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.

Found the most moving and inspiring soundtrack. Fitting the action on screen perfectly, unforgettable, cry every time see movie s.

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2 Star Wars (John Williams)

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.

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.

I have been to many toptens list but this list is number one when it comes to the incorrectness of the relative placement of number 1 and 2. This score is a million times better than Lord Of The Rings

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3 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

Because it's batman

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4 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.

James horner just made history. Nearer to everyone's heart. No doubt greatest of ever.

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5 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 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! - punyraisin

The whole entire Harry Potter OST is amazing

A window to the past.
Look it up.

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7 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.

the best

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8 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

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.

The anticipation felt at the end when they are all in the circle to kill each other is masterful my favorite western my favorite soundtrack

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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

I grew up on this soundtrack. It makes me cry every time, especially Forbidden Friendship. It. Is. Just. So. Good.

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10 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!

Good but...Dvorak 9? Anyone? - NymeriaWaters

The Newcomers

? Born Free (John Barry)
? Mars Attacks (Danny Elfman)

The Contenders

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

This is legendery

12 The Lion King

The best selling soundtracks of all time

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

Hans Zimmer at his finest! - PeeledBanana

One of the best chilhood movies ever

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13 Pulp Fiction

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$ - VideoGamefan5

Well this movie is just classic it belongs in top 10

Umm... classic?

14 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.

How is it THIS low

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15 The Godfather (Nino Rota)

The best soundtrack... By far!

Better than best

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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...

Waltz of death is quite circussy in a good way.

17 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. - MontyPython

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.

18 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.

The main theme is perfect,possibly best of all time

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19 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.

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"?

Best music in the world especially climax music

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20 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

21 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.

The best soundtrack

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22 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 - BeeGeesfan999

23 Goodfellas

Includes, Cream, Muddy Waters, Derek & The Dominoes and more. - BrianScott01

24 Saturday Night Fever

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

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

The soundtrack that didn't got the Oscar for film music
but should have - BeeGeesfan999

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25 Back 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

Ugh, really? How to train your Dragon is above Bttf? Though not being my all time favorite movie, it DOES have the greatest soundtrack.

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26 The Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman)

Danny Elfman also does Jack's singing voice as well.

27 Once 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!

At least top 20. This is original compositions not a gathering of previously recorded songs.

Great movie, Great music!

28 School of Rock
29 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?

What's this doing' way down here at 41? Deserves to be a lot higher!

30 Purple Rain (Prince)
31 Schindler's List (John Williams)

How this hauntingly beautiful masterpiece is not in the top 10 beats me...

Come on! It's the best classic violin song in the last 50 years! - sepehr

This is an amazing sound track. I also can't believe that it is so far down... in the 210th place.

Brilliant! Absolutely Devastating theme and soudtrack!

32 The Mission (Ennio Morricone)

I have an intensely physical and emotional response to this music.

What a great film and soundtrack.

MORRICONNE PAYS HOMAGE TO NATURE WITH THIS MASTERPIECE.
COMPOSED 30 YEARS AGO IT IS STILL IN EVERYBODY'S MIND, AND WILL CERTAINLY OUTLIVE ALL THE BILLBOARD HITS OF THE TOP TEN

33 Halloween

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

34 Dirty Dancing

I agree such fun

How is this not on here.
This is one of the most well known movie soundtraacks.

35 The Hobbit (Howard Shore)

Although there are some really amazing sound track this can't be much lower than 5th. there's such depth and color in all of Howard shore's music but in both the hobbit and lord of the ring trilogy there is an almost incomprehensible abundance of emotion and expression. Howard shore has more music interpretive ability than possibly any human alive today. - Messej

This should at least be thirty. It's pretty good, and a lot better than twilight. - Spongebob-129

Great music to a great film series - mneilan

36 8 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.

This post is by Eminem and this is the best most!

Eminem - PeeledBanana

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37 Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Christophe Beck)

This should be near the bottom of this list it has ONE descent song on it the rest are either mediocre or just god damn annoying - christangrant

Whoever voted for this get rid of your inner teenage girl, and if you are a teenage girl, grow up - Spongebob-129

This movie's songs are way to over played - MaverickRide

38 A Hard Day's Night

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

39 Requiem for a Dream (Clint Mansell)

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.

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!

What the hell! This SHOULD be in the top 10! You guys have asses for ears.

Haunting movie. Haunting soundtrack. Pretty sad to see this so low on the list. Easily my favorite movie soundtrack ever. Lux Aeterna is an amazing song as well as the rest of the soundtrack.

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40 The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)
41 Across the Universe
42 Lords of Dogtown
43 Road House
44 Guardians of the Galaxy (Tyler Bates)

Agreed this soundtrack does not have even a single original song and is all but a playlist but the way the songs merge into the movie and become an integral part of it is just phenomenal! This soundtrack does deserve a much higher rating!

Why is this so low it has a spectacular sound track

Any song in this movie is good

45 Akira (Shoji Yamashiro)
46 Help!
47 Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)

I can't believe this is at 272. This is my favorite movie and my favorite part was definitely the soundtrack. It's so perfect and it sets the mood and suspense for every scene of this Christopher Nolan masterpiece. This has to be #1.

Hans Zimmer is a genius. This movie deserves to be in the top 10 at least.

Mate, this soundtrack was bloody amazing. It gave the movie it's emotional hit, and the fact that it's 74 is just ridiculous

What! at #74. This soundtrack must be on top 10. Otherwise this list is a crap.

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48 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
49 The Bourne Legacy

One of the best so far...

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

Includes the iconic theme of the original, plus many new tracks, including slave children's crusade, which is itself one of the best pieces of film score that I have ever heard.

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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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