The Greatest Movie Themes Films
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The Greatest Movie Themes

List Criteria: Theme music for films

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.
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    Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley

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    Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

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    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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    Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    Alex Van Halen, Leeza Gibbons, Peter Weller

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    Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    Emma Watson, Julianne Hough, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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