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What is best Oscar-winning musical film score? This list includes every film score that has won an Academy Award. Oscar-winning scores have come from films such as “Chariots of Fire,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s," “The Sound of Music,” and “The Lion King.” The award for Best Score was first awarded in 1934 at the 7th Academy Awards.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. The best of these movies are bestowed with an Academy Award nomination, and those that are truly the best take home the Oscar.

Film scores have the ability to enhance these feelings in films. They often make the movie more emotional, intense, suspenseful, or gut-wrenching. The score tells us, as viewers, what to feel and when to feel it. These best Oscar-winning film scores have done this the best. They are moving, saddening, or comical. Vote up the best Academy Award-winning scores below - based on the quality of the score, not just the quality of the film.
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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates - James Horner

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The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick - Hans Zimmer

111 44
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler - Howard Shore

106 41
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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill - John Williams

97 43
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The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan - Herbert Stothart

87 36
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider - John Williams

88 39
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The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker - Irwin Kostal

78 32
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The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall - Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola

88 40
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler - Howard Shore

76 32
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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley - John Williams

68 28
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Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach - Alan Menken

76 35
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The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker - Alan Menken

79 39
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Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester - Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

63 28
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West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin - Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal

64 31
Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Scores
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman - Michael Giacchino

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc - Henry Mancini

55 33
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Chariots of Fire Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm - Vangelis

50 29
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger - John Williams

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The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw - Marvin Hamlisch

49 30
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Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket - John Barry

47 30
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Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness - Maurice Jarre

44 28
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Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness - Maurice Jarre

49 33
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Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu - Mychael Danna

38 23
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat - Tan Dun

38 24
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Cabaret Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey - Ralph Burns

38 24
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Pocahontas Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly - Alan Menken

40 28
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Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro - Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith

36 24
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Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton - Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace

36 24
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High Noon Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef - Dimitri Tiomkin

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The King and I Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno - Alfred Newman, Ken Darby

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Fiddler on the Roof Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon - John Williams

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman - Burt Bacharach

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Brokeback Mountain Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara - Gustavo Santaolalla

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The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins - Malcom Arnold

28 22
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My Fair Lady Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett - Andre Previn

25 19
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Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith - Miklos Rozsa

28 24
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Oklahoma! Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert - Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton, Adolph Deutsch

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The Lion in Winter Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole - John Barry

28 26
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Out of Africa Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid - John Barry

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Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris - Steven Price

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Exodus Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb - Ernest Gold

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An American in Paris Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch - Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin

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Yankee Doodle Dandy James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston - Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld

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Born Free Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna - John Barry

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The Last Emperor Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Vivian Wu - Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su

22 21
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The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner - Jerry Goldsmith

30 31
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Love Story Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal - Francis Lai

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The Way We Were Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, James Woods - Marvin Hamlisch

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Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan - A. R. Rahman

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The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid - Bill Conti