Pitchfork's 50 Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time

With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, Pitchfork is celebrating with our first Music & Movies week.

What would the movies be without music? Imagine Do the Right Thing without Radio Raheem’s blaring boombox. Or Pulp Fiction without Dick Dale’s cataclysmic surf-rock guitar. Or Super Fly without Curtis Mayfield’s haunted croon. It’s impossible to do. Throughout film history, songs have added glory to struggle, majesty to landscapes, depth to heroes and villains alike. When sound and vision meet, transcendence ensues.

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Original list: The 50 Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time

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  • Super Fly

    1

  • Purple Rain

    2

  • Trainspotting

    3

  • The Harder They Come

    4

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    5

  • Do the Right Thing

    6

  • Lost in Translation

    7

  • Rushmore

    8

  • Help!

    9

  • Pulp Fiction

    10

  • Repo Man

    11

  • Velvet Goldmine

    12

  • Friday

    13

  • Apocalypse Now

    14

  • 20th Century Women

    15

  • Boogie Nights

    16

  • The Sheltering Sky

    17

  • Love Jones

    18

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    19

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    20

  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    21

  • GoodFellas

    22

  • Pretty in Pink

    23

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    24

  • The Crow

    25

  • A Hard Day's Night

    26

  • Good Will Hunting

    27

  • Above the Rim

    28

  • Frances Ha

    29

  • The Graduate

    30

  • Dazed and Confused

    31

  • I'm Not There.

    32

  • Clueless

    33

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    34

  • Withnail & I

    35

  • Marie Antoinette

    36

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    37

  • Performance

    38

  • The Last Days of Disco

    39

  • Brown Sugar

    40

  • Midnight Cowboy

    41

  • Singles

    42

  • American Graffiti

    43

  • Gummo

    44

  • Black Panther

    45

  • The Wicker Man

    46

  • Waiting to Exhale

    47

  • The Shining

    48

  • High Fidelity

    49

  • Judgment Night

    50