I've just listening to an interview with John Barry and I was struck again by the fact that some films would not be half as good as they are without the fabulous music written for them.
For me, the names of two composers arise in particular in this regard - Ennio Morricone and John Barry.
I think both have written film music which has elevated itself beyond the movies it was written for and also elevated the movies themselves - some of them quite mundane - to a higher plain.
So, here's a few movies made better by their score - in no particular order (please add a few in comments if you have any):
Once upon a time in America
Out of Africa
Dances with Wolves - how average would this film be without *that* music?
Brief Encounter (Rachmaninov may not have written his second piano concerto for this flick but it sure fits!)
Last of the Mohicans
James Bond - generally - the theme is an inseperable part of the iconography
The Good the Bad and Ugly
Somewhere in Time
I really shouldn't forget John Williams (well... I haven't really 'cos Jaws gets a mention) but his work on many of Speilberg and Lucas' blockbusters have been contributory to their success.
and on and on...
If you guys can add a few, I know I'll be inspired to add a few more.
Oh: here's a little piece of doggerel I just doodled:
Our foreplay was ecstatic
but then I slept the whole night through.
Get this into my head:
Restoril - red
Viag-ara is blue.
EDIT - that rhyme is *not* about me!