There are plenty of classical music cliches in movie history, but perhaps none catchier or featured more prominently in popular films than Richard Strauss's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra.'
You probably know it best as the theme from '2001:A Space Odyssey'
or as that song that plays every time a scene needs to be more EPIC! The moment it starts, you know something awe-inspiring is about to happen.
To prove just how engrained in our pop culture lexicon it has become, we have compiled an obscene number of music cues for your viewing pleasure. Here is our selection of the best and worst examples of those infamous five notes: Dun ... dun ... dun ... DUH-DUH!!
When teenager Alan (Gregory Smith) buys a set of Commando Elite action figures, he's unaware that they... Read More
Toy Story 2
Woody (Tom Hanks) is stolen from his home by toy dealer Al McWhiggin (Wayne Knight), leaving Buzz Lightyear... Read More
On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous... Read More
Man on the Moon
Jim Carrey stars as the late Andy Kaufman, who was considered one of the most innovative, eccentric and... Read More
In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a... Read More
Simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers), a gardener who has resided in the Washington, D.C., townhouse of... Read More
Propelled to the top of the fashion world by a photogenic gaze he calls "Blue Steel," dimwitted male... Read More
Death to Smoochy
Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph (Robin Williams), the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's... Read More
Lords of Dogtown
A drought in 1970s Southern California has an unexpected side effect: as people empty their swimming... Read More
The Simpsons Movie
The combination of Homer (Dan Castellaneta), his new pet pig, and a leaky silo full of excrement triggers... Read More
In 1976, singer Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) uses the profits from his only hit single to fulfill a longtime... Read More
Turner & Hooch
Det. Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) is an uptight, by-the-book police officer who hopes to leave his sleepy... Read More
The Big Bus
Bad drivers (Joseph Bologna, John Beck) and disaster threaten oddball passengers of a huge atomic bus... Read More