Showdown

The Perfect Score

Best instrumental film scores

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Our enjoyment of film can be as much about what we hear as what we see. For this Showdown we’d like your top ten favorite instrumental film scores, from Air’s indelible music for The Virgin Suicides to Zimmer’s soundtracks for countless summer blockbusters. Scores with vocals are fine to include, but we’re after a single composer or band’s vision rather than compiled soundtracks by various artists. Dials to eleven and let’s go…

Most mentioned

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Star Wars
  • Blade Runner
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Godfather
  • Interstellar
  • Jurassic Park
  • Psycho
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Social Network
  • Halloween
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Suspiria
  • La La Land
  • Phantom Thread
  • Inception
  • Jaws
  • Back to the Future
  • There Will Be Blood

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