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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

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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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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    Down 173
    Howard Shore More
    93
  3. 3
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    Down 142
    John Williams More
    90
  4. 4
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    Down 113
    Ennio Morricone More
    85
  5. 5
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    Down 134
    Nino Rota More
    83
  6. 6
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jaws

    John Williams More
    82
  7. 7
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Superman: The Movie

    John Williams More
    81
  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
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Batman

    Danny Elfman More
    70
  13. 13
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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
    68
  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks
    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
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    ranked low on reranks
    Schindler's List

    John Williams More
    57
  30. 30
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    No image
    Ennio Morricone More
    57
  31. 31
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    Jerry Goldsmith More
    56
  32. 32
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    ranked high on reranks
    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
  35. 35
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    ranked low on reranks
    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
  40. 40
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix

    Don Davis More
    52
  41. 41
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    Elmer Bernstein More
    51
  42. 42
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    ranked low on reranks
    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
    added by: SoumyaKanti
    Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
  45. 45
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    47
    added by: TiranLord
  46. 46
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    Ennio Morricone More
    46
    added by: evilgrin32
  47. 47
    Up 40
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    James Horner More
    45
    added by: The Enforcer
  48. 48
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    Bernard Hermann More
    45
  49. 49
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    No image
    Danny Elfman More
    44
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold More
    44
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