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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

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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  1. 1
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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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    Down 187
    Howard Shore More
    93
  3. 3
    Up 475
    Down 147
    John Williams More
    91
  4. 4
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    Ennio Morricone More
    86
  5. 5
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    Nino Rota More
    84
  6. 6
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    John Williams More
    82
  7. 7
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    John Williams More
    77
  8. 8
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    Bill Conti More
    76
  9. 9
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    Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard More
    73
  10. 10
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    Danny Elfman More
    71
  11. 11
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    Maurice Jarre More
    69
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Superman: The Movie

    John Williams More
    69
  13. 13
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    Henry Mancini More
    69
  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Lion King

    Elton John and Tim Rice More
    68
  15. 15
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    Inception

    Hans Zimmer More
    68
  16. 16
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    James Horner More
    67
  17. 17
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    Alan Silvestri More
    67
  18. 18
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    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
    65
  19. 19
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    John Williams More
    63
  20. 20
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    John Williams More
    61
  21. 21
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    Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt More
    60
  22. 22
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    Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, The National Philharmonic Orchestra More
    59
  23. 23
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    Alan Silvestri More
    59
  24. 24
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    James Horner More
    58
  25. 25
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    Bernard Herrmann More
    58
  26. 26
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    Vangelis More
    58
  27. 27
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    Ennio Morricone More
    57
  28. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jurassic Park Score

    John Williams More
    56
  29. 29
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    Jerry Goldsmith More
    56
  30. 30
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    ranked low on reranks
    Schindler's List

    John Williams More
    56
  31. 31
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    Brad Fiedel More
    55
  32. 32
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    Basil Poledouris More
    54
  33. 33
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    John Barry More
    53
  34. 34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Back to the Future Soundtrack

    Alan Silvestri More
    53
  35. 35
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    Andrew Lloyd Webber More
    53
  36. 36
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    Vangelis, Jack Elliott More
    53
  37. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix

    Don Davis More
    51
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Last of the Mohicans

    Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman More
    49
    added by: Kosh105
    Randy Eldermann
  39. 39
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    Elmer Bernstein More
    49
  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    Requiem for a Dream

    Kronos Quartet, Clint Mansell More
    49
  41. 41
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    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
    47
  42. 42
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    Michael Giacchino More
    46
  43. 43
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    Danny Elfman More
    45
  44. 44
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    Bernard Hermann More
    44
  45. 45
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    Down 28
    James Horner More
    43
    added by: The Enforcer
  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Darkd Knight Rises

    43
    added by: SoumyaKanti
    Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
  47. 47
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    Michael Crawford, Thomas Newman, Peter Gabriel More
    43
  48. 48
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    Danny Elfman More
    42
  49. 49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Beetlejuice

    Danny Elfman, Harry Belafonte More
    42
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Untouchables

    Ennio Morricone More
    41
    added by: evilgrin32
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