I’ll agree wholeheartedly with Horner’s score for The Rocketeer, one of mt favorite pieces of movie music. Disney apparently agreed – they re-used the music for several trailers. I was just listening to this yesterday in my car, over and over.
I’m not as fond of the theme to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as you, though .
Others have listed some of my other faves:
The original Star Wars theme by John Williams
The Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein
Superman by Williams
The Theme to Jurassic Park by Williams
A LOT of scores by Bernard Herrmann – Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, North by Northwest, The Day the Earth Stood Still
Kubrick’s choices for 2001: A Space Odyssey (I’ve listened to Alex North’s score that wenmt unused; I prefer the classical music)
FRanz Waxman’s score for Bride of FRankenstein
and, for coimpletely different reasons, Louis and Bebe Barron’s “Electronic Tonalities” score for Forbidden Planet.
Really. I have it on CD and listen to it in my car. Please note that it does NOT use a Theremin (although Hermann’s score for Day the Earth Stood Still does)
Do we only count original music? If not, the best uses of classical music were “An der schönen blauen Donau” and “Also sprach Zarathustra” in “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Ritt der Walküren” in “Apocalypse Now”.