The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time Films

The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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The best soundtracks ever are more than just a collection of songs in a particular order; they evoke and accentuates the feelings of a movie during, and long after, it has been viewed. This is a list of the greatest soundtracks ever recorded, as ranked by the Ranker Community. Sometimes a great soundtrack can elevate a mediocre movie into something that makes it iconic. Top Gun, Footloose, Grease... (best soundtracks ever!) these are great soundtrack albums that you listened to over and over, making the songs themselves so ingrained with the movie that they BECAME the movie in your head.

What are the top soundtracks ever? Vote on this list of the best soundtracks of all time: pick your faves, add what's missing and rank the best!
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  1. 1
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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  2. 2
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    - 1,286

    the people's #1 & most listed
    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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  3. 3
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    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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  4. 4
    + 746
    - 527

    ranked low on reranks
    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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  5. 5
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  6. 6
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    Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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  7. 7
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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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  8. 8
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    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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  9. 9
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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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  10. 10
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    - 488


    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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  11. 11
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    - 441


    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  12. 12
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    - 350
    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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  13. 13
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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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  14. 14
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    - 412


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  15. 15
    + 424
    - 198

    ranked low on reranks & added by willyboymcoy
    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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  16. 16
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    - 458


    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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  17. 17
    + 561
    - 410


    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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  18. 18
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    - 332


    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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  19. 19
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    - 167


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  20. 20
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    - 340
    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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  21. 21
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

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  22. 22
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    - 286


    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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  23. 23
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    - 302


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  24. 24
    + 321
    - 245


    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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  25. 25
    + 366
    - 322


    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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  26. 26
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    - 337


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  27. 27
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    - 340


    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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  28. 28
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    Tommy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John

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  29. 29
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    - 337


    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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  30. 30
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    - 309


    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  31. 31
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    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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  32. 32
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    - 256


    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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  33. 33
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    - 234


    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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  34. 34
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    - 316

    added by david2006
    Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds

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  35. 35
    + 316
    - 298


    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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  36. 36
    + 308
    - 208


    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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  37. 37
    + 233
    - 118

    ranked low on reranks
    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

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  38. 38
    + 249
    - 249


    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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  39. 39
    + 213
    - 178

    added by richerb
    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  40. 40
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    - 235


    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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  41. 41
    + 298
    - 259


    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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  42. 42
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    - 310
    Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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  43. 43
    + 215
    - 206


    Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler

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  44. 44
    + 249
    - 267


    Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

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  45. 45
    + 231
    - 292


    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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  46. 46
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    Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    added by JamesRoy
    Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard Olivia Newton-John, ELO, The Tubes, Gene Kelly 

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  47. 47
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    - 76

    ranked low on reranks
    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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  48. 48
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    - 185
    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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  49. 49
    + 227
    - 247


    Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

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  50. 50
    + 221
    - 177


    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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