The 100 Greatest Movie Scores

My best attempt to rank the 100 greatest movie scores of all time.
These scores were chosen and ranked based on their quality of composition, originality, aesthetic, size and complexity, suitability to the movie themes, and of course, my personal opinion.

*No musicals.
*No documentaries.
*Only one movie per franchise.
*Composer in notes.

Movies by composer:
6- Ennio Morricone; Max Steiner.
5- John Williams; Nino Rota.
4- Bernard Herrmann; Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
3- Elmer Bernstein; Hans Zimmer; Jerry Goldsmith; Joe Hisaishi; John Barry.

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    1

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    2

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    3

  • Gone with the Wind

    4

  • Kings Row

    5

  • The Village

    6

  • Romeo and Juliet

    7

  • Psycho

    8

  • Princess Mononoke

    9

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    10

  • Alexander Nevsky

    11

  • Batman Returns

    12

  • The Mission

    13

  • The Lion in Winter

    14

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

    15

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    16

  • Doctor Zhivago

    17

  • Vertigo

    18

  • King Kong

    19

  • The Godfather

    20

  • Amélie

    21

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    22

  • Schindler's List

    23

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    24

  • Edward Scissorhands

    25

  • The Fountain

    26

  • The Thin Red Line

    27

  • Dances with Wolves

    28

  • The Searchers

    29

  • Interstellar

    30

  • Henry V

    31

  • Braveheart

    32

  • The Pink Panther

    33

  • Rocky

    34

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    35

  • Cinema Paradiso

    36

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    37

  • Adventures of Don Juan

    38

  • The Sea Hawk

    39

  • The Magnificent Seven

    40

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    41

  • The Passion of the Christ

    42

  • The Leopard

    43

  • How the West Was Won

    44

  • Spirited Away

    45

  • Sunset Boulevard

    46

  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    47

  • A Fistful of Dollars

    48

  • Conan the Barbarian

    49

  • Chinatown

    50

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    51

  • Ben-Hur

    52

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    53

  • Fireworks

    54

  • Laura

    55

  • Jaws

    56

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    57

  • The Omen

    58

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    59

  • Shaft

    60

  • Suspiria

    61

  • Phantom Thread

    62

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    63

  • Amarcord

    64

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    65

  • Spellbound

    66

  • Anthony Adverse

    67

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    68

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    69

  • The Piano

    70

  • Carol

    71

  • The Handmaiden

    72

  • Blade Runner

    73

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    74

  • 8½

    75

  • Taxi Driver

    76

  • Angel's Egg

    77

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    78

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    79

  • A Summer Place

    80

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    81

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    82

  • Gladiator

    83

  • Forrest Gump

    84

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    85

  • The Double Life of Véronique

    86

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    87

  • Back to the Future

    88

  • Joker

    89

  • Bird

    90

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    91

  • Brokeback Mountain

    92

  • Titanic

    93

  • The Social Network

    94

  • Drive

    95

  • Atonement

    96

  • There Will Be Blood

    97

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    98

  • Under the Skin

    99

  • Fantastic Planet

    100