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Bobette’s top recommendations for classic films that communicate 50% of their story through sound:

Sound is 50% of the experience.

— Francis Ford Coppola

   

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, dir. Stanley Kubrick
  • American Graffiti, dir. George Lucas, sound by Walter Murch
  • Apocalypse Now, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, sound by Walter Murch
  • The Birds, dir. Alfred Hitchcock
  • Blade Runner, dir. Ridley Scott
  • Blue Velvet, dir. David Lynch, sound by Alan Splet
  • Braveheart, dir. Mel Gibson, sound by Anna Behlmer
  • Breathless, dir. Jean-Luc Godard
  • Citizen Kane, dir. Orson Welles
  • A Clockwork Orange, dir. Stanley Kubrick
  • The Conversation, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, sound by Walter Murch
  • The Elephant Man, dir. David Lynch, sound by Alan Splet
  • Eraserhead, dir. David Lynch, sound by Alan Splet
  • Finding Nemo, dir. Andrew Stanton, sound by Gary Rydstrom
  • Gladiator, dir. Ridley Scott, sound by Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg
  • The Godfather and Godfather II, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, sound by Walter Murch
  • Gravity, dir. Alfonso Cuarón, sound by Glenn Freemantle
  • Inside Out, dir. Pete Docter, sound by Ren Klyce
  • Jurassic Park, dir. Steven Spielberg, sound by Gary Rydstrom
  • Lincoln, dir. Steven Spielberg, sound by Gary Rydstrom and Ben Burtt
  • Luxo Jr., dir. John Lasseter, sound by Gary Rydstrom and Ben Burtt
  • Mad Max Fury Road, dir. George Miller, sound by Mark Mangini
  • Ordinary People, dir. Robert Redford, sound by Kay Rose
  • Rear Window, dir. Alfred Hitchcock
  • A River Runs Through It, dir. Robert Redford, sound by Gary Rydstrom
  • Saving Private Ryan, dir. Steven Spielberg, sound by Gary Rydstrom
  • Schindler’s List, dir. Steven Spielberg
  • The Social Network, dir. David Fincher, sound by Ren Klyce
  • Spartacus, dir. Stanley Kubrick
  • A Star is Born, dir. Frank Pierson (sound overseen by Barbra Streisand)
  • Star Wars Episodes IV, V, and VI, dir. George Lucas, sound by Ben Burtt
  • Toy Story 1, 2 and 3, dir. John Lasseter, sound by Gary Rydstrom
  • Tin Toy, dir. John Lasseter, sound by Gary Rydstrom
  • Trainspotting, dir. Danny Boyle
  • Up, dir. Pete Docter, sound by Tom Myers
  • Wall-E, dir. Andrew Stanton, sound by Ben Burtt