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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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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Star Wars: A New Hope

    London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams More
    100
  2. 2
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    Howard Shore More
    93
  3. 3
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    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
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Superman: The Movie

    John Williams More
    70
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lawrence of Arabia

    Maurice Jarre More
    69
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    Henry Mancini More
    69
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Lion King

    Elton John and Tim Rice More
    68
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    Inception

    Hans Zimmer More
    68
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    James Horner More
    67
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    Alan Silvestri More
    67
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    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
    64
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    John Williams More
    63
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    John Williams More
    61
  21. 21
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    Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt More
    60
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    Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, The National Philharmonic Orchestra More
    59
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    James Horner More
    59
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    Vangelis More
    59
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    Alan Silvestri More
    59
  26. 26
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    Bernard Herrmann More
    58
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    Ennio Morricone More
    57
  28. 28
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    Jerry Goldsmith More
    56
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    Schindler's List

    John Williams More
    56
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jurassic Park Score

    John Williams More
    56
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    Brad Fiedel More
    55
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    Basil Poledouris More
    54
  33. 33
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    John Barry More
    54
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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
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    Vangelis, Jack Elliott More
    53
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    The Matrix

    Don Davis More
    51
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    Elmer Bernstein More
    49
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    Requiem for a Dream

    Kronos Quartet, Clint Mansell More
    49
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman More
    49
    added by: Kosh105
    Randy Eldermann
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    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ... More
    47
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    Michael Giacchino More
    46
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    Danny Elfman More
    44
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    Bernard Hermann More
    44
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    James Horner More
    43
    added by: The Enforcer
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    Michael Crawford, Thomas Newman, Peter Gabriel More
    43
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Darkd Knight Rises

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    added by: SoumyaKanti
    Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Beetlejuice

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

    Ennio Morricone More
    41
    added by: evilgrin32
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