Best Cinema Music Scenes

1. Brief Encounter

This is a film of simmering passion with a pair of very British stiff upper lips. Rachmaninoff plays a second piano Concerto, which is a constant presence throughout the story and sums up the perfect love affair that is never realized. It is one of the most romantic films ever made and teeters on the edge of melodrama.

2. Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Martin Scorsese is a director of this movie in the opening credits are balletic, graceful and beautiful, far from a boxing movie. The intermezzo from Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana is inspired.

3. A Space Odyssey

A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction masterpiece is based on a number of classical works and includes Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz. The Also Sprach Zarathustra defines the film. It is used to illustrate mankind's development from and ape to a star child, which triumphantly announces the dawn of man.

4. Manhattan


This is a Woody Allen masterpiece accompanied by Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. It is a hymn to American culture and the marriage is perfect between music and image.

5. Platoon


Willem Dafoe stretches his arms toward the sky as if in all slow motion to the ground, shut down by these forces and abandoned by his American platoon. All this is amidst the mournful sound of Barber’s Adagio for Strings. It grows louder and cranks up the tragedy as Oliver Stone directs the scene in this original Vietnam drama.

6. The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

This is a story regarding a prison inmate that gains access to the prison warden's office and his collection of records. As an act of rebellion he proceeds to broadcast Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro to his fellow inmates over the prisons PA system. It is said that many felt for the briefest of moments free in this prison.

7. The Shining

The Shining

Stanley Kubrick directs this horror film with an eerie soundtrack which includes Bartoks Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, which captures the creeping menace of the haunted, isolated hotel, and one man's dissent into acts wielding madness.

8. Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola's version of the Vietnam War is played out to the musical backdrop of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries.

9. Amadeus


This film was dedicated to the fictional life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is filled with pitch perfect performances of a dazzling selection of Mozart's works. The viewer perceives lessons in music appreciation and an encounter with Mozart and his music.

10. Death in Venice

Death in Venice

This film is based on Thomas Mann’s novel and uses Mahler’s Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony and illustrates a gradual demise from a cholera epidemic and his intense search for aesthetic beauty all found in the form of an adolescent Polish boy.