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Movies with the Best Soundtracks 

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List Rules Vote up the best full movie soundtracks, not scores - NO MUSICALS!

What movies have the best soundtracks? Director Quentin Tarantino once compared his movie soundtrack to "a kind of a personal mix-tape that I'm making for you," with carefully selected songs that he hopes you haven't already heard "a gazillion times before." This list includes many of the most memorable movies with outstanding soundtracks, from 'Saturday Night Fever' disco to 'Singles' grunge. While Ranker also has a list of the greatest film scores of all time, this is different, with focus on the eclectic mix of songs on the film soundtrack rather than just the memorable instrumentals over, say, the fight scenes.

Many of the films listed here are considered some of the best movies of all time. Which movie do you think has the best soundtrack ever recorded? Time to decide, with votes. Vote for your favorites, and feel free to add any movies that might be missing. You can also re-rank this list in any order you want by clicking the blue button below.

Movies with fantastic soundtracks are automatically more memorable. You recall the plot, but more than that, you can sing the movie in your head, too. Some films would literally be shells without their awesome music soundtracks. Can you imagine 'Dirty Dancing' without "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"? And really, Kevin Bacon's angry dance in the warehouse in 'Footloose' would be far less momentous without that cheesy Moving Pictures song, right? And who didn't get 'Lovefool' stuck in his head after seeing 'Romeo + Juliet'?

If you're a movie score/soundtrack fan, be sure to cast your votes for the best James Bond movie theme ever(there are so many great ones, it's hard to decide).
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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
2001

Actors: Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Seth Rogen, + more

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added 2003

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, + more

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1996

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, + more

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 American romantic drama film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in ...more

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1983

Actors: Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, William Hurt, + more

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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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Empire Records is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
ColdPizzaNY added 1995

Actors: Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire, Robin Tunney, Debi Mazar, + more

Directed by: Allan Moyle

Empire Records is a 1995 American coming-of-age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course of one exceptional day. The employees try to stop the store from being sold to ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added 2002

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, + more

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1979

Actors: Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, + more

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Apocalypse NowSongs
1. The End (edit version from the film Apocalypse Now)
2. The Delta
3. Dossier
4. Orange Light
5. Ride of the Valkyries
6. Suzie Q
7. Nung River
8. Do Lung
9. Letters From Home
10. Clean's Death (feat. M.Hart)
11. Chief's Death
12. Voyage
13. Chef's Head
14. Kurtz Chorale
15. Finale

 

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Fame is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
MIKEBTM added 1980

Actors: Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly, Anne Meara, Isaac Mizrahi, + more

Directed by: Alan Parker

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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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
MIKEBTM added 1983

Actors: Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri, Cynthia Rhodes, Monique Gabrielle, + more

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Sheepishfish added 1995

Actors: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Wallace Shawn, + more

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1999

Actors: Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, + more

Directed by: David Fincher

1. Main Titles
2. Main Titles (alternate)
3. Corporate World
4. Ikea Man
5. Marla
6. Single Serving Jack
7. Marla Invades Cave
8. Marla Invades Cave (remix)
9. Calling Jack
10. Fight at Bar
11. Fight at Bar (extended)
12. Medula Oblongata
13. Ozzie & Harriet
14. What Is Fight Club
15. What Is Fight Club (remix)
16. Jack and Marla Joy
17. Marla & Tyler Flashback #1
18. Marla & Tyler Flashback #2
19. Marla & Tyler Flashback #2 (remix)
20. Stealing Fat
21. Chemical Burn
22. I'll Tell You
23. We Need to Talk
24. Jack's Smirking Revenge
25. Fight With Lou
26. Homework
27. Setting Up a Fight
28. Finding the Bomb
29. Finding the Bomb (remix)
30. Hessel, Raymond K
31. Comissioner Castration
32. Comissioner Castration (remix)
33. Psycho Boy Jack
34. This Is Your Life
35. Car Crash
36. Planet Tyler
37. Latte Thunder
38. Latte Thunder (remix)
39. Tyler Is Jack Is Tyler
40. Abort Mission
41. Abort Mission (remix)
42. Garage Fight
43. Jack Kills Tyler
44. Where Is My Mind?

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added 1989

Actors: John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack, Bebe Neuwirth, Eric Stoltz, + more

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added 1990

Actors: Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, + more

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

1. Rags to Riches
2. Sincerely
3. Speedoo
4. Stardust
5. Look in My Eyes
6. Life Is but a Dream
7. Remember (Walking in the Sand)
8. Baby, I Love You
9. Beyond the Sea
10. Sunshine of Your Love
11. Mannish Boy
12. Layla (Piano Exit)

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
slumerican added 2000

Actors: Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans, Keith David, + more

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

1. Summer Overture
2. Party
3. Coney Island Dreaming
4. Party
5. Chocolate Charms
6. Ghosts of Things to Come
7. Dreams
8. Tense
9. Dr. Pill
10. High on Life
11. Ghosts
12. Crimin' & Dealin'
13. Hope Overture
14. Tens
15. Bialy & Lox Conga
16. Cleaning Apartment
17. Ghosts-Falling
18. Dreams
19. Arnold
20. Marion Barfs
21. Supermarket Sweep
22. Dreams
23. Sara Goldfarb Has Left the Building
24. Bugs Got a Devilish Grin Conga
25. Winter Overture
26. Southern Hospitality
27. Fear
28. Full Tense
29. The Beginning of the End
30. Ghosts of a Future Lost
31. Meltdown
32. Lux Aeterna
33. Coney Island Low

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
sakishotman added 1997

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, James Cameron, Bill Paxton, + more

Directed by: James Cameron

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added 2007

Actors: Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, J.K. Simmons, + more

Directed by: Jason Reitman

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Skinnylover added 1995

Actors: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox, Catherine McCormack, + more

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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The Perks of Being a Wal... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
DeborahTragasz added 2012

Actors: Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd, Kate Walsh, Logan Lerman, + more

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
2000

Actors: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black, John Cusack, Tim Robbins, + more

Directed by: Stephen Frears

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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Deadpool 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
oliverg2028 added 2018

Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, + more

Directed by: David Leitch

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Alan Peterson added 1984

Actors: John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall, Jami Gertz, + more

Directed by: John Hughes

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
2003

Actors: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, + more

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
abulli11 added 1999

Actors: Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Gloria Foster, + more

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
2011

Actors: Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, + more

Directed by: Nicolas Winding

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1971

Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff, David Prowse, Adrienne Corri, + more

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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