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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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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

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

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    John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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    Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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    Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    often listed
    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    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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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

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    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Tommy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John

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    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    added by david2006
    Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds

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    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    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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    Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler

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    Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

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    Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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

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


    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

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