Often when I hear other people talk about great film composers, they’ll mention names like John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, James Horner, and many others. Each one of these men are great in their own way, and I even included Zimmer and Horner in my latest Showdown Sunday. However, one composer who I feel is often overlooked and hardly mentioned is Bill Conti. The Oscar winning composer has done many scores throughout his career, a few of which are to memorable and very inspiring sports movies.
Here are five of my favorite film scores from Bill Conti.
Standing right next to Star Wars for greatest theme songs ever is Rocky’s “Gonna Fly Now”. Every time I see Rocky training for his big fight and this song comes on, I can’t help but get pumped while sitting down. Its without question the one song any person can listen to and instantly get motivated.
Necessary Roughness (1991)
This underrated football movie is probably more known for its iconic score. Its epic, inspiring, and makes you feel like anything is possible. For me, its in the Top 5 scores for a sports movie, but that’s another post for later.
The Karate Kid (1984)
Part of what makes the original The Karate Kid so memorable is the score. I think everyone felt like a winner when Daniel kicked Johnny during the final match and that score played. The film’s featured song “You’re the Best” was also produced by Conti, and holds a special place in the hearts of many fans of The Karate Kid.
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Man. If you were a kid in the 90’s like me, this movie (along with many other Disney films) holds a special place in your childhood as far as Baseball movies go. Conti’s score gave this movie excitement, adventure, and heart for every kid.
This movie was one of my favorites as a kid, because of how fun it was. Somehow Bill Conti was asked to score a comedy/family film starring Daniel Stern as a framed murder suspect posing as a scout leader for a group of kids and taking them on a crazy adventure and created this awesome score.
Which one of these scores holds a place in your heart? Let me know in the comments below!