The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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List Criteria: "Film score" refers to the instrumental background music that plays throughout the movie, not the soundtrack

This list contains greatest movie themes and scores ever recorded, chosen by the Ranker community. (NOTE: This list is for film SCORES, the instrumental music from movies. We also have a list of The Greatest Movie Soundtracks, designed for collections of songs taken from films.) These are the most iconic, memorable themes and collections of background music ever.

Film scores also include dialogue and special effects. This means you should rank the film scores on how important you think they were in delivering the atmosphere the film was trying to achieve?
 
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite Randy Eldermann

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons Ennio Morricone 

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