The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time Films

The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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The best soundtracks ever are more than just a collection of songs in a particular order; they evoke and accentuates the feelings of a movie during, and long after, it has been viewed. This is a list of the greatest soundtracks ever recorded, as ranked by the Ranker Community. Sometimes a great soundtrack can elevate a mediocre movie into something that makes it iconic. Top Gun, Footloose, Grease... (best soundtracks ever!) these are great soundtrack albums that you listened to over and over, making the songs themselves so ingrained with the movie that they BECAME the movie in your head.

What are the top soundtracks ever? Vote on this list of the best soundtracks of all time: pick your faves, add what's missing and rank the best!
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  1. 1
    + 1,449
    - 376

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  2. 2
    + 1,261
    - 1,290

    the people's #1 & most listed
    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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  3. 3
    + 800
    - 896
    Saturday Night Fever 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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  4. 4
    + 756
    - 532


    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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  5. 5
    + 900
    - 806


    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  6. 6
    + 737
    - 715
    Purple Rain 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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  7. 7
    + 828
    - 585


    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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  8. 8
    + 618
    - 446


    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  9. 9
    + 670
    - 404
    The Breakfast Club 
	is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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  10. 10
    + 671
    - 520


    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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  11. 11
    + 771
    - 491


    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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  12. 12
    + 651
    - 440
    Footloose 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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  13. 13
    + 794
    - 352
    The Lion King 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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  14. 14
    + 610
    - 417


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  15. 15
    + 432
    - 201

    added by willyboymcoy
    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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  16. 16
    + 603
    - 462


    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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  17. 17
    + 566
    - 414


    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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  18. 18
    + 494
    - 335


    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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  19. 19
    + 330
    - 169


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  20. 20
    + 474
    - 344
    West Side Story 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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  21. 21
    + 392
    - 342


    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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  22. 22
    + 436
    - 292


    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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  23. 23
    + 409
    - 422

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

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  24. 24
    + 426
    - 307


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  25. 25
    + 445
    - 341


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  26. 26
    + 326
    - 250


    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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  27. 27
    + 370
    - 326


    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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  28. 28
    + 356
    - 330
    Tommy 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John

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  29. 29
    + 352
    - 312


    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  30. 30
    + 395
    - 340


    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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  31. 31
    + 317
    - 210


    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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  32. 32
    + 297
    - 260


    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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  33. 33
    + 242
    - 119

    ranked low on reranks
    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

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  34. 34
    + 358
    - 311


    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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  35. 35
    + 221
    - 181

    added by richerb
    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  36. 36
    + 380
    - 320

    added by david2006
    Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds

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  37. 37
    + 325
    - 237


    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

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  38. 38
    + 321
    - 302


    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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  39. 39
    + 250
    - 254


    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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  40. 40
    + 289
    - 238


    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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  41. 41
    + 277
    - 312
    Trainspotting 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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  42. 42
    + 304
    - 261


    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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  43. 43
    + 219
    - 210


    Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler

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  44. 44
    + 250
    - 270


    Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

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  45. 45
    + 233
    - 295


    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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  46. 46
    + 199
    - 188
    Almost Famous 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time


    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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  47. 47
    + 246
    - 268
    Xanadu 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    added by JamesRoy
    Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard Olivia Newton-John, ELO, The Tubes, Gene Kelly 

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  48. 48
    + 173
    - 80

    ranked low on reranks
    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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  49. 49
    + 230
    - 249


    Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

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  50. 50
    + 223
    - 180

    ranked low on reranks
    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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