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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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1994

Actors: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan, + more

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

1. Hound Dog
2. Rebel Rouser
3. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do
4. Walk Right In
5. Land of 1000 Dances
6. Blowin' in the Wind
7. Fortunate Son
8. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
9. Respect
10. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
11. Sloop John B
12. California Dreamin'
13. For What It's Worth
14. What the World Needs Now Is Love
15. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
16. Mrs. Robinson
17. Volunteers
18. Get Together
19. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)
20. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
21. Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
22. Everybody's Talkin'
23. Joy to the World
24. Stoned Love
25. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
26. Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)
27. Sweet Home Alabama
28. Running On Empty
29. It Keeps You Runnin'
30. I've Got to Use My Imagination
31. Go Your Own Way
32. On the Road Again
33. Against the Wind
34. Forrest Gump Suite

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1984

Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn, + more

Directed by: Herbert Ross

1. Footloose
2. Let's Hear It for the Boy
3. Almost Paradise
4. Holding Out for a Hero
5. Dancing In The Sheets
6. I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)
7. Somebody's Eyes
8. The Girl Gets Around
9. Never
10. Metal Health (Bang Your Head)
11. Hurts So Good
12. Waiting for a Girl Like You
13. Dancing in the Sheets

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
2014

Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, + more

Directed by: James Gunn

1. Hooked on a Feeling
2. Go All the Way
3. Spirit in the Sky
4. Moonage Daydream
5. Fooled Around and Fell in Love
6. I'm Not in Love
7. I Want You Back
8. Come and Get Your Love
9. Cherry Bomb
10. Escape (The Piña Colada Song)
11. O-o-h Child
12. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1977

Actors: John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon, Donna Pescow, Robert Costanzo, + more

Directed by: John Badham

1. Stayin' Alive
2. How Deep Is Your Love
3. Night Fever
4. More Than a Woman
5. If I Can't Have You
6. A Fifth of Beethoven
7. More Than a Woman
8. Manhattan Skyline
9. Calypso Breakdown
10. Night on Disco Mountain
11. Open Sesame
12. Jive Talkin' 
13. You Should Be Dancing
14. Boogie Shoes
15. Salsation
16. K-Jee
17. Disco Inferno

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1993

Actors: Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Parker Posey, + more

Directed by: Richard Linklater

1. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
2. Slow Ride
3. School's Out
4. Jim Dandy
5. Tush
6. Love Hurts
7. Stranglehold
8. Cherry Bomb
9. Fox on the Run
10. Low Rider
11. Tuesday's Gone
12. Highway Star
13. Rock and Roll All Nite
14. Paranoid

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added 1973

Actors: Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers, Richard Dreyfuss, Mackenzie Phillips, + more

Directed by: George Lucas

1. Rock Around the Clock
2. 16 Candles
3. Runaway
4. Why Do Fools Fall in Love  
5. That'll Be the Day
6. Fanny Mae   
7. At the Hop   
8. She's So Fine   
9. The Stroll
10. See You In September    
11. Surfin' Safari    
12. (He's) The Great Imposter  
13. Almost Grown
14. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes   
15. Little Darlin'
16. Peppermint Twist 
17. Barbara Ann
18. The Book of Love 
19. Maybe Baby    
20. Ya Ya   
21. The Great Pretender

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
SaiGurram added 1986

Actors: Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, Michael Ironside, + more

Directed by: Tony Scott

1. Danger Zone
2. Mighty Wings
3. Playing with the Boys
4. Lead Me On
5. Take My Breath Away
6. Hot Summer Nights
7. Heaven in Your Eyes
8. Through the Fire
9. Destination Unknown
10. Top Gun Anthem

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1987

Actors: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Wayne Knight, Kelly Bishop, + more

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

1. (I've Had) The Time of My Life
2. Be My Baby
3. She's Like the Wind
4. Hungry Eyes
5. Stay
6. Yes
7. You Don't Own Me
8. Hey! Baby
9. Overload
10. Love Is Strange
11. Where Are You Tonight?
12. In the Still of the Night

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O Brother, Where Art Tho... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
amtrackdj added 2000

Actors: George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, John Turturro, Charles Durning, + more

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

1. Po' Lazarus
2. Big Rock Candy Mountain
3. You Are My Sunshine
4. Down to the River to Pray
5. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
6. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
7. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
8. Keep On the Sunny Side
9. I'll Fly Away
10. Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby
11. In the Highways
12. I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)
13. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
14. O Death
15. In the Jailhouse Now
16. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
17. Indian War Whoop
18. Lonesome Valley
19. Angel Band

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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1998

Actors: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, William Michael Albert Broad, Christine Taylor, + more

Directed by: Frank Coraci

1. Video Killed the Radio Star
2. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
3. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
4. How Soon Is Now?
5. Love My Way
6. Hold Me Now
7. Everyday I Write the Book
8. White Wedding
9. China Girl
10. Blue Monday
11. Pass the Dutchie
12. Have You Written Anything Lately?
13. Somebody Kill Me
14. Rapper's Delight

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
mistervonc added 1985

Actors: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Billy Zane, + more

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

1. The Power of Love
2. Time Bomb Town
3. Back to the Future
4. Heaven Is One Step Away
5. Back in Time
6. Back to the Future Overture
7. The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry)
8. Night Train
9. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
10. Johnny B. Goode"

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
carlybobarly added 2000

Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin, Jimmy Fallon, Pauley Perrette, + more

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

1. America
2. Sparks
3. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
4. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move
5. Feel Flows
6. Fever Dog
7. Every Picture Tells a Story
8. Mr. Farmer
9. One Way Out (Live)
10. Simple Man
11. That's the Way
12. Tiny Dancer
13. Lucky Trumble
14. I'm Waiting for the Man
15. The Wind
16. Slip Away
17. Something in the Air

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8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
carlybobarly added 2002

Actors: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, Taryn Manning, + more

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

1. Lose Yourself
2. Love Me
3. 8 Mile
4. Adrenaline Rush
5. Places to Go
6. Rap Game
7. 8 Miles and Runnin'
8. Spit Shine
9. Time of My Life
10. U Wanna Be Me
11. Wanksta
12. Wasting My Time
13. R.A.K.I.M.
14. That's My Nigga fo' Real
15. Battle

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1996

Actors: Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald, + more

Directed by: Danny Boyle

1. Lust for Life
2. Deep Blue Day
3. Trainspotting
4. Atomic
5. Temptation
6. Nightclubbing
7. Sing
8. Perfect Day
9. Mile End
10. For What You Dream Of
11. 2:1
12. A Final Hit
13.Born Slippy .NUXX
14. Closet Romantic

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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1967

Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss, Katharine Ross, Norman Fell, + more

Directed by: Mike Nichols

1. The Sound of Silence
2. The Singleman Party Foxtrot
3. Mrs. Robinson
4. Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha
5. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
6. On the Strip
7. April Come She Will
8. The Folks
9. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
10. A Great Effect
11.The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
12. Whew
13. Mrs. Robinson
14. The Sound of Silence

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
PeteBoyle added 1997

Actors: Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman, + more

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

1. Intro (Feel the Heat)
2. Best of My Love
3. Jungle Fever
4. Brand New Key
5. Spill the Wine
6. Got to Give It Up (Part 1)
7. Machine Gun
8. Magnet and Steel
9. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
10. Sister Christian
11. Livin' Thing
12. God Only Knows
13. The Big Top
14. The Touch

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1976

Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, + more

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

1. Gonna Fly Now
2. Eye of the Tiger
3. Going the Distance
4. Living in America
5. Redemption
6. Fanfare for Rocky
7. Burning Heart
8. Conquest
9. Adrian
10. No Easy Way Out
11. Rocky's Reward
12. Alone in the Ring
13. Heart's on Fire
14. Can't Stop the Fire
15. Mickey
16. Overture
17. It's a Fight
18. Gonna Fly Now
19. The Measure of a Man

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1992

Actors: Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, + more

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

1. Magic Carpet Ride
2. Madonna Speech
3. Fool for Love
4. Super Sounds
5. Stuck in the Middle with You
6. Harvest Moon
7. Let's Get a Taco
8. Keep on Truckin'
9. Coconut
10. Home of Rock
11. And Now Little Green Bag...
12. Little Green Bag
13. Rock Flock of Five
14. Hooked on a Feeling
15. Bohemiath
16. I Gotcha

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1994

Actors: Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd, Ernie Hudson, Jon Polito, + more

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1987

Actors: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh, Noble Willingham, Bruno Kirby, + more

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1994

Actors: John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken, + more

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

1. Pumpkin and Honey Bunny/Misirlou
2. Royale with Cheese (dialogue)
3. Jungle Boogie
4. Let's Stay Together
5. Bustin' Surfboards
6. Lonesome Town
7. Son of a Preacher Man
8. Zed's Dead, Baby/Bullwinkle Part II
9. Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest/You Never Can Tell
10. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon
11. If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)
12. Bring Out the Gimp/Comanche
13. Flowers on the Wall
14. Personality Goes a Long Way
15. Surf Rider
16. Ezekiel 25:17

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1986

Actors: James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald, Kristy Swanson, Andrew Dice Clay, + more

Directed by: Howard Deutch

1. If You Leave
2. Left of Center
3. Get to Know Ya
4. Do Wot You Do
5. Pretty in Pink
6. Shellshock
7. Round, Round
8. Wouldn't It Be Good
9. Bring On the Dancing Horses
10. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added 2001

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

Directed by: Peter Jackson

1. The Prophecy
2. Concerning Hobbits
3. The Shadow of the Past
4. The Treason of Isengard
5. The Black Rider
6. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
7. A Knife in the Dark
8. Flight to the Ford
9. Many Meetings
10. The Council of Elrond
11. The Ring Goes South
12. A Journey in the Dark
13. The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
14. Lothlórien" (feat. "Lament for Gandalf
15. The Great River
16. Amon Hen
17. The Breaking of the Fellowship
18. May It Be

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