Classical KUSC KUSC Great Movie Music Countdown



The KUSC Great Movie Music Countdown concluded on Friday, February 28th. Thanks to everyone who voted. Below is the list of winners, as chosen by you!

Would your favorite movie be the same without its score? Film music helps an emotional moment soar and makes the bad guy seem extra scary. That's why next month we're devoting a week to celebrating great movie music (as well as classical music famously used on film) with KUSC at the Movies. It's time to start thinking about your most-loved film scores and movie music moments. Fill out the form below to share your favorites and you may just hear your request on-air during KUSC at the Movies, February 9-13.

KUSC Great Movie Music Countdown Winners

1) Star Wars

by John Williams

Star Wars (1977). Luke Skywalker, a spirited farm boy, joins rebel forces to save Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the Empire's planet-destroying Death Star. Director: George Lucas Watch a clip

2) Somewhere in Time

by John Barry

Somewhere in Time (1980). A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel. Director: Jeannot Szwarc Watch a clip

3 - tie) Lawrence of Arabia

by Maurice Jarre

Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The story of T.E. Lawrence, a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East. Director: David Lean Watch a clip

3 - tie) Doctor Zhivago

by Maurice Jarre

Doctor Zhivago (1965). Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution. Director: David Lean Watch a clip

5) Out of Africa

by John Barry

Out of Africa (1985). In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunter. Director: Sydney Pollack Watch a clip

6) Schindler's List

by John Williams

Schindler's List (1993). In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. Director: Steven Spielberg Watch a clip

7) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

by Howard Shore

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). A meek hobbit of The Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron. Director: Peter Jackson Watch a clip

8 - tie) Gone with the Wind

by Max Steiner

Gone with the Wind (1939). American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor (uncredited), Sam Wood (uncredited) Watch a clip

8 - tie) The Magnificent Seven

by Elmer Bernstein

The Magnificent Seven (1960). An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. Director: John Sturges Watch a clip

10) To Kill a Mockingbird

by Elmer Bernstein

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. Director: Robert Mulligan Watch a clip
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