Best Hans Zimmer Soundtracks


The Top Ten

1 Inception

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"?

It's just amazing. Such a powerful piece. When I listen I become so overwhelmed!

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2 Interstellar

A unique and ambitious soundtrack for an equally unique and ambitious movie, which not just enhances the viewing experience like most of Zimmer's soundtracks, but uniquely propels the core aspect of the film. You can feel the relationship between father and daughter changing throughout the film, and the constant love and hope that a father can fulfil the promise he made to his daughter. Coop is taken into another dimensional world, and so is the viewer in the film and Zimmer's emotional and hypnotic soundtrack that defines Interstellar as a truly extraordinary film.

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.

Ending scene coop going back to brand background music is amazing how did zimmer nail it so good,the soundtrack made the movie much better than it should be

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3 The 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.

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

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

The whole trilogy really...

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4 Gladiator

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

Gladiator has unmatched piece of music. Now you are free is the best background score for such an emotional ending to the movie. Gave me goosebumps.

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5 The 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!

How?! It's one of the most unique soundtracks he's ever done in his entire career, and it captures the feel of the entire movie...I simply cannot describe how it is to hear this soundtrack - it's just so damn amazing...

"This Land" is one of the best tracks I heard in a movie.
Captures the whole movie.

The best... no question. Followed by Gladiator, then Pirates 3

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6 The 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.

Its an amazing track! The climax score is my most favorite score of the Batman triology!

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7 Man 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!

Without this music, Man of Steel would be very boring. Hans Zimmer made a soundtrack more memorable than John William's one in my opinion.

I love the new Superman theme, it inspires hope.

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8 Pirates 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.

6 words: "Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho"

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9 Pirates 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...

This was not even composed by Hans zimmer

One of the greatest soundtracks of all time. The only thing keeping it from being Zimmer's best is the fact that he did not do all of it.

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10 The Da Vinci Code

I have no words... Nough said

Just fantastic it builds and builds until the hairs on your neck stick up my favorite Hans Zimmer song by a mile

Simply beautiful, the crescendo...


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The Contenders

11 Batman 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

Groundwork for TDKT scores and genuinely fantastic piece of music.

Molossus, no more words

12 Sherlock 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.

One of his best soundtracks of all time."Discombobulate","Putrifaction" are some of the notable scores of this movie

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13 The 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!

Hans' music in the Last Samurai is astounding. It captures the warrior spirit brilliantly and for me focusses on the battle within ourselves to overcome fear and be the best we can be

Come on boys

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14 Pirates 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

An invigorating, uplifting and better yet a phenomenal piece of music that distinctly encapsulates the despair and battle of Davy Jones broken heart. The distant booming of pipe organs playing in the background, assists the complex structure of "The squid-faced mans" story. Such sorrow can only be met by the brilliance of Hans Zimmer's on point accuracy of composition. Hands down, one of the very few good songs that can be played over and over again; I present to you (DAVY JONES) theme!

My personal favourite. The whole tone of the film is awesome and wouldn't be quite as memorable if not for the brilliant score! - BKAllmighty

Davy Jones theme is some of his best work for me, I love it. The pipe organ gives me chills - dragonfly99

15 Rush Rush

Lost but won. One of the greatest soundtrack ever made.

Lost but won... The one soundtrack you must have in your playlist

Lost but won, you feel the tension in the beautiful music

Greatest music I have ever listened to

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16 Pearl Harbor

This deserves to be top 5 at the very least. You may dislike the movie's excessive action scenes and the inaccurate portrayal of historic events, but this soundtrack is simply flawless.

When I hear the music I imagine myself floating above the clouds. It's absolutely tranquil and relaxing to listen to after a rough day of work.

Tennessee for the win! A really deep piece on this one

I love the film, and the soundtrack is breathtaking

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17 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 The 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.

Just listen to the Electro ReMix... It just gives a different perspective of the character.

"Your That Spider Guy" is so inspirational. I love it so much.

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18 Spirit: 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!

This is the "ONLY" soundtrack my nephew will listen to in the car. It's simply amazing and I love that he composed with Bryan Adams. He's got tremendous amount of talent and I love his voice! My all time favorite next to Pearl Harbor. I even have my husband enjoying his music.

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!

This soundtrack to this movie is absolutely beautiful my personal favorites are Run Free And Homeland

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19 King Arthur King 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.

I fall asleep listening to this music going to sleep. It's perfect for the scenes and helps tells the story.

His absolute best--inspired an entire trilogy of books (mine)!

20 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
21 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

This is an incredible score. It builds upon the masterpiece that was the Man of Steel soundtrack and takes it to new levels. It hits all of the story beats perfectly, providing you with just as much narrative as the original script.

The most underrated movie and soundtrack. In my opinion, this is Hans' best score, hands down.

Terrific Soundtrack with memorable themes. "Is She With You" (Wonder Woman theme) stands out. Lex's theme is a great addition. He and Junkie XL did an amazing job on the Batman theme. Superman's theme from Man of Steel continues to be great.

Yes cool

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22 The 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.

Haunting music, can listen to this over and over. My favorite soundtrack. The long songs make for better listening! Nothing worse than 2 minute soundtrack songs. Zimmerman rules!

This one is REALLY good, and not only that, but this is one of zimmer's first real compositions. You may not notice it, but this is the score that zimmer STILL bases his work of of.

One of the early ones, one of the best ones.

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23 Black Hawk Down

Joke that black hawk down is so far down thid list. It should be up there near the gladiator at least!

This should be first

This should be atop!


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24 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Call 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. - ChrisZimson

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25 The 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.

26 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

One of the best Animated movies in the world! - Victoryboy

27 Crysis 2 Soundtrack Crysis 2 Soundtrack

How can you forget the soundtrack of game crysis 2. Its also sounds like epic.

Best soundtrack ever for a video game

This is the one that should have been at the top. The vibes in this thing is inhuman

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... !

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28 Rango

You! Stop!
Stop scrolling through this and immediately get the soundtrack of Rango! This one is definitely one of his best (it really is! ). It's such a shame not much people know about this movie and the music. Movie is really great, music is better.
Listen to: Rango Suite, Underground, The Sunset Shot

29 Kung Fu Panda Kung Fu Panda

One of the most underrated soundtrack: master oogway

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

30 Madagascar Madagascar

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.

"I like to move it" song creates a SWING in your body! Man, this song rocks! - Victoryboy

31 The Rock The Rock

This soundtrack defined military action music for two decades.

32 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
33 Kung Fu Panda 2 Kung 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).

34 True Romance True Romance

Cannot believe this isn't number 1


35 Angels & 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.

People talk about Hans Zimmer for Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, Interstellar! Which are my favourites too! BUT.. Angels and Demons is often underrated which is actually on another level! *Fire*

It should be top 10. "Science and Religion" is epic

Yes The God particle is amazing

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36 Crimson Tide Crimson Tide

I feel that the amount of support for crimson tide really does not do it justice given how great it is

But then again, it is a really old film

A truly memorable score!

One of the greatest

This soundtrack is one of Zimmer’s most forgotten scores: which is odd. It is his only Grammy winner besides The Dark Knight. An insult, this is an hour of power and majesty.

37 The Lone Ranger

Why is this not higher on the list these are great songs

38 Tears of the Sun Tears of the Sun

Final battle scene music came alive very good hans zimmer

Kopano part 3 hans did a great job with that song.

39 The 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

Even though this is not a true chick flic, it is romantic, and Zimmer s music fits every scene. It's my wife's favorite film.

Enjoyed the holiday very much. Still right up there with Pearl Harbor and Spirit.

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40 Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

A truly enchanting soundtrack to match it's theme perfectly

41 Broken 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.

42 The Simpsons Movie The Simpsons Movie
43 The Ring The Ring

The score means so much more in a horror movie and Hans Zimmer, Henning Lohner and Martin Tillman definitely deliver. Music works on so many diffrent emotional levels and give the movie a creepy but also sad and suspensful atmosphere.

44 Mission: Impossible II Mission: Impossible II

Injection is still my favorite Hans Zimmer music.

This was infact my favorite.

45 As Good As It Gets As Good As It Gets
46 Driving Miss Daisy Driving Miss Daisy
47 Black Rain Black Rain

A stylish mix of Japanese and American culture in a 80's synth package

48 The Power of One The 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!

49 Rain Man Rain Man

This is when I discovered Hans Zimmer and since am a big fan. Did a lot of daydreaming with this music.

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

50 Backdraft Backdraft

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

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