Orchestral music has been an integral part of the entertainment industry for decades.
It was a major reason why James Dean and Johnny Cash won the Academy Awards and why The Beatles became the biggest bands in the world.
But with the emergence of big budget productions like “The Big Chill” and “Titanic” in the ’70s and ’80s, orchestric music was also the reason for Hollywood’s biggest hits.
Here are 10 of the most influential movies of the ’60s and early ’70S that were created with orchestras in mind.
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
(1967) “I’ll Always Love You,” a musical by Richard Rodgers, opens with the sound of the U.S. military and the sounds of a helicopter circling overhead.
This is the first major orchestrian film, but it’s also one of the first big hits.
The film is the story of the CIA’s recruitment efforts in Vietnam.
When Rodgers wrote the score, he wanted it to reflect the military’s wariness of a musical that might offend some American troops.
“It’s a very personal, sensitive piece of music,” he told the New York Times in 1972.
“We were concerned about it being viewed as a propaganda piece.
And, you know, that’s a whole different thing.
But the CIA wanted to have a film that would be viewed as very important, and they found the film to be a good representation of the kind of world we live in.”
The film earned Rodgers an Oscar nomination, and it’s one of his most popular films.
“Cannonball Run” (1975) The soundtrack for “Cannibal Holocaust” was composed by John Williams, who also wrote the music for the 1964 hit “Waltz for Strings.”
In the movie, a man named John Connor is in the middle of a drug raid and is about to be executed for killing a fellow cop, but he escapes and gets away.
The song was written by John Cage and has become a hit with contemporary jazz musicians.
“Black Panther” (2015) In the world of Marvel Studios, director Joe Johnston is best known for his “Spider-Man” and other films like “Captain America” and his work on “X-Men: First Class.”
In his career, Johnston is a frequent collaborator with Robert Redford, John Williams and others.
But he’s also a master of orchestrics.
He created scores for “The Piano Teacher,” “The Lion King,” “Jurassic Park” and the “Frozen” movies.
His score for “Black Panthers” is one of their most influential.
“Loving” (1963) The story of two couples, played by James Stewart and Mary Steenburgen, who meet on a deserted island and fall in love.
The movie is based on a novel by Joseph Heller, and the composer is known for a lot of films, including “The Maltese Falcon,” “Dr. Zhivago,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Troy” and more.
“Dracula” (1970) “Draca” is a musical from the composer John Cage.
It’s based on the works of John Cage, and Cage’s score was instrumental in making this classic a musical.
“In the first draft, the first line of the song was just, ‘I wanna be your daddy, I wanna be the first daddy, daddy.’
And it was never gonna be true,” Cage told Rolling Stone in 1972 about the score.
But Cage went through a period of depression and spent years composing the score with a friend and collaborator, John Cage Jr., who worked on “Dragonsong,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and others, among other films.
“A Beautiful Mind” (1971) “Beautiful Mind” is the title track on the 1971 soundtrack for the movie “Scent of a Woman.”
The title track was written and recorded by James L. Brooks, and his score is among the most popular and influential orchestries of the 20th century.
The composer also helped found the National Symphony Orchestra.
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1961) “Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Machine” is credited to John Cage as one of its most popular pieces.
The theme for the film was originally written by the director James L “Skip” Robinson.
Cage wanted to create a musical with a “greatly affecting” quality, so he borrowed from the film’s theme from a song called “The Sound of Music.”
“Killing Them Softly” (1979) In this movie, “Winnie the Pooh” is played by Walt Disney’s grandson, Mickey Mouse.
The musical was written for Walt Disney