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The Best Oscar-Winning Scores

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List RulesVote up the best film scores that have won an Oscar for Best Score

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.
  • Star Wars1

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher


    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    John Williams
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  • The Lion King2

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons


    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    Hans Zimmer
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  • Jaws3


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    John Williams
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  • Titanic4


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet


    Directed byJames Cameron

    James Horner
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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring5


    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Howard Shore
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  • The Wizard of Oz6

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton


    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    Herbert Stothart
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  • Beauty and the Beast7

    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker


    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Alan Menken
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  • The Sound of Music8

    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer


    Directed byRobert Wise

    Irwin Kostal
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  • Schindler's List9

    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    John Williams
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  • West Side Story10

    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno


    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal
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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King11


    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Howard Shore
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  • Mary Poppins12

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
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  • The Little Mermaid13

    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes


    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Alan Menken
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  • The Godfather Part II14

    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola
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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial15

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    John Williams
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  • Up16


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner


    Directed byPete Docter

    Michael Giacchino
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  • Chariots of Fire17

    Chariots of Fire

    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh


    Directed byHugh Hudson

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's18

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney


    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Henry Mancini
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  • Lawrence of Arabia19

    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole


    Directed byDavid Lean

    Maurice Jarre
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  • Finding Neverland20

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    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet


    Directed byMarc Forster

    Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
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    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Victor Young
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  • The Best Years of Our Lives22

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    Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Hugo Friedhofer
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  • Fiddler on the Roof23

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    Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol


    Directed byNorman Jewison

    John Williams
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  • The King and I24

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    Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner


    Directed byWalter Lang

    Alfred Newman, Ken Darby
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  • Dances with Wolves25

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell


    Directed byKevin Costner

    John Barry
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