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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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3,235 2,281
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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2
3,364 2,159
The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

3
1,784 1,493
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

4
2,034 1,854
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
2,126 844
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

6
1,578 1,435
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

7
1,096 1,172
Superman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

8
1,190 899
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

9
1,389 1,185
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

10
1,495 916
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

11
991 824
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
CraigAlarm added Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

12
1,873 1,142
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
CraigAlarm added Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

13
924 556
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

14
1,659 1,227
Inception is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

15
1,198 591
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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1,397 835
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

17
796 694
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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1,291 598
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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1,071 502
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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862 242
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

21
1,026 591
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

22
965 527
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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1,276 852
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The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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869 387
The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Kosh105 added The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite - Randy Eldermann

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676 499
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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1,085 718
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 26 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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691 360
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

28
738 487
The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
CraigAlarm added The Pink Panther Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

29
600 357
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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845 749
Batman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

31
534 273
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
DuckNation added Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

32
490 428
Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
sid_cassal added Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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460 377
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

34
502 430
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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494 333
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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409 370
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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476 436
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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344 336
Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

39
413 465
Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
CraigAlarm added Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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433 347
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The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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520 392
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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597 422
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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360 221
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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453 438
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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528 382
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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374 460
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The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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372 368
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 47 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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378 290
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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393 422
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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277 131
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
iplay2 added The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker