With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, Pitchfork is celebrating with our first Music & Movies week.
Now that we’ve looked at the best soundtracks in film, let’s turn to the best scores. We’re defining scores as original music composed for a film, with recurring motifs and almost always without vocals. This type of work is often the result of a collaboration between a composer and director, and created in tandem with a movie to steadily enhance the narrative onscreen. Put another way: Whereas a soundtrack highlights moments of a movie, a score blankets the entire film. (We’re only looking at narrative films in this list; we are not including documentaries.)
Original list: The 50 Best Movie Scores of All Time