Top Ten Best Movie Soundtracks


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The Top Ten

The Lord of The Rings (Howard Shore)
The Lord of The Rings soundtrack is the best I've ever heard. The music is just the right for what was happening, and it suited the time it took place on. I like it very much.
One of the most complex and memorable soundtracks of all time! Honestly, this should be at #1 or #2. There are a dozen incredible principal leitmotifs, and over 80 altogether.

The score is emotionally riveting, and you replay it countless times and still find the soundtrack incredibly refreshing.
Simply epic from start to end. Lots of different leitmotifs, which together manage to make you feel all the different emotions from the movie, going from calm and relaxed themes (Concerning Hobbits) to fast paced and dark tunes such as Mordor and Isengard themes (The Hornburg). Being a big fan of the books, I can also confirm that it fits really well with everything, from Hobbits to Mordor, passing by Elves, Rohan and lots more.
[Newest]Shire theme better than any star wars theme

2Star Wars (John Williams)
How is this not the first? The Star Wars movie soundtrack will go down in history as one of the defining moments in the industry. My personal favourites are the Main Theme, the Imperial March, and The Cantina Band.
This should be ranked number 1! Whenever you think of fill music, the Force theme comes to mind. You can apply all the musical scores of this into everywhere and you would understand and relate to it.
Great music. Epic I say.. May the force be with you man you rock and I hop there will be another three films foe it
[Newest]By far the best!

3Titanic (James Horner)
James Horner is one of the greatest composers of the century, without a doubt.
Its even hard to listen to the soundtrack because the memories of the movie are so gut wrenching, every note of the music reminds me of the tragedy of the movie, brings tears to my eyes
This is totally my favorite soundtrack of all time. My 3 favorite track's are, My heart will go on, Hymn to the sea, and The Sinking.P. S This is also my favorite movie of all time, And so far, the only movie I ever cried Watching.
[Newest]His soundtrack to Titanic is utterly compelling and stands up as the single greatest soundtrack of all time. Definitely deserves to be number one.

4The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer)
Perhaps the greatest soundtrack ever written.. But unfortunately that's what it is; a single track. Hans Zimmer excels in the recent art or thematic motif however fails to deviate and hence illuminate the intricacies of character and development through music. Although this allows audiences to re-experience the raw emotions associated with the theme's appearance, hence providing a powerful ending, it could do more in aiding the film through the exploration of further emotion
Epic... Really awesome, and completely soul stirring. When I listened to it I knew ihad to pick it up. (by the way did so in a week
Every tune Hans Zimmer has created is a masterpiece


[Newest]Deserves to be one. Its great. Its epic. Nothing its comparable to this one.

5Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Klaus Badelt)
Genius music. Very soulful. The modern classics.


Genius music. Really paints a picture in your mind, and makes you remember the film.
Although Zimmer's expansions upon the score were for the most part stronger than what Badelt did, many of Badelt's compositions fitted their allotted characters superbly.
[Newest]In my opinion the greatest soundtrack possible. Each theme is epic!

6Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard)
The best soundtrack for a film ever made and probably the best work Hans Zimmer has done and will ever do. Unmatched by it's epic and brilliance this soundtrack it's an absolute masterpiece.
From the moment I started listening to the pieces of music from this film, chills ran up and down my spine non-stop. No one could ever create such an emotional complex of music that dives straight into your heart. Hans Zimmer is the best there is, was, and ever will be.
Absolute Masterpiece... Gives me goosebumps even now.. :) :) All Hail Hans!
[Newest]Awesome EPIC soundtrack. Big, grandiose, full of emotion and power, ethereal, you will enjoy this over and over.

7Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (John Williams)
I understand this not being in top 5 but come on it deserves to be in top 10. Just listen to the soundtrack; A window to the Past is a great musical piece. Every phrase of that music gives me goosebumps. Buckbeaks flight is another excellent composing.

8Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End (Hans Zimmer)
The music is genius! It is the living part of the movie and you can picture every scene while listening to the soundtrack. Will and Elizabeth Symphony is just amazing! Up and Down, Hoist The Colors, The Parlay, Singapore, etc. - every piece is brilliantly done.
How is this not in the top 2. This is a modern classic. The music is just pure EPICness in the climax.. Not to mention that scene was one of the most EPIC fight scenes ever! This has to be no 2.. After Lord Of The Rings,
This contains all my favorite themes from the Pirates movies! I absolutely love Up is Down. It very well may be my favorite movie song ever.

9Jaws (John Williams)
Some critics have cited parallels between this score (which consists of two notes), and Frank Churchill's theme music for "Man" in Bambi (which consisted of three simple notes).
So awesome, that it can make a room full of people scream!

10How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
Staggering in its emotional expression. While its easy to acknowledge the epic themes of tracks such as Test Drive, its melody stirring to create a powerful motif such as that employed by Hans Zimmer in the Batman Trilogy, it is the raw and varying emotion throughout the film that should put it in the top 5. Forbidden Friendship, for instance, is a true masterpiece, reflecting character development in an experimental way alien to the generic and repetitive themes of recent blockbuster titles.
Ultimate soundtrack. John Powell is my personally best composer. "Romantic Flight", "This Is Berk", "Test Drive", "Coming Back Around", "Where Is Hiccup" are certainly awesome, but "Forbidden Friendship" is best of all. It is the soul of soundtrack. It is unparalleled. It certainly deserves number one spot. This is the best soundtrack. Though movie is absolutely good but without John Powell is not the best. This soundtrack has influenced me most
This should totally be at number one. I could rant all day about this film and how amazing it is, but I'm just gonna stay on the soundtrack business. The soundtrack to this film completely blew me away. It sent chills up my spine and warmed my heart. It completely matched what was actually going on in the film and I could listen to it all day. John Powell did a great job with this soundtrack. It definitely deserves to be higher. Maybe second? I don't think it would beat LOTR but second will be good :) Love it

The Contenders

11The Lion King
The best selling soundtracks of all time
Come on son "be prepared"

12Braveheart (James Horner)
Far better than Titanic, easily one of the best soundtrack you may listen to. Horner tends to photocopy a lot, including himself. That score is less prone to xerox than many of his other ones. That score was so epic Horner kept using Gaelic/Irish musical instruments afterwards...
The second best from the titan James Horner


By far the most powerful piece I have ever heard. Beautiful score for a equally as beautiful movie.

13Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

14Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri)
The best of the best of the best.


Not even in the top 10? My personal favorite.


Come on what's Twilight doing above this?


15The Last Of The Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman)
A really beautiful sound track that personifies the end of the movie.


All the scores in this classic-beautiful movie are EPIC. Just couldn't find another perfect word to describe them...
One of the best movie scores in the 1990's.

16Batman (Danny Elfman)
The Nolan films are great in all ways except one: MUSIC! Elfman's soundtrack truly defines Batman. This should be at least in the top ten. (LotR first, of course)
Now if only Elfman and Nolan had worked together... Sigh...

17Inception (Hans Zimmer)
For me it was the soundtracks 'Time' and 'Dream is Collapsing' that made me love the film. Its truly epic. The movie would not have worked without the theme music...
Thanks for making such great music..
It deserves to be in top 5 guys common listen to it first and then decide please guys vote for this one. It deserves to be on the top speciaaly because of "time" soundtrack of the movie. So first listen to the track and then vote for it!
This is one of the greatest soundtracks ever! Please put it in top five, if not number 1... "Time' and 'Old souls' are just heart breakingly beautiful. 'Dream is collapsing' is magnificient and an uncanny aural portrayal of the corresponding scene in the film. So great its epic!
[Newest]It makes you feel like you're in a dream...

18Jurassic Park (John Williams)
Most epic theme ever! Awesome soundtrack, for awesome movies! Only number 38! Come on people, Jurassic Park wins, hands down!


Why is this only at Number 16? This is one of the most powerful, most inspiring movie soundtracks ever. I bet that quite a lot of the scenes in the movie, as fantastic as it is, wouldn't be as good without the soaring soundtrack.
One of the best movie themes ever! Defiantly deserves higher up on this list.
[Newest]The most powerful soundtrack I've ever heard

198 Mile
Really great work of Eminem "Lose Yourself" is an absolute epic song, the other songs are also great
This is the best one, cause Eminem made it with many other rapstars and it had sold 10 million copies in the world.
This post is by Eminem and this is the best most!

20The Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman)
Danny Elfman also does Jack's singing voice as well.

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