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List Rules "Film score" refers to the instrumental background music that plays throughout the movie, not the soundtrack

This list contains greatest movie themes and scores ever recorded, chosen by the Ranker community. (NOTE: This list is for film SCORES, the instrumental music from movies. We also have a list of The Greatest Movie Soundtracks, designed for collections of songs taken from films.) These are the most iconic, memorable themes and collections of background music ever.

Film scores also include dialogue and special effects. This means you should rank the film scores on how important you think they were in delivering the atmosphere the film was trying to achieve?
 

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Star Wars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Lord of the Rings film tri... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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Forrest Gump 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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The Godfather 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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Superman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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Rocky 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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The Lion King 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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Jaws 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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Back to the Future 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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Lawrence of Arabia 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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Jurassic Park 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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Inception 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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Braveheart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Gladiator 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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Titanic 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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Psycho 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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The Last of the Mohicans 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite - Randy Eldermann

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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Schindler's List 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Schindlers List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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2001: A Space Odyssey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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The Pink Panther 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Pink Panther Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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Chariots of Fire 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Chariots of Fire Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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Batman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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The Phantom of the Opera 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Phantom of the Opera Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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Once Upon a Time in the West 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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Goldfinger 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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Interstellar 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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Dances with Wolves 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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Blade Runner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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Vertigo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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Batman Begins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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Requiem for a Dream 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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Gone with the Wind 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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Up 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Conan the Barbarian 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Conan the Barbarian Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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The Nightmare Before Christmas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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Edward Scissorhands 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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The Shawshank Redemption 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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The Dark Knight Rises 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman - Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard