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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

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

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

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96 43
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The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan - Herbert Stothart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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62 30
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains - Erich Wolfgang Korngold

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The Best Years of Our Lives Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March - Hugo Friedhofer

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

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The Buddy Holly Story Gary Busey, Buddy Miles, Paul Mooney - Joe Renzetti