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

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

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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

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

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
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Inception is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
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Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Up is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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

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

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