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 (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.

The Star Wars soundtrack is mode iconic but Lotr soundtrack is the noe to rule them all!

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2 Star Wars (John Williams) Star Wars (John Williams)

Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream, Requiem for a Dream! I voted for Star Wars because of how iconic it is, but after seeing the movie Lux Aeterna still sends chills down my spine years later!

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.

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.

This is so iconic and really sets the mood for all of the epic, classic scenes in all of the movies. This was brilliantly done, and I wish it was at number one.

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3 The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer) The 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

I thought this was done by James Newton Howard. - jezza0

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4 Titanic (James Horner) Titanic (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.

The best soundtrack ever. This is on the top on my heart list. It never be forgetten. James horner is great composer ever. I always remember love of jack and rose the great titanic love.

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5 Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) Gladiator (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!

... lisa is incredible and by the way where is clint mansell on this list?

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

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"?

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7 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.

The whole entire Harry Potter OST is amazing

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8 Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End (Hans Zimmer) Pirates 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.

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. - NymeriaWaters

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.

Without a doubt, this should be number 2...

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9 How 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

This should be higher on the list, it is fun to listen to and never gets old.

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10 Jaws (John Williams) Jaws (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!

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The Newcomers

? Passengers (Thomas Newman)
? Coco Before Chanel (Alexandre Desplat)

The Contenders

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

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.

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.

How it is not number one and where is papillon soundtrack?

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12 The Lion King The Lion King

The best selling soundtracks of all time

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

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13 Braveheart (James Horner) Braveheart (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

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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14 Inception (Hans Zimmer)

Seriously, 14th? This soundtrack is so powerful that it brought me to tears. This and the dark knight are the only two soundtracks to do so and it is a truly incredible feeling. Hans Zimmer is definitely the most brilliant modern composer and is largely overlooked on this list. Please, vote for this soundtrack. Also, where is interstellar on this list? That is also an incredible brainchild of Zimmer.

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!

Time (inception) is the best soundtrack of all time

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15 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams) V 1 Comment
16 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...

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17 The Last Of The Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman) The 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.

Just unforgettable.

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18 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! - Blubbydubber1

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 - jarjar36

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19 Pulp Fiction Pulp 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

20 Saturday Night Fever

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

Love star wars but just had to vote for this one - BestPersonEvaaa

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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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3. Braveheart (James Horner)
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3. How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
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