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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  1. 1
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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  2. 2
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    The Lord of the Rings trilogy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy

  3. 3
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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

  5. 5
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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

  6. 6
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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed
    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

  7. 7
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    ranked low on reranks & added by CraigAlarm
    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  8. 8
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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

  9. 9
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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

  10. 10
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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

  11. 11
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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

  12. 12
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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & added by CraigAlarm
    Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

  13. 13
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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  14. 14
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

  17. 17
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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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    Schindlers List is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Schindlers List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

  20. 20
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

  21. 21
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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

  22. 22
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

  23. 23
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

  24. 24
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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed
    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

  25. 25
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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

  26. 26
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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

  27. 27
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    The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by CraigAlarm
    The Pink Panther Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

  28. 28
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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  29. 29
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    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by Kosh105
    The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite Randy Eldermann

  30. 30
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    Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Chariots of Fire Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

  31. 31
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    Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by sid_cassal
    Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by CraigAlarm
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

  33. 33
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    Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

  34. 34
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    The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Phantom of the Opera Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

  36. 36
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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

  38. 38
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    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

  39. 39
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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

  40. 40
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    Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 41 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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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 42 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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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by SoumyaKanti
    The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

  44. 44
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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

  45. 45
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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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


    Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

  47. 47
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    Up is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

  48. 48
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    The Mission is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by sid_cassal
    The Mission Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons Ennio Morricone 

  49. 49
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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    added by DuckNation
    Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

  50. 50
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    Glory is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & added by The Enforcer
    Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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