The Most Powerful, Beautiful, and Epic Movie Scores

Updated on April 12, 2018
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Nalini has an ear for curating good music. Chances are she's made (or will eventually make) a list that fits your musical needs.

The Most Powerful, Beautiful, and Epic Movie Scores
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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 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 even if we have not seen the movie and when the music is paired with the movie, we understand and feel even more.

Below I have compiled a list of tracks from different movies that you can "feel" and 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"-Cloud Atlas, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil

#2."Now We Are Free”-Gladiator, Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard

#3. "Rue's Farewell"-The Hunger Games, James Newton Howard

#4. "The Battle”-The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Harry Gregson-Williams

#5. "Love Theme" from Romeo and Juliet, Nino Rota

#6. "Evenstar"-The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Howard Shore

#7. "Theme from Schindler's List"-Schindler's List, John Williams

#8. "Infinite White"-Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Steve Jablonsky

#9. "Fate Has Smiled Upon Us"-Robin Hood, Marc Streitenfeld

#10. "Casper's Lullaby"-Casper, James Horner

#11. "Mistake of Your Life"-The Duchess, Rachel Portman

#12. "To the Edge of the Earth"-The Piano, Michael Nyman

#13. "The Sixth Station"-Spirited Away, Joe Hisaishi

#14. "Moses and Marco Polo Suite: III"-Marco Polo, Ennio Morricone

#15. "Cockeye's Song"-Once Upon a Time in America, Ennio Morricone

#16. "Becoming One of the People"-Avatar, James Horner

#17. "The Portrait"-Titanic, James Horner

#18. "Tennessee"-Pearl Harbor, Hans Zimmer

#19. "Comptine d'Un Autre Été"-Amelie, Alexandre Desplat

#20. "Theme from Love Story"-Love Story, Francis Lai

#21. "Falls"-The Mission, Ennio Morricone

#22. "Where's Hiccup?"-How To Train Your Dragon, John Powell

#23. "Gnossienne No. 1 "-The Painted Veil, Alexandre Desplat

#24. "A Dark Knight"-Dark Knight, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard

#25. "Marry Me Bella"-New Moon, Alexandre Desplat

#26. "Short Hair"--Disney's Mulan

#27. "One Day"-Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Hans Zimmer

#28. "Arrival of the Birds"-The Theory of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson

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      Nalini Marquez 14 months ago

      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!


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      Roman Escalera 15 months ago

      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.

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      Nalini Marquez 3 years ago

      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!


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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

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