Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
— Gustav Mahler.

This quote says it all. Each carefully- picked soundtrack below complements the movies so well and is so expressive that they’d become undetachable in the audience’s mind.

The list is ordered at random, because each and every single one of these soundtracks is unforgettably beautiful.

 

'American Graffiti' (dir. George Lucas)

This coming of age film has a old- but- good soundtrack composed of classic rock and doo-wop songs. Some remarkable tracks were “Teenager in Love” by Dion and The Belmonts, “Sea Cruise” by Frankie Ford,  “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, and “Almost Grown” by Chuck Berry.

 

'Saturday Night Fever' (dir. John Badham)

This legendary soundtrack defined the late 70’s, and made 'Saturday Night Fever' one of the most memorable movies of John Travolta’s career. Some highlights (despite the whole album being already too good) are “Stayin’ Alive”, “You should Be Dancing” by The Gibb Brothers and “Disco Inferno” by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey. (All songs were performed by The Bee Gees).

 

'Blue Velvet' (dir. David Lynch)

The movie’s entire soundtrack was performed to perfection by Angelo Badalamenti. It’s beautiful, strange, and dangerous all at once. Songs you must listen to are “Blue Velvet”, “In Dreams”, “Mysteries of Love”, and “Love Letters”.

 

'Up' (dir. Pete Docter)

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Pixar’s famous for their heart- wrenching movies, and 'Up' is definitely one of their best. Michael Giacchino composed the simple, but classy and poignant OST with highlights like “We’re In the Club Now”, “Married Life”, “Three Dog Dash” and “The Small Mailman Returns.”

 

'The Dark Knight' (dir. Christopher Nolan)

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It would be unfair if we fail to mention 'The Dark Knight'. Two master composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard put together a dark and haunting soundtrack, with every note and rest thought out. Although listening to the whole OST is highly recommended, some notable tracks are “Why So Serious?”, “I’m not a Hero”, “A Little Push”,  and “We’re Tonight’s Entertainment”.

 

'Amélie' (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

This beautiful orchestral score was composed by Yann Tiersen, and brought Jeunet’s movie to a whole new level. If you haven’t listened to Yann Tiersen’s work, please do because jis music is truly stunning. The tracks fully captured Paris’ beauty and mystery, with outstanding pieces like “La Valse d’Amelie”, "Comptine d'un autre été”, “La Noyée”, and “Pas si Simple”.

 

'Toy Story' Trilogy (dir. John Lasseter)

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If you didn’t cry watching 'Toy Story', I honestly have nothing to say. The original soundtrack by Randy Newman composed of songs like “You’ve Got a Friend In Me”, “Strange Things”, “Buzz” and “I Will Go Sailing No More” will make you feel all the feels.

 

'Lost In Translation' (dir. Sofia Coppola)

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The OST is romantic, feverish, and almost effortless, just like the movie itself. Some highlights are Kevin Shields’ “City Girl”, “Kaze Wo Atsumete” by Happy End, and “Alone in Kyoto” by Air.

 

'American Beauty' (dir. Sam Mendes)

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The OST of 'American Beauty' is composed of theme scores by Thomas Newman, and other mellow and yearning songs like “Open The Door” by Betty Carter, “The Seeker” by The Who, and “Cancer For The Cure” by Eels.

 

'Pulp Fiction' (dir. Quentin Tarantino)

This Tarantino classic has a breakthrough soundtrack composed of surf music and short dialogues between characters. Tracks like  “Misirlou”, “Comanche”, “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” by Urge Overkill, and “Surf Rider” by The Lively Ones are what make the soundtrack so distinctive.

 

'Guardians of the Galaxy' (dir. James Gunn)

Who didn’t watch 'Guardian of the Galaxy' and wished they had the Awesome Mix? The soundtrack complemented each scene so well it’s almost surreal. Classic scores like “Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie, “Hooked on a Feeling” by the Blue Swede, and “I’m Not In Love” by 10cc proved that Star- Lord's mother had a seriously good music taste.

 

'The Graduate' (dir. Mike Nichols)

Last but not least, 'The Graduate'. The film’s autumnal and gentle soundtrack featuring the famous duo Simon & Garfunkel consists of famous songs like “Scarborough Fair/ Canticle”, “April Come She Will”, “Mrs. Robinson” and  “The Sound of Silence”.


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