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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    The Amazing Spider-Man

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    Back to the Future

    1985 More
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    1952 More
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    1975 More
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    2004 More
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    Spider-Man

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    Jurassic Park

    1993 More
    84
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    1987 More
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    Superman

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    Men in Black

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    44
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    1972 More
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  18. 52
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    The Shawshank Redemption

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    1984 More
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    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

    1977 More
    100
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    1982 More
    54
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    1984 More
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    Psycho

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    49
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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

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    1965 More
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    1990 More
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