Soundtracks The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time  

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List Rules No scores, 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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Stayin' Alive"

"More Than a Woman"

"Boogie Shoes"

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more

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1,341 1,137
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 3 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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1,432 1,186
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 4 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 black comedy thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ...more

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1,443 631
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Circle of Life"

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

"Hakuna Matata"

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"So Long, Farewell"

"Do-Re-Mi"

"The Sound of Music"

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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1,020 691
Footloose is listed (or ranked) 10 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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913 674
The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Over the Rainbow"

"We're Off to See the Wizard"

"If I Only Had a Brain"

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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982 785
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"I Can Make You a Man"

"Dammit Janet"

"Eddie"

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 13 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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873 654
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"You Are My Sunshine"

"Big Rock Candy Mountain"

"Angel Band"

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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789 520
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"A Spoonful of Sugar"

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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791 476
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 16 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 comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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761 519
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Gonna Fly Now"

"Going the Distance"

"Alone in the Ring"

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more

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714 537
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Maria"

"Something's Coming"

"Cool"

West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

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604 521
The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 19 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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710 478
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 20 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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627 620
Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Lady Marmalade"

"Your Song"

"Come What May"

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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554 503
Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 22 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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487 264
Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 23 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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498 483
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"The Acid Queen"

"Pinball Wizard"

"Go to the Mirror!"

Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy. It was directed by Ken Russell and featured a star-studded cast, including the band members ...more

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385 319
Help! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
richerb added

"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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542 334
Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 26 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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546 463
Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 27 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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449 401
American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 28 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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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
david2006 added

"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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444 169
Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
aldous_42 added 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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523 469
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"This Is Halloween"

"What's This?"

"Oogie Boogie's Song"

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 32 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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396 393
Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 33 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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444 403
Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384"

"Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466"

"Don Giovanni, K. 527"

Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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494 371
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"I Have But One Heart"

"Main Title"

"Love Theme from the Godfather"

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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411 465
Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 36 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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381 442
The Crow is listed (or ranked) 37 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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368 404
The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 38 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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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244 285
My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

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Easy Rider: The Ride Back is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
bojanthebest added Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan ...more

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack and Iben Hjejle. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick ...more

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Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
willyboymcoy added At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios’ Across the Universe is a groundbreaking movie musical, springing from the imagination of renowned writer-director Julie ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Fame is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
JamezLSmith added Fame, Out Here On My Own,  I Sing the Body Electric
 
Fame is a 1980 American musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva and directed by Alan Parker. Its screenplay is by Christopher Gore, its choreography by Louis Falco and musical ...more

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
liberajamesmordauntfan66 added The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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217 391
Singles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Singles is a 1992 American romantic comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe. The film stars Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, and Matt Dillon.