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Movies With The Best Soundtracks

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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." Tarantino's films are a great example of movies with the coolest soundtracks of all time. 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).

  • 3,523

    ActorsTom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan

    Directed byRobert 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

  • 583

    ActorsKevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn

    Directed byHerbert 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

  • 584

    ActorsJennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston

    Directed byEmile 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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  • 169

    ActorsJack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Jordan-Claire Green

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his bar band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary  ...more
  • ActorsChris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they  ...more

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  • 132

    ActorsAnthony LaPaglia, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth, Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger

    Directed byAllan Moyle

    Joe (Anthony LaPaglia) runs Empire Records, an independent Delaware store that employs a tight-knit group of music-savvy youths. Hearing that the shop may be sold to a big chain, slacker employee  ...more

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  • ActorsAdam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Matthew Glave

    Directed byFrank 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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  • ActorsRobin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his  ...more
  • 213

    ActorsMike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Brian Doyle-Murray

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    A big screen spin-off of the "Saturday Night Live" skit. Rob Lowe plays a producer that wants to take the public access "Wayne's World" to the world of commercial television. Wayne (Mike Myers) and  ...more

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  • ActorsJudd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    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

  • ActorsChris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker

    Directed byJames 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

  • ActorsRami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Freddie Mercury -- the lead singer of Queen -- defies stereotypes and convention to become one of history's most beloved entertainers. The band's revolutionary sound and popular songs lead to Queen's  ...more
  • 287

    ActorsBai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd, Ernie Hudson, Jon Polito

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James O'Barr's  ...more
  • ActorsChris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by  ...more

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  • 58

    ActorsJennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Cynthia Rhodes, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is a beautiful young woman who works a day job in a steel mill and dances in a bar at night. When Alex discovers that her handsome boss, Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), is  ...more
  • ActorsGeorge Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

    Directed byJoel 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

  • 780

    ActorsJohn Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken

    Directed byQuentin 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

  • ActorsJohn Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon, Donna Pescow, Robert Costanzo

    Directed byJohn 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

  • 397

    ActorsHarvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi

    Directed byQuentin 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

  • 50

    ActorsJohn Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Rodger Bumpass

    Directed byGerald Potterton

    Adventures from deep space to futuristic New York, and beyond. Each world and story is dominated by the presence of the Loch'nar -- the sum of all evils manifest as a glowing green sphere whose power  ...more

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  • 350

    ActorsBilly Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit

    Directed byCameron 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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  • ActorsJason London, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Rory Cochrane, Milla Jovovich

    Directed byRichard 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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  • 59

    ActorsBill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a  ...more
  • 512

    ActorsTom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt

    Directed byTony 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

  • 50

    ActorsRyan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand

    Directed byDavid Leitch

    Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of Cable -- a genetically enhanced soldier from the future --  ...more

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