The Good The Bad And The Ugly. Ennio Morricone created an amazing soundtrack for that movie, for any of you wondering it’s called The Ecstasy of Gold. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.
The Last of The Mohicans.
Amelie is my absolute favorite. It’s not necessarily the greatest soundtrack ever made, but it’s one of the movie soundtracks in which every track is fantastic. It fits the movie so well.
In my opinion it’s Princess Mononoke. It takes you in right at the very beginning all the way to the end. Joe Hisaishi is a genius.
Film composer here! There is no greatest soundtrack; only countless great soundtracks. Here are my favorites and why.
How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell): The best soundtrack to ever come out of the Hans Zimmer/DreamWorks Animation style of composing. The themes are fantastic and used in ways that really draw out the storyline. For instance, there’s one theme that you don’t hear in the overture with the other main themes. This is because it represents the boy’s relationship with the dragon and you hear it progress throughout.
Atonement (Dario Marianelli): Listen to “Briony”, a perfect piece of music. It captures the creative impulse brilliantly. A rich romantic score that matches picture wonderfully.
Psycho (Bernard Herrmann): Truly terrifying in its time. No score has been ripped off more (the high violin shrieks in the shower scene!). If you analyze the placement of recurring themes, you’ll see it’s built like a brick house. For instance, the “city” theme heard over the shots of Phoenix represents voyeurism. In this case, the audience is the voyeur looking into the hotel room.
SeaHawk (Erich Korngold): The original John Williams! The second theme of the overture sounds a lot like the theme from ET. Written basically as a complete opera. Amazingly complex and listenable.
LOTR Fellowship (Howard Shore): Some of the most memorable and fitting themes ever written. How can you hear it and no be immediately taken back to middle earth?
King Kong (James Newton Howard): Personal favorite of mine. Really great action adventure music mixed in with a very emotional “love” theme between King Kong and Anne.
Up (Michael Giacchino): Such an emotional score with only two themes! Every note is completely emotionally driven yet always fits exactly the narrative seamlessly.
Basic Instinct (Jerry Goldsmith): I’ve analyzed every scene, and the music constantly commented on the dialogue. Every word that’s spoken, the music adds meaning to it and does so without stepping on it’s toes or getting cluttered. A true masterpiece in how much music can add to a film.
Any of the classic scores of John Williams: Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc. Truly the last great Golden Age of Hollywood composer. Just some of my favorites!
Oh, Brother Where Art Thou has a fantastic soundtrack.
The Highlander, it was just basically a Queen album.
Dazed and Confused was awesome. Really brought back the feel of the 70’s with its soundtrack.
Star Wars!!! A lot of people recognize the theme songs even if they have never watched the movies.
Blade Runner, without a doubt.
The Lion King.
I personally love the Garden State soundtrack and 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. Those are probably the only movies that after I saw them I had to look up the songs to download them.
Office Space has a soundtrack that cannot be matched.
IMO 2001: A Space Odyssey has a phenomenal soundtrack.
Probably not the best soundtrack ever, but the music from Drive is amazing.
Gross Point Blank.
Gladiator. Sucker Punch. Inception.
Singles. Can’t believe it hasn’t been mentioned. Getting too damn old for Reddit.
I always thought Clerks had a really solid soundtrack.
Tron Legacy. Even the remixes are great! The soundtrack was done by Daft Punk.
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Into the Wild, soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. So…complete.
Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Once Upon A Time In The West and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Ennio Morricone’s music just fits perfectly with both movies, that man is a musical genius.
Conan The Barbarian and Back to The Future are two of the all-time greatest instrumental soundtracks IMO.
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.
The Fight Club soundtrack is amazing. Most people seem to think that it is only made up of “Where Is My Mind” but there are plenty of good tracks like “Chemical Burn,” “This Is Your Life,” etc.
Moonrise Kingdom. Fits the movie perfectly.
The Royal Tenenbaums.
Blow. No question.
1. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – Rolling Stones
2. Rumble – Link Wray
3. Glad And Sorry – Faces
4. Strange Brew – Cream
5. Black Betty – Ram Jam
6. Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann
7. Let’s Boogaloo – Willie Rosario
8. Keep It Comin’ – KC, The Sunshine Band
9. Yellow World – J Girls
10. That Smell – Lynyrd Skynyrd
11. All The Tired Horses – Bob Dylan
12. Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band
13. Push & Pull – Nikka Costa
The Big Chill. You can’t always get what you want…
The Breakfast Club. Why the fuck has no one mentioned this yet?
Requiem For A Dream.
I’m going to go with Donnie Darko.
Marie Antoinette. New Order, The Radio Dept., Joy Division? It’s a shoe gazer’s dream.
Little Miss Sunshine.
High Fidelity has a great soundtrack too.
Boogie Nights has a great soundtrack. Ironically, it doesn’t feature the song ‘Boogie Nights’ by Heatwave.
The Lost Boys! How has this not been mentioned yet?!
How to Train Your Dragon.
Shawshank Redemption. The music underscores the movie’s emotional beats so, so well.
The 8 Mile soundtrack is pretty awesome if you like hip hop.
The Social Network.
Empire Records really hit that early 90’s vibe.
I thought Slumdog Millionaire‘s track was just awesome. Very different. It won a lot of awards and did very well on the charts.
Natural Born Killers has the best soundtrack in my opinion.
Amadeus. Hands down.
Lawrence of Arabia.
Top Gun is pretty great.
How is Purple Rain not on this list yet? Just because the movie was awful?
I would say Wayne’s World. I could pop that CD in at any time (especially while driving), and watch the hours go by…
The Fifth Element.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Still gives me chills whenever I listen to it.
Boogie Nights is up there. Perfect for the movie, it works so well. “Boogie Shoes,” “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” “Jessie’s Girl” during the coke scene. Brilliant.
If you love 80’s punk, then it has to be Repo Man.
The original Batman. Entire soundtrack done by Prince, it’s great.
Surprised I haven’t seen Snatch mentioned anywhere.
Superfly. The soundtrack stands as one of the greatest soul albums, and in 2003 was listed at #69 on Rolling Stones’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Saturday Night Fever probably counts, too.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. It’s perfect.
The only movie sound track I have ever purchased, Lost In Translation. It pairs so perfectly with the film.
The Big Lebowsky.
Now and Then.
Dumb And Dumber.
Romeo And Juliet.
The soundtrack to Traffic doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves.
Interstellar 555, so good it could be its own stand alone album.
The Holiday had a great soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. Maybe you’ve heard of him.
Little Women (the one from the 90s) has a beautiful original score.
Deadman. Music by Neil Young.
Gladiator. I don’t care what anyone says or that it’s in a made up language. It’s so good.
How has no one mentioned Easy Rider?
Spirited Away is one of my top favorite soundtracks. Pretty much anything Joe Hisaishi does is perfect to me.
Serenity. Every song gives me chills.
Jackie Brown, and Lost Highway.
The South Park Movie.
An American Werewolf in Paris. Oh my God.
The Truman Show (Philip Glass).
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The Graduate. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this one mentioned yet.