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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
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field 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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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach 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) 4 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon 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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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
amtrackdj added O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter 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 Godfather is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow 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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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting is a 1996 British crime comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. ...more

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
carlybobarly added Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin 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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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
SaiGurram added Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer 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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8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
carlybobarly added 8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy 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 Graduate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss 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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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers 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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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci 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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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey 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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
mistervonc added Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald 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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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
slumerican added Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Tangy Tiger added The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall 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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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
PeteBoyle added Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham 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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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
The Wedding Singer Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi 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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Drive is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Drive Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. It is adapted from the ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal 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: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler 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 Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
The Big Chill Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum 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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Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
CatherineWilliamsHanselmann added Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh 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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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
The Crow Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd 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 ...more

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
10 Things I Hate About You Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger 10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy ...more

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
carlybobarly added Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American crime film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released ...more

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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American war-comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
High Fidelity Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black 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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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
MarySSpiegel added Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler 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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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
cdchris added The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler 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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Skinnylover added Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
willyboymcoy added Wayne's World Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of the Aurora, Illinois-based ...more

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Les Misérables John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen Les Misérables is a 2000 French television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The miniseries was broadcast in four parts. A three hour English version was also

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Singles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
Singles Paul Giamatti, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell Singles is a 1992 American romantic comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe. The film stars Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, and Matt Dillon.

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Empire Records is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
ColdPizzaNY added Empire Records Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire 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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Pirates of the Caribbean: On S... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
russellstewarthawkins added Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 2011 action adventure film based on Tim Powers' novel. The film is directed by Rob Marshall

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Movies with the Best Soundtracks
abulli11 added The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more