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100 Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time (2020) Classic Great Music

What are the best movie soundtracks? Music is an integral part of movies. It is subtle in non-musical films but it is a primary theme of musicals.Almost every film released today have its own soundtrack CD released too. The soundtrack CD may include songs (pop songs or original songs) that were used in the film or otherwise would include score (background music) that was originally composed for the film.

It is interesting to note that hundreds of film found commercial success just because they had good music and songs. In fact many film industries (like Bollywood) produce hundreds of films every year that have 5 to 6 original songs in them. Even Hollywood have many examples of films that were hit only because of music. Artists like Daft Punk, Bee Gees and Curtis mayfield became popular because of their music collaboration in popular films. Also composers like John Williams, James Horner, Hans Zimmer and John Barry became legends after they composed evergreen soundtracks of blockbuster films. In fact they were praised by many critics for taking the films to another level with their background score.

We have here compiled a list of some of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. Although most of the movies listed here had original songs and score of their own but you may also found movies that used pop songs in their soundtrack and were hit at box office.

Here is the list of 100 greatest film soundtracks of all time:

100. High Fidelity


best movie soundtracks
Director – Stephen Frears
Cast – Jack Black, John Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Joan Cusack, Todd Louiso, Joelle Carter
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 28 March 2000
Box Office – $47.1 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Music
Awards – None
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90. 10 Things I Hate About You


best movie soundtracks
Director – Gil Junger
Cast – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larry Miller, Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Andrew Keegan, Larisa Oleynik
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 68%
Release Date – 31 March 1999
Box Office – $53.5 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

98. 50 First Dates


best movie soundtracks
Director – Peter Segal
Cast – Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Sean Astin, Blake Clark, Rob Schneider
IMDB Rating – 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 45%
Release Date – 13 February 2004
Box Office – $196.3 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

97. Almost Famous


best movie soundtracks
Director – Cameron Crowe
Cast – Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – 13 September 2000
Box Office – $47.4 million
Genre – Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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96. Love Actually


best movie soundtracks
Director – Richard Curtis
Cast – Laura Linney, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Martine McCutcheon
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 63%
Release Date – 6 November 2003
Box Office – $248.5 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

95. About A Boy


best movie soundtracks
Director – Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Cast – Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 26 April 2002
Box Office – $130.5 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

94. Dazed and Confused


best movie soundtracks
Director – Richard Linklater
Cast – Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 24 September 1993
Box Office – $8.0 million
Genre – Comedy
Awards – None
Plot –

93. Reservoir Dogs


best movie soundtracks
Director – Quentin Tarantino
Cast – Chris Penn, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Lawrence Tierney
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 21 January 1992
Box Office – $2.8 million
Genre – Crime, Drama, Thriller
Awards – None
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92. Blade Runner


best movie soundtracks
Director – Ridley Scott
Cast – Sean Young, Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%
Release Date – June 25, 1982
Box Office – $33.8 million
Genre – Sci-Fi, Thriller
Awards – None
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91. The Rocky Horror Picture Show


best movie soundtracks
Director – Jim Sharman
Cast – Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 14 August 1975
Box Office – $140.2 million
Genre – Comedy, Musical
Awards – None
Plot –

90. Tron Legacy


best movie soundtracks
Director – Joseph Kosinski
Cast – Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, James Frain, Michael Sheen
IMDB Rating – 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 51%
Release Date – 17 December 2010
Box Office – $400 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Awards – None
Plot –

90. Twilight


best movie soundtracks
Director – Catherine Hardwicke
Cast – Robert Pattinson, Peter Facinelli, Kristen Stewart, Billy Burke, Taylor Lautner
IMDB Rating – 5.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 49%
Release Date – 20 November 2009
Box Office – $393.6 million
Genre – Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Awards – None
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89. City of Angels


best movie soundtracks
Director – Brad Silberling
Cast – Meg Ryan, Dennis Franz, Nicolas Cage, Andre Braugher
IMDB Rating – 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 58%
Release Date – 10 April 1998
Box Office – $198.7 million
Genre – Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

88. Sleepless In Seattle


best movie soundtracks
Director – Nora Ephron
Cast – Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Tom Hanks, Gaby Hoffmann, Rob Reiner
IMDB Rating – 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 73%
Release Date – 25 June 1993
Box Office – $227.9 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

87. Once


best movie soundtracks
Director – John Carney
Cast – Markéta Irglová, Glen Hansard
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 25 July 2006
Box Office – $23.3 million
Genre – Drama, Music, Romance
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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86. Mamma Mia!


best movie soundtracks
Director – Phyllida Lloyd
Cast – Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski
IMDB Rating – 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 54%
Release Date – 12 September 2008
Box Office – $615.7 million
Genre – Comedy, Musical, Romance
Awards – None
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85. Back to the Future


best movie soundtracks
Director – Robert Zemeckis
Cast – Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson
IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 3 July 1985
Box Office – $389.1 million
Genre – Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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84. Beverley Hills Cop


best movie soundtracks
Director – Martin Brest
Cast – Eddie Murphy
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 1 December 1984
Box Office – $316.4 million
Genre – Action, Comedy, Crime
Awards – None
Plot –

83. Ghostbusters


best movie soundtracks
Director – Ivan Reitman
Cast – Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 7 June 1984
Box Office – $295.2 million
Genre – Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Awards – None
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82. Footloose


best movie soundtracks
Director – Herbert Ross
Cast – Dianne Wiest, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Kevin Bacon
IMDB Rating – 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 51%
Release Date – 17 February 1984
Box Office – $80 million
Genre – Drama, Music, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

81. The Big Chill


best movie soundtracks
Director – Lawrence Kasdan
Cast – Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place, Glenn Close, Meg Tilly
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 66%
Release Date – 28 September 1983
Box Office – $56,399,659
Genre – Comedy, Drama
Awards – None
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