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The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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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  1. 1
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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
    91
  4. 4
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    Ennio Morricone More
    86
  5. 5
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    Nino Rota More
    83
  6. 6
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    John Williams More
    82
  7. 7
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Superman: The Movie

    John Williams More
    82
  8. 8
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    John Williams More
    77
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jurassic Park

    John Williams More
    76
  10. 10
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    Bill Conti More
    76
  11. 11
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    Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard More
    73
  12. 12
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    Danny Elfman More
    71
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lawrence of Arabia

    Maurice Jarre More
    69
  14. 14
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    Henry Mancini More
    69
  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Lion King

    Elton John and Tim Rice More
    68
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    Inception

    Hans Zimmer More
    68
  17. 17
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    Alan Silvestri More
    67
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    James Horner More
    67
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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
    62
    added by: Kosh105
    Randy Eldermann
  22. 22
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    John Williams More
    61
  23. 23
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    Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt More
    60
  24. 24
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    Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, The National Philharmonic Orchestra More
    59
  25. 25
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    James Horner More
    59
  26. 26
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    Vangelis More
    59
  27. 27
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    Alan Silvestri More
    59
  28. 28
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    Bernard Herrmann More
    58
  29. 29
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    Ennio Morricone More
    57
  30. 30
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    Jerry Goldsmith More
    57
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    ranked low on reranks
    Schindler's List

    John Williams More
    56
  32. 32
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    Brad Fiedel More
    55
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    Basil Poledouris More
    55
  34. 34
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    John Barry More
    54
  35. 35
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    Andrew Lloyd Webber More
    53
  36. 36
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    Vangelis, Jack Elliott More
    53
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix

    Don Davis More
    51
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Empire Strikes Back

    John Williams More
    50
  39. 39
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    Elmer Bernstein More
    49
  40. 40
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    Kronos Quartet, Clint Mansell More
    49
  41. 41
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    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
    47
  42. 42
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    Michael Giacchino More
    46
  43. 43
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    Danny Elfman More
    45
  44. 44
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    Bernard Hermann More
    44
  45. 45
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    James Horner More
    43
    added by: The Enforcer
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Darkd Knight Rises

    43
    added by: SoumyaKanti
    Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Beetlejuice

    Danny Elfman, Harry Belafonte More
    43
  48. 48
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    Michael Crawford, Thomas Newman, Peter Gabriel More
    43
  49. 49
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    Danny Elfman More
    42
  50. 50
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Untouchables

    Ennio Morricone More
    41
    added by: evilgrin32
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