Top 30 Elmer Bernstein Scored Films

by brusty1 | created - 16 Dec 2016 | updated - 16 Dec 2016 | Public

I've seen 44 of his scored films in all. The ratings are for the films as a whole, not just for the scores. These are my 30 favorites in order.

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1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 278,383

2. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 62,570 | Gross: $14.74M

3. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western

52 Metascore

Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 64,105 | Gross: $39.25M

4. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 125,746 | Gross: $90.40M

5. The Grifters (1990)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe

Votes: 24,002 | Gross: $13.45M

6. Funny Farm (1988)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

A couple swap city life for the country, but their picturesque new hometown turns out to be just a little bit different to what they were expecting.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Kevin O'Morrison, Joseph Maher

Votes: 18,289 | Gross: $25.54M

7. Mad Dog and Glory (1993)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

After his life is saved by a lonely cop, a mobster who moonlights as a stand-up comedian provides the cop with a beautiful young companion.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Bill Murray, David Caruso

Votes: 19,496 | Gross: $11.08M

8. The Black Cauldron (1985)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

59 Metascore

A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich | Stars: Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 28,251 | Gross: $21.29M

9. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 209,418 | Gross: $12.10M

10. Hud (1963)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Western

62 Metascore

Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 17,919 | Gross: $10.00M

11. Stripes (1981)

R | 106 min | Comedy, War

68 Metascore

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates

Votes: 60,543 | Gross: $85.30M

12. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 195,226 | Gross: $83.40M

13. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 331,956 | Gross: $238.63M

14. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

79 Metascore

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst

Votes: 106,613 | Gross: $0.20M

15. The Great Santini (1979)

PG | 115 min | Drama

As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine pilot.

Director: Lewis John Carlino | Stars: Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 5,380

16. The Rainmaker (1997)

PG-13 | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

Votes: 57,492 | Gross: $45.86M

17. Lost in Yonkers (1993)

PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

In the summer of 1942, two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother and their childlike aunt in Yonkers, New York.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Mercedes Ruehl, Irene Worth, Brad Stoll

Votes: 2,472 | Gross: $9.29M

18. Spies Like Us (1985)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy

22 Metascore

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Stewart, Sean Daniel

Votes: 41,655 | Gross: $60.09M

19. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang

Votes: 8,927

20. The Good Son (1993)

R | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle and befriends his cousin, a boy of the same age who begins showing increasing signs of violent and psychopathic behavior.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Wendy Crewson, David Morse

Votes: 34,367 | Gross: $44.59M

21. Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?

Director: Ken Finkleman | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Raymond Burr

Votes: 45,943 | Gross: $27.15M

22. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 58,660 | Gross: $93.74M

23. I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

A thirty-something square falls in love with a hippie and decides to "drop out" himself.

Director: Hy Averback | Stars: Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 2,694

24. Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

PG | 107 min | Action, Comedy

Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit into the town. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: David Rasche, Paul Jabara, Howard Hesseman, Teri Garr

Votes: 842 | Gross: $2.00M

25. Search and Destroy (1995)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A satire about desperate hustling, pop philosophy and big money.

Director: David Salle | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Dennis Hopper, Jason Ferraro, Robert Knepper

Votes: 1,174 | Gross: $0.39M

26. The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

45 Metascore

The Deep End of The Ocean is a film about a family's reaction when Ben, the youngest son is kidnapped and then found nine years later, living in the same town, where his family had just moved.

Director: Ulu Grosbard | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Jackson

Votes: 12,255 | Gross: $13.38M

27. The Age of Innocence (1993)

PG | 139 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Linda Faye Farkas

Votes: 45,670 | Gross: $32.20M

28. A Rage in Harlem (1991)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime

A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, Robin Givens, Zakes Mokae

Votes: 1,804 | Gross: $10.44M

29. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

R | 121 min | Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames

Votes: 59,966 | Gross: $16.64M

30. Roommates (1995)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

An elderly yet young-at-heart man moves in with his grandson and both their lives turn upside-down.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney, Julianne Moore, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 1,658 | Gross: $12.10M



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