There are many elements that contribute a film's masculine appeal. There are the obvious, like guns, boobs, explosions, foul language and the art of being a boss. But there is also music.
Sometimes we forget how important music is to the overall flavor of movie. Perhaps it is even the mark of a great composition that it immerses us in the fictional world to such an extent that we forget we're even listening to it. But this article is all about paying homage to the manliest movie themes of all time, making sure the composers get their rightful due.
Here's the Mantuitive top ten.
10. Last of The Mohicans Theme by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman
I'm not sure when Scottish folk music became the stand in that symbolized everything native American but it sure does sound cool. Hawkeye has to be one of the most underrated bad-asses in the history of cinema and thankfully he has a film score that does him every bit of justice. Interesting footnote: Because of the co-credit on the score it was ineligible for Oscar consideration despite being immensely popular and critically acclaimed.
9. Predator Theme by Alan Silvestri
Primitive and raw. When the composition really kicks into gear around the one minute mark it will start to take you back to the sweaty jungles of South America with characters being impaled by laser sighted energy blasts and Arnold spouting off one liners every other minute. Pure win.
8. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone
What's manlier than a mano-a-mano (or in the case of this film mano-a-mano-mano) gun duel in the old west. Sergio Leone was renowned for his use of music to create tension and this theme by Morricone is a text book example.
7. Terminator 2 Theme by Brad Fiedel
It speaks volumes about a musical theme when you can instantly recognize it after five notes. The rest of theme ain't too shabby either. Take a listen.
6. Superman Theme by John Williams
It's the theme music for Superman. Do I really need to say anything else?
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