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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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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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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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    often listed
    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    often listed & added by CraigAlarm
    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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

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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    added by CraigAlarm
    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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    often listed
    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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

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

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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

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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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