Blade Runner by Vangelis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRUD2Da … 3E&index=5
Old school analog synths and hardboiled jazz makes this one of the coolest soundtracks I've ever listened to. Unfortunately the soundtrack has a spotty release history as Vangelis has never released an entire score without the dialog infused into some of the tracks. Fortunately a few years ago there was a project with Edgar Rothemich to redo the entire soundtrack from scratch that had pretty desirable results.
Conan the Destroyer by Basil Pouldaris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR7KfKl … BFF4F2A285
Heavy brass and sweeping orchestral score make this a classic. Also a good example of the template everyone tries to follow when making a sword and sorcery film (or perhaps I wish they would follow a bit more). The score feels appropriately epic and really delivers on the scenes its placed in, yes even if the movie is an inferior sequel.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by John Du Prez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlFVSFv … CC8D7367A1
I love this soundtrack so much. It's a damn shame that the actual score hasn't been released for this gem. It's synthy, cheesy fun with some intense portions, my favorite being the Shredder's Suite. Maybe I like this one for nostalgia's sake but I still think this thing holds up today.
Batman Returns by Danny Elfman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXsHxqT … 08&index=6
It's a Danny Elfman soundtrack, I kinda debated between this one and Beetlejuice but this won in the end. I love his dark and woodwindy vibe, with ample bassoons and oboes serenading us and a bombastic brass section. Also he teamed up with Siouxsie and the Banshees for one track. Makes me wish he became a member of the band.
Hellraiser by Christopher Young
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt39UKB … 18F6672586
Moody strings and ambient sounds makes this one a keeper. I think a horror movie is only as good as the soundtrack as half the time, the music is what builds the suspense.
Ghost in the Shell by Kenji Kawai
Speaking of another gem from Kawai is GITS. This whole soundtrack has a despondent kind of hopelessness that is kind of pandered to by Kawai's sensual guitar playing and chorale work.
Inferno by Tangerine Dream
I was kind of taken off guard by this one. I love Tangerine Dream and when I heard they made an alternative soundtrack to the classic silent film Inferno I kind of lost my shit. Pretty awesome soundtrack, listen to with movie for full effect.