Classic FM listeners have voted Howard Shore’s epic score for The Lord Of The Rings trilogy the best movie soundtrack of all time…for the fifth time. Elijah Wood said to Classic FM:

“The music is a huge part of the identity of those films. I think film scores are always extremely important with regard to the atmosphere and the emotional connection that you have to a film. Those pieces of music – you think about the Hobbiton theme – they’re really iconic. The pieces from Star Wars are so iconic. We hear the music, we know the films and I think to a certain degree that’s the case with Rings too, with Howard Shore’s score.”

Being a soundtrack fan, I do agree that it’s a marvellous work, though I’m not sure about it being the best ever, and I’d probably consider John Williams’s music for the original Star Wars trilogy to be just as worthy. To be honest, I think it’s a pretty dire list myself – six entries from Hans Zimmer and not one score from the great Miklos Rozsa? Gladiator better than Star Wars? It’s ridiculously slanted in favour of modern scores and ignores so many of the great soundtracks of the past. Anyway, if you want a laugh, or want to weep, here’s the list, 1 to 100:


The Lord of The Rings – Shore, Howard
Schindler’s List – Williams, John
Gladiator – Zimmer, Hans
Star Wars – Williams, John
Out Of Africa – Barry, John
Dances with Wolves – Barry, John
Harry Potter – Williams, John
The Mission – Morricone, Ennio
Jurassic Park – Williams, John
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl – Badelt, Klaus
Ladies in Lavender – Hess, Nigel
The Magnificent Seven – Bernstein, Elmer
Lawrence of Arabia – Jarre, Maurice
Gone with the Wind – Steiner, Max
Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
Saving Private Ryan – Williams, John
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – Zimmer, Hans
The Godfather – Rota, Nino
Doctor Zhivago – Jarre, Maurice
Braveheart – Horner, James
Dangerous Moonlight – Addinsell, Richard
Titanic – Horner, James
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Williams, John
The Piano – Nyman, Michael
Superman – Williams, John
Raiders of the Lost Ark – Williams, John
Cinema Paradiso – Morricone, Ennio
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Morricone, Ennio
Born Free – Barry, John
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet – Armstrong, Craig
The Big Country – Moross, Jerome
The Dam Busters – Coates, Eric
Inception – Zimmer, Hans
Last of the Mohicans – Jones, Trevor
The Hobbit – Shore, Howard
333 Squadron – Goodwin, Ron
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Desplat, Alexandre
Once Upon A Time In The West – Morricone, Ennio
Jaws – Williams, John
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind – Williams, John
Somewhere in Time -Barry, John
James Bond theme – Norman, Monty
Interstellar – Zimmer, Hans
The Great Escape – Bernstein, Elmer
American Beauty – Newman, Thomas
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – Doyle, Patrick
The Deerhunter – Myers, Stanley
Pride and Prejudice – Marianelli, Dario
Apollo 13 – Horner, James
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight – Zimmer, Hans
Blade Runner – Vangelis
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – arry, John
War of the Worlds – Williams, John
Zulu – Barry, John
Sense and Sensibility – Doyle, Patrick
Amelie – Tiersen, Yann
The Third Man – Karas, Anton
Wilde – Wiseman, Debbie
How to Train Your Dragon – Powell, John
Seven Years in Tibet – Williams, John
Skyfall – Newman, Thomas
The Gadfly – Shostakovich, Dmitri
Midnight Cowboy – Barry, John
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Desplat, Alexandre
Star Trek – Giacchino, Michael
Where Eagles Dare – Goodwin, Ron
Once Upon a Time in America – Morricone, Ennio
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Goldsmith, Jerry
Casino Royale – Arnold, David
Psycho – Herrmann, Bernard
Edward Scissorhands – Elfman, Danny
Vertigo – Herrmann, Bernard
The Lion King – Zimmer, Hans
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves – Kamen, Michael
Empire of the Sun – Williams, John
Battle of Britain – Goodwin, Ron
The English Patient – Yared, Gabriel
The Hours – Glass, Philip
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Hooper, Nicholas
The Shawshank Redemption – Newman, Thomas
Love Actually – Armstrong, Craig
The Adventures of Robin Hood – Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
Avatar – Horner, James
Back to the Future – Silvestri, Alan
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Gregson-Williams, Harry
Romeo and Juliet – Rota, Nino
Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Mancini, Henry
You Only Live Twice – Barry, John
The Imitation Game – Desplat, Alexandre
The Intouchables – Einaudi, Ludovico
The Trap – Goodwin, Ron
Requiem for a Dream – Mansell, Clint
The Da Vinci Code – Zimmer, Hans
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Bacharach, Burt
Local Hero – Knopfler, Mark
Atonement – Marianelli, Dario
Exodus – Gold, Ernest
Forrest Gump – Silvestri, Alan
Stardust – Eshkeri, Ilan
To Kill a Mockingbird – Bernstein, Elmer

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I'm a huge film fan and will watch pretty much any type of film, from Martial Arts to Westerns, from Romances [though I don't really like Romcoms!]] to Historical Epics. Though I most certainly 'have a life', I tend to go to the cinema twice a week! However,ever since I was a kid, sneaking downstairs when my parents had gone to bed to watch old Universal and Hammer horror movies, I've always been especially fascinated by horror, and though I enjoy all types of horror films, those Golden Oldies with people like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee probably remain my favourites. That's not to say I don't enjoy a bit of blood and gore every now and again though, and am also a huge fan of Italian horror, I just love the style.

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