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The Most Unfortgettable Movie Scores of All Time

Movie scores are just as important as the plot of the entire film. A well-made musical accompaniment is capable of improving the overall tone of a movie and allows the audiences to feel the emotions being portrayed onscreen. Over the years, audiences have been treated to hundreds of movie scores and some have stuck with them even after the final credits roll.

ExploreTalent is rounding up the most unforgettable movie scores that were so iconic, they continue to make a huge impact in pop culture. Find out if your choice made it to the list below.

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Best Movie Scores in Cinematic History

1. Lord of the Rings, composed by Howard Shore

The cinematic adaptation of the classic book, Lord of the Rings placed a lot of weight on Peter Jackson and his crew. Luckily, they lived up to everyone’s expectations and delivered an epic masterpiece. Award-winning composer Howard Shore was a key player to the film’s success. Prior to LotR, he provided the musical scores for the movies Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs.

2. Titanic theme song, composed by James Horner

“My Heart Will Go On” is, without a doubt, one of the best romantic ballads of all time. James Horner made the right decision to have Celine Dion sing the theme song for the movie as it truly captured the passionate love shared by the two protagonists of Titanic.

3. The Pink Panther, composed by Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini‘s jazzy theme song for Pink Panther is both sexy and mysterious at the same time. It provides a level of unforgettable entertainment that other musical scores can only dream of achieving. Mancini himself has had a colorful career as a musical composer, receiving a total of four Academy Awards for his compositions on various films.

4. Gone with the Wind, composed by Max Steiner

Not only is Gone with the Wind one of the best films of all time, it also happens to have one of the most iconic musical scores in cinematic history. Max Stenier was immortalized with the epic score he composed for the movie. He happened to be the first recipient of the of the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score as well and worked alongside Fred Astaire, Humphrey Boggart, and Bette Davis for their own respective films.

5. Star Wars, composed by John Williams

The Star Wars franchise has always been a part of pop culture history, and the John Williams theme for the space adventure film was named as the Greatest American Film Score of all time. The main theme symbolizes all the elements that the Star Wars movies boasts, particularly heroism and adventure. Aside from Star Wars, Williams is also notable for composing the movie score for films Indiana Jones, Superman, Jurassic Park, and E.T.