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
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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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    The Lord of the Rings trilogy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy

  3. 3
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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

  9. 9
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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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  11. 11
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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

  12. 12
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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & added by CraigAlarm
    Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Schindlers List is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Schindlers List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

  20. 20
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed
    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

  25. 25
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    The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

  26. 26
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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

  27. 27
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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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  28. 28
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    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by Kosh105
    The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite Randy Eldermann

  29. 29
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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Chariots of Fire Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by sid_cassal
    Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by CraigAlarm
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

  33. 33
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    Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

  34. 34
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    The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Phantom of the Opera Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

  36. 36
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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  38. 38
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    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

  39. 39
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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

  40. 40
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    Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Conan the Barbarian Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed
    The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

  43. 43
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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

  44. 44
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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by DuckNation
    Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    The Mission is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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    Glory is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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