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The 31 Most Powerful, Beautiful, and Epic Movie Scores

Nalini has an ear for curating good music. Chances are she's made (or will eventually make) a list that fits your musical needs.

I hope you enjoy these beautiful and haunting movie scores as much as I do!

I hope you enjoy these beautiful and haunting movie scores as much as I do!

Best Songs From Movies

Music is one of those things that can speak to us, reach us, and move us in a powerful way and very often in a way that words are unable to. While I appreciate the power of music and words, there is a magnificent power in instrumental music.

One of my favorite genres of music is music scores from movies. Scores from movies convey a character's trajectory, story, feelings, transition, journey, state of mind, as well as elements from the story. Because movie scores have to do this through instruments and without words, we can understand the music and feel this even if we have not seen the movie, and what we understand and feel is further amplified when the music is paired with the movie.

Below I have compiled a list of wonderful movie soundtracks. These tracks are arranged in no particular order as they are all excellent. While I have seen many of the movies that these tracks are from, I have not seen all of these movies and I can still "feel" the music all the same. These tracks are great for introspection, reflection, inspiration, motivation, melancholy, and for channeling your inner champion, inner sad person, or inner romantic.

Go ahead. Take a seat, close your eyes, listen, feel it, and lose yourself in the music. I hope you enjoy these beautiful and haunting movie scores as much as I do!

1. "All Boundaries Are Conventions," by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil (Cloud Atlas)

2."Now We Are Free” by Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard (Gladiator)

3. "Rue's Farewell" by James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games)

4. "The Battle” by Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia)

5. "Love Theme" by Nino Rota (Romeo and Juliet)

6. "Evenstar" by Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

7. "Theme From Schindler's List" by John Williams (Schindler's List)

8. "Infinite White" by Steve Jablonsky (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

9. "Fate Has Smiled Upon Us" by Marc Streitenfeld (Robin Hood)

10. "Casper's Lullaby" by James Horner (Casper)

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11. "Mistake of Your Life" by Rachel Portman (The Duchess)

12. "To the Edge of the Earth" by Michael Nyman (The Piano)

13. "The Sixth Station" by Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away)

14. "Moses and Marco Polo Suite: III" by Ennio Morricone (Marco Polo)

15. "Cockeye's Song" by Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in America)

16. "Becoming One of the People" by James Horner (Avatar)

17. "The Portrait" by James Horner (Titanic)

18. "Tennessee" by Hans Zimmer (Pearl Harbor)

19. "Comptine d'Un Autre Été" by Alexandre Desplat (Amelie)

20. "Theme From Love Story" by Francis Lai (Love Story)

21. "Falls" by Ennio Morricone (The Mission)

22. "Where's Hiccup?" by John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon)

23. "Gnossienne No. 1" by Alexandre Desplat (The Painted Veil)

24. "A Dark Knight" by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard (Dark Knight)

25. "Marry Me Bella" by Alexandre Desplat (New Moon)

26. "Short Hair" (Mulan)

27. "One Day" by Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End)

28. "Arrival of the Birds" by The Cinematic Orchestra (The Theory of Everything)

29. "Name Day Waltz" by Magnus Fiennes (Onegin)

30. "Closing Credits" by David Hirschfelder (The Dressmaker)

31. "All of Them!" by Hans Zimmer (King Arthur)

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Nalini Marquez (author) on January 31, 2017:

Hi Roman Escalera,

Thank you for your comment and for the song suggestion. I look forward to listening to it! It's been years since I've seen The Passion of the Christ so it will be a good time to revisit it via soundtrack. Have a great day!


Roman Escalera on January 26, 2017:

Great list, Nalini! A have a lot the songs you have as well! John Debney's soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ is also very moving, especially the Flagellation/Dark Choir and Resurrection tracks.

Nalini Marquez (author) on March 24, 2015:

Hi Kristen Howe,

Thank you for the comment and feedback. I enjoy music and these tracks so I am glad that you like the list! And that you were able to find some music that you had never heard of.

I wish you a wonderful day!


Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 13, 2015:

Interesting hub with a great list of musical scores--some I never heard of, like the Marco one. Hmm. Voted up!

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