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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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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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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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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    often listed
    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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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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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    + 540
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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    + 553
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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    + 493
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    added by CraigAlarm
    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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    often listed
    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    + 581
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite Randy Eldermann

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    added by sid_cassal
    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    + 274
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    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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    + 267
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    + 320
    - 166

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

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    + 268
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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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

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

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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