Top Ten Best Movie Soundtracks

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The Top Ten

1
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.
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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
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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.
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4Gladiator (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!
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5Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Klaus Badelt)
Genius music. Very soulful. The modern classics.

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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.
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6The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer)
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

ankittayal1

This movie is really the best in so many ways, and soundtrack is one of them.
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7Pirates 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.

8Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (John Williams)
A window to the past.
Look it up.
Are you guys forgeting something! Harry Potter soundtracks! Did you ever listen? MAGICAL(john Williams;Patrick Doyle;Nicholas Hooper;and Alexandre Desplat (go on give it a try and listen to the 2 last ones, and then post your comments to what did you feel).

9Braveheart (James Horner)
The second best from the titan James Horner

MatrixGuy

just listen to the soundtrack and you'll know!

icsi

By far the most powerful piece I have ever heard. Beautiful score for a equally as beautiful movie.
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10How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
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
I absolutely love the soundtrack to How To Train Your Dragon. It is has some of my favorite songs like Forbidden Friendship, and Where's Hiccup. The feelings this soundtrack gives me can't even be described with words. My favorite soundtrack, this deserves to be way higher.

AutumnEquinox

This soundtrack honestly beats all, in my opinion anyway.. Maybe not LOTR, but it DEFINITELY deserves second place! I can listen to this soundtrack over and over again. And no matter what, Test Drive will always give me shivers, every single time. This soundtrack is simply amazing.
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The Contenders

11The Lion King
The best selling soundtracks of all time

12The Last Of The Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman)
A really beautiful sound track that personifies the end of the movie.

Cbatower

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

13Jaws (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!

14The Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman)
Danny Elfman also does Jack's singing voice as well.

15Jurassic Park (John Williams)
Most epic theme ever! Awesome soundtrack, for awesome movies! Only number 38! Come on people, Jurassic Park wins, hands down!

Blubbydubber1

Best soundtrack ever! No other movie can beat it
Screw you! This should be in the top ten.
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16Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

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!
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18The Terminator (Brad Fiedel)
The theme to Terminator 2 is a very nice theme. there's a real tragedy to it that makes you feel the surprising emotional weight of the story and the characters.
The T2 main theme still holds up as one of THE most epic themes.
I get jacked up every time I hear those five notes.

19Batman (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...

20Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer)
A Gypsy like score in this Sherlock Holmes is very simmilar to Pirates of the Caribbean. Add in the Rocky Road to Dublin and there Are some Irish flutes in the background.
From insanely action packs treats like Panic Sheer Bloody Panic and Psycological Recovery 6 months to the quirkiness of Catonic and My Mind Rebels at Stagnation, this Sherlock Holmes has it all.
It has a slight steampunk vibe. This Sherlock Holmes is much more worthy than junk like Titanic
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21Requiem for a Dream (Clint Mansell)
Why is this down here?!? Come on guys this song really inspire me to make a story or even making a fighting scene in my head! This song is totally worth it!
Lux Aeterna is a masterpiece, and so is the rest of the soundtrack. Every single score is flawless and compliments the film perfectly. Requiem is one of the best movies ever made.
What the hell! This SHOULD be in the top 10! You guys have asses for ears.
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22Twilight (Carter Burwell)
No, this should not be number 22. Should be a lot lower.

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23The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone)
Hands down for me the greatest theme song of all time. Just listen to it. It's the definition of epic. As well as that there's also plenty of other awesome tracks such as The Ecstasy of Gold and The Trio.

Ross115

This deserves to be higher. I've heard it multiple times in pop culture so it's easily memorable.

24Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri)
The best of the best of the best.

dureckl

Not even in the top 10? My personal favorite.

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It's not hardcore or anything, but it gives you that sense of victory and feeling like everything's ok. it just makes you wanna stand up and cheer.

25The Mission (Ennio Morricone)
MORRICONNE PAYS HOMAGE TO NATURE WITH THIS MASTERPIECE.
COMPOSED 30 YEARS AGO IT IS STILL IN EVERYBODY'S MIND, AND WILL CERTAINLY OUTLIVE ALL THE BILLBOARD HITS OF THE TOP TEN
I have an intensely physical and emotional response to this music.

26Evita (Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber)
Evita has so many life lessons. You can achieve many things, but if you do it in an evil manner well, lets just say you reap what you sow! I like how she kicks the pathetic girlfriend out on her hear!

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27Pearl Harbor (Hans Zimmer)

28Once Upon a Time In the West (Ennio Morricone)
"Once Upon a Time In America" is a different movie, albeit made by the some of the same people.

"Once Upon a Time In the West" has a rich collection of themes, unlike other movies which have not more than 1 theme.

Gaspar

This movie should be a category of its own. The sound of Morricone is too great to be in this list. Where are the other spaghettis? This is just pure ignorance people!
Great movie, Great music!

29Grease (Michael Gibson)

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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.

31The Hobbit (Howard Shore)
This should at least be thirty. It's pretty good, and a lot better than twilight.

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32The Bodyguard
It's the best... Why is it at 26?

33Raiders of the Lost Ark (John Williams)
Absolutely the best theme by John Williams and my favorite out of all the Spielberg movies. Even better than the theme to Jurassic Park and that was awesome. It's also a incredible movie too.
An incredible theme with an incredible movie to go with it - I can actually just spend time listening to it!
Way better than entries like twilight. Classic, epic, adventure music!
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34Pulp Fiction
THE ONLY ONE WHo could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man!
Well this movie is just classic it belongs in top 10

35Mortal Kombat
I don't care if this movie sucks, this theme is fantastic! Mortal Kombat by the Immortals just gives you that energy and feeling of wanting to punch something. it's also great music to dance to.
A great soundtrack in a bad movie.

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36Forrest Gump Suite (Forrest Gump)
So simple yet so beautiful. the perfect music to accompany this mentally challenged man in his journey. when ever I hear it I picture a feather falling from the sky and Forrest running across the country.

37The Godfather (Nino Rota)
The best soundtrack... By far!
This soundtrack kinda scares me! It's a bit haunting!

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38Roja (A.R. Rahman)
Excellent Soundtrack, truly mesmerizing.
Best sound track from the land of wonders
Redefinition of Indian music
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39The Bourne Legacy

40Rocky (Bill Conti)
Who doesn't wanna hear while you're running. this is one of my favorite themes of all time. it gives you that spirit, that energy in your body to make you feel powerful again just like eye of the tiger by survivor.

41Almost Famous

42Akira (Shoji Yamashiro)

43Into the Wild (Eddie Vedder)
The best movie soundtracks iv'e heard why isn't this higher

44Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Alexandre Desplat)
Just listen to it! Even if you're not a fan of the movies, forget that and listen to the music.
One Of The greatest ost, ever.

45Superman (John Williams)
Great match with the movie

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46Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (John Williams)

47Glory (James Horner)

48Avatar (James Horner)
James Horner's music is a big part of the reason Pandora manages to suck viewers in. This underrated, incredibly atmospheric soundtrack stands well on its own.
It does sound like very alien music from another world. at least that's what James Horner intended for.
I think this deserves to be higher because it is something completely original. it's alien music and tunes that sound like it's from another world. It doesn't really sound human at all.

49Kill Bill Vol. 1
Should be FIRST!, what is going on with you guys?!

50X-Men: First Class (Henry Jackman)
That is the most captivating sountrack I have ever heard in a film! Especially when it plays when magneto walks into the bar and kills all the three guys. It kept me hooked the whole time I saw the movie.
So many awesome themes

51The Wizard of Oz (Harold Arlen)

52Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (John Williams)

53Fifth Element (Eric Serra)

inva mula was great in this song

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54Pirates Of The Caribbean - Dead's Man Chest (Zimmer, Badelt)

55Armageddon (Trevor Rabin)

56Psycho (Bernard Herrmann)
This has got to be one of the most overused soundtracks of all time. I'm not kidding. I hear it everywhere in T. V, in movies, and in video games. It usually plays whenever something scary or shocking happens (especially when it's used as a joke). now that is quite an accomplishment for a film soundtrack. it's even inspired other horror movie soundtracks as well.
This theme is so horrifying, I wet my pants with fear after I hear it! Never have I heard a theme so perfectly constructed with suspension and terror. it's just so frightening on so many levels.

57Iron Man (Ramin Djawadi)
I watched Iron Man for the first time, and couldn't get over the music of it. I don't always pay attention to the background music of movies, but with this one the music really stuck out, and kept my attention to the end. It was put together well, so that it matched up with the scenes perfectly.
Right on! I loved the music in Iron Man and thought everything fit perfectly. The timing of the music was superb, so that it went with each present action. It was one of the things that really stood out when I was watching the movie (besides it being an awesome movie to begin with)!
Iron Man and AC/DC go well together.
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58Once Upon a Time In America (Ennio Morricone)
Magic melody... Should be in the top 10
I don't underestanding why this not in top 10!

59Dirty Dancing
How is this not on here.
This is one of the most well known movie soundtraacks.

60The Departed

61Beauty and the Beast

62Bombay (A.R. Rahman)

63Free Willy

64The Perfect Storm (James Horner)

65Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (John Williams)

66Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Nicholas Hooper)

67Kung Fu Panda 2 (John Powell & Hans Zimmer)

68Waiting to Exhale

69Tarzan (Phil Collins)
Great soundtrack all around!

Freak_Show1

I also love Phil Collin's other song "son of man."

70Sunshine (John Murphy)
Never seen the movie but the music is incredible, could spend all day listening to it

71E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (John Williams)

72Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Hans Zimmer)

73Rocky IV (Vince DiCola)

74The Land Before Time (James Horner)

75The Sound of Music (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irwin Kostal)

76Boogie Nights

77Space Jam

78Gone with the Wind (Max Steiner)

79Conan the Barbarian
This is way to low on the list. If more people heard it
, it would be higher. Basil Poledouris really caught lightning in a bottle with this sound track. It perfectly matches the tone of the movie for every single scene. It sounds free, powerful, bombastic, magical, tragic and overall beautiful. Although the movie is one of my favorites, I admit it has its flaws. The soundtrack, though, is flawless. For me, it rivals lord of the rings and star wars for best soundtrack ever.
THE epic soundtrack. Not only fits the film perfectly but it also stands as great music by itself. It has the most epic horns ever heard, beautiful romantic parts, suspense... and everything is perfect. Some moments could complete the Carmina Burana of Carl Orff (which I think was a big source of inspiration for Basil). Only the soundtrack of Gladiator by Hans Zimmer comes somewhere near this one in levels of epicism (mainly the Gustav Holst inspired parts)
Have to agree, this is the best soundtrack Album I've ever heard, amazing.
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80The Hunger Games (James Newton Howard)

81Spider Man 2

82Iron Man 2 (John Debney)

83The Pink Panther (Henry Mancini)

84Halloween
It just keeps playing in your head, and it's the most recognisable song of the horror movies

85The Village (James Newton Howard)

86Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

87Soul Food

88Transformers (Linkin Park)

89Tron: Legacy (Daft Punk)
Best movie soundtrack to the best movie ever! How the hell is it rated so low? The soundtrack in Tron Legacy kicked ass! Since I watched Tron Legacy, techno became my favourite type of music! This should be in the top ten! Vote this up, USER!
Daft Punk's awesome and catchy music score really helped kick up the action and excitement in the movie.

Shadsilvson11

I just can go to another world wile I'm listening it! Seriously it's amazing how they mix the videogame sounds, strings and tech sounds and make it get in to the heart!
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90Saw (Charlie Clouser)
Are you all kidding me? Saw movie franchise has one of the best soundtracks than all of the movies that are in top 20.
I believe that you will find its soundtrack amusing.

tawhabinnasir

Yeah this should belong here at first it was at below 100 now it is here where it should belong

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91Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

92Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre)
SIMPLY THE MOST WELL KNOWN 8 NOTES IN CINEMA HISTORY, AND NOT IN THE LIST?

93The Shining

94Breakfast at Tiffany's (Henry Mancini )

great soundtrack, it categorizes the atmosphere of this great movie

MatrixGuy


95Watchmen (Tyler Bates)

96The Little Mermaid

97Rango (Hans Zimmer)

98The Chronicles of Narnia; the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Harry Gregson-Williams)
This should be number one. Narnia soundtrack is magical.

99The Last Samurai (Hans Zimmer)
The music has much more life to it than many other soundtracks. Its soothing, emotional tracks add color to the movie. Zimmer should have got the academy award for this. Its strange no one has added this in the list. Definitely top in my list.
This music is just fantastic
Come onnn guys, 83! This movie has a great soundtrack!
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