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

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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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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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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

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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    often listed
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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


    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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

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    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    often listed & added by ender34
    Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons Ennio Morricone 

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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