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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    - 384

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

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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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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  7. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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  8. 8
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    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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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

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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  10. 10
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    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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  11. 11
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    - 493


    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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  12. 12
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    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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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  15. 15
    + 436
    - 202

    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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  18. 18
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    - 171


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  19. 19
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    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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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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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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  22. 22
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    - 252


    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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  23. 23
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    - 295


    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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  24. 24
    + 428
    - 308


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  25. 25
    + 448
    - 342


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  26. 26
    + 410
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    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

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  27. 27
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    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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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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    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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  30. 30
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    - 313


    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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

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    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    + 224
    - 182

    added by richerb
    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  36. 36
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    - 323

    added by david2006
    Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds

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  37. 37
    + 327
    - 238


    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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  38. 38
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    - 304


    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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  39. 39
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    - 261


    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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  40. 40
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    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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  41. 41
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    - 239


    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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  42. 42
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    - 312
    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
    + 222
    - 212


    Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler

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  44. 44
    + 253
    - 270


    Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

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  45. 45
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    - 188
    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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

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  48. 48
    + 175
    - 81

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

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  49. 49
    + 233
    - 249

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

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  50. 50
    + 224
    - 182

    ranked low on reranks
    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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