Top Ten Best Movie Soundtracks

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1The 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.

Shire theme better than any star wars theme

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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.

Considering all of the 6 movies, but not the soundtrack as an album, because it is so crucial to the storytelling and vice-versa that one cannot exist without the other. You could replace James Earl Jones himself and still have Star Wars, but never without that specific musical tones at each particular scene. The music is not there only for atmosphere, it is a main character.

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.

By far the best!

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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.

His soundtrack to Titanic is utterly compelling and stands up as the single greatest soundtrack of all time. Definitely deserves to be number one.

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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 - ankittayal1

Love this sound I like epic

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5Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Klaus Badelt)

Genius music. Very soulful. The modern classics. - tem

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.

In my opinion the greatest soundtrack possible. Each theme is epic!

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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!

Awesome EPIC soundtrack. Big, grandiose, full of emotion and power, ethereal, you will enjoy this over and over.

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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 right moment with the right music to bring in the feeling and touch which made it a big impact to bring this movie to a great success.

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The Newcomers

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?Wreck-it Ralph - Henry Jackman
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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 - MatrixGuy

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

The best music I have ever hear in a movie! So powerful and emotional! Should be number one.

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13Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)
14Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri)

The best of the best of the best. - dureckl

Not even in the top 10? My personal favorite. - Spongebob-129

Come on what's Twilight doing above this? - Spongebob-129

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15The 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...

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...

17School of Rock
18A Hard Day's Night

A movie with all original music by THE Beatles?
Yes, that should definitely be in the #1 spot!

19Pulp 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

20Saturday Night Fever
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1. The Lord of The Rings (Howard Shore)
2. How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
3. Titanic (James Horner)
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1. Titanic (James Horner)
2. Jurassic Park (John Williams)
3. Braveheart (James Horner)
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1. Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard)
2. The Lord of The Rings (Howard Shore)
3. How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
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