The Greatest Film Scores of All Time Albums

The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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The 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.

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

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      Star Wars: A New Hope

      London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams More
      100
    2. 2
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      Howard Shore More
      93
    3. 3
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      John Williams More
      90
    4. 4
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      Ennio Morricone More
      85
    5. 5
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      Nino Rota More
      83
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      Jaws

      John Williams More
      82
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      Superman: The Movie

      John Williams More
      81
    8. 8
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      John Williams More
      77
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      Jurassic Park

      John Williams More
      76
    10. 10
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      Bill Conti More
      76
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      Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard More
      73
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      Batman

      Danny Elfman More
      70
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      Lawrence of Arabia

      Maurice Jarre More
      69
    14. 14
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      Henry Mancini More
      68
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      The Lion King

      68
    16. 16
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      Inception

      Hans Zimmer More
      68
    17. 17
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      Alan Silvestri More
      67
    18. 18
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      James Horner More
      66
    19. 19
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      Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
      64
    20. 20
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      John Williams More
      63
    21. 21
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      Randy Edelman More
      63
      added by: Kosh105
      Randy Eldermann
    22. 22
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      Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt More
      61
    23. 23
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      John Williams More
      61
    24. 24
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      James Horner More
      60
    25. 25
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      Vangelis More
      60
    26. 26
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      Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, The National Philharmonic Orchestra More
      59
    27. 27
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      Bernard Herrmann More
      57
    28. 28
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      Alan Silvestri More
      57
    29. 29
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      Schindler's List

      John Williams More
      57
    30. 30
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      Ennio Morricone More
      57
    31. 31
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      Jerry Goldsmith More
      56
    32. 32
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      The Mission

      Ennio Morricone More
      56
      added by: sid_cassal
      Ennio Morricone 
    33. 33
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      Basil Poledouris More
      55
    34. 34
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      Kronos Quartet, Clint Mansell More
      55
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      The Empire Strikes Back

      John Williams More
      55
    36. 36
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      Brad Fiedel More
      54
    37. 37
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      Andrew Lloyd Webber More
      54
    38. 38
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      John Barry More
      53
    39. 39
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      Vangelis, Jack Elliott More
      53
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      The Matrix

      Don Davis More
      52
    41. 41
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      Elmer Bernstein More
      51
    42. 42
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      Batman Begins

      Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
      49
    43. 43
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      Michael Giacchino More
      48
    44. 44
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      The Darkd Knight Rises

      48
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      Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
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      47
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    46. 46
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      Ennio Morricone More
      46
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    47. 47
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      James Horner More
      45
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    48. 48
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      Bernard Hermann More
      45
    49. 49
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      Danny Elfman More
      44
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      The Adventures of Robin Hood

      Erich Wolfgang Korngold More
      44
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