List of films using the music of Richard Wagner

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The following is a sortable list of cinema films which have music by Richard Wagner in their soundtracks (other than films of Wagner's operas themselves). Casual references (and use of the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin ) are not included.

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Wagner music in films

FilmDateDirectorMusic used from:Ref.
The Birth of a Nation 1915 D. W. Griffith "Ride of the Valkyries" [1]
The Great Dictator 1940 Charlie Chaplin Lohengrin , prelude [1] [2]
Murder! 1930 Alfred Hitchcock Tristan und Isolde [1]
What's Opera, Doc? 1957 Chuck Jones Ring Cycle , Tannhäuser , The Flying Dutchman [1] [2]
Excalibur 1981 John Boorman Parsifal , Tristan und Isolde , Götterdämmerung [1] [2]
Wagner 1983 Tony Palmer Siegfried [1]
Romeo + Juliet 1996 Baz Luhrmann Tristan und Isolde, (Liebestod) [1]
Melancholia 2011 Lars von Trier Tristan und Isolde [1] [3]
Nymphomaniac 2013 Lars von Trier Das Rheingold [4]
Promising Young Woman 2020 Emerald Fennell Tristan und Isolde [5]
The New World 2006 Terrence Malick Das Rheingold [1] [2]
Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola "Ride of the Valkyries" [1] [2]
The Blues Brothers 1980 John Landis "Ride of the Valkyries" [1] [2]
Hitler: A Film from Germany 1977 Hans-Jürgen Syberberg Ring Cycle [6]
Alien: Covenant 2017 Ridley Scott Das Rheingold , Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla [7]
Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King 1972 Hans-Jürgen Syberberg Ring Cycle , Tristan und Isolde , Lohengrin [8]
Winifred Wagner und die Geschichte des Hauses Wahnfried 1914–19751975 Hans-Jürgen Syberberg Ring Cycle [9]
A Dangerous Method 2011 David Cronenberg Siegfried , Die Walküre [3]
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 David Fincher Tannhäuser , aria "Dich, teure Halle" [10]
Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Stephen Frears "Ride of the Valkyries" [11]
To the Wonder 2012 Terrence Malick Parsifal , prelude [12]
Détective 1985 Jean-Luc Godard Rienzi [13]
L'Age d'Or 1930 Luis Buñuel Tristan und Isolde [14]
Un Chien Andalou 1929 Luis Buñuel Tristan und Isolde [14]
One Hundred Men and a Girl 1937 Henry Koster Lohengrin , prelude to act 3 [15]
Triumph of the Will 1935 Leni Riefenstahl Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg , "Wach' auf" chorus, (act 3, scene 5) [16]
Humoresque 1946 Jean Negulesco Tristan und Isolde , arranged by Franz Waxman. [2]
Unfaithfully Yours 1948 Preston Sturges Tannhäuser [2]
Magic Fire 1955 William Dieterle Ring Cycle [2]
Birth 2004 Jonathan Glazer Siegfried [2]
Lisztomania 1975 Ken Russell Rienzi, Ring Cycle [17]
Valkyrie 2008 Bryan Singer "Ride of the Valkyries" [18]
Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979 Werner Herzog Das Rheingold [19]
Christmas Holiday 1944 Robert Siodmak Tristan und Isolde (Liebestod) [20]
The Boys from Brazil 1978 Franklin Schaffner Siegfried Idyll [21]
Escape 1940 Mervyn LeRoy Tristan und Isolde (“Liebestod”) [22]
The Lion Man 1936 John P. McCarthy Ride of the Valkyries [23]
The Viking 1928 Roy William Neill Parsifal, Flying Dutchman , Die Walküre [23]
The Right to Live 1935 William Keighley Tristan und Isolde [23]
City Streets 1931 Rouben Mamoulian Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [23]
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars 1938 Frederick Stephani Parsifal [23]
Red River Valley 1941 Joseph Kane Ride of the Valkyries”, Rienzi [23]
Secret Mission 1942 Harold French Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [22]
Sullivan’s Travels 1941 Preston Sturges "Ride of the Valkyries" [23]
The Scarlet Empress 1934 Josef von Sternberg "Ride of the Valkyries" [23]
A Foreign Affair 1948 Billy Wilder Lohengrin, overture [24]
A Farewell to Arms 1932 Frank Borzage Tristan und Isolde [25]
That Obscure Object of Desire 1977 Luis Buñuel Ride of the Valkyries [26]
Abismos de pasión 1954 Luis Buñuel Tristan und Isolde [27]
Mondo Trasho 1969 John Waters Ride of the Valkyries [28]
Patriotism 1966 Yukio Mishima Tristan und Isolde [29]
Jarhead 2005 Sam Mendes Ride of the Valkyries [30]
1963 Federico Fellini Ride of the Valkyries [28]
Love in the Afternoon 1957 Billy Wilder Tristan und Isolde [24]
Sedmikrásky (Daisies)1966 Věra Chytilová Götterdämmerung [31]
Army of the Dead 2021 Zack Snyder Götterdämmerung [32]
Watchmen 2009 Zack Snyder Ride of the Valkyries [33]

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Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Sameer Rahim, "Wagner in film", The Daily Telegraph , 22 July 2013, accessed 15 August 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jon Burlingame, "10 films that utilize Wagner's music", Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2010, accessed 17 August 2017.
  3. 1 2 Ng, David (November 25, 2011). "'A Dangerous Method', 'Melancholia' take cues from Richard Wagner". Los Angeles Times .
  4. Wadsworth, John. "Revenge Of The Auteur: Nymphomaniac's Musical Miscellany". The Quietus. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  5. Salazar, David. "Opera Meets Film: How 'Promising Young Woman' Dialogues With Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'". OperaWire. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  6. Joe and Gilman (2010), pp. 254–8.
  7. Brody, Richard (May 24, 2017). ""Alien: Covenant" Bursts with Pomposity". The New Yorker . Advance Publications . Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  8. Joe and Gilman (2010), p. 258.
  9. Winifred Wagner und die Geschichte des Hauses Wahnfried 1914 - 1975, filmportal.de website (in German), accessed 26.5.2020
  10. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)|Soundtracks", IMDB. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  11. "Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)|Soundtracks", IMDB. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  12. "To the Wonder (2012)|Soundtracks", IMDB. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  13. "Détective (1985)|Soundtracks", IMDB. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  14. 1 2 Sangild (2015).
  15. Joe and Gilman (2010), p. 442.
  16. Strötgen (2008)
  17. Care (1978)
  18. IMDB, accessed 8 May 2019
  19. "Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) - IMDb" . Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  20. Ross (2020), pp. 591–93.
  21. Ross (2020), pp. 587–88.
  22. 1 2 Ross (2020) p. 582.
  23. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Ross (2020) p. 574.
  24. 1 2 Ross (2020) p. 590.
  25. Ross (2020) pp. 574, 593.
  26. Ross (2020) pp. 594, 596.
  27. Ross (2020) p. 596.
  28. 1 2 Ross (2020) p. 598.
  29. Ross (2020) pp. 598–601.
  30. Ross (2020) p. 607.
  31. Clouzot (1968), p. 36
  32. Rooney, David (2021-05-11). "Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  33. "Watchmen (2009) - Soundtracks". IMDb. 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2021.

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