Looking Back on Cinema’s Best Soundtracks Of All Time

A film’s soundtrack is a necessary component to the total sum. The best use of music in film is not when its manipulative but rather acting as a character of its own, helping bring to life the filmmakers artistic vision. And earlier this week, we premiered the soundtrack to Park Chan-wook’s upcoming gothic thriller Stoker, from one of the greatest contemporary masters of cinematic sound, Clint Mansell. So, to honor his fantastic score, I’ve compiled some of the greatest film soundtracks of all time for your listening pleasure. Of course there are hundreds to love but here are some that particularly tickle my sonic fancy and hopefully yours. Enjoy.



Requiem for a Dream, Clint Mansell

Mulholland Drive, Angelo Badalamenti


Performance, Various Artists

Trainspotting, Various Artists

Taxi Driver, Bernard Herrmann

A Clockwork Orange, Wendy Carlos

The Graduate, Simon & Garfunkel

Magnolia, Jon Brion

Blue Velvet, Angelo Badalamenti


Drive, Cliff Martinez

Nashville, Various Artists


Close Encounters of the Third Kind, John Williams


Paris, Texas, Ry Cooder

Pulp Fiction, Various Artists


Chungking Express, Various Artists

The Double Life of Veronique, Zbigniew Preisner


The Social Network, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross


Psycho Beach Party, Various Artists

American Graffiti, Various Artists

Almost Famous, Various Artists


8 1/2, Nino Rota

Goodfellas, Various Artists

Blade Runner, Vangelis


Apocalypse Now, Various Artists

2001: A Space Odyssey, Various Artists


Superfly, Curtis Mayfield


Suspiria, Goblin


Harold and Maude, Cat Stevens


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