20 Best Film Scores of the last 20 Years

by Natasha Bishop | created - 15 Sep 2010 | updated - 21 Sep 2010 | Public

Listed by year of release. (1990 - 2010)

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords



IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »




Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »




































































































1. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 203,231 | Gross: $184.21M

John Barry

2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
74 Metascore

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 388,713 | Gross: $56.36M

Danny Elfman

3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,005,074 | Gross: $130.74M

Howard Shore

4. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 970,443 | Gross: $96.07M

John Williams

5. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
83 Metascore

Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 734,878 | Gross: $312.90M

Hans Zimmer

6. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
82 Metascore

JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,424,363 | Gross: $330.25M

Alan Silvestri

7. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
68 Metascore

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 817,434 | Gross: $75.60M

James Horner

8. The Tango Lesson (1997)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
65 Metascore

On a trip to Paris Sally meets Pablo, a tango dancer. He starts teaching her to dance then she returns to London to work on some "projects". She visits Buenos Aires and learns more from ... See full summary »

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Sally Potter, Pablo Verón, Morgane Maugran, Géraldine Maillet

Votes: 1,968 | Gross: $1.30M

Sally Potter & Fred Frith

9. Contact (1997)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Votes: 220,168 | Gross: $100.92M

Alan Silvestri

10. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 686,399 | Gross: $138.43M

Danny Elfman

11. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
74 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 872,328 | Gross: $0.69M

James Horner

12. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
90 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 993,137 | Gross: $216.54M

John Williams

13. Malèna (2000)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
54 Metascore

Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana

Votes: 72,652 | Gross: $3.43M

Ennio Morricone

14. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 229,504 | Gross: $128.08M

Tan Dun

15. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
67 Metascore

When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,094,858 | Gross: $187.71M

Hans Zimmer

16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
64 Metascore

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 506,550 | Gross: $317.58M

John Williams

17. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,348,531 | Gross: $377.85M

Howard Shore

18. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 896,567 | Gross: $305.41M

Klaus Badelt

19. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

9.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  
82 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,863,019 | Gross: $534.86M

James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer

20. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 811,469 | Gross: $223.81M

Thomas Newman