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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 London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams

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    Howard Shore

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    John Williams

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    Ennio Morricone

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    Nino Rota

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    John Williams

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    John Williams

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    Bill Conti

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    Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard

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    Danny Elfman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Williams

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Maurice Jarre

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    Henry Mancini

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    ranked low on reranks Elton John and Tim Rice

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    Inception Hans Zimmer

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    James Horner

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    Alan Silvestri

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    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ...

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    John Williams

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    John Williams

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    Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt

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    Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, The National Philharmonic Orchestra

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    Alan Silvestri

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    Vangelis

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    Bernard Herrmann

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    James Horner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Williams

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    Ennio Morricone

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    often listed Jerry Goldsmith

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    ranked low on reranks John Williams

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    Brad Fiedel

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    Basil Poledouris

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alan Silvestri

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber

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    John Barry

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    Vangelis, Jack Elliott

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Don Davis

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    often listed & added by Kosh105 Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman Randy Eldermann

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    Elmer Bernstein

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    ranked low on reranks Kronos Quartet, Clint Mansell

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    Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard ...

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    Michael Giacchino

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    Danny Elfman

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    Bernard Hermann

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    ranked low on reranks & added by SoumyaKanti The Darkd Knight Rises Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

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    Michael Crawford, Thomas Newman, Peter Gabriel

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    added by The Enforcer James Horner

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    Danny Elfman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Danny Elfman, Harry Belafonte

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    John Barry

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