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100 best movie soundtracks


he Empire Strikes Back
John Williams, 1980

The Sound of Music
Rodgers & Hammerstein, 1965

The Harder They Come
Various, 1972

Trouble Man
Marvin Gaye, 1972

Vladimir Cosma, 1981

That Summer!
Various, Arista, 1979

The Payback
James Brown, 1974

The Beatles, 1965

The Who, 1975

The Big Chill
Various, 1983

West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, 1961

The Big Country
Jerome Moross, 1958

Grace of My Heart
Various, 1996

Kill Bill: Vol 1
Various, 2003

Once Upon a Time in the West
Ennio Morricone, 1968

The Godfather II
Nino Rota/Carmine Coppola, 1974

American Graffiti
Various, 1973

Wild Style
Various, 1983

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Bob Dylan, 1973

Pulp Fiction
Various, 1994

One from the Heart
Tom Waits/Crystal Gayle, 1982

The Mission
Ennio Morricone, 1986

Sonny Rollins, 1966

Where Eagles Dare
Ron Goodwin, 1968

The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Howard Shore, 2001-2003

The Draughtsman's Contract
Michael Nyman, 1982

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer, 1961

Secrets and Lies
Andrew Dickson, 1996

Withnail and I
David Dundas, 1987

Ghost World
Various, 2001

Dr No
Monty Norman/John Barry, 1962

John Barry, 1964

Midnight Cowboy
John Barry, 1969

Chariots of Fire
Vangelis, 1981

The Magnificent Seven
Elmer Bernstein, 1960

Hans Zimmer and Lisa Bourke, 2000

John Williams, 1982

John Williams, 1975

Blade Runner
Vangelis, 1982

Various, 1996

Assault on Precinct 13
John Carpenter, 1976

The Dambusters
Eric Coates, 1954

The Ipcress File
John Barry, 1966

Reservoir Dogs
Various, 1992

Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto, 1983

Jean de Florette
Jean-Claude Petit and Guiseppe Verdi, 1987

Carl Orff, 1973

Dancer in the Dark
Björk, 2000

In the Mood for Love
Various, 2000

Goran Bregovic, 1996

Fanny and Alexander
Schumann, 1972

Bernard Herrmann, 1960

Easy Rider
Various, 1969

Mozart, 1985

Bridge Over the River Kwai
Alford/Arnold, 1957

Various, 2000

The Graduate
Simon and Garfunkel, 1968

Various, 2004

A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles, 1964

The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Ennio Morricone, 1966

Shostakovich, 1928

Philip Glass, 1983

The Jungle Book
Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, 1967

Blue Velvet
Angleo Badalamenti, 1986

Crimes and Misdemeanors
Schubert, 1989

George Gershwin, 1979

A Clockwork Orange
Various, 1971

Jonny Greenwood, 2003

Stand By Me
Various, 1987

Curtis Mayfield, 1973

Gone With the Wind
Max Steiner, 1940

The Wicker Man
Paul Giovanni, 1973

My Fair Lady
Frederick Loewe, 1964

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, 1999

The Wizard of Oz
Hyman Arluk and Yip Harburg, 1939

Purple Rain
Prince, 1984

Dead Presidents
Various, 1999

Waiting to Exhale
Various, 1996

Various, 1990

Taxi Driver
Bernard Herrmann, 1976

Paris, Texas
Ry Cooder, 1982

Various, 2007

Lionel Bart, 1968

Apocalypse Now
Various, 1979

Buena Vista Social Club
Various, 1999

Charlie Mingus, 1959

Some Like it Hot
Marilyn Monroe, 1959

The Life Aquatic
Seu Jorge 2004

Bach, 1975

High Noon
Dimitri Tiomkin, 1952

2001: A Space Odyssey
Various, 1968

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Richard O'Brien, 1975

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, 1978

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Various, 2000

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Michel Legrand, 1964

Singin' in the Rain
Nacio Herb Brown, 1952

John Kander and Fred Ebb, 1972

Lawrence of Arabia
Maurice Jarre, 1962

Carter Burwell, 1996

Various, 1940

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

No Jimmy Cliff?

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

No Jimmy Cliff?

Harder They Come is on there -- it's listed as v/a.

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

great list, a little bit of everything

i'd add

The Third Man (Anton Karas, 1949)
Suspiria (Goblin, 1977)
The Last Temptation of Christ (Peter Gabriel, 1988)
The Proposition (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, 2005)
Dead Man (Neil Young, 1995)
Local Hero (Mark Knopfler, 1983)
Natural Born Killers (Various/Trent Reznor, 1994)
Above the Rim (Various/Dr. Dre, 1994)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (Popol Vuh, 1979)
The Shining (Wendy Carlos, 1980)
The Best Years of Our Lives (Hugo Friedhofer, 1946)
Death in Venice (Mahler, 1971)
Nashville (Various, 1975)
The Landlord (Various, 1970)
Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman, 1994)

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

The "Collateral" ost was quite good!

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

Suspiria & Nightmare Before Christmas... I'm in.

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

Suspiria most definitely!

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

The Edward Scissorhands soundtrack would have made my top 100 albums had it been eligible!

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

Please remind me of why Edward Scissorhands wasn't eligible. I can't think of a reason.

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

Superb list. A list including Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Ry Cooder, Angelo Badalamenti, Goran Bregovic or Bernard Herrmann can’t be bad (not to mention Bach, Schubert or Gershwin). Maybe Elfman was the only injustified absence.

Re: 100 best movie soundtracks

The Edward Scissorhands soundtrack has an unfortunate inclusion of Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual". I guess that meant it was viewed as a compilation.