I love movie soundtracks, because unlike many individual artist’s albums, every song is usually good. Another reason I like them is that they reflect the atmosphere of the movie, thus remind us of how a good movie made us feel.
Elizabethtown– This is one of my favorite movies, and that is probably due in large part to the excellent soundtrack, which features Elton John’s “My Father’s Gun.” There is actually a “Volume 1” and a “Volume 2” soundtrack, and both are equally good.
Good Will Hunting – This movie that introduced us to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck had a soundtrack that introduced me to Elliott Smith and his mellow music.
Magnolia – I was surprised by how good this quirky movie was, with its motley crew of characters, frogs falling from the sky, and unconventional narrative structure. I also love the soundtrack, which introduced me to Aimee Mann’s voice and talents.
Moulin Rouge – Love it or hate it, this movie has a great soundtrack. I love the movie AND the soundtrack. I really liked the movie’s transformation of pop songs into musical extravaganzas.
Sleepless in Seattle – This movie’s soundtrack especially set the mood of the movie, as it was a throwback to an earlier era (even though the movie was set in modern times). This remains one of the only albums I own that features songs that were released before 1970 (along with the Forrest Gump soundtrack). My very favorite song on the album is Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.”