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The 40 greatest film scores of all time
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The 40 greatest film scores of all time

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This list of the 40 greatest film scores of all time will be divisive. Everyone has a favorite film score, which is usually linked to childhood.

These are also scores, not soundtracks. So you won’t see “A Whole New World” or any songs from Celine Dion or Bryan Adams.

This list focuses on entire scores and not just one great theme. These are compositions that serve as both an essential part of the film and function as amazing stand-alone pieces.

Take a listen and see which scores made the list.

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In 1981, Vangelis composed the Oscar-winning score for “Chariots of Fire.” He would be taking on an entirely different beast with “Blade Runner” a year later. Ridley Scott’s film was complex, drawing on elements of film noir and futuristic science fiction. But Vangelis was just the guy to pull it off.

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The reason this film’s score works so well is that Horner leans into the sweeping nature of it all. As a film, “Legends of the Fall’s” beauty speaks for itself. The same can be said for Horner’s majestic score.

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