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

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  2. 2
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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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
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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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

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

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  6. 6
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    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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  7. 7
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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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  8. 8
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    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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  9. 9
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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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  10. 10
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    - 481


    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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  11. 11
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    - 343
    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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  12. 12
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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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  13. 13
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    - 405


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  14. 14
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    - 438


    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  15. 15
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    - 195

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

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  16. 16
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    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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  17. 17
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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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  19. 19
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  20. 20
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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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  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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    - 295


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  23. 23
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    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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  24. 24
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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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  26. 26
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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  27. 27
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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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  28. 28
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    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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  29. 29
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    - 323
    Tommy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John

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  30. 30
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    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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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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

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  34. 34
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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  35. 35
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    - 205

    ranked low on reranks
    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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  36. 36
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    - 313

    added by david2006
    Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds

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  37. 37
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    - 243


    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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  39. 39
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    - 231


    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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  40. 40
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    - 174

    added by richerb
    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  41. 41
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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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  42. 42
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    - 305
    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
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    - 263


    Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

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  44. 44
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    Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler

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  45. 45
    + 229
    - 287

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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  48. 48
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    - 244

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

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  49. 49
    + 165
    - 74

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

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  50. 50
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    - 175


    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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