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The Importance of Music in Films

The Importance of Music in FilmsMusic has played an important part in movies since the silent era when appropriate music was composed to depict the antics of the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin and other favourites of the time. With the demise of silent movies, the use of music was not abandoned, as it is an important tool used to convey the mood of specific characters, situations, or even genres of films. Movies such as Star Wars, Batman and other major Hollywood blockbusters all include music specifically composed to add to the movie experience.

Movie Scores

If you take some examples from famous movies, it is obvious that many have a number of musical scores that are unique to the film involved. It is hard to imagine Jaws without the signature cello score that increases suspense at relevant moments. A Fistful of Dollars would be an entirely different movie without the soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone. If you remove the music from Braveheart, Gladiator, Titanic and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, these films would not be as effective at eliciting emotion from viewers. It is no surprise that when it comes to film music, many of these composers deservedly receive Academy and other industry awards for their musical contributions to movies. Road movies such as Asger Leth’s 2012 production “Move On,” also rely heavily on the soundtrack due to the nature of the genre.


Movie soundtracks are a little different but serve a similar purpose, forever linking popular songs with movies. An expert in this area is Quentin Tarantino with CD soundtracks from Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Natural Born Killers a popular purchase for movie buffs . The American Pie movies incorporate music that is popular with their target audience and reflects the lifestyle of high school students in the movie, including tracks from bands such as Blink 182.

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