version, while interesting, offers little in the way of musical flow).
In fact, that can be said of more than a few soundtrack album versions of some big movies, some of which can be found packaged together as a separate disc in the 2, or 3, disc expanded versions...they usually are remastered for the better, as well. Like:
Conan The Barbarian (’82, Basil Poledouris, 3-disc, Intrada)
Star Trek The Motion Picture (’79, Goldsmith...3-disc La-La Land version....the last 9 tracks on disc 2 are the sndtr album).
Good Night And Good Luck (’05, Dianne Reeves).
Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (’79, Stevie Wonder...this was Sony Music’s first digital recording).
Trinity And Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (’01, William Stromberg).
Citta Violenta (AKA: The Family) (’70, Ennio Morricone...only one or two musical themes, but rewoven every time and ranging in widely varying moods).
Charade (’64, Henry Mancini...the BMG version I have is in stereo).
Rio Conchos (and special track: The Artist Who Did Not Want To Paint) (Goldsmith)(an ’84 rerecording by Goldsmith that is better than his original, I would say).
Ice Station Zebra is interesting, as well. (’68, Michel Legrand).
...and I’ll +3 on just about anything Herrmann.
Forgot to mention the Beatles' Love Album ('06, George Martin and his son, Giles...this is a re-editing of the original track elements and a re-imagining of representative works of the Beatles' career on a single disc. It was not a film soundtrack, but one for the live Cirque du Soleil show. Saw that one in Vegas one year and it was great, as is the CD).
I am seriously impressed there is no mention of "Jesus Christ Superstar", this is my first choice.
Gladiator pushed Lisa Gerrard into mainstream and stardom but any Dead Can Dance album, with Brendan Perry baritone diluting her wailing is much more listenable all the way thru. If in doubt, just listen to Lisa Gerrard with Klaus Schulze albums: too much of a good thing is too much for me.
Tangerine Dream soundtrack and Zabriski Point share the bronze medal in my collection: far from the best but I have to bow to my fav groups ;-)
This thread made me realize how much movie music I own and how it directs my listening choices.
Thanks for bringing it up czarivey.
Recent years, Abel Kornzeniowski has managed to wring out a few emotions from me with his music in:
A Single Man
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has been added to my Roon Tidal library for listening soon.....
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has been added to my Roon Tidal library for listening soon.....Some of the scenes in the following brief trailer provide an indication of the remarkable use of color in the film that I mentioned earlier, as well as presenting some of the main musical theme.
I should mention, also, that inferences that might be made from the trailer about the plot are likely to be inaccurate.