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Poll: Best use of classical music in film

Here is a list of films that employ well known pieces of classical music. Which film best uses its piece of classical music in the context of the film that it’s used in?

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    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Johann Strauss II’s The Blue Danube – Spacecraft docking the station.
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    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra – Opening scene.
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    Apocalypse Now (1979)

    Richard Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyrie – Helicopter attack.
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    Fantasia (1940)

    Paul Dukas’s The Sorcerer's Apprentice – Segment.
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    The Godfather: Part III (1990)

    Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo – Ending monologue.
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    The King's Speech (2010)

    Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony 7 – King George VI’s wartime speech.
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    The Ladykillers (1955)

    Luigi Boccherini’s Minuet in E major – Rehearsal of the musicians.
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    The Ruling Class (1972)

    Giuseppe Verdi’s Libiamo ne' lieti calici – Grace Shelley's grand entrance as the lady of the Camellias.
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    The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Wolfgang Mozart’s Duettino Sull'aria – Andy using the warden’s office to play this piece to the entire prison.
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    Shine (1996)

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee – David playing this piece on the piano.
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    V for Vendetta (2005)

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture - The destruction of the British Parliament building.

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