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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

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

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more
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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
2014

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

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added 1973

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

American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more
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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1984

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

Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more
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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1993

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

Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more
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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
SaiGurram added 1986

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

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
mistervonc added 1985

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"

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1987

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

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more
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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1977

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'‚ÄČ
13. You Should Be Dancing
14. Boogie Shoes
15. Salsation
16. K-Jee
17. Disco Inferno

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more
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8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
carlybobarly added 2002

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

8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger. The film ...more
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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1998

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

The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress ...more
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Tangy Tiger added 1985

1. Don't You (Forget About Me)
2. Waiting
3. Fire in the Twilight
4. I'm the Dude
5. Heart Too Hot to Hold
6. Dream Montage
7. We Are Not Alone
8. Reggae
9. Didn't I Tell You?
10. Love Theme

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
amtrackdj added 2000

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

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added 2001

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

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added 2003
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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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1976

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

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more
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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
carlybobarly added 2000

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

Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more
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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1967

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

The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more
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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1987
Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during Vietnam, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ ...more
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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added 1990

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)

Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more
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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
1986

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

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more
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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
PeteBoyle added 1997

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

Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher, Eddie Adams, ...more
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
CatherineWilliamsHanselmann added 1982
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more
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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
NvG Nick added 2003
School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added 2002
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