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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  1. 1
    + 1971
    - 650

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

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  2. 2
    + 2082
    - 619
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  3. 3
    + 1240
    - 476


    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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  4. 4
    + 1167
    - 436


    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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  5. 5
    + 1087
    - 435


    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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  6. 6
    + 946
    - 414


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  7. 7
    + 1298
    - 354

    ranked low on reranks & added by CraigAlarm
    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  8. 8
    + 726
    - 505

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

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  9. 9
    + 610
    - 292

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

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  10. 10
    + 970
    - 343

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

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  11. 11
    + 1107
    - 538


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  12. 12
    + 831
    - 308


    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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  13. 13
    + 761
    - 389


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  14. 14
    + 662
    - 412

    often listed
    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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  15. 15
    + 890
    - 358
    The Dark Knight

    ranked low on reranks
    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  16. 16
    + 555
    - 345

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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  17. 17
    + 913
    - 406


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  18. 18
    + 822
    - 300


    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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  19. 19
    + 633
    - 244


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  20. 20
    + 598
    - 312


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  21. 21
    + 626
    - 341


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  22. 22
    + 655
    - 321


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  23. 23
    + 468
    - 276

    often listed
    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  24. 24
    + 539
    - 318

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

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  25. 25
    + 752
    - 317
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    ranked low on reranks
    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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  26. 26
    + 728
    - 312

    ranked low on reranks
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  27. 27
    + 461
    - 217


    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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  28. 28
    + 544
    - 226

    added by Kosh105
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite Randy Eldermann

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  29. 29
    + 485
    - 116

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

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  30. 30
    + 412
    - 217


    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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  31. 31
    + 344
    - 279

    added by sid_cassal
    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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  32. 32
    + 304
    - 286

    added by CraigAlarm
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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  33. 33
    + 298
    - 241


    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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  34. 34
    + 298
    - 219


    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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  35. 35
    + 336
    - 288


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  36. 36
    + 323
    - 273


    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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  37. 37
    + 387
    - 212

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

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  38. 38
    + 300
    - 224
    The Magnificent Seven


    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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  39. 39
    + 307
    - 212


    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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  40. 40
    + 299
    - 290


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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  41. 41
    + 273
    - 266


    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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  42. 42
    + 279
    - 312
    The Matrix

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

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  43. 43
    + 259
    - 205

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

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  44. 44
    + 433
    - 272

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

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  45. 45
    + 366
    - 216

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

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  46. 46
    + 313
    - 190

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

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  47. 47
    + 208
    - 207


    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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  48. 48
    + 160
    - 166

    added by The Enforcer
    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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  49. 49
    + 175
    - 148

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

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  50. 50
    + 183
    - 104

    ranked low on reranks
    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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