The Greatest Film Scores of All Time Films

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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  3. 3
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    - 1,040


    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    - 672

    ranked low on reranks
    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    often listed
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    often listed & added by CraigAlarm
    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  15. 15
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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    - 318


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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    ranked low on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Kosh105
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite Randy Eldermann

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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    - 239

    ranked low on reranks
    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    often listed
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  38. 38
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    - 246
    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    ranked low on reranks
    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    - 214

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

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    + 297
    - 287


    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks
    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    added by DuckNation
    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    added by sid_cassal
    Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons Ennio Morricone 

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    often listed & added by The Enforcer
    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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