A great film soundtrack can often be just as instrumental to a film’s success as its script, cast, and direction. That’s why we’ve trawled through Netflix’s back catalog to find the movie that has harnessed the power of music to the most awe-inspiring effect.
December 14, 2017.
From epic blockbusters and Oscar-winning classics to art-house hits and cult favorites – we’ve ignored straight-forward musicals such as Sing Street, Rent, and Les Miserables – here are 10 of the best.
OK, so Celine Dion’s blockbuster power ballad may have drowned in schmaltz, but the rest of James Horner’s Titanic score is far more subtle than you may remember. Inspired by the Celtic New Age of Enya – who was initially approached by James Cameron – the late composer produced a powerful and emotive score that perfectly complemented Jack and Rose’s tragic love story
Soundtracks don’t come much cooler than Pulp Fictions. From the iconic surf rock of Dick Dale’s Misirlou to Urge Overkill’s brooding cover of Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon to the classic rock’n’ roll of Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell (played during one of cinema’s most famous dance sequences), Quentin Tarantino cemented his status as one of the all-time great pop culture cherry-pickers.
The Virgin Suicides
Hot on the heels of their chillout genre-defining Moon Safari, Air were selected by Sofia Coppola to provide the musical backdrop for her first full-length directorial effort, The Virgin Suicides. The French duo subsequently delivered another exquisite blend of electronic pop, ambient, and lounge music, which provided the ideal backdrop for such a dreamlike coming-of-age
Combining neon-lit synth-pop offerings from Kavinsky, College and Chromatics with the throbbing electro instrumentals of celebrated composer Cliff Martinez, the Drive score brilliantly tapped into the nostalgia for all things the 1980s. As well as being one of the most influential film soundtracks of recent years, it’s also one of the most cherished – DJ Zane Lowe caused an uproar when he asked various chart stars to re-record it for a BBC3 screening of the Ryan Gosling flick.
And now for something completely different. As you’d expect from a down and dirty horror about a punk band trapped backstage by a bunch of Neo-Nazis, the Green Room soundtrack isn’t for the faint-hearted. But if full-throttle death metal, hardcore punk and John Carpenter-esque horror scores are your things, then tracks from the likes of The Dead Kennedys and Corpus Rottus should be right up your alley.
Harmony Korine’s provocative crime film may have divided audiences on its 2012 release, but you can’t argue with its soundtrack. From James Franco’s surreal rendition of Britney Spears’ Everytime to the hard-partying trap of Skrillex to the freaky hip-hop of Gucci Mane, Spring Breakers’ weird and wonderful score is ideally suited to such a deranged and druggy thriller.
Winner of a BAFTA, Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy, Slumdog Millionaire’s pulsing cross-cultural soundtrack is widely regarded as a modern classic. Composed by A.R. Rahman, the score combines the sounds of Bollywood with hip-hop, electronica, and worldbeat, while epic pop songs such as M.I.A.’s Paper Planes and Jai Ho (later recorded with the Pussycat Dolls), also saw the album cross over into the charts.
Into The Wild
The soundtrack to Sean Penn’s biopic of ill-fated traveler Christopher McCandless was recorded entirely by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. But there’s little grunge to be found in a collection of familiar folksy tunes which brilliantly evoke the atmosphere of life on the open road.
By Jon O’Brien
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