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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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    Howard Shore More
    93
  3. 3
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    Down 143
    John Williams More
    90
  4. 4
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    Ennio Morricone More
    85
  5. 5
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    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
    82
  8. 8
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    John Williams More
    78
  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
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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
    67
  17. 17
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    Alan Silvestri More
    67
  18. 18
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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
    58
  27. 27
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    Bernard Herrmann More
    58
  28. 28
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    Alan Silvestri More
    58
  29. 29
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    Ennio Morricone More
    56
  30. 30
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    Jerry Goldsmith More
    56
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    ranked low on reranks
    Schindler's List

    John Williams More
    55
  32. 32
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    Brad Fiedel More
    54
  33. 33
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    Basil Poledouris More
    54
  34. 34
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    John Barry More
    53
  35. 35
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    Vangelis, Jack Elliott More
    53
  36. 36
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    Andrew Lloyd Webber More
    53
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix

    Don Davis More
    51
  38. 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Empire Strikes Back

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

    Danny Elfman, Harry Belafonte More
    42
  47. 47
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    Michael Crawford, Thomas Newman, Peter Gabriel More
    42
  48. 48
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    Danny Elfman More
    42
  49. 49
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    The Darkd Knight Rises

    42
    added by: SoumyaKanti
    Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Untouchables

    Ennio Morricone More
    40
    added by: evilgrin32
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