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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2Titanic (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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3Star 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.
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
Empire Strikes Back is the best film score of all time!
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4Pirates 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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5Gladiator (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.
Absolute Masterpiece... Gives me goosebumps even now.. :) :) All Hail Hans!
That last scene when he dies and walks through the fields towards his wife and child - epic music!
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6Pirates 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.

7Braveheart (James Horner)
The second best from the titan James Horner

MatrixGuy

The best music I have ever hear in a movie! So powerful and emotional! Should be number one.
just listen to the soundtrack and you'll know!

icsi


8How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
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.
This soundtrack is amazing! Beautiful, haunting, epic, and diverse. With songs like Forbidden Friendship, See You Tomorrow, and Battling the Green Death, this is definitely in my opinion a modern day classic. How is this not higher?
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9The 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.

10Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (John Williams)
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).

The Contenders

11The Last Of The Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman)

A really beautiful sound track that personifies the end of the movie.

Cbatower


12Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

13Jaws (John Williams)
So awesome, that it can make a room full of people scream!

14Twilight (Carter Burwell)

15Sherlock 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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16The Terminator (Brad Fiedel)
The T2 main theme still holds up as one of THE most epic themes.

17Batman (Danny Elfman)

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

Blubbydubber1

How on earth is this not top 10

19The Lion King
The best selling soundtracks of all time

20Inception (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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21The Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman)

Best children movie soundtrack! I'm 28 and still sing it all alone or what my kids


22Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri)
The best of the best of the best.

dureckl


23The Mission (Ennio Morricone)
I have an intensely physical and emotional response to this music.

24Grease (Michael Gibson)

25The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone)

26Pearl Harbor (Hans Zimmer)

27The Bodyguard
It's the best... Why is it at 26?

28The Hobbit (Howard Shore)

29Once 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!

30The Bourne Legacy

31Raiders 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.
Way better than entries like twilight. Classic, epic, adventure music!
This is a top 5 soundtrack not pirates of the carrebean

32Roja (A.R. Rahman)
Excellent Soundtrack, truly mesmerizing.
Best sound track from the land of wonders
Redefinition of Indian music

33Mortal Kombat

34Akira (Shoji Yamashiro)

35Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Hans Zimmer)

36Iron 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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37The Hunger Games (James Newton Howard)

38Harry 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.

398 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.


40The Wizard of Oz (Harold Arlen)

41Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (John Williams)

42Avatar (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.


43Kill Bill Vol. 1
Should be FIRST!, what is going on with you guys?!

44The Godfather (Nino Rota)
The best soundtrack... By far!

45X-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

46Superman (John Williams)

Great match with the movie

MatrixGuy


47Armageddon (Trevor Rabin)

48Iron Man 2 (John Debney)

49Pirates Of The Caribbean - Dead's Man Chest (Zimmer, Badelt)

50Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (John Williams)

51Beauty and the Beast

52Psycho (Bernard Herrmann)

53Bombay (A.R. Rahman)

54Fifth Element (Eric Serra)

inva mula was great in this song

Albania11


55The Perfect Storm (James Horner)

56Alien (Jerry Goldsmith)

57Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Nicholas Hooper)

58The 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
One of the best sountrack in my beautiful life!

59Once Upon a Time In America (Ennio Morricone)
Magic melody... Should be in the top 10

60Evita (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!

mitchellmanage


61Requiem 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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62Sunshine (John Murphy)
Never seen the movie but the music is incredible, could spend all day listening to it

63The Land Before Time (James Horner)

64Spider Man 2

65Tarzan (Phil Collins)

Great soundtrack all around!

Freak_Show1


66The Village (James Newton Howard)

67Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

68Pulp 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

69Conan 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.
Have to agree, this is the best soundtrack Album I've ever heard, amazing.
1982 Conan The Barabarian Best Soundtrack Ever, should be #1 but to not even be in the top ten is absurd
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70Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

71Watchmen (Tyler Bates)

72The Sound of Music (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irwin Kostal)

73The Little Mermaid

74Tron: 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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75Saw (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

tawhabinnasir


76Rango (Hans Zimmer)

77The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)
Chevaliers de sangreal really is a epic soundtrack and a great music.

78Breakfast at Tiffany's (Henry Mancini )

great soundtrack, it categorizes the atmosphere of this great movie

MatrixGuy


79Transformers (Linkin Park)

80A Beautiful Mind (James Horner)

81The Chronicles of Narnia; the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Harry Gregson-Williams)

82Das Boot (Klaus Doldinger)

83Star Trek The Motion Picture (Jerry Goldsmith)

841492: Conquest of Paradise (Vangelis)
OK... This HAS to be top 20 at least. And where is The Mission?
One of the most underrated scores
A pure MASTERPIECE!

85Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain) - Yann Tiersen

86A Bittersweet Life

87Home Alone (John Williams)

88Dances with Wolves (John Barry)

Won the Academy award for Best Music Score.


89Pan's Labyrinth (Javier Navarrete)

90Chariots of Fire (Vangelis)

91Chicago (Danny Elfman)

92Billa (Yuvan Shankar Raja)
Stylish walk by thala... ! BGM marnamass

93Forrest 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.

94Halloween
It just keeps playing in your head, and it's the most recognisable song of the horror movies

95Heartbreakers

96Step Up

Where the hell is Scott Pilgrim VS. The World?
That has the best soundtrack ever. m/


97Apollo 13 (James Horner)
Beautiful... Full of suspense and exhilaration.

98Purple Rain (Prince)

99The X-Files (Mark Snow)

100Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Jon Brion)

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