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The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time  

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List Rules No scores, no musicals, or concert films; just soundtracks.

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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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"When Doves Cry"

"Let's Go Crazy"

"Purple Rain"

Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Let's Stay Together"

"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"

"Son of a Preacher Man"

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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

"Stayin' Alive"

"More Than a Woman"

"Boogie Shoes"

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a ...more

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#23 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #1,296 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Movies Set in Brooklyn

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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"In the Flesh?"

"Mother"

"Goodbye Cruel World"

Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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#421 of 600 The Best Animated Films Ever #137 of 3,646 The Greatest Albums of All-Timefeaturing Behind The Scenes Details From Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Movie

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

"Don't You (Forget About Me)"

"Waiting"

"Fire in the Twilight"

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Hound Dog"

"California Dreamin'"

"On the Road Again"

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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

"Footloose"

"Almost Paradise"

"Dancing In The Sheets"

Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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#1,822 of 3,646 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #18 of 205 The Best Movies About Music #74 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

"She's Like the Wind"

"Hungry Eyes"

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Danger Zone"

"Take My Breath Away"

"Great Balls of Fire"

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more

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

"The Sound of Silence"

"Mrs. Robinson"

"April Come She Will"

The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"The Power of Love"

"Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)"

"Johnny B. Goode"

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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

"Ring of Fire"

"I Walk the Line"

"Wildwood Flower"

Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, ...more

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#4 of 205 The Best Movies About Music #462 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Hooked on a Feeling"

"Stuck in the Middle with You"

"Coconut"

Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Help! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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"The Night Before"

"Ticket to Ride"

"Yesterday"

Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John ...more

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#36 of 205 The Best Movies About Music #239 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #122 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

"Maniac"

"Romeo"

Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and the presentation of some sequences in ...more

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Ghostbusters"

"In the Name of Love"

"I Can Wait Forever"

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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"I Will Always Love You"

"I'm Every Woman"

"Queen of the Night"

The Bodyguard is a 1992 American romantic thriller film directed by Mick Jackson, written by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Costner stars as a former Secret ...more

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#133 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #80 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Rankedfeaturing Every Song in The Bodyguard, Ranked by Singability

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"At the Hop"

"Almost Grown"

"The Great Pretender"

American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Lust for Life"

"Temptation"

"Our Lips Are Sealed"

Trainspotting is a 1996 British comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. Based on ...more

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Let the Good Times Roll"

"Great Balls of Fire"

"Stand by Me"

Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Sparks"

"Tiny Dancer"

"Something in the Air"

Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"If You Leave"

"Pretty in Pink"

"Wouldn't It Be Good"

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Big Empty"

"Ghostrider"

"Burn"

The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"My Girl"

"Dancing in the Street"

"What's Going On"

The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and ...more

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