The Greatest Movie Themes Films

The Greatest Movie Themes

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A memorable movie theme song is an underrated crucial element that helps turn a great movie into an iconic one. At its core, a movie score is supposed to capture the mood and set the tone of what's going on in a particular scene. But the theme song if done right, can be as iconic as the film itself. Many film score composers set out to write a theme that fully encapsulates what a film is going for, but only a handful have become the greatest.

Perhaps the most famous film composer is John Williams, who is well represented on this list. Williams is the musical mind behind some of the greatest movie themes like Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jaws and the Star Wars movies. These film scores are as memorable and iconic as the films.

Great movie themes are often instrumentals that when played, can be easily recognized. Themes from Rocky, Batman, The Godfather franchise, 2001: A Space Odyssey, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Psycho are among the most recognizable songs and have long since established their place in pop culture. You can hear these songs on commercials and often times at sporting events as well.

The key element to remember as you vote on your favorite theme song is that we are only voting on the theme, not the entire score or soundtrack. This is the Ultimate List specifically for theme songs, so vote on what you think is the greatest movie them of all time. If you think a movie theme is missing, feel free to add it.

To vote on the movies with the best "mix tape" style soundtracks, not scores, check out Movies with the Best Soundtracks. For best all-around sound, vote on The Greatest Soundtracks in Film History.

List Criteria: Theme music for films

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  1. 12
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    1968 More
    72
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    20th Century Fox Fanfare

    38
  3. 35
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    1964 More
    52
  4. 37
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    1979 More
    51
  5. 8
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    Back to the Future

    1985 More
    79
  6. 9
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    Batman

    1989 More
    75
  7. 32
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    1982 More
    54
  8. 38
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    1995 More
    49
  9. 36
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    1981 More
    51
  10. 31
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    1982 More
    54
  11. 59
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    1990 More
    34
  12. 18
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    1982 More
    61
  13. 51
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    1981 More
    43
  14. 28
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    1981 More
    55
  15. 43
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    1982 More
    49
  16. 39
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    1965 More
    49
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    1984 More
    58
  18. 15
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    2000 More
    66
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    1978 More
    60
  20. 27
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    2001 More
    55
  21. 58
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    1952 More
    34
  22. 42
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    1996 More
    49
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981 More
    96
  24. 3
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    James Bond

    1999 More
    87
  25. 13
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    1975 More
    69
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    Jurassic Park

    1993 More
    84
  27. 65
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    2004 More
    32
  28. 48
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    Men in Black

    1997 More
    44
  29. 19
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    1996 More
    60
  30. 46
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    1995 More
    46
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    55
  32. 64
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    2003 More
    32
  33. 41
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    Psycho

    1960 More
    49
  34. 25
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    1991 More
    56
  35. 34
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    1987 More
    52
  36. 6
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    1976 More
    80
  37. 55
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    Rudy

    1993 More
    38
  38. 54
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    1996 More
    39
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    Spider-Man

    2002 More
    45
  40. 14
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    2009 More
    67
  41. 17
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    1982 More
    65
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

    1977 More
    100
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    2011 More
    26
    added by: WarrenMitchell
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Superman

    1978 More
    84
  45. 11
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    1991 More
    73
  46. 67
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    1984 More
    26
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  47. 53
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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    2012 More
    39
  48. 70
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    26
    added by: wiabux
  49. 33
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    1973 More
    52
  50. 66
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    1994 More
    27
    added by: WarrenMitchell
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