Best Hans Zimmer Soundtracks


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Yet another legendary piece of music by zimmer. He is really the god of music. My vote for the movie is all because of "time". HANS ZIMMER IS THE BEST OF THE BESTS!
time is an amazing song, as is the rest of the lp
If you think "Time" is the only track that puts it up you better be hearing other tracks as well.. I mean how can you miss "A dream is collapsing", "Waiting for a train" and "Mombasa"?
[Newest]Have you heard it? Absolute brilliance.

2The Dark Knight
great orchestral sound. dramatic and epic songs with powerful strength that you will enjoy in a silence a dark ambient for a great experience. the collaboration with newton howard gives as result this ultimate soundtrack.
This and Dark Knight Rises are clearly his best; Inception mas merely an audition. Hans Zimmer is the Batman Trilogy. You could close your eyes and still feel the intensity in these movies. The second half of this soundtrack will go down as one of the greatest of all time
So much emotion in every piece. What I believe make the dark knight soundtrack better is the legacy left behind by the tracks "why so serious" and "a watchful guardian. " I personally believe that the dark knight has overall more enticing, attractive music that will give you goosebumps than inception does
[Newest]This soundtrack makes you want to get up and do something awesome, the most epic and badass music zimmer has composed to date. As much as I like Time, its pretty much all build up through the entire thing, this is riddled with excitement and intensity throughout

Now we are free!
Now we are free is the masterpiece of zimmer. It truly does connect with one's emotion and draws you in. It's been 14 years now and I still haven't found a perfect replacement for this composition. Wonder if even hans zimmer can out do him once more!
Now we are free is just the best, it opens your spirit, your mind and you feel FREE like it is meant to be. Clearly the best
[Newest]The music from this outstanding movie is a haunting as it is entertaining... Truly an all around brilliant collaboration

4The Lion King
All those who have not voted for this don't know that this is the one that got him the most recognition and awards.
Just EPIC!
"This Land" is one of the best tracks I heard in a movie.
Captures the whole movie.
Gorgeous soundtrack and well deservedly won the Best Original Score Oscar!

I love the music in this movie. It's so hypnotizing and beautiful, especially when hearing it in the theater. Astonishing movie and amazing soundtrack definitely deserves #1.
The whole score is so dreamy and lucid, it just hypnotizes in the journey in outer space. The organs that pound down during suspenseful moments gave me goosebumps. Hans Zimmer has made some amazing scores, but this might be one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard.
This is a bit experimental and isn't as grandiose as the others, or so it may seem. But this is so very apt for the movie's theme and scenes that it's almost surreal. Definitely a top tenner, this one!
[Newest]No Time For Caution alone carries this soundtrack miles.

6Sherlock Holmes
This one shows his legendary work, "HATS OFF! " to him.
Incredible soundtrack takes you immediatly into the world of Sherlock.
Great OST. If You hear you know is Sherlock.
[Newest]One of the greatest plus of this movie absolutely a fabulous work by zimmer HATS OFF

7The Dark Knight Rises
This is an incredible soundtrack. His use of simple chords and repeating phrases makes for an intense and intriguing watching experience. These recurring patterns within the music help the audience to associate certain parts of the film with certain characters. Although the score may not be of intense skill to perform, this does not matter and this score is often given bad reviews because of this, the simplicity helps the audience in creating an atmosphere and certain amount of tension. I always say "if the music in a film catches your attention when it shouldn't, it may be to complex". And I often sit down to a movie because of the score and the composer, and then 2 hours later I've just watched a movie and haven't listened to the movie at all, that must have been a fantastic score to draw me in to the story line. This score does that for me :). Great job overlord Hans.
The Dark Knight Rises was the soundtrack fans across the entire world were looking for. Now that he had done the soundtrack for Inception, he had to prove that once again, he could make a great soundtrack. The recurring themes from the last two movies are a great addition, and although it may not be as similar to the first two movies's soundtracks, it fits with the idea that its been a long time since the last movie. Plus, Zimmer does great with the Bane chanting theme, the Selina Kyle theme, and putting a tension that makes you want to start chanting, " DESHI DESHI BASARA BASARA! ". Overall, good soundtrack.
I feel that the creativity and emotion Hans put into this score should easily be further up on the list. This movie is what made me a fan of his work.
[Newest]Hans not a overlord

8Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The 'Drink up my hearties' track comprises a more refined composite masterpiece from Hans Zimmer, and presents one of his stronger pieces. The way this song evolves with each minute is genuinely mesmerizing, and to think that humans are capable of producing such brilliance is profound! Hans Zimmer's limits are boundless.
"I See Dead People In Boats" is amazing!
'I Don't Think Now is the Best Time' is an amazing track on an equally magnificent score - easily my favourite on there. I'm always amazed at how the music can go so under-acknowledged on a film.

9Man of Steel
Absolutely amazing! Definitely amongst the top of Zimmer's best. Also the movie overall is a superhero masterpiece! Everything works oh so perfectly well. Loved everything about MoS.
I watched this movie for Hans Zimmer, listen to "Arcade" and "What are you going to do when you are not saving the world? " Amazing stuff should be in top 10! Get it up guys!
This is Zimmer's best soundtrack since Inception. My favorites are: Gladiator, Inception, Man of Steel.
[Newest]I just absolutely love it!

10Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The first soundtrack that introduced me to Hans Zimmer making me into a huge huge fan that's downloaded numerous Hans Zimmer soundtracks. Every time I listen, I fall in love all over again
I like it.Zimmer's considered unbeaten in the magic of music.Anyone asks, "who is your favorite composer, I say HANS ZIMMER-THE ULTIMATE...
Hans Zimmer wrote 90% of the themes and he doesn't even get credited for it. What a shame!
[Newest]Inspiring to say the very least.

The Contenders

11The Da Vinci Code
I have no words... Nough said

12The Last Samurai
This one for me is more than music, it demonstrates the real capability of a human being, gives me a reason to try harder whatever it maybe to achieve perfection. Such wonderful music!
One of my favorite Soundtracks of all time. My daughter loves it too. So moving, tells the story in music even if you've never watched the film!
I have no words to describe this wonderful sound track!
[Newest]I still think that this is his most powerful score thus far. Just breathtaking

13Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest
This movie contains one of the most complex piece of music composed by Hans Zimmer... No I am not talking about "The Kraken", which as much as I like it, loud music & sensless blasting of orchestration does not equals "Complex Music"... I am talking about "Jack Sparrow"... Which is a 6 minute Concert styled suite full of chaos & mayhem, which starts with the slow drunken styled theme... And yes you all will say, the starting 1 minute is so boring & the best is the last 30 seconds! But DUHH! Both the beginning and the end are one and the same tune itself! Haven't you people been actually LISTENING to the music. This piece of music is the most complex (& I really mean "COMPLEX") piece of music ever developed by a composer (Living or Dead.. Which includes greats like Mozart & Wagner)... And why does great music always have to be either dark, negative, slow or sad, why can't it be fast paced, beautiful, positive & uplifting like how "Jack Sparrow" is
My personal favourite. The whole tone of the film is awesome and wouldn't be quite as memorable if not for the brilliant score!


Davy Jones theme is some of his best work for me, I love it. The pipe organ gives me chills


14Batman Begins
EXCELENT! A MASTERPIECE! MY FAVORITE ZIMMER'S OST! THE BEST OST of Zimmer without doubt. The first time that I hear it, I became a Zimmer fan.
Far from our world

Lost but won. One of the greatest soundtrack ever made.
Lost but won... The one soundtrack you must have in your playlist
Terribly underrated as a Hans Zimmer soundtrack.

16Pearl Harbor
Tennesse was probably the craziest of them all!
Everyone should have a listen. It's a song of great quality.


17The Prince of Egypt
Just fantastic. Some of the best songs to come out of a musical that is not from disney. Hans Zimmer took the music from ancient Egypt and made it epic!
The score is so well layered and is a great use of an entire orchestra. It's a bit different if you're only accustomed to the Zimmer/Nolan soundtracks, but it is amazing.

18Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Oh please? How many of us fell in love with this soundtrack when we were little? Were captivated by every song? This has to be on of the top ten, my childhood would have not been the same without Spirit and Hans Zimmer! Couldn't be happier with this soundtrack!
"Swimming" "Reunion", period. I listen to them when I draw cause it's so beautiful :D First loved it when I was only 4 and rented it a million times and would actually watch it everyday for a month ^^ literally will always be my favorite movie deep down.
In my opinion, one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. They're good strong pieces of music, and I think they suit the movie perfectly! Definitely deserves to be top o10!
[Newest]My favorite soundtrack album

19The Amazing Spider-Man 2
I love "I'm Spider-Man", "You're That Spider Guy", and "The Electro Suite". I like that he also collaborated with a group he and the director made called "The Magnificent Six" featuring Pharrell Williams and Johnny Marr.
Full movie was a fun ride mainly with Hans Zimmer's score. I truly love Electro's theme and I'm Spider-Man theme.
The score when electro is on screen is just awesome.

20Black Hawk Down
Joke that black hawk down is so far down thid list. It should be up there near the gladiator at least!
This is the best Minstrel Boy ever´╗┐!
This should be atop!

21The Thin Red Line
Nothing I've ever listened to conveys more meaning and emotion than this soundtrack. If this movie had any other composer it wouldn't be half as good as it is.
Journey to the Line - powerful nine minutes. No soundtrack ever better fit a movie.
Tis is absurd... Tis should be in top three list.. Just listen to Journey to the line theme from tis very movie.. It vil haunt you forever.. N just for the records movie is quite excellent to!
[Newest]Beautiful, humble and deeply humanistic

22Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Best Call of Duty in my opinion. Soundtrack made it even better.
The best game and the best soundtrack by hans zimmer!
The ending was so epic.. I almost cried.
People should know that he only wrote the main theme (opening titles) for this one. The score is by Lorne Balfe.


23Crysis 2 Soundtrack
How can you forget the soundtrack of game crysis 2. Its also sounds like epic.
Best soundtrack ever for a video game
It makes you feel powerful... Can't forget it in a life time, n don't forget was one of the thing that made the trailer hit... !

24Angels & Demons
The violin at the beginning of "The God Particle" could single highhandedly make this one of his finest works. Every piece is perfect, shocked at its low status on this page.
What is this doing down here. Hear 'god particle' and 'air'. You will feel you are in heaven
It should be top 10. "Science and Religion" is epic

25Kung Fu Panda
As with most DreamWorks animated movies, composer Hans Zimmer scored Kung Fu Panda. Zimmer visited China in order to absorb the culture and got to know the Chinese National Symphony as part of his preparation; in addition, Timbaland also contributed to the soundtrack. [51] The soundtrack also includes a partially rewritten version of the classic song, "Kung Fu Fighting", performed by Cee-Lo Green and Jack Black for the end credits. Furthermore, in some versions, the ending credit was sung by Rain. Although Zimmer was originally announced as the main composer of the film, during a test screening, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that composer John Powell would also be contributing to the score. This marked the first collaboration in eight years for the two, who had previously worked together on DreamWorks' The Road to El Dorado and the action thriller Chill Factor. A soundtrack album was released by Interscope Records on June 3, 2008

26Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

27The Lone Ranger
Why is this not higher on the list these are great songs

28Crimson Tide
A truly memorable score!
One of the greatest

29The Holiday
Perhaps not the biggest blockbuster or Oscar worthy but still a pretty decent holiday movie. Hans work on this was absolutely spot on. He definitely knows how to bring the romance to life through sound.
The obvious choice! No wonder Hans music makes you feel the emotion the scene or the movie wants to convey. I feel very sad every time I listen to Iris and Jasper
Its crazy how most people, almost all dint mention The Holiday.. I went craize.. Cudnt decide whom to be! Whether to be Kate and smile back at Jack Black or just run into a weepy Jude Law's arms! Have been listening to it for quite sometime and been feeling genuinely happy =) there's a list of tracks on the web for the movie, just listen and feel great!

30Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

31King Arthur
A bad film with a wonderful soundtrack. I'm a big fan of Zimmer and I think that this is his master work. The last 5 minutes of "All of them" are the best music I ever heard
Elevates some scenes from this underrated movie to pure emotional masterpiece... Atmospheric. Give it a shot.

32Broken Arrow
Although it doesn't match up to the intensity or genius of inception or dark night. Broken Arrow is certainly a soundtrack which is yet another feather on Zimmers hat.. Simply amazing music.. Its almost like a perfect match for the treachery of John Travolta.

33The Simpsons Movie

34Tears of the Sun


36The Rock

37True Romance

38Mission: Impossible II
This was infact my favorite.


40As Good As It Gets

41The Power of One
The Power of One
Release date: May 19, 1992
PHENOMENAL SOUNDTRACK! It moves my to tears, to joy... My absolute favorite soundtrack of all time! Rare - difficult to get as it's out of print but you can still find it on eBay cd's from time to time... Well wort the purchase! Years of playing and I never tire of it!

Each time I listen this, I feel amazing inside! Do yourself a favour and listen to this amazing soundtrack by the musical genius Hans Zimmer.

43Kung Fu Panda 2
Although it sounds completely like a Powell score, Zimmer did write several parts. Lorne Balfe was involved in half of the tracks (He writes additional music for many Zimmer scores).

The movie score that makes you feel heroic, a great score.

45Thelma & Louise

46Cool Runnings

47Rain Man
First music debut by Hans Zimmer, still neat but a little aged.


49The Ring

50Days of Thunder

51The Bible


53The Road to El Dorado

54Chill Factor

55The Peacemaker

56Beyond Rangoon

57Driving Miss Daisy

58Black Rain

59Green Card

60The House of the Spirits

61Renaissance Man

62The Pledge

63Matchstick Men

64Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

65Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

66Winter's Tale

67Radio Flyer


69Younger and Younger

70The Fan

71An Everlasting Piece

7212 Years A Slave
Epic soundtrack I just love "Solomon."


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