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The famous composer made soundtrack music that lived on its own. Each piece was an expressive universe in itself. Photo: Tiziana Fabi / AFP via Getty Images My parents tell me that when I was a baby one of the few things that could keep me from crying was Ennio Morricone’s score for a handful …

1/30 30. ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ (1942) – Michael Curtiz Nothing beats James Cagney dancing down a staircase as patriotic playwright and composer George M. Cohan. 2/30 29. ‘The Band Wagon’ (1953) – Vincente Minnelli Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse delivered sophisticated footwork with a songbook including “That’s Entertainment” and “Dancing in the Dark”. 3/30 28. …