Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this curated playlists of film music from films that are based on a true story.

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Based on a True Story
  • Ep. 161 - John Williams' 'Saving Private Ryan'

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, we felt it necessary to showcase John Williams' masterful work to the Spielberg epic 'Saving Private Ryan'. Considered to be one of the greatest American films ever made, it has been preserved in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as 'culturally, h...

  • Ep. 160 - Thomas Newman's 'Shawshank Redemption'

    Frank Darabont's cinematic masterpiece is one of the most unforgettable films of the mid-90's. In 2015, the Library of Congress actually selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant'.

    We think that this is al...

  • Ep. 143 - John Williams' 'Munich'

    This 2005 historical drama produced and directed by Stephen Spielberg is a film we can never forget. Nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing, John Williams also received a nomination for Best Original Score. Williams was actually ...

  • Ep. 138 - John Barry's 'Dances with Wolves'

    'Dances with Wolves' is a transformative film. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, it won seven including Best Original Score composed by the great John Barry. Not only is the film one of the leading influences for revitalizing the Western genre of filmmaking in the early 90's, but it transformed Co...

  • Ep. 130 - John Williams' 'Born on the Fourth of July'

    Who can forget the 1989 film directed by Oliver Stone? Based on the 1976 autobiography by Ron Kovic, it goes down in cinematic history as one of the most riveting anti-war film sever made.

    The score was produced, composed, and conducted by John Williams, who agreed to work on the film after wat...

  • Ep. 126 - Thomas Newman's 'The Good German'

    There is absolutely something exquisite about this score by Thomas Newman. It's the combination of solo violin, sweeping melodies combined with subtle melancholy that captures your emotion.

    The score was nominated for an Academy Award, and we feel, is one of Newman's best scores. Enjoy!

    Where ...

  • Ep. 124 - Ennio Morricone's 'The Mission'

    We feel that this is one of Ennio Morricone's best scores. The work combines liturgical chorales, native drumming, and Spanish-influenced guitars in an attempt to really capture the cultures depicted in the film. The soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the Golden Globe f...

  • Ep. 114 - Philadelphia (Various Artists)

    One can honestly say that Jonathan Demme's 1993 film 'Philadelphia' was groundbreaking. For his role as Andrew Beckett, Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the song "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

    This snapshot is comprised...

  • Ep. 101 - David Hirschfelder & Sergei Rachmaninoff's 'Shine'

    There are times when sound design, original composition, and classical music can go together perfectly. We saw this in a few of our previous snapshots 'Amadeus' and 'Immortal Beloved', but this 1996 biographical drama based on pianist David Helfgott also does this to near perfection.

    This scene ...

  • Ep. 93 - Thomas Newman's 'Jarhead'

    In today's snapshot, we are highlighting another film in the Thomas Newman/Sam Mendes relationship, 'Jarhead'. Based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name, and shot by the incredible Roger Deakins, Newman's work is once again beautifully matched by striking imagery and sy...

  • Ep. 90 - Bono & Gavin Friday's 'In The Name of the Father'

    There are some films that grip you from the first frame because of either the imagery, sound, or a combination of the two. This is one of those films.

    'In The Name of the Father' ranks as one of our favorite films from the 90's with incredible performances by Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite...

  • Ep. 88 - Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music'

    Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/the-sound-of-music/

    Listen to the score: https://open.spotify.com/album/6p9jUvfQvXHAzStDArgYj5?si=Prl_gfuyQ2SOnQcLMm47zQ&dl_branch=1
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    Every Monday and Wednesday, SCORE CUE SNAPSHOTS brings you iconic scenes married to the corresponding score cue wit...

  • Ep. 83 - Thomas Newman's 'Cinderella Man'

    "Cinderella Man" is one of our top favorite Ron Howard films, along with one of our favorite Thomas Newman scores. Receiving three Academy Award nominations, the story follows boxer James J. Braddock - an Irish-American from New Jersey who loses everything in the Great Depression. Braddock became...

  • Ep. 82 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 'Amadeus'

    'Amadeus' is one of those films you watch once and will never forget. The marriage of sound and image within the film is curated to perfection. Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, 'Amadeus' was nominated for 53 (!) awards and won 40, including eight Academy Awards, four BAFTA ...

  • Ep. 76 - James Horner's 'Apollo 13'

    In another Oscar-nominated score, James Horner's 'Apollo 13' is nothing short of genius. This cue is one of our favorites, featuring a sweeping and emotional musical journey as the three astronauts hurl back to Earth in the Apollo spacecraft. Similar to 'Braveheart', Horner's ability to capture s...

  • Ep. 77 - James Horner's 'Braveheart'

    Composed and conducted by James Horner and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, this was Horner's second of three collaborations with Gibson as director. The score itself is one of our favorites, and has gone on to be one of the most commercially successful soundtracks of all time. It was ...

  • Ep. 63 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'Rudy'

    After working with filmmakers Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh on their successful 186 film 'Hoosiers' which garnered the film an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score, Jerry Goldsmith was again a part of their team for the 1993 biographical film, 'Rudy'. Considered to be one of the best and mo...

  • Ep. 59 - James Newton Howard's 'Wyatt Earp'

    We absolutely love this classic James Newton Howard score, which is filled with beautiful orchestral swells and adventure motifs. "The Wagon Chase" is wonderful in that it goes from a poignant moment between young Wyatt and his father (the great Gene Hackman) to a present day wagon chase getaway....

  • Ep. 50 - Ludwig van Beethoven's 'Immortal Beloved'

    The 1994 biographical film about the life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven (played by Gary Oldman) is one of our favorites. Directed by Bernard Rose, the music was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. This section features a masterful excerpt from Beethoven's S...

  • Ep. 48 - James Horner's 'Glory'

    There is little doubt that James Horner's music to the 1989 film 'Glory' is one of the best scores he ever composed. Featuring the Boys Choir of Harlem, Glory tells the tragic story of the first black regiment (the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment) in America during the Civil War. The soundtr...

  • Ep. 43 - Maurice Jarre's 'Lawrence of Arabia' (4K HDR)

    There is no question that many believe this score by Jarre to be one of his finest compositions. Jarre was given just six weeks to compose over two hours of orchestral music. Performed by the London Philharmonic, many consider this to be one of the greatest scores of all time, ranking number thre...

  • Ep. 38 - George Fenton's 'Memphis Belle'

    Composed by George Fenton, the score for 'Memphis Belle' was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Original Film Score in 1991. This scene in particular comes at the end of the film, when the famous B-17 is on its way back to home base with without the ability to lower its wheels. The only way the...

  • Ep. 37 - Thomas Newman's '1917' (4K HDR)

    Thomas Newman, again, is the master of sound and color. He is able to uniquely express moments within a scene, or within characters, that are completely invisible yet so poignant and emotional. '1917' is a masterpiece on a variety of levels, and Newman's score is truly an experience to behold.

    T...

  • Ep. 34 - James Newton Howard's 'A Hidden Life' (4K HDR)

    There are very few directors that are marked by broad philosophical and spiritual overtones, but Terrence Malick has truly stood out from the crowd and become one of the most well known directors alive as a result.

    Featuring a score by James Newton Howard that he considered a 'spiritual' explora...