It seems to me that a lot of John Ford movies have a nice mix of action,drama,comedy and music.
Some of the music or songs from his movies I can recall but a lot has escaped:
The Informer had "The Minstrel Boy" and another one I can't remember - sung by a 'street-singer' perhaps 'The Rose of Tralee'?
They Were Expendable - "Battle Hymn Of The Republic"
The Quiet Man - "The Wild Colonial Boy" and "The Humour Is On Me Now"
Rio Grande - "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen" and "Bold Fenian Men"
The Sun Shines Bright - "Marching Through Georgia" and "Tenting Tonight"
If you can help fill any of the blanks or add to this list it would be appreciated.
I can't think of a film maker today that has this technique of using 'good-music'
i.e. music that has been appreciated for a very long time and which gives the movie an extra 'coating', 'flavour' or 'feel'.