Movies With Awesome Soundtracks

by beisel76 | created - 25 Nov 2012 | updated - 26 Nov 2012 | Public

I can only cite shows and movies that I've watched of course, but you're welcome to comment if you think there's one that just has to be on here. I'm also going on the actual musical qualities too, since I am a musician.

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1. Clash of the Titans (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.8
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39 Metascore

Perseus demigod, son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 243,463 | Gross: $163.21M

Ramin Djawadi stuns and paralyzes the audience with heavy, thundering base and steady repetition of clear Leif-motifs throughout the tracks. The songs in this movie are any enthusiastic bass player's dream, and can be enjoyed by an entire orchestra or symphonic group, as long as you have the right instrumentation.

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

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

8.0
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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: 895,917 | Gross: $305.41M

This stands for the entire saga of Pirates of the Caribbean. Enjoyed by groups from middle school to the professional level for it's variety and versatility, Klaus Badelt's scores are a fun adventure in music.

3. Supernatural (2005– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.5
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Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins

Votes: 318,885

Rock and Roll reigns in this show! But the editors and producers don't just pick random songs to go with the episode or the season - every track is meant to fit with either the plot, the character development, or just the personalities of the protagonists. It's track selection gone completely right, and with more than a few classics to rock out to.

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,367,597 | Gross: $315.54M

Again, this single movie stands for the entire Lord of the Rings Saga. From Hans Zimmer's artful range of dramatic, awe-inspiring, or just plane terrifying songs, to Billy Boyd's song in Return of the King, the soundtrack is just amazing in it's variety and expression.

5. Mamma Mia! (2008)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

6.4
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51 Metascore

The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 158,865 | Gross: $144.13M

This musical has such upbeat and lively music played alongside such talented actors, that even people who don't like musicals can enjoy the soundtrack.

6. Holes (2003)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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71 Metascore

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 64,029 | Gross: $67.41M

The music is personalized to the setting and theme of the movie, and the ending song has fun little bits thrown in by the actors in-character.

7. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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53 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 771,842 | Gross: $309.13M

John Williams, leif-motifs, and songs that are still iconic today. What else needs to be said?

8. Iron Man 2 (2010)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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57 Metascore

With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Votes: 578,579 | Gross: $312.43M

How can you go wrong with AC/DC?

9. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 101,912 | Gross: $32.22M

The track selection of popular rock tunes of the time made the young-and-reckless attitude come across really well, and it was a nice Soundtrack to rock out too.

10. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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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: 1,093,925 | Gross: $187.71M

11. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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82 Metascore

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 186,690 | Gross: $170.69M

Who hasn't watched this and wanted to say, "Pop! Six! Squish! Cicero!" at least once?

12. King Arthur (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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46 Metascore

A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 145,027 | Gross: $51.88M

More Hans Zimmer!

13. The Three Musketeers (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.8
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35 Metascore

The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich

Votes: 94,236 | Gross: $20.38M

Paul Haslinger did a wonderful job of blending period music with favored contemporary film-music keys and themes. basically, he stayed true to the music of the period but made it work for the different scenes, acts, and characters.