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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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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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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    often listed & added by CraigAlarm
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    added by DuckNation
    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    often listed
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 39 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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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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


    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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