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List Rules "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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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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

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+ - 1,750 1,466
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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+ - 2,001 1,830
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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+ - 1,543 1,415
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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+ - 1,067 1,152
Superman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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+ - 1,157 888
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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+ - 1,359 1,172
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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+ - 1,453 899
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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+ - 969 808
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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+ - 1,833 1,129
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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+ - 1,623 1,205
Inception is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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+ - 783 677
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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+ - 1,255 583
Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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+ - 1,048 489
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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+ - 1,003 576
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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+ - 831 230
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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+ - 942 514
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Schindlers List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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+ - 670 480
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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+ - 845 372
The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite - Randy Eldermann

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+ - 683 347
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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+ - 721 472
The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Pink Panther Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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+ - 1,062 704
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 28 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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+ - 591 339
Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Chariots of Fire Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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+ - 833 732
Batman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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+ - 495 257
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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+ - 481 411
Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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+ - 453 360
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 33 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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+ - 489 414
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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+ - 479 320
Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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+ - 399 355
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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+ - 471 420
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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+ - 338 322
Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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+ - 405 450
Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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+ - 422 330
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The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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+ - 511 377
Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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+ - 580 403
Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Conan the Barbarian Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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+ - 517 361
Up is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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+ - 368 351
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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+ - 368 442
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The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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+ - 366 270
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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+ - 385 401
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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+ - 254 113
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker