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Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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List RulesVote 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).
  • Forrest Gump1

    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

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  • Footloose2

    ActorsSarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, 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

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  • Saturday Night Fever3

    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

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?4

    ActorsGeorge Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, John Turturro, Charles Durning

    Directed byEthan 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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  • Guardians of the Galaxy5

    ActorsChris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper

    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

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  • Back to the Future6

    ActorsMichael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Billy Zane

    Directed byRobert 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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  • The Breakfast Club7

    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

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  • Dazed and Confused8

    ActorsBen Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Parker Posey

    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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  • The Wedding Singer9

    ActorsDrew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, William Michael Albert Broad, Christine Taylor

    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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  • Top Gun10

    ActorsTom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, Michael Ironside

    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

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  • American Graffiti11

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers, Richard Dreyfuss, Mackenzie Phillips

    Directed byGeorge 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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  • Pulp Fiction12

    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

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  • Boogie Nights13

    ActorsJulianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Directed byPaul 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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  • School of Rock14

    ActorsSarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove, Joan Cusack, Amy Sedaris

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • Flashdance15

    ActorsJennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri, Cynthia Rhodes, Monique Gabrielle

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • The Crow16

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

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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  • Good Morning, Vietnam17

    ActorsRobin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh, Noble Willingham, Bruno Kirby

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • 8 Mile18

    8 Mile


    ActorsEminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, Taryn Manning

    Directed byCurtis 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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  • Reservoir Dogs19

    ActorsQuentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen

    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

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  • Dirty Dancing20

    ActorsPatrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Wayne Knight, Kelly Bishop

    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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  • Pretty in Pink21

    ActorsJames Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald, Kristy Swanson, Andrew Dice Clay

    Directed byHoward 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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  • Romeo + Juliet22

    ActorsLeonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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  • Almost Famous23

    ActorsZooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin, Jimmy Fallon, Pauley Perrette

    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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  • Rocky24



    ActorsSylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire

    Directed byJohn 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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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring25

    ActorsCate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

    Directed byPeter 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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