Top Ten Best Movie Soundtracks

The Top Ten

The Lord of The Rings (Howard Shore) The Lord of The Rings (Howard Shore) Product Image

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.

Cannot stress the beauty of this score enough. The feeling of unearthliness associated with the elves, the sadness nostalgia felt when looking at the white tree, the minor themes like Eowyn's that just bring you into focus every time a certain character comes on screen. I will never, never grow tired of this score. Though I think that LOTR and Star Wars are more or less equal in terms of scores, LOTR will always be my personal favourite. It's just seamless.

Star Wars (John Williams) Star Wars (John Williams) Product Image

Its one of the beat scores of all time. The movie alone was way ahead of its time with the use of practical and computer generated effects, and the score just makes it that much better.

Of course Star Wars music is the best! I know it places SECOND place on the list right now, but it will be in first place. It is iconic, is is epic, it is emotional, it is what makes the movie itself. Without the music in Star Wars, it wouldn't be as much as a popular movie. The music, and the movie itself, make Star Wars the best movie AND the best music on the list.

Undoubtedly the most iconic movie score of all time. How is this second? How are the scores to Indiana Jones, Requiem for a Dream, and 2001: A Space Odyssey not in the Top 10. Lord of the Rings has an excellent score, but Star Wars is incomparable. That anything else could take first place makes my question the sanity of The Top Tens users.

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.

The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer) The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer) Product Image

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

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

Titanic (James Horner) Titanic (James Horner) Product Image

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.

WHERE IS "THE BODYGUARD"? Still, James Horner is the greatest! And the soundtrack is breath-taking! (if I can say it like this... ) Brings back so many memories!

Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) Product Image

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!

Best Hans Zimmer score, one of the very best soundtrack ever made and as if it wasn't enough, Lisa Gerrard's voice from Dead Can Dance brings you back to Rome.

Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End (Hans Zimmer) Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End (Hans Zimmer) Product Image

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.

While I do think that the first movie track was all around better, this one has so many moments of such perfection. Drink up Me Hearties Yo Ho is such a great song, Up is down is so amazing. The soundtrack really aided the movie. Still prefer the first, but some of these individual songs cause chills every time.

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.

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,

Jaws (John Williams) Jaws (John Williams) Product Image

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!

Good but...Dvorak 9? Anyone?

The 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.

Best soundtrack ever. The Theme, Marcia, the Carriage of are Spirits, the Saint Anthony Mission, Father Ramirez, Story of a Soldier, Marcia without Hope, the Death of a Soldier, the Ecstasy of Gold, and the Trio are all amazing tracks making up the single best soundtrack ever.

Every piece of music in this film is a masterpiece. Epic beyond words. Movies like this one will probably never be replicated to any real comparison. It sets the bar too high.

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

Harry 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.

Deserves to be Number 1! It's absolutely Beautiful! Even the films not scored by John Williams!

The whole entire Harry Potter OST is amazing

It's the most peaceful sound ever.

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

This is legendery

The Contenders

How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)

Curse you Sony, Trent Reznos, Atticus Ross, AMPAS for stealing oscar from this movie, Mark Zuckerberg should be killed by Toothless, composer of The Social Network should be sent to HTTYD World, SONY SHOULD BE DESTROYED.

I should point out that if Social Network didn't win, either King's Speech or Inception would have done. - mcvito

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

John Powell is a magician. You can literally imagine and visualise the scenes from the movie when you listen to the soundtrack. You can feel the breeze rustling by while listen to 'Test Drive' and 'Forbidden Friendship' warms my heart to the core. The music can bring tears to your eyes and it makes the movie so much more beautiful

Batman (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...

Waltz of death is quite circussy in a good way.

Jurassic Park (John Williams)

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.

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

Such a great movie, but it's the music that really makes it memorable! Especially the Main Theme, every time I hear it that scene comes to mind.

Not as good as star wars but easily a top ten

Pulp Fiction Pulp Fiction Product Image

THE ONLY ONE WHo could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man!

I Should Of Bought This The Other Day I Saw It At The Store For 5$

Well this movie is just classic it belongs in top 10

Umm... classic?

The Lion King The Lion King Product Image

The best selling soundtracks of all time

How to train your dragon above the Lion King. One of the most aclamed musicals ever?

This Land is breathtaking. Won Zimmer a well-deserved Oscar

Hans Zimmer at his finest!

Saturday Night Fever

Love star wars but just had to vote for this one

What? The best album ever below music from star wars and the lord of the rings?

Best selling soundtrack of all time with several number one hits

Hell yeah

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

Genius music. Very soulful. The modern classics.

Genius music. Really paints a picture in your mind, and makes you remember the film.

Beautiful, powerful, moving, triumphant, energetic, intense, and relaxing all in one! It took a musical genius to compose these pieces. I mean, who doesn't love the piece "He's a Pirate"?

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.

The Godfather (Nino Rota) The Godfather (Nino Rota) Product Image

The best soundtrack... By far!

What a soundtrack

Better than best


2001: A Space Odyssey

What's this doing so low? It's easily so memorable. I'd put it higher above the list.

The most beautiful soundtrack ever.

This theme is just so iconic. you hear it everywhere in culture. especially when something big's about to happen. this is alex north's best work yet.

Grease (Michael Gibson)

Boring! Doesn't hold a candle to the thrilling scores of Sherlock Holmes or Pirates of the Caribbean.

Nothing really special is it.

Really? This fake 50s trash?

The title track is from Barry Gibb

Forrest 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.

Number 1 songs thru the generations

I get tears from the opening

The Last Of The Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman) The Last Of The Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman) Product Image

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.

Just unforgettable.

Braveheart (James Horner) Braveheart (James Horner) Product Image

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

Gentle, romantic, sad, soulful, brave, free. It holds all the themes of the movie so perfectly. Truly a beautiful track, with such strong emotion in each melody.

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


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

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