The Greatest Film Scores of All Time Films

The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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List Criteria: "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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  2. 2
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    - 1,453
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  3. 3
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    - 1,277

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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  4. 4
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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    + 1,270
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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    + 1,108
    - 975

    often listed
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    + 1,144
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    ranked low on reranks
    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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  9. 9
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    added by CraigAlarm
    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    often listed & added by CraigAlarm
    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  17. 17
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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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  18. 18
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    - 660
    The Dark Knight 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    - 445

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    - 258

    ranked low on reranks
    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&... 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    - 377

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    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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    + 829
    - 363


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    + 674
    - 399


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Kosh105
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite Randy Eldermann

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    - 149

    ranked low on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    added by sid_cassal
    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    + 341
    - 260


    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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    + 340
    - 328

    added by CraigAlarm
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    + 432
    - 254

    ranked low on reranks
    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    + 373
    - 330

    often listed
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  38. 38
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    - 254
    The Magnificent Seven 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time


    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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  39. 39
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    - 242


    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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  40. 40
    + 244
    - 140

    added by DuckNation
    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    + 486
    - 308

    ranked low on reranks
    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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  42. 42
    + 337
    - 326

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    + 370
    - 236

    added by SoumyaKanti
    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

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  44. 44
    + 295
    - 247


    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    + 312
    - 355
    The Matrix 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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  46. 46
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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    + 246
    - 238

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    + 417
    - 258

    ranked low on reranks
    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    + 215
    - 179

    added by ender34
    Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons Ennio Morricone 

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    + 231
    - 133

    ranked low on reranks
    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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