The Greatest Ever Film Scores

It is impossible to estimate just how important a film score is to the overall effect of a movie, but ever since sound was introduced to movies the music has been an integral part of the whole experience. Some films use classic sound tracks from well-known artists, and others have bespoke music written especially for the film. So, without further preamble we delve into the world of film scores for your consideration.


The soundtrack of this epic film is as famous as the blockbuster movie itself. James Horner pulled out all the stops when composing this amazing soundtrack. Film director James Cameron knew exactly who to turn to when he wanted somebody to make his creation into something unforgettable.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

One of the most prolific composers of modern times is John Williams. Known for his highly melodic scores he has added his musical genius to many film scores over a prolific six decades. Some of the huge film successes he has had include: Jaws, Superman, Star Wars, Bridge of Spies. But perhaps the score to Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of his most memorable. That is because Williams was having a whole load of fun when he wrote the score, and the main theme is instantly memorable.

The Godfather

The classic film trilogy The Godfather had such a powerful story line by Francis Ford Coppola that only the most original of film scores could possibly complement it. With the overriding Italian feel to the trilogy it was important that the music captured its nuances.

Up stepped the classical Italian composer Giovanni Rota who created one of the most memorizing film scores ever. The music hints at menacing violence and is intertwined with beautiful melodies that remain in the head long after the film has ended.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Another prolific writer of music for films is Ennio Morricone, and perhaps his masterpiece is the film score for the movie The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Morricone is a master of his art, especially when it comes to spectacular Westerns.

The composer worked closely with Sergio Leone who was the film director to achieve this masterpiece. There is no better music score for a Western than this, the music invokes the era of the Old West, and with just three notes Morricone lets the viewer know that there is imminent danger close by.

Gone with the Wind

Gone With the Wind was made in 1939 which was the Golden Age of cinema. Films were made on lavish scale during these opulent cinematic days and the music had to emulate this. The story of the Deep South of America during the American Civil War is both on a grand scale but is also a tragic one.

Legendary composer Max Steiner was drafted in to compose an epic soundtrack to give justice to what was appearing on screen. The score for this film is one of the blueprints of how movie music should be written and is an absolute classic.