Movies with music written by Jerry Goldsmith

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Alien

When Alien was first released during the summer movie season of 1979, science fiction films were all the rage. The trend had been started two years earlier with the unexpected box office success of Star Wars, and, by 1979, anything even remotely co...

Run Time: 1:56
U.S. Release Date: 1979-05-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, ...
Along Came a Spider

Here's one important rule about film criticism and review writing: the harder you have to think to find something noteworthy or laudable about a motion picture, the less likely it is to get a recommendation. So, although there are some things to ...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2001-04-06
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, ...
Basic Instinct

In my original, unpublished review of Basic Instinct (dated March 21, 1992), I wrote the following: "There's a fine line between eroticism and exploitation, and Basic Instinct treads it, using nudity, sex, and violence to cover up the limitations o...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 1992-03-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Situations, Violence, Nudity, Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, ...
Basic Instinct 2

Who would have imagined that the most appropriate word to describe Basic Instinct 2 would be "boring?" This plodding, pretentious follow-up to 1992's hit replaces Paul Verhoeven's lurid, over-the-top style with the leaden rhythms of Michael Caton-...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2006-03-31
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Nudity, Sexual Situations, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Cast: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, ...
Chinatown

Chinatown is unquestionably one of the best films to emerge from the 1970s, a period that has been called the "last great decade of American cinema" by more than one movie critic. The production, which went in front of the cameras without a final ...

Run Time: 2:11
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, ...
Congo

Since the release of Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton has become a Hollywood staple. Rights to each new novel are quickly optioned, and the resulting film is on the market as soon as ILM can get the special effects done. Congo is the fourth adapta...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 1995-06-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ADVENTURE
Director: Frank Marshall
Cast: Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, ...
Deep Rising

Here's something to chew on: what's the favorite food of big, cheesy-looking special effects monsters like the one lurking in the bowels of a luxury liner in Deep Rising? The obvious answer to this question is cardboard, because that's the depth ...

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 1998-01-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER/ADVENTURE
Director: Stephen Sommers
Cast: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Wes Studi, ...
Edge, The

As "survival in the wilderness" films go, The Edge is a strange example. Leaving the theater, I didn't quite know what to make of it. In fact, I'll even admit to enjoying it on a certain level. I laughed frequently, but the problem is that I'm n...

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 1997-09-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson, ...
First Blood

When one thinks about Sylvester Stallone, two characters come to mind: Rocky and Rambo. However, while the underdog pugilist is the Italian Stallion's best-loved screen alter-ego, during the '80s, Stallone was more strongly identified with the ex-...

Run Time: 1:33
U.S. Release Date: 1982-10-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, ...
Haunting, The

The original The Haunting, a low-budget 1963 haunted house film from director Robert Wise, is a chilling little movie that offers a primer in scaring audiences without graphic bloodshed. It's a lesson that has largely been ignored by filmmakers ov...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 1999-07-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: HORROR
Director: Jan de Bont
Cast: Lili Taylor, Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta Jones, ...