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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    the people's #1 &most listed
    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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    ranked low on reranks
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Ennio Morricone More
    85
  5. 5
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    Nino Rota More
    84
  6. 6
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jaws

    John Williams More
    81
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Superman: The Movie

    John Williams More
    80
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Indiana Jones Trilogy

    John Williams More
    78
  9. 9
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    Bill Conti More
    78
  10. 10
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    Jurassic Park

    John Williams More
    76
  11. 11
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    Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard More
    72
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Batman

    Danny Elfman More
    72
  13. 13
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    Inception

    Hans Zimmer More
    70
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Lion King

    70
  15. 15
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Pink Panther

    Henry Mancini More
    69
  16. 16
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    Alan Silvestri More
    69
  17. 17
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    James Horner More
    67
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lawrence of Arabia

    Maurice Jarre More
    67
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    The Dark Knight

    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
    66
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    Randy Edelman More
    63
    added by: Kosh105
    Randy Eldermann
  21. 21
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    James Horner More
    61
  22. 22
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    Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt More
    60
  23. 23
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    Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, The National Philharmonic Orchestra More
    60
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

    John Williams More
    59
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    John Williams More
    59
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    often listed
    Psycho

    Bernard Herrmann More
    59
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    Vangelis More
    59
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    ranked low on reranks
    Schindler's List

    John Williams More
    58
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    often listed &controversial
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Jerry Goldsmith More
    56
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Mission

    Ennio Morricone More
    56
    added by: sid_cassal
    Ennio Morricone 
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Ennio Morricone More
    56
  32. 32
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    Kronos Quartet, Clint Mansell More
    56
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Brad Fiedel More
    56
  34. 34
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    Back to the Future

    Alan Silvestri More
    55
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Phantom of the Opera

    Andrew Lloyd Webber More
    54
  36. 36
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    ranked high on reranks
    Conan the Barbarian

    Basil Poledouris More
    53
  37. 37
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    Vangelis, Jack Elliott More
    53
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Goldfinger

    John Barry More
    53
  39. 39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix

    Don Davis More
    53
  40. 40
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    John Williams More
    51
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Magnificent Seven

    Elmer Bernstein More
    50
  42. 42
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    ranked low on reranks
    Batman Begins

    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
    49
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    The Darkd Knight Rises

    48
    added by: SoumyaKanti
    Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
  44. 44
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    Michael Giacchino More
    47
  45. 45
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    Ennio Morricone More
    46
    added by: evilgrin32
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    added by: TiranLord
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    often listed &controversial
    Edward Scissorhands

    Danny Elfman More
    44
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dances With Wolves

    John Barry More
    44
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    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold More
    44
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    Ennio Morricone More
    44
    added by: mrblond
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